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February 6, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, February 7, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, February 8, 7:30  pm Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, February 9, 9:30 am - Torah Study 
  • Sunday, February 10, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, February 10, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, February 10, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class
  • Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, February 13, 4:20 pm - No Hebrew School
  • Thursday, February 14, 4:20 pm -  No Hebrew School
Midrashic Monologues

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

When Moses appeared in the doorway of our tent, my beloved and I rushed to welcome him. Neither of us were expecting him, but we tried to keep our surprise off our faces as we ushered him to our small table and offered him food and cool water.

Moses smiled at us, thanking us for our hospitality and asking that we sit with him. As he ate and drank, the three of us spoke of unimportant .....
I could tell my brother was furious. His nostrils flared as he stood on the mountain, looking down on the crowd dancing around a golden calf. Jaw clenched, arms shaking, he lifted the two tablets up high. His eyes seemed to pick me out from amongst the multitudes. I could feel his gaze boring a hole through my head.......

Yocheved: Have you ever stood outside of a moment? Have you ever experienced something so viscerally, with so many of your senses, that you found yourself turning it over and over again as if to study every facet of ....
Shabbat Family Service  

Torah Study with Student
Cantor Hamstra

Music Fest with Student Cantor Hamstra
 and the Krasner Family Band

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Union for Reform Judaism Northeast Camps Presentation
Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am
An extraordinary Reform Judaism Jewish summer camp experience can enrich your child's life forever. Parents, please join us for this brief introduction to our movement's Northeast camps whether or not you're considering summer camp for your child this year.


Starting in March, we will be expanding on our practice of honoring the month's birthdays at Family Services by presenting everyone celebrating with the gift of a TBC Birthday Book!

If there are Jewish children's books that your family has loved, we would very much appreciate the donation of gently used copies. If your family loved the books a little too much, please consider purchasing and donating a new copy of your old favorite.

We're hoping to collect books for everyone from 1 to 13 years old. There will be a basket in the front lobby labeled "Birthday Book Donations" starting this Sunday, February 10th. Any donated books that aren't used as "Birthday Books" will be incorporated into our Carol J. Metzger Children's Library. 

Bookmark Crafting Workshop: Help Us Personalize These Birthday Books!
Sunday, February 24th, 9:30am-11:00am.
This special workshop will be led by Kate Schwartz and is open to all TBC members
aged 14 and up.

Please RSVP for this workshop by emailing
Thank you in advance for helping us make this new minhag so successful!
Overflow Homeless Shelter  Volunteers Needed!  

"Do a mitzvah in your sleep!"  O verflow 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 need volunteers for  February 25 to March 3.   More information.......      Contact  Peggy Zamore  if interested!
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, March 1
Join us for another fun Shabbat Family Service starting at  6:00 pm with a kid-friendly  preneg  (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celeb ration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to  RSVP
Read Rabbi Bearman's blog "Being a Kid at Temple."

Save the dates for the Shabbat Family Services and Prenegs on  4/5 and 5/3/19!
TBC Men's Club and TBC Sisterhood Present
Deli and "BlacKKKlansman" Movie Night
Saturday, March 2 from  6:30 to 9:30 pm
Come join us for an adult (post b'nai mitzvah age) enjoyable evening of food, film and conversation!

W e will share an old-fashioned deli meal, and then view Spike Lee's highly-acclaimed 2018 film "BlacKKKlansman". The film is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, a Colorado Springs detective who went undercover to expose the KKK in the 1970's. With his Jewish front man Flip Zimmerman, the dynamic duo "playfully deconstructs this country's race problem from multiple angles, with a sense of humor and incisiveness." ( Film Journal International )

BlacKKKlansman is wildly entertaining and wisely prescient." ( Washington Post ).

Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Dessert and lively discussion will follow after the film.

Contribution of $18 per person to cover the cost of dinner, drinks and dessert. Please RSVP by February 28. 
TBC's First Jewish Teen Social for 8th-12th Graders

8th-12th Graders 
You're Invited
to TBC's
1st Jewish Teen Social!
Saturday, March 9
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Temple B'nai Chaim
Havdalah, Wiremill BBQ dinner, games, make your own sundaes
Cost - $10
RSVP by March 3 at http://bit.ly/tbcjts
(feel free to invite other Jewish friends!)

For more details

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County Gala

Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm at The Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall Street, Norwalk
Honoring community leaders Bonnie Slyn & David Ball and Alison & Robert Wachstein.
Featuring Songs of Our Jewish Heritage: A Musical Tapestry with David Amram, Neshama Carlebach and Debbie Gravitte. Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres!
ADL Report - "Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2018"

ADL: "We have just released an important new report: " Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2018," which includes eye-opening findings based on research from our Center on Extremism (COE), one of the world's foremost authorities on extremism, terrorism, anti-Semitism and all forms of hate."

Schoke Jewish Family Services, January-March 2019
The Schoke Jewish Family Service programs for the fall include such topics as:  Home Delivered Meals, Brain Fitness, Bereavement, Employment and Life Transitions, Divorce Support, and talk sessions.  More information here!
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, January 27 and Sunday, February 3 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 .
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. 

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!

Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, February 25 to Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, March 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat

Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 pm

Jewish Teen Social for 8th-12th Graders (RSVP)
Saturday, March 9 at 6:00 pm

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County 2019 Gala
Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm at the Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Friday, April 5 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Yahrzeits, February 8-14
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Donald Curtis
father of Simon Curtis
Harold B. West
father of Valerie West-Rosenthal
George Anderson
grandfather of Rachel Bearman
Sadie Friedman
grandmother of Jane Alexander
Marvin Greenberg
father of Iris Busch
Warren Prebluda
father of Diane Brown
William Cohen
father of June Mara
Elsie R. Alexander
grandmother of