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September 11, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, September 13, 4:45 pm - Teen High Holiday Choirs Rehearsal
  • Friday, September 13, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, September 14, 9:00 am - Isaac Krasner Bar Mitzvah Send a Chai Card
  • Saturday, September 14, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, September 14, 11:15 am  - Annabella Ruth Stewart Bat Mitzvah  Send a Chai Card
  • Sunday, September 15, 9:30 AM - Let's Play Ball! - TBC Community Softball Game
  • Monday, September 16, 7:30 pm - TBC Members Book Club
  • Wednesday, September 18, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
Membership / School Forms
If you have a child in religious school, we must have your membership package as well as your school forms for them to attend school. If you do not have a child in the religious school we still need you to send in your package asap so that we can send you out your High Holiday tickets!
Let's Play Ball!
TBC Community Softball Game & Food Collection
Sunday, September 15, 9:30 am
Jensen Field (Rte. 7) 
2 Sanford Station Road, Ridgefield

The whole TBC community is invited to join in the fun! Everyone of any age can participate. We'll have T-ball equipment for our youngest players (and anyone else who wants to use it). You can choose to play, watch, cheer, keep score, manage the lineups, hand out snacks... Bring a lawn chair. Bring your coffee. Spend a fun morning with your TBC community. Click here to let us know you'll be there!

This great community event replaces Religious School for the day. Students in grades K-3 must be accompanied by a parent.

Admission Price 
Bring one or more of the following items most needed now by the Daily Bread Food Pantry:
breakfast cereal, macaroni & cheese, pasta, canned tuna, canned chicken, ramen noodle soups (chicken flavors only), personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant)

Rain Date: Sunday, September 22                                   For more information: Karin Beitel
High Holy Day Newsletter - Tickets for Family and Friends
Special   Opportunity  for Non-Members to Attend Family Services
Erev Rosh Hashanah is Sunday, September 29. For everyone who has returned a membership package, we have sent tickets for all immediate family members, along with the High Holy Day newsletter. If you haven't sent back your membership package yet, please send it as soon as possible in order to not delay your tickets!

If you wish to purchase tickets for other family members, children over 24, or friends, please click HERE to fill out the form.

Special Family Services High Holy Days Ticket Prices for Non-Members
This year, as we celebrate our new High Holy Day prayer book for families (Mishkan HaNefesh For Youth), we are adding an opportunity for non-members who would like to attend family services (only) to purchase High Holy Day Tickets at the special price of $54 each. Normally, this special price is only available to family members of current TBC members, but this year, ANYONE who wants to attend Family Services has the opportunity to purchase special tickets for this lower amount. We encourage TBC Members to let your friends know and invite them to check out High Holy Day Family Services at TBC! 
Click HERE to order non-member tickets for family services. Share http://bit.ly/tbcfsohhdtks so your friends can order tickets for the family services!
   Teen Choir for the High Holy Days!
This year's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services will feature a fabulous  TEEN CHOIR ! If you're a post B'nai Mitzvah student and are interested in participating, please send an email to Student Cantor Hamstra and add the following rehearsal dates to your calendars!

Teen Choir Rehearsal Times:
September 13, 4:45 - 5:45 pm
September 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
October 6, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Everyone who wants to participate will have a chance. If these times don't work for you but you want to be in the choir, you should still reach out to Student Cantor Hamstra. Thank you in advance to our amazing teens for adding their voices to our High Holy Day experience!
  TBC Book Club Meeting! 

TBC book club meeting will be held on September 16 at 7:30 pm and we will be reading Memoirs of a Fortunate Jew: An Italian Story by Dan Vittorio Segre. For location more information contact Ria MillerThis is for TBC members only. 
Send Rosh Hashanah Sweetness 

ime to send Rosh Hashanah Honey for a Sweet New Year greetings to your TBC friends and love d ones. The ordering deadline is September 17.  Don't miss out on the opportunity! 
This annual fundraiser funds the break-fast following Yom Kippur services that Sisterhood provides for the full comm unity. TBC members have multiple sponsorship levels of giving opportunities. Each sponsor level sends one jar of local honey to every TBC member family, clergy and staff. Alternatively you can send honey to particular congregants within TBC or choose to reciprocate to those who send honey to you. This is a nice way to send a sweet "thank you" to your child's religious school teacher / tutor.
Click here to order online. Questions? Email honey@templebnaichaim.org .
Join Wilton Congregational Church 
for Emanuel Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm

The forgiving acts of the survivor and family members of the victims influenced the healing process of the devastated community of Charleston and impacted our nation. Emaneul examines the powerful ways faith, hope and forgiveness triumph over all. We are honored to have two members of Emanuel Church be with us for this screening and discussion. 
Move the Bimah Before and After the High Holy Days
Saturdays, September 21 and October 12 at 11:00

Have you ever wondered how the Bimah moves to its new location for the High Holy Days?  This year you can not only find out but can help us move it. We need help moving the Bimah and then moving it back. All you need to bring is yourself and be willing to help push a big object. RSVP to Russell Robbins
A New Selichot Experience for Teens and Adults
(TBC and Congregation Shir Shalom)
Saturday, September 21

Selichot is a special service in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah that prepares us for the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe) by introducing the musical and spiritual themes of the High Holy Days.

