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January 4, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 5, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, January 6, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg (RSVP)
  • Friday, January 6, 6:30 pm: Family Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, January 7, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 8, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, January 11, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, January 12, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
Hanukkah Celebration & Shabbat December 30, 2016 (More Photos!)
Family Shabbat on January 6, Welcoming New
Religious School Students

On January 6th, we will be celebrating & officially welcoming our new religious school students.  Everyone in the congregation is invited to this fun and festive service where our new students will be called up to the bimah to receive a gift from their TBC family.  This special service begins at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a delicious oneg in the social hall.  If you would like to join us for the pizza preneg (starting at 6:00 pm), please click on  this link and let us know how many people will be joining us.   Come help us welcome our new students and their families! 

At Rabbi Bearman's invitation, the local Syrian refugees, Manal and her family, as well as members of the WiACT Steering Committee are attending.      

Jane and Moses Alexander are sponsoring the preneg, oneg and flowers in honor of the work of WiACT and the TBC Social Action Committee.

Shabbat Potluck - Friday, January 13, 6:30 pm

Please join us for a community potluck dinner prior to services on Friday, January 13  , at 6:30 pm. Shabbat will follow at 7:30 pm with Valerie Rosenson chanting from the Torah.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with old and new friends and families prior to services. We look forward to sharing a Shabbat dinner with you.  Please let us know how many will attend, and what you will bring. Email Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org

Valerie and Russell are sponsoring the oneg in honor of Valerie's chanting the Torah! 
From Tents To Temples, Tuesday, January 17, 7 pm
What makes houses of worship evoke a sense of mystery and awe? How have beautiful synagogues, temples, churches and cathedrals evolved from the desert Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle) d escribed in the Torah?

Led by TBC member Judson Scruton
, this presentation (updated from an original lecture given at the Wilton Library in 2008), will explore the remarkable evolution of the Tabernacle described in the Book of Exodus to a variety of unique places of worship. 
Calling All Torah Chanters!!

We will be chanting Torah on the following dates: March 24, April 21, and May 12. The readers or chanters will be given ample time to learn the verses. Don't worry, it won't be as long as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! If it was your parsha, and you want to do it again, this is a great chance for you. If you have never read from the Torah and have always wanted to, please recognize that this is your chance to do so with your community. Please contact Russ Robbins, Chair of the Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers! A wonderful way of celebrating special simchas, such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is sharing your nachas with the entire congregation by sponsoring the Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or Flowers for the Friday of your special week. No special occasion? You can still sponsor a Shabbat! We will arrange for the flowers, food and set-up, all you do for your family to sponsor is make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers at http://bit.ly/tbconpns.

Great Articles on Our Wi-ACT Refugee Family

A number of TBC members have been participating in the Wi-ACT initiative to help and support a Syrian refugee family in Wilton.  Two excellent articles came out giving updates on the family and how they've been faring.  (Spoiler alert: well!)
2017 Activities at the Schoke Jewish Family Service
of Fairfield County

The Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County is now the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County. Information about their 2017 programs and services is available here.
Volunteer information for Jewish Senior Services

Please call or email Ellen Ashkins if you are interested in volunteering at JSS.  There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to- one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care.  At JSS, giving back to the community is not just a cliché, but a way of life. 

New Hospice Training Program!  The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far.  Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 5th and Sunday, February 12th from 9:00 am-4:30 pm.  Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at eashkins@jseniors.org  

Don't Forget to Use AmazonSmile!  

TBC has signed up for AmazonSmile.  When you shop there, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Temple Bnai Chaim.  Support TBC every time you shop.  Bookmark this special URL for TBC members: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3249895

You shop. Amazon gives to Temple B'nai Chaim. 
Support TBC by starting your shopping at AmazonSmile!

Yahrzeits, January 6 - January 12, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!  May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Edith Schapiro Friday 1/6/2017 aunt of Jon Sobel
Edith Stern Friday 1/6/2017 mother of Susan Farber
Barbara Fass Saturday 1/7/2017 mother of Maxine Berg
Harriet Rosenson Saturday 1/7/2017 mother of Valerie Rosenson
Ray Rosenson Saturday 1/7/2017 grandmother of Valerie Rosenson
Marvin Herson Sunday 1/8/2017 father of Sharene Zuckerman
Ronnie Kamber Sunday 1/8/2017 cousin of Moses Alexander
Helen Leblang Sunday 1/8/2017 step-mother of Judy Welty
Dr. Sherman A. Karpen Monday 1/9/2017 father of Andrew Karpen
Ruth Rader Monday 1/9/2017 great aunt of Jodi Simon Stewart
Mary Ransom Tuesday 1/10/2017 grandmother of Jason Stewart
Norman Wagner Tuesday 1/10/2017 father of Howard Wagner
Edward Schneyer Thursday 1/12/2017 great uncle of Jon Sobel

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Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
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