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August 28, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, August 30, 7:00 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Monday, September 2 - Labor Day
Important Warning

It has come to our attention there are email and text message scams being sent to some of our congregants.  If something looks suspicious, please do not open it. 
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 6 pm preneg!)
September 13, 4:45 - 5:45 pm
September 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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!
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 MillerThis is for TBC members only. 
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 TBC Members, Clergy and Staff
Ordering Deadline Tuesday, September 17, 2019  

T ime to send Rosh Hashanah Honey for a Sweet New Year greetings to your TBC friends and love d ones. The deadline is September 17. Don't miss out on the opportunity! This annual fundraiser funds the break-fast following Yom Kippur services that Sisterhood provides for the full comm unity. TBC members have multiple sponsorship levels of giving opportunities. Each sponsor level sends one jar of local honey to every TBC member family, clergy and staff. Alternatively you can send honey to particular congregants within TBC or choose to reciprocate to those who send honey to you. This is a nice way to send a sweet "thank you" to your child's religious school teacher / tutor.

Click here to order online. Questions? Email tbcrhhoney@gmail.com.
Save the Date -  October 5, 2019
Honey-Tasting and Havdalah Potluck

Sisterhood will sponsor 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. This event will be held in a private home; please contact officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org to RSVP and obtain the address.
              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.   
Save the Date - October 23, 2019
Sisterhood Paid-in Membership Dinner

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.

Buy Grocery Cards - Help Support TBC!

Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's, and Stew Leonard's have agreed to sell the Temple gift cards at a discount of 5-10%. Our congregants purchase the gift cards (they look just like credit cards) from the Temple at face value and use them as cash when shopping at the participating supermarkets. They may be purchased in increments of $100. Please email certificates@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions and to purchase the cards.
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!

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

Sukkah Raising
Sunday, October 13 at 12:30 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

Sukkah Lowering
Sunday, October 20 at 12:30 pm

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

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

Yahrzeits, August 30-September 5

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

Hilda Landau Monday 9/2/2019 mother of Charles Landau
Jesse Louis Herron Tuesday 9/3/2019 father of Nan Ruben
Sally Ravich Tuesday 9/3/2019 mother of Peggy Zamore
K. Harold Bolton Wednesday 9/4/2019 grandfather of Robert Bolton

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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