This year, Temple B'nai Chaim and Congregation Shir Shalom are excited to offer a new opportunity for teens and adults of both congregations.

On September 21, each synagogue will be offering unique programming for a specific demographic group:

Adults from both congregations are invited to Congregation Shir Shalom (46 Peaceable St, Ridgefield, CT 06877) from 7:30-9:15 pm for a Selichot study session and service.

Teens from both communities are invited to Temple B'nai Chaim (82 Portland Ave, Wilton, CT 06897) from 7:15-9:30 pm for an abridged service and evening of activities.

Both experiences will help their participants feel ready for the High Holy Days. We hope that you'll join us for this new approach to Selichot!
TBC  Listening Session for Religious School Parents
Sunday September 22 at 9:30 am
Over the summer, many of our members participated in our first three listening sessions, and we are so grateful for the honest feedback that they've shared with us.  These listening sessions have been so valuable, that we've decided to add another one!  For the September 22 BONUS LISTENING SESSION, we are specifically inviting RELIGIOUS SCHOOL PARENTS to join us. If you fall within this demographic, please click here to RSVP  and join Rabbi Bearman and other members of TBC's leadership on September 22 at 9:30 am and lend your voice to our listening campaign. Your perspective is critical for our congregation's future, and we hope that you'll plan on being a part of this program. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in this summer's listening campaign! By participating, you've helped make TBC stronger!
First Day of Religious School and Community Cookout

TBC Teens Program 2019-2020

There are many exciting opportunities for teens at TBC this year! Programs are open to teens in grades 8-12 (L'Taken is limited to 10-12th graders) and some programs will be open to non-members. 

Teens can sign up for the entire year of programming or select events open to any interested participants. More information
Help Victims of Hurricane Dorian  
The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County responds to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.   Click here to see how you can help.
Book Buddies at Brookside Elementary School, Norwalk
Tuesdays, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Make a difference in a child's life ... BECOME A BOOK BUDDY! Spend one hour a week during the school year reading with children on a one-to-one basis. The goal of the program is to encourage young children to value reading and become confident and competent readers. Co-sponsored by Federation for Jewish Philanthropy. More information.
Midrashic Monologues

Follow Rabbi Rachel Bearman's and Rabbi Paul Kipnes's Midrashic Monologues as they restore the voices of biblical women and men who have not been given the opportunity to speak.

Hannah and Peninah

In the Haftarah portion for Rosh Hashanah, we are introduced to Hannah and Peninah, two wives of Elkanah. These women are depicted in both the Tanakh and Midrash as antagonists, opposites, and rivals. In this Midrashic Monologue , we explore the parallels between these women's needs and hopes. We allow them to tell us of their dreams and of their pain.
(Click HERE to access a pdf version of this #MidrashicMonologue that displays the two women's prayers side by side.)
Honey-Tasting & Havdalah Potluck
Saturday,  October 5 at 6:30 pm 

All TBC and Sisterhood members are invited to this Sisterhood-sponsored event, which will be held in a private home, for Havdalah, a potluck dinner and a tasting of honeys from around the world.  Experience a full range of sweetness! Marvel in the diversity of tastes and hues and textures, from honey made from local clover to California orange blossom; from Mexican corn to Scottish heather. 

Click here to RSVP. Please contact Pam Klem for the address or any other questions.
Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection
Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9

Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection to benefit the Redding Food Pantry, Wilton Food Pantry, The Women's Center of Greater Danbury and The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut

Lists will be passed out during Rosh Hashanah services and items will be collected during Yom Kippur services on October 8 and 9.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

The following items are needed (please do not include items that are passed the "best used by date"): Beans, Canned Chili, Canned Fruit, Canned Soup, Canned Vegetables, Cereal, Cleaning Supplies, Coffee/Tea, Deodorant, Diapers, Garbage Bags, Hot Sauce, Jelly, Juice Boxes, Real Juice, Ketchup, Macaroni and Cheese, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Napkins, Oil, Paper Towels, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Rice, Shampoo/Conditioner, Snacks, Soap, Spaghetti Sauce, Toilet Paper, Tomato Sauce, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tuna and Wipes.  Items Needed Flyer.

Sorters and Drivers needed! Contact  Wendy Nadel if your children or you can help sort or if you are able to deliver to any of the locations.
Sisterhood Break-fast
Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm
Sisterhood is once again planning to provide a sumptuous Yom Kippur break fast following Yizkor and Neilah services. All are welcome, but PLEASE RSVP by Tuesday, October 1 so that we are able to plan accordingly.
Sukkah Raising and Lowering
Sundays, October 13 and October 20 at 12:30 pm

The Men's Club will be raising and taking down our Sukkah. We need your assistance in getting this job done. This is always a fun event with much camaraderie and coffee plus. Please bring a stepladder.  RSVP to Jeff Spector.
Senior Center Luncheon at Ogden House
Wednesday, October 16 at 10:30 am

The first service project for which our Sisterhood signed on nearly forty years ago is still going strong. Twice each year, our sisterhood volunteers provide lunch and serve the meals to men and women of the Wilton Senior Center, in the dining room at Ogden House on River Road, in Wilton. Depending on the menu, volunteers may sign on to bring a main dish or desserts, or set up and serve the meals (10:30 am to 1:00 pm).  Contact Gladys O'Neil  if you can help.
Sukkah Decorating
Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm

Come and Decorate the Sukkah!   This event is open to the community, so bring your friends.
Sukkot Family Service with Preneg
Friday, October 18 at 6:00 pm (Service 6:30 pm)
Sukkot 2012
Join us for a special Sukkot family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship followed by an Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the Preneg,  click here  to RSVP. Sponsor a Shabbat!

We will be continuing our Birthday Book Minhag (Custom)! Everyone 13 and under who is celebrating a birthday will receive the gift of a Jewish book. 
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event
On Saturday October 19, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 9th annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 150,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers.  Since we started we have packaged over 1,000,000 meals. 
Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $2,000 as a Congregation to fund 6,500 meals. These meals will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. It is critical that we raise the $2,000 to contribute our fair share of the costs. Please  support this event by sending a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger or contribute online . This year each meal costs $0.31, so $20 buys 65 meals and $100 buys 322 meals -- a really good deal!
The volunteer sign-up site will be available in September. As in prior years there will be opportunities to sign up for set up, clean up and 4 two hour production shifts. 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 contact  Don Weber.   
Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm

Sisterhood will host our annual dinner for all paid-in members. This event, which is free to all current members, will be held at the synagogue. Not a member yet? Click here to join Sisterhood. Click here to RSVP for the dinner.
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates

Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, October 27th and Sunday, November 3rd from 9 am - 5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at eashkins@jseniors.org.
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!

Sunday, September 15, 9:00 am at Jensen Field (Rte. 7) 2 Sanford Station Rd., Ridgefield

Monday, September 16 at 7:30 pm at a private home

Move Bimah Before the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 21 at 11:00 am

A New Selichot Experience for Teens (TBC & Congregation Shir Shalom)
Saturday, September 21 at 7:15 pm
At Temple B'nai Chaim

A New Selichot Experience for Adults (TBC & Congregation Shir Shalom)
Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 pm
At Congregation Shir Shalom (46 Peaceable St, Ridgefield, CT 06877)

Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 am

High Holy Days 2019 / 5780
Sunday, September 29 to Wednesday, October 9

Shabbat Shuvah Service
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm

Honey-Tasting and Havdalah Potluck ( RSVP)
Saturday, October 5, 6:30 pm at a private home

Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm and Wednesday, October 9, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm

Move Bimah After the High Holy Days
Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 am

Senior Center Luncheon at Ogden House
Wednesday, October 16 at 10:30 am

Sukkah Decorating
Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm

Sukkah Raising
Sunday, October 13 at 12:30 pm

Friday, October 18 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event
Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate Now / Sign up in September for a two-hour shift

Sukkah Lowering
Sunday, October 20 at 12:30 pm

Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, October 28 at 9:30 am

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, October 30 at 2:30 pm

Costume Shabbat Family Service with Preneg  ( Preneg RSVP  /  Sponsor a Shabbat )
Friday, November 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Havdalah Potluck ( RSVP)
Saturday, November 2, 6:30 pm at a private home

Netflix and Nosh I: The Kominsky Method - Part 1 ( RSVP)
Sunday, November 3 at 5:00 pm

Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Jonathan Garfinkle
Director, Schoke Jewish Family Services
Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm

Social Action Movie Night: "Five Feet Apart" ( RSVP)
Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 pm

Shabbat Torah Service with TBC Teens and Confirmation Classes from WEPCO
Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm

Laundry Love
Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

Netflix and Nosh II: The Kominsky Method - Part 2 ( RSVP)
Sunday, November 17 at 5:00 pm

Yahrzeits, September 13-19

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

William N. Kauffman Friday 9/13/2019   father of Paul Kauffman
Robert Dobbin Saturday 9/14/2019
  husband of Barbara Dobbin
Bernard W. Learman Saturday 9/14/2019   husband of Alice Learman
Howard Stevens Saturday 9/14/2019   remembered by the Heft Family
George Kamber Tuesday 9/17/2019   cousin of Moses Alexander
Milton Eugene Ruben Tuesday 9/17/2019   father of Richard Ruben
Gerald Stahl Thursday 9/19/2019
  father of Marilyn Crandall

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.
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        Phone: 203 544-8695          Location: 82 Portland Avenue, Wilton CT 06897 ( Directions)

        Rabbi: Rachel Bearman         Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel
        President: Cindy Baulsir        Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
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