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September 18, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, September 20, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service

  • Saturday, September 21, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am - Move Bimah
  • Saturday, September 21, 7:15 pm -  A new Selichot Experience for Teens (TBC & Congregation Shir Shalom) program located at Temple B'nai Chaim
  • Saturday, September 21, 7:30 pm - A New Selichot Experience for Adults (TBC & Congregation Shir Shalom) program located at Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties
  • Sunday, September 22, 9:30 am - Listening Session for Religious School Parents
  • Sunday, September 22, 9:30 am  - Religious School
  • Wednesday, September 25, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
High Holy Day Newsletter - Tickets for Family and Friends
Special   Opportunity  for Non-Members to Attend Family Services
TBC Member Ushers Needed
Erev Rosh Hashanah is Sunday, September 29. For everyone who has returned a membership package, we have sent tickets for all immediate family members, along with the High Holy Day Newsletter

If you have a child in religious school, we must have your membership package as well as your school forms for them to attend school. If you do not have a child in the religious school we still need you to send in your package asap so that we can send your High Holiday tickets!

If you wish to purchase tickets for other family members, children over 24, or friends, please click HERE to fill out the form.

Special Family Services High Holy Days Ticket Prices for Non-Members
This year, as we celebrate our new High Holy Day prayer book for families (Mishkan HaNefesh For Youth), we are adding an opportunity for non-members who would like to attend family services (only) to purchase High Holy Day Tickets at the special price of $54 each. Normally, this special price is only available to family members of current TBC members, but this year, ANYONE who wants to attend Family Services has the opportunity to purchase special tickets for this lower amount. We encourage TBC Members to let your friends know and invite them to check out High Holy Day Family Services at TBC! 
Click HERE to order non-member tickets for family services. Share http://bit.ly/tbcfsohhdtks so your friends can order tickets for the family services!

TBC Member Ushers Needed
If you can smile and say, "Happy New Year," then this mitzvah is for you. TBC Member Ushers are needed for all High Holiday services. Please volunteer for this rewarding opportunity. Click HERE for dates and times to sign up. If you choose to usher at the first services, please arrive 15 -20 minutes before the start of the service.
Join Wilton Congregational Church 
for Screening of Emanuel and Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm
The forgiving acts of the survivor and family members of the victims influenced the healing process of the devastated community of Charleston and impacted our nation. Emanuel examines the powerful ways faith, hope and forgiveness triumph over all. We are honored to have two members of Emanuel Church with us for this screening and discussion. 
A New Selichot Experience for Teens and Adults
(TBC and Congregation Shir Shalom)
Saturday, September 21

Selichot is a special service in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah that prepares us for the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe) by introducing the musical and spiritual themes of the High Holy Days.  This year, Temple B'nai Chaim and Congregation Shir Shalom are excited to offer a new opportunity for teens and adults of both congregations.

On September 21, each synagogue will be offering unique programming for a specific demographic group:

Adults from both congregations are invited to Congregation Shir Shalom (46 Peaceable St, Ridgefield, CT 06877) from 7:30-9:15 pm for a Selichot study session and service.

Teens from both communities are invited to Temple B'nai Chaim (82 Portland Ave, Wilton, CT 06897) from 7:15-9:30 pm for an abridged service and evening of activities.

Both experiences will help their participants feel ready for the High Holy Days. We hope that you'll join us for this new approach to Selichot!
Move the Bimah Before and After the High Holy Days
Saturdays, September 21 and October 12 at 11:00

Have you ever wondered how the Bimah moves to its new location for the High Holy Days?  This year you can not only find out but can help us move it. We need help moving the Bimah and then moving it back. All you need to bring is yourself and be willing to help push a big object. RSVP to Russell Robbins
TBC  Listening Session for Religious School Parents
Sunday September 22 at 9:30 am
Over the summer, many of our members participated in our first three listening sessions, and we are so grateful for the honest feedback that they've shared with us.  These listening sessions have been so valuable, that we've decided to add another one!  For the September 22 BONUS LISTENING SESSION, we are specifically inviting RELIGIOUS SCHOOL PARENTS to join us. If you fall within this demographic, please click here to RSVP  and join Rabbi Bearman and other members of TBC's leadership on September 22 at 9:30 am and lend your voice to our listening campaign. Your perspective is critical for our congregation's future, and we hope that you'll plan on being a part of this program. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in this summer's listening campaign! By participating, you've helped make TBC stronger!
   Teen Choir for the High Holy Days!
This year's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services will feature a fabulous  TEEN CHOIR ! If you're a post B'nai Mitzvah student and are interested in participating, please send an email to Student Cantor Hamstra and add the following rehearsal dates to your calendars!

