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November 28, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, November 29, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, November 30, 7:30 pm  - Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, December 1, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, December 1, 11:30 am - Cystic Fibrosis Bridge of Hope Joyride Cycling Studio Fundraiser
  • Sunday, December 2, 9:30 am  - Religious School
  • Sunday, December 2, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class
  • Monday, December 3, 5:30 pm - Community Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting (Congregation Shir Shalom, Ridgefield)
  • Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, December 5, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
  • Thursday, December 6, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Social Action JoyRide Cycling Studio Fundraiser
Our Social Action Committee through WiAct supports Cystic Fibrosis Bridge of Hope by providing meals to and helping drive the patients that come here for treatment . Jane Alexander is organizing a fundraising ride at JoyRide for CF Bridge of Hope on December 1 at 11:30 am.  It is $40 to ride and the money we raise will truly help to save someone's life.   Jane has already booked her bike and hopes you can join her.  No experience necessary. Just go to the JoyRide Wilton website events page , set up an account and choose your bike!  
Community Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting

Temple B'nai Chaim and Congregation Shir Shalom are continuing our new tradition of co-hosting a community Hanukkah celebration and Menorah Lighting on Ridgefield's Main Street! Mark your calendars, join us, and bring your neighbors! December 3 at 5:30 pmMore information!
Consecration & Hanukkah Family Shabbat Service with Preneg
Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) 
Join us for Consecration and a Hanukkah Family Shabbat Service when we will be celebrating the Consecration of some of our youngest students!
The evening begins with preneg at 6:00 pm (pizza and veggies!) and then continues with a very special Family Service at 6:30 pm where the K/1 class will join Rabbi Bearman on the bimah as they lead the congregation in song, story and worship followed by a birthday celebration and Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to  RSVP Share your simcha. sponsor a pre-neg, Oneg, or flowers!

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog posting: " Being a Kid at Temple. "
  Also -- Save the date for the  Shabbat Family Service with Preneg  on Friday, January 4!
Annual Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration!
Sunday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 pm 

Please join the women of TBC's Sisterhood for an evening of good company and good cheer at our annual Hanukkah Dinner and Celebration - Sunday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 pm, at the home of Wendy Nadel, 40 Sharp Hill Road Wilton.  Please bring a pot luck dish to share and a wrapped gift valued at $15-$20 for our gift exchange.  RSVP to Ria Miller by Friday, December 7.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Hanukkah Gift Cards for Wilton Families
Hanukkah begins December 2 this year and Wilton Social Services has reached out to the Social Action Committee for donations of $100 gift cards for the Jewish families. This year they have 12 children, 5 are college age. The parents can do their own shopping when they receive the gift cards. Please donate to the  Tzedakah Fund  for us to buy the cards. 
D'var Torah by Rabbi Bearman and Rabbi Kipnes
From Rabbi Bearman: "I am so, so pleased to finally be able to share the midrash that I wrote with Rabbi Paul Kipnes about our matriarch's last moments with her youngest child. I hope that you'll read our piece and let me know what you think! And, when you visit the page, don't forget to scroll down and read Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks' wonderful Davar Acher!" Click Here to read 'When Ben-Oni Becomes Benjamin: Rachel's Midrashic Monologue'

The holidays are approaching and we will all be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. Your purchases can make a difference!  AmazonSmile donates to TBC when you shop at AmazonSmile and select Temple B'nai Chaim or use this link .  
"Do a mitzvah in your sleep!" Overflow Homeless Shelter
Overflow Homeless Shelter volunteers arrive at the First Congregational Church, 164  Deer Hill Avenue,  Danbury at 9:00 pm and stay until 7:00 am. Each night there are two volunteers, usually one male and one female. We typically cover 3 weeks each season.  The upcoming dates are December 24 to December 30, January 28 to February 3, and February 25 to March 3. More information.......     Contact  Peggy Zamore  if interested!

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.
Above - TBC and other volunteers at the Dorothy
Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen
Common Threads

While our Upper Fairfield County Federation is a community of communities, we are also a vast library of stories and a vibrant garden with interconnected roots. This year, with the coordination and leadership of our Federation, many of those communities - congregations, organizations, and others - have joined together to create Common Threads, a year-long project to explore our diverse ancestry and heritage and how it weaves together into our strong and integrated Upper Fairfield County community. More Information and schedule.
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

A great way of celebrating special simchas, such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is sharing your nachas with the entire congregation by sponsoring the Shabbat Oneg, preneg or flowers for the Friday of your special week. We will arrange for the flowers, food, and set-up, you just make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers. Sponsor a Shabbat!
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Saturday, December 1 at 11:30 am
JoyRide Cycling Studio, 3 Godfrey Place, Wilton

Community Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting
Co-hosted by Temple B'nai Chaim and Congregation Shir Shalom
Monday, December 3 at 5:30 pm
Main Street, Ridgefield (CVS Plaza, next to Prime Burger)

Tzedakah Fest
Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 pm
Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport

Annual Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration!
Sunday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 pm at the home of Wendy Nadel

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 pm
Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport

Honoring Legislators who passed the CT Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill
Sunday, December 16 following The Pianist of Willesden Lane at 3:00 pm
Positano Ristorante, 27 Powers Court, Westport

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, December 24 to Sunday, December 30 at 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, January 4 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Yahrzeits, November 30 - December 6

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

Margo Berger Horwitz Friday 11/30/2018 mother of Heidi Marcus
Estelle Kalvarsky Wakoff Friday 11/30/2018 mother of Gary Wakoff
Armen Dildilian Saturday 12/1/2018 father of Karen Tartell
Samuel Jaffe Sunday 12/2/2018 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Phyllis Kauffman Sunday 12/2/2018 mother of Paul Kauffman
Robert Tartell Monday 12/3/2018 father of Ross Tartell
Saul Heft Tuesday 12/4/2018 remembered by the Heft Family
Nicholas Felan Diaz Thursday 12/6/2018 great grandfather of Shannon McAvoy

It is traditional to light a memorial candle on the eve of the yahrzeit at home and to recite Kaddish when lighting the yahrzeit candle. It is also a custom to make donations in memory of loved ones around the time of yahrzeit.
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Temple B'nai Chaim
, 82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel