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TBC Events through September 30, 2015 

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

  • Friday, September 25, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Sunday, September 27, 10:00 am: Sukkah Raising!
  • Sunday, September 27, 9:30 am: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2:30 pmDorothy Day / Danbury Soup Kitchen
  • Wednesday, September 30, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
Blessing the Torah with our Children on Rosh Hashanah

Please Participate With TBC Members in a
Reunion of 
Czech  Holocaust Torah Scrolls!

In 1968, the Westminster Synagogue in London took possession of 1,564 Torah scrolls from the government of Czechoslovakia.  None of the communities who had cherished these Torahs survived the Holocaust, and Westminster Synagogue determined to restore and find homes for their Torahs. Over the years, over 75 of these Torah scrolls have been distributed to communities in New England, including our Temple B'nai Chaim in 1978.  Our Czech Torah has taken a long path to Georgetown since it was first written in 1832, and now this scroll is an important part of our b'nai mitzvah program and other traditions, and ties us to a deeply meaningful past.
On Sunday morning, October 4th 2015 , Temple Sinai in Sharon, MA will hold a special service to mark the completion of their year-long restoration of their Czech Torah scroll.  To celebrate this milestone, Temple Sinai has invited every New England congregation with a Czech Torah to bring their scrolls to a special reunion.  This should be a truly meaningful event and it would be wonderful if several of us would like to participate.  If you are interested in accompanying our Czech Torah and other TBC members to this once in a lifetime experience, please contact Tom Dubin tomdubin@optimum.net ) or Pam Klem ( tdnpk@optonline.net ).
You can learn a bit more about the Czech Torahs and Westminster Synagogue's work from these YouTube videos:
Don't Forget the TBC High Holy Day Appeal!

Please participate in TBC's High Holy Day Appeal for 5776 / 2015. Donation cards have been mailed out to all members. You may also donate online -- click here  and select "High Holy Day Appeal" fund.
Join Us for Sukkah Raising - Sunday, September 27

The Men's Club will be leading up the annual raising of our Sukkah on Sunday, September 27th at 10:00 am.  Please come and help us put together our Sukkah on the TBC side driveway.  We look forward to good spirits and a fun event.  All are welcome.  Bring your stepladder and tools (or not).  Contact Jeff Spector with any questions at jms884@gmail.com  or 203-956-6367.
RSVP for October 2 Sukkot Family Service and Dinner -- by September 30!

Come see the Religious School students' decorations that will be displayed in the Sukkah and meet our new Israeli emissary, Shaked.  Dinner in the Sukkah begins at 5:45 pm, followed by Family Services at 6:30 pm. DINNER RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY WEDNESDAY, September 30. The fee for the Sukkot dinner is $14 per Adult, $8 per Child (5-12 years old) and free for children under 5. RSVP to Jennifer Haynos at eddirector@templebnaichaim.org. Please contact Rachel Clott at daqdog@aol.com or Brenda Lang at curv4@aol.com if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help.
RSVP for Sukkot Dinner, Havdalah, Film and Discussion - October 3

Our Crowd, the Ritual Committee and Adult Education invite all adult TBC members to join us on October 3rd at 6 pm for a Sukkot pot luck dinner, Havdalah service, and a screening of the recent  film, "A Woman in Gold", starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.  We will serve dessert and look forward to a lively discussion after the film. Click here to RSVP and indicate what type of food you would like to contribute (vegetarian and fish only). We look forward to seeing you for a wonderful and celebratory evening.  Contact Ria Miller at riahmiller@hotmail.com for any questions regarding the event.
Movie: Price for Freedom - September 30 (7:00 pm)

The Prospector Theater |  (203) 438-0136 | 25 Prospect Street, Ridgefield CT

"Price for Freedom", is a new motion picture starring Paul Sorvino ("Nixon", "Goodfellas", "The Firm"), Navid Negahban ("Homeland", "American Sniper"), Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland and Mandy Bruno ("Guiding Light").   "Price For Freedom" is based on the book written in 2013 by prominent NYC dental implant surgeon Dr. Marc Benhuri.  It is a chilling account of how members of his family were terrorized, tortured, and murdered in Iran when Ayatollah Khomeni seized power in 1979. Cast members Robert Vaughn and Robert Clohessy are expected to attend together with special guests.  Click here for more information!
Save the Date for Stop Hunger Now

Save the date! On Saturday, October 24, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 5th annual Stop Hunger Now packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 160,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers.

Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3500 as a Congregation that will fund 12,000 meals which will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. If you would like to support this event, you can send a check to TBC and note that it is for Stop Hunger Now. This year each meal costs $0.29 (an increase of 4 cents/meal) so $1.45 buys 5 meals, $15 buys 52 meals and $100 buys 345 meals -- still a really good deal.

The sign-up will be later in September and further details will be provided soon. 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 feel free to contact Don Weber at mdweb27@me.com.  If you would like to support this event, you can send a check to TBC and note that it is for Stop Hunger Now; or contribute using our online donation form and select "Stop Hunger Now/Tzedakah Fund."
JFS Life Transitions Workshops: Concerns & Issues Related to Job Loss

Wednesdays at 11:00 am.  A weekly support group for the unemployed is being held at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor.  The group will provide a forum to discuss and explore the concerns and issues related to job loss and to find alternative solutions for career satisfaction. The group is a collaborative effort between JFS Counseling and Employment & Training Departments. To register or for more information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email at: rkanefsky@ctjfs.org
Yahrzeits, September 25-October 1, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Lawrence List Friday 9/25/2015 father of Deborah List
Minnie Learman Sunday 9/27/2015 mother-in-law of Alice Learman
Estelle Marion Fried Tuesday 9/29/2015 mother of Bonnie Heft
Sarah Leder Jaffe Tuesday 9/29/2015 grandmother of Sharon Sobel
Jean Sullivan Tuesday 9/29/2015 grandmother of Linda Bolton
Edgar Rolle Wednesday 9/30/2015 father of Alan Rolle
Walter Jack Bear Thursday 10/1/2015 father of Joe Bear
Sheldon Malmon Thursday 10/1/2015 father of Ellen Malmon
Lynn Steinmetz Thursday 10/1/2015 sister of Louise Shames
Hyman Wolfman Thursday 10/1/2015 father of Michael Wolfman