Rehearsal Times:   September 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm and  October 6, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Everyone who wants to participate will have a chance. If these times don't work for you but you want to be in the choir, you should still reach out to Student Cantor Hamstra. Thank you in advance to our amazing teens for adding their voices to our High Holy Day experience!
Article Published in the Ridgefield Press
 Temple B'nai Chaim: Family, Joy, Inclusivity and Tradition
Pictures from TBC Community Softball Game!

TBC Teens Program 2019-2020

There are many exciting opportunities for teens at TBC this year! Programs are open to teens in grades 8-12 (L'Taken is limited to 10-12th graders) and some programs will be open to non-members. 

Teens can sign up for the entire year of programming or select events open to any interested participants. More information
Help Victims of Hurricane Dorian  

The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County responds to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.   Click here to see how you can help.
Midrashic Monologues

Follow Rabbi Rachel Bearman's and Rabbi Paul Kipnes's Midrashic Monologues as they restore the voices of biblical women and men who have not been given the opportunity to speak.
Honey-Tasting & Havdalah Potluck
Saturday,  October 5 at 6:30 pm 

All TBC and Sisterhood members are invited to this Sisterhood-sponsored event, which will be held in a private home, for Havdalah, a potluck dinner and a tasting of honeys from around the world.  Experience a full range of sweetness! Marvel in the diversity of tastes and hues and textures, from honey made from local clover to California orange blossom; from Mexican corn to Scottish heather. 

Click here to RSVP. Please contact Pam Klem for the address or any other questions.
Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection
Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9
Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection to benefit the Redding Food Pantry, Wilton Food Pantry, The Women's Center of Greater Danbury and The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut

Lists will be passed out during Rosh Hashanah services and items will be collected during Yom Kippur services on October 8 and 9.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!  Items Needed Flyer.

Sorters and Drivers needed! Contact  Wendy Nadel if your children or you can help sort or if you are able to deliver to any of the locations. 
Sisterhood Break-fast
Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm
Sisterhood is once again planning to provide a sumptuous Yom Kippur break fast following Yizkor and Neilah services. All are welcome, but PLEASE RSVP by Tuesday, October 1 so that we are able to plan accordingly.
Sukkah Raising and Lowering
Sundays, October 13 and October 20 at 12:30 pm

The Men's Club will be raising and taking down our Sukkah. We need your assistance in getting this job done. This is always a fun event with much camaraderie and coffee plus. Please bring a stepladder.  RSVP to Jeff Spector.
Sukkah Decorating
Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm

Come and Decorate the Sukkah!   This event is open to the community, so bring your friends.
Sukkot Family Service with Preneg
Friday, October 18 at 6:00 pm (Service 6:30 pm)
Sukkot 2012
Join us for a special Sukkot family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship followed by an Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the Preneg,  click here  to RSVP. Sponsor a Shabbat!

We will be continuing our Birthday Book Minhag (Custom)! Everyone 13 and under who is celebrating a birthday will receive the gift of a Jewish book. 
Sign-up for the Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event
On Saturday October 19, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 9th annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in Wilton.
Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $2,000 as a Congregation to fund 6,500 meals. These meals will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. It is critical that we raise the $2,000 to contribute our fair share of the costs. Please  support this event by sending a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger,  contribute online  or donate when you sign-up. This year each meal costs $0.31, so $20 buys 65 meals and $100 buys 322 meals -- a really good deal!
Sign-up and donate now! As in prior years there will be opportunities to sign up for set up, clean up and 4 two hour production shifts. Don't forget that children 5 and older can help (our 5-year-olds last year had a fantastic time and really contributed!).
If you have any questions, please contact  Don Weber.   
Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm

Sisterhood will host our annual dinner for all paid-in members. This event, which is free to all current members, will be held at the synagogue. Not a member yet? Click here to join Sisterhood. Click here to RSVP for the dinner.
Host Student Cantor Hamstra for Saturday Dinner!

