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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
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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 May 7, 2015 

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

  • Friday, May 1, 5:45 pm: K-4th Grade dinner and Shabbat Service
  • Friday, May 1, 6:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, May 2, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah of James Curto - Send a Chai Greeting Card to wish James Mazl tov on his bar mitzvah
  • Sunday, May 3, 9:30 am: Sunday Morning Stretch
  • Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 pm: Adult Ed: Who Wrote the Bible?

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar )
  • Wednesday, April 29: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, April 30: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, May 3: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, May 6: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, May 6: Confirmation Classes
  • Thursday, May 7: Religious School in Session
Religious School Israel Day - April 26, 2015 
A trip to Israel with food, drinks, a special activity and Mizrach art!
More pictures and videos here! 
B'nai Mitzvah Projects
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.
Wilton's Second Annual Interfaith Service
of Hope and Renewal, Saturday, May 2, 5:00 pm
Rabbi Bearman will be participating in a Service of Hope and Renewal at the Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton. Click for more information.
Who Wrote the Bible?
Tuesday May 5, 7:30 pm

If you've ever wondered what people meant when they talked about the "J" text or puzzled over why the Torah has two creation stories, two Flood stories and thress versions of the Ten Commandments, come find out!

TBC member Stephen Davis will provide an overview of the theory that the Torah as we know it was actually compiled from several earlier sources.

Shop for Sisterhood!

May 1 through May 9  


Think: Mother's Day/Father's Day Graduations/Hostess

Gifts: Graduation/Showers! Sisterhood Receives 20% of Sales at

PATRICIA's PRESENTS, which features handmade jewelry, purses, unique funky clothing, gifts for the equestrian, pet lover or gardener, and items for kids and men.  The address is:  199 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield, CT 06877.  (Go North on RT 7. Store is in shopping center just past The Little Pub on the left)    


Sisterhood Book Club
Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm 


Sisterhood will be discussing The Faith Club, by Ranya Idliby.  A groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, The Faith Club weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another. When an American Muslim woman befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, they decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions.

Celebrate Cantor Sobel's 25 Years at TBC!
For this year's annual fundraiser we are honoring Cantor Sobel's 25 years at TBC culminating in a celebratory service and festive oneg on Friday, June 5. As we look towards an exciting future for our Temple community, we want to remember and honor the past which has provided the foundation for what we are living, sharing and experiencing today. 

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

PS:  We're still looking for pictures from the past of Cantor Sobel!  Contact Kim O'Rielly in the office by May 8th.

Missing White Ceramic Platters

If anyone might have taken a platter or 2 home with them after the Passover Seder, please ask them to return to the temple.  We are missing several. Contact Kim O'Rielly in the TBC office 203-544-8695.

Adult Education Volunteers Needed!

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.
"Global Antisemitism and the United States: the Impact on University Campuses"


Dr. Charles Asher Small, the Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also the Koret Distinguished Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was the founding Director of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), the first interdisciplinary research center on anti-semitism at a North American university. Sunday, May 3, 2 pm, Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Free of charge and open to the community. Click here for more information.  

Nancy Spielberg's Documentary Above and Beyond, May 7

Nancy Spielberg (yes, the sister of Steven Spielberg!) is coming to the Federation! Nancy will show her new documentary Above and Beyond and answer questions. Tickets required. Call RSVP 203-267-3177. Click here for more information.
An Evening of Hope: "My Father was a Nazi, I am a Jew!"

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger (author of, "A German Life: Against all Odds, a Life is Possible"), will be speaking on Thursday, May 14th, at the Emanuel Synagogue. Dinner at 5:30 pm & program at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information.
Jewish Family Service Support Groups
  • Living with Autism Support Group. Beginning Monday, May 11, meetings will be held at the JFS Stamford Office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Fl.
  • Who Will Care For Me? Challenges of Caring for an Aging Loved One, Wednesday, June 3, at the Stamford JCC.
  • An Evening with JFS.  Sunday, May 3 , 5:30 pm.  Celebrating 40 years of service at  Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford !  
  • JFS Divorce Support Group, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm in JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E. Suite 11.
  • JFS Divorce Support Group, Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm in JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St, 6th floor.
  • Let's Talk- Thursdays, 11 am.   Don't miss this opportunity to meet new people at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue
  • JFS Caregiver Support Group-Sundays at 5 pm at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. 
  • JFS Life Transitions -Wednesdays at 11:30  am  Support group for unemployed at Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer St, 6thFl.
  • JFS Bereavement Support -- Tuesdays at 10:30 am.
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!

Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th
e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Yahrzeits, May 1 - May 7, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Barbara Markowitz Friday 5/1/2015 friend of Carrie and Harvey Kulawitz
Louis R. Hurwitz Saturday 5/2/2015 grandfather of Ruth Hurwitz
Eileen G. Portnoy Saturday 5/2/2015 mother of Dina Gumins
Harold Goodman Monday 5/4/2015 great grandfather of David Mann
Janet Bernstein Tuesday 5/5/2015 mother of Steven Bernstein
Julius Cahn Tuesday 5/5/2015 father of Kiki Cahn
Robert A. Heisler Tuesday 5/5/2015 brother of Michele Scruton
Edith Weinstein Tuesday 5/5/2015 grandmother of Dana Umerley
Milton Greenbaum Wednesday 5/6/2015 father of Susan Hagan
Morton Metzger Wednesday 5/6/2015 grandfather of Dina Levi
Joy Bower Thursday 5/7/2015 mother of Sandi Prince
Saul Littman Thursday 5/7/2015 father of Alice Czuczka
William Sobel Thursday 5/7/2015 father of Ken Sobel