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April 22, 2015
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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly 


President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by
Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

TBC Events through April 30, 2015 

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)

  • Friday, April 24, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, April 25, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, April 25, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah of John Shiller - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish John Mazl tov on his bar mitzvah
  • Sunday, April 26, 4:00 pm: Stop Hunger Now Benefit Concert (see below)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2:30 pm: Dorothy Day Hospitality House (see below)

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar )
  • Thursday, April 23: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, April 26: Religious School in Session - Israel Independence Day
  • Wednesday, April 29: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, April 30: Religious School in Session

Opportunity for Post-Confirmation HS Students

(Below: current and past TBC participants include David Baulsir, Ethan Heft, Sarah Heft, Samantha Hollander, Miranda Rosenblum and Nathan Sobel.)

The Miller High School Honors Program 
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

We invite you to join other 11th and 12th grade students from the greater New York area to learn with students & leaders of the Reform Movement. More information here:  http://bit.ly/1o3c4Pd 
Stop Hunger Now Benefit Concert

The Stop Hunger Now Benefit Concert is on Sunday, April 26th at 4 pm
at the WEPCO Church Complex, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, with many Middlebrook students (as well as some Wilton High School students) performing along with Wilton Police Officer Anna Rita Tornello, a wonderful lyric soprano, and Erica vanderLinde Feidner, an accomplished concert pianist.  The Concert raises funds both for Middlebrook's 20,000 meal event by 7 Green Team students on May 14th and also for the (hopefully) 200,000 meal Wi-ACT event on October 24th (up from 160,000 meals packaged this past October) with over 800 volunteers doing the packaging during five shifts. TBC members have always been great supporters of the Stop Hunger Now project, so let's pitch in! Admission: $10. 
Adult Education Committee?

Are you interested in Adult Education at TBC??   Join the Adult Education Committee and help develop the program for the coming year.   Contact Barbara Dobbin at bdobbin@juno.com or 203 438 4152.
Cantor Sobel Pictures?

For our upcoming fund raiser and celebration in honor of Cantor Sobel, we're looking for some pictures.   These can be of the Cantor from any occasion such as b'nai mitzvah, Purim shpiels, confirmation, or  simply casual photos over the years. Photos can be in either hard copy or digital format.   Please send them to or drop them off with Kim O'Reilly in the office by May 8th. Any questions, contact Kim.
Dorothy Day Hospitality House aka Danbury Soup Kitchen

Wednesday, April 29th, 2:30 - 5:15. Check your calendar- and plan to join us! Have a great time doing great work! RSVP :) Association of Religious Communities will be providing sandwiches! YES!!! And,while we have you here, mark your calendars for Monday, June 22nd - next Pantry day!
Celebrate Cantor Sobel's 25 Years

In the next few weeks we will kick off our Annual Fund Raiser which will culminate in a Shabbat Celebration and Special Oneg to celebrate TBC's history and Cantor Sobel's 25 years at TBC. We have so much to celebrate and will be reaching out to everyone to participate in some way. Please save the date, June 5th
, to attend a very special service and event and begin thinking about the many ways you can contribute to our Annual Fund Raiser in Cantor Sobel's honor. 

If you'd like to get more involved in this exciting program, please contact Dina Gumins.

B'nai Mitzvah Projects

A number of our B'nai Mitzvah students have asked to have their mitzvah projects highlighted on the TBC website. They include: Jimmy Curto, Grace Goldberg, Maden Herve, Jack Potash, Drew Saumier, and Ethan Klotz. In some cases students are seeking help from the congregation in making their projects successful. Please take a look by clicking here!

All students preparing for their bat and bar mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a mitzvah project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website. Click here to view the project profile form.

Norwalk Emergency Shelter

Open Door Shelter - Soup Kitchen 
at 4 Merritt St, Norwalk 203-866-1057. We help prepare and cook dinner for over 100 Shelter clients. We work under the supervision of a chef, serve and then clean up after the meal. This is a very hands on, very satisfying volunteer effort. The only requirement is that volunteers be over 18 years old.

We volunteer the fourth Thursday of every month. We usually have a TBC crew of about 3-4 people. The cooking starts at 3:30 pm and we work until 7:00 pm.  You can come for all of the sessions, or come early (3:30-5:30 pm) and/or come later (5:30-7:00 pm) or any time in between. 

Dates  (4th Thursday of the month except dates with asterisks): April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 19* & December 17*.

Contact: Melinda Weber at:socialaction@templebnaichaim.org 

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 help

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. Click here to participate
To the right - TBC and other volunteers at the
Dorothy Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen  
Yahrzeits, April 24-April 30, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

David Krengel Saturday 4/25/2015 father of Marilyn Van Raalte
Dorothy Mosow Hurwitz Sunday 4/26/2015 grandmother of Ruth Hurwitz
Mary Kramer Monday 4/27/2015 great aunt of Jon Sobel
Blanche Cramer Tuesday 4/28/2015 grandmother of Gary Cramer
Bella Edelman Wednesday 4/29/2015 grandmother of Jodi Simon Stewart