In addition to the High Holy Days, Student Cantor Hamstra will be with us at the following Friday night Shabbat services this year:
   October 25 | November 1, 8, 15, 22 | December 6, 13 | January 10, 31
   February 7 | March 13, 27 | April 3 | May 1, 8, 15, 29
Please click HERE if you would like to host her for dinner at your house on one of the Saturday evenings that she is with us.
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates

Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, October 27th and Sunday, November 3rd from 9 am - 5 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.
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

A great 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. We will arrange for the flowers, food, and set-up, you just make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers. Sponsor a Shabbat!
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

A New Selichot Experience for Teens  (TBC & Congregation Shir Shalom)
Saturday, September 21 at 7:15 pm
At Temple B'nai Chaim

A New Selichot Experience for Adults (TBC & Congregation Shir Shalom)
Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 pm
At Congregation Shir Shalom (46 Peaceable St, Ridgefield, CT 06877)

Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 am

High Holy Days 2019 / 5780
Sunday, September 29 to Wednesday, October 9

Shabbat Shuvah Service
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm

Honey-Tasting and Havdalah Potluck ( RSVP)
Saturday, October 5, 6:30 pm at a private home

Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm and Wednesday, October 9, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm

Move Bimah After the High Holy Days
Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 am

Senior Center Luncheon at Ogden House
Wednesday, October 16 at 10:30 am

Sukkah Decorating
Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm

Sukkah Raising
Sunday, October 13 at 12:30 pm

Friday, October 18 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

TBC Pet Blessing
Sunday, November 17 at 11:00 am

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event  ( Sign-up and Donate or  Donate)
Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton

Sukkah Lowering
Sunday, October 20 at 12:30 pm

Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, October 28 at 9:30 am

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, October 30 at 2:30 pm

Costume Shabbat Family Service with Preneg  ( Preneg RSVP  /  Sponsor a Shabbat )
Friday, November 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Havdalah Potluck ( RSVP)
Saturday, November 2, 6:30 pm at a private home

Netflix and Nosh I: The Kominsky Method - Part 1 ( RSVP)
Sunday, November 3 at 5:00 pm

Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Jonathan Garfinkle
Director, Schoke Jewish Family Services
Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm

Social Action Movie Night: "Five Feet Apart" ( RSVP)
Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 pm

Shabbat Torah Service with TBC Teens and Confirmation Classes from WEPCO
Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm

Laundry Love
Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

Netflix and Nosh II: The Kominsky Method - Part 2 ( RSVP)
Sunday, November 17 at 5:00 pm

Yahrzeits, September 20-26

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

Bruce Ullman Saturday 9/21/2019 father of Stacy Barenberg
Lois Garek Greenblot Monday 9/23/2019 mother of Patti Masarek
Jerry Shapiro Monday 9/23/2019 grandfather of Michael Bonheim
Sylvia Bonheim Tuesday 9/24/2019 grandmother of Michael Bonheim
Lillian Robbins Tuesday 9/24/2019 mother of Russell Robbins
Harold L. Bender Wednesday 9/25/2019 father of Lew Bender
Harriet Cohn Thursday 9/26/2019 mother of Ilene Tanen
Michael Zamore Thursday 9/26/2019 son of Jean Zamore & brother of Steven Zamore
It is traditional to light a memorial candle on the eve of the yahrzeit at home and to recite Kaddish when lighting the yahrzeit candle. It is also a custom to make donations in memory of loved ones around the time.
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        Temple B'nai Chaim             Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
        Phone: 203 544-8695          Location: 82 Portland Avenue, Wilton CT 06897 ( Directions)

        Rabbi: Rachel Bearman         Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel
        President: Cindy Baulsir        Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
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