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Temple B'nai Chaim
Phone: 203 544-8695
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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 


Chailites News Item Submissions   

Please note that events and news for Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

TBC Events through March 19, 2015 

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

  • Friday, March 13, 7:30: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, March 14, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, March 14, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah of Aidan Mettel - Click here to wish Aidan Mazel Tov by making a donation to TBC in his honor!
  • Sunday, March 15, 9:30 am: Sunday Morning Stretch
  • Monday, March 16, 9:00 am: Our Daily Bread/Danbury Food Pantry
  • Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm: Who is My Neighbor? (See below)

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar )
  • Wednesday, March 11: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, March 12: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, March 15: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, March 18: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, March 18: Confirmation Classes in session
  • Thursday, March 19: Religious School in session

Journey to Passover

Community Passover Seder

This year TBC will welcome members and guests to a Community Passover Seder, on Saturday, April 4 (Second Night of Passover). Doors open at 5:30 pm, the Seder begins at 6:00 pm. This will be the first Passover Seder we've had at TBC in a number of years and a great opportunity to meet together with congregants and friends and strengthen our community. The event is open to all, and members are encouraged to invite their non-TBC friends and acquaintances, of any denomination!

The event will be catered, with hors d'oeuvres, a Kosher-style dinner and vegetarian options. The cost will be $22 for adults, $14 for children ages 4-14; children under 4 are free. Please R.S.V.P. using this link, or call your reservation in to the TBC Office at (203) 544-8695.

Passover Stories

Every member of TBC has a Jewish journey or personal story that leads to Passover and its celebration of liberation. This year we are inviting congregants to remember and share their personal journeys and to contribute their thoughts and memories to post to our new Journey to Passover Stories blog. They can be simple and brief or they can be longer stories. Please participate by sending your story to Susan Farber at membership@templebnaichaim.org.

Passover Plates


To bring a greater sense of Passover spirit to TBC, we're asking members to contribute photos of their families' Seder plates! Please take a high- resolution picture of your plate and send the image to archive@templebnaichaim.org. Photos received will be included in our seder plate collage at TBC!  Click here to see the photos we've already received.

Support JFS Passover Basket Project 

Danbury Jewish Family Services (JFS) has taken up the challenge of ensuring that everyone in the Greater Danbury Jewish community is able to celebrate Passover holiday nutritiously, ritually and with pride of heritage. TBC has participated in this project for many years. Coordinating with the Danbury Jewish Family Serivces we are working to ensure that those families in need can celebrate Passover by providing grocery store gift cards and some Passover items.

For some, Passover can be a significant financial burden. This is especially true in these challenging economic times. We support this effort by providing Kosher for Passover food and grocery store gift cards so the families can make purchases on their own. JFS adds "seder" staples (wine, plate, Haggadot, etc.). This will enable recipients to have the foods they need for the Seder and to observe our traditions. Seeking donations to the Tzedaka Fund in support of this most important project.

Contact: Melinda Weber ... melinda@westportcompany.com
whoAnd Who is My Neighbor?  Rabbi Bearman will Participate in Wi-ACT Series at Wilton Library
The Wilton Clergy Association, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), and the Wilton Library are sponsoring:  AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? How Our Community Can Respond to Differences, Divisions and Conflicts. This will be a four part series that takes place on four Tuesdays - March 10, 17, 24, and 31 - from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Wilton Library. [NOTE START TIME CORRECTION!]  Register today for this exciting Community Education Opportunity! Rabbi Bearman will be participating in the fourth session (March 31) which will include a panel of local clergy.  Click here for more information.  

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 
Help Make TBC Part of the Conversation
Someone once referred to TBC as Fairfield County's "best kept secret" for Reform families. We need you to make us "less of a secret." Under Rabbi Bearman's spiritual leadership, there are great things ahead. Let's share the joy of TBC and continue to attract new families to our
community. Here's what you can do:
  • Invite potential members to upcoming TBC events: The Community Passover Seder (April 4), Shabbat Services, an adult education event...
  • Introduce TBC to friends and family who are new to the area, unaffiliated, or who might be interested in a new Judaic experience for their family.
If you know of families who are interested in TBC, please email their contact information to Deborah List or Susan Farber at membership@templebnaichaim.org.  
Spread the word to friends, neighbors, new additions to your town. 
A robust membership serves many purposes and will make us a richer, broader, more vibrant community. Help us 'sing our own praises' and be a part of  expanding our membership for the future...and for NOW.
B'nai Mitzvah Project Profiles

A number of our b'nai mitzvah students are seeking help with their mitzvah projects.  Check them out here!  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.)  
Maden Herve's Bar Mitzvah is May 30.  See his mitzvah project profile here.
Jewish Film Festival
The 2015 edition of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival has a diverse array of 38 programs celebrating the grand sweep of the Jewish experience. This year's lineup of dramas and documentaries includes several exciting previews ( Phoenix, Felix and Meira, The Farewell Party,Famous Nathan) - and new releases from Israel and around the world. Many programs will be followed by discussions with some very special guests, and there are also three live performances! This promises to be an extraordinary three weeks. At the Jacob Burns Film Center. 
Purim at TBC!
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.

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander 203 762-8605 Jane@nodhill.net

For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.

Yahrzeits, March 13-March 19, 2015  
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Seymour Gluck Friday 3/13/2015 father of Ronnie Ross
Renee Weiss Rollins Friday 3/13/2015 mother of Maxine Margolin
Rae Yurman Friday 3/13/2015 mother of Steve Yurman
Louise Zacune Saturday 3/14/2015 sister of Fran Heizler
Ethel Binder Sunday 3/15/2015 mother of Ann Sitomer
Max Aronow Monday 3/16/2015 uncle of Meryll wolfman
Izak Hirshtal Tuesday 3/17/2015 step-father of Boris Frenkiel
Ruth Artson Shauer Tuesday 3/17/2015 mother of Marlene Serby
Lillian Greenwald Sobel Tuesday 3/17/2015 mother of Ken Sobel
Christopher Vaughan Wednesday 3/18/2015 stepfather of Lorien Saumier

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