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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, March 10, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, March 12, 9:00 am: Bar Mitzvah Matthew Zuckerman. Send a Chai greeting card to wish Matthew mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Saturday, March 12, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, March 12, 11:15 am: Bat Mitzvah of Aaron Haynos. Send a Chai greeting card to wish Aaron mazel tov on his bar mitzvah!
  • Sunday, March 13:
    • 9:30 am: Religious School in Session
    • 11:30 am: Grade 8, 9 & 10 Confirmation
    • 4:00 pm:Sisterhood Chai Tea / Inner Queen
  • Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 pm: Common Scriptures for the Common Good: Jews, Christians and Muslims
  • Wednesday, March 16, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, March 17, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session

Last Week's Family Shabbat Worship & Shir Appeal Concert
Common Scriptures for the Common Good:
Jews, Christians & Muslims

Attend the Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Lecture on  March 15 at 7:00 pm to hear a panel discussion by local clergy for this Interfaith Program on Common Scriptures for the Common Good: Jews, Christians & Muslims. The panel will explore what is similar in the sacred texts of our traditions with a view to the commonalities furthering interfaith dialogue in an age when that dialogue is desperately needed.  Rev. Mary Grace Williams, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, will moderate. The panel will be: Rabbi Rachel Bearman, Temple B'nai Chaim; Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, Wilton Baptist Church; and Dr. Kareem Adeeb, American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies. No charge but donations are always welcome. Registration strongly suggested. 
Help Support TBC - Become a Trustee or Committee Member

Please contact David Sklar, TBC's Governance Chair, if you are able to be more involved in TBC as a Trustee at Large or by serving on a committee.  Step up and support TBC with your time and talents! 
Purim is Coming! Order Your Shalach Manot Now! 

Purim is on Friday March 25 at 7:30! The Shabbat service will be followed by a special reading of the Book of Esther, then a festive holiday oneg! In the book of Esther, two of the mitzvot that are associated with Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In verse 9:22 of the book of Esther it says: " [Mordechai wrote to the Jews] to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor."

At TBC, we combine these two mitzvot into our Shalach Manot fundraiser, a fun way to support TBC by sending gifts to friends, as well as TBC clergy, staff, teachers and tutors. Please join us in celebrating Purim through this annual tradition!

To order your Shalach Manot, click HERE.  In the form, you will have the opportunity to reciprocate, which means that we will send a bag on your behalf to anyone that sends to you.

Help Needed! Syrian Refugee Family Arriving in Wilton March 10

The Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT) will be sponsoring a Syrian refugee family consisting of a 33-year-old widow and her five children aged 12, 11, 8, 5 and 2. The family is scheduled to arrive at JFK on March 10th, and Wi-ACT plans to pick them up there and bring them to the transitional housing that the School Sisters of Notre Dame are so generously providing on their campus on Belden Hill Road. The family is Sunni Muslim and speaks Arabic. Wi-ACT will keep us posted on developments.


Arabic speakers needed! Does anyone at TBC speak Arabic? If so, or if you can help in other ways, please email Don Weber at: mdweb27@me.com

TBC Sisterhood and Rabbi Bearman Invite You to "Embrace Your Inner Queen!"

What do we really know about the queens of the Purim story? On Sunday, March 13th, at 4:00 pm we'll explore the lives and personalities of Vashti and Esther. Were they as different as our tradition teaches? Which one is the best role model? Which one was the most fun? Grab your tiara and join us for savories, sweets and Chai Tea as we search for the answers to these questions and more!

RSVP to sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org by March 9th. Free to Sisterhood members and new TBC women members.  $10.00 for non-Sisterhood members.
TBC's Lower East Side Trip, Sunday April 10!

Join TBC's Our Crowd for a day on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to explore Jewish immigration, history, and deli! The itinerary will include a tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, and lunch at Katz Deli. More information here! Questions? Email Ria Miller at riahmiller@hotmail.com or call at (203) 240-6408
B'nai Mitzvah Project Profile

Students preparing for their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website. (Click here to view the project proflie form).

Please note that before you complete this form, you must submit your mitzvah project proposal to Rabbi Bearman. For examples of TBC profiles that have been posted, see the TBC Mitzvah Projects Page.
'Nicky's Family' Wilton Library New Perspectives Film Series
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Nicky's Family , a 2013 docudrama, tells the story of how an ordinary British stockbroker Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of 669 children from Prague just before the outbreak of World War II.  Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. More information and registration here!
College Ahead - An Evening for Parents and Teens - Tuesday March 22  

The highly anticipated annual program for the community, co-sponsored by the Stamford Jewish Community Center, featuring prominent college admissions deans as a panel exploring the essential issues all high school strudents and their parents need to know as they begin the process. Moderated by Claire D. Friedlander, Jewish Family Service College Consultant, the program will take place at no cost at the Stamford JCC.  More information here
Connect with National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)

Don't miss these exciting opportunities to connect with the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)!  Please contact Rabbi Bearman ( RabbiBearman@templebnaichaim.org) if you have any questions and/or would like to request financial assistance to attend one of these wonderful programs!
TBC Diaper Collection Project!

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.  

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander 203 762-8605 Jane@nodhill.net
Yahrzeits, March 11 -March 17, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

  Eugene Bower Friday 3/11/2016 father of Sandi Prince
  Jill Buttrick Friday 3/11/2016 sister of Claire Fennessey
  Hy Berkowitz Saturday 3/12/2016 grandfather of Ruth Hurwitz
  Seymour Gluck Sunday 3/13/2016 father of Ronnie Ross
  Renee Weiss Rollins Sunday 3/13/2016 mother of Maxine Margolin
  Rae Yurman Sunday 3/13/2016 mother of Steve Yurman
  Louise Zacune Monday 3/14/2016 sister of Fran Heizler
  Edwin Axel Tuesday 3/15/2016 father of Steven Axel
  Ethel Binder Tuesday 3/15/2016 mother of Ann Sitomer
  Max Aronow Wednesday 3/16/2016 uncle of Meryll wolfman
  Izak Hirshtal Thursday 3/17/2016 step-father of Boris Frenkiel
  Ruth Artson Shauer Thursday 3/17/2016 mother of Marlene Serby
  Lillian Greenwald Sobel Thursday 3/17/2016 mother of Ken Sobel