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August 21, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, August 23, 7:00 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, August 24, 9:30 am - Torah Study, Special Guest Rev. Marissa S. Rohrback
  • Sunday, August 25, 3:00 pm - Listening Session
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 at  shmastra@templebnaichaim.org  and add the following rehearsal dates to your calendars!
Teen Choir Rehearsal Times:
September 6, 4:45-5:45 pm (Bonus! We'll give you free pizza at the 6pm preneg!)
September 13, 4:45-5:45 pm
September 28, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
October 6, 1:00 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!
Summer Torah Study: This Saturday With Special Guest Rev. Marissa Rohrbach

Are you curious about the New Testament? Join us as we transform Torah Study into a class dedicated to exploring the New Testament from a Jewish perspective. 

On Saturday, August 24 at 9:30 am we will welcome special guest, Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach (St. Matthew's Episcopal Church), who will be joining us to answer questions and join our conversation.
Next TBC Listening Session Sunday, August 25
At  our Listening Sessions we have had fascinating and wide-ranging conversations about TBC life and our dreams for TBC's future. Thank you to the congregants who took time out of their schedules to participate!   

If you haven't been able to attend, please plan to join us on  Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm

A few days before the Listening Session we will email the location to those who RSVP'd.
Special Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Join us for a Shabbat 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. 
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. 
Save the Date: September 8!
First Day of Religious School & Community Cookout

Sunday, September 8, 9:30 am - First Day of Religious School 
Sunday, September 8, 11:30 am - Community Cookout
  TBC Book Club Meeting! 

TBC book club meeting will be held on September 16 at 7:30 pm and we will be reading Memoirs of a Fortunate Jew: An Italian Story by Dan Vittorio Segre. For more information contact Ria Miller.  This is for TBC members only. 
              SAVE THE DATE 
Saturday, October 19, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 9th annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 150,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers. 
Since we started we have packaged over 1,000,000 meals. 
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 or  contribute online . This year each meal costs $0.31, so $20 buys 65 meals and $100 buys 322 meals -- a really good deal!
The volunteer sign-up site will be available in September. 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.   
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.

Zipporah's Fire

In Bamidbar (the Book of Numbers), Zipporah seems to fade away until, ultimately, she no longer appears in the story. Rashi and other commentators imagine that Moses chose to set her aside, effectively divorcing her. In this Midrashic Monologue, we continue our exploration of Zipporah's point of view and suggest that she was the one who decided to remove herself from her husband's story. Read more ...
Send Rosh Hashanah Sweetness to Far-Flung Family & Friends
The TBC Sisterhood ORT Honey from the Heart website sale is open and ready to share a bit of new year cheer! This program is different from the traditional all-TBC honey sale for all that we do prior to Rosh Hashanah (about which details will be forthcoming in a couple weeks).

The jars are $12 each (plus $5 shipping), of which TBC receives $6. 

Click HERE to send a little sweetness to your loved ones far away!

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


TBC Social Action Committee. The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter.  New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can helpClick here to participate! 

Other Community Opportunities
. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.
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!

Saturday, August 24 at 9:30 am

TBC Listening Session
Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, August 26 at 9:30 am

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Community Cookout
Sunday, September 8 at 11:30 am

Laundry Love
Wednesday, September 11 at 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

Monday, September 16 at 7:30 pm at a location TBD

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

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

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

Sisterhood Break-fast ( RSVP)
Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm

Sukkot Family Service with Preneg
Friday, October 18 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat 

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event
Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate Now / Sign up in September for a two-hour shift

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

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

Yahrzeits, August 23-29

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

Evelyn Rapoport Sunday 8/25/2019 mother of Claude Schrag
Bertha Rolle Tuesday 8/27/2019 mother-in-law of May Rolle
Hilma August Wednesday 8/28/2019 grandmother of Alan Masarek
Walter Bloom Wednesday 8/28/2019 father of Richard Bloom
Irving K. Braunstein Wednesday 8/28/2019 father of Wendy Nadel

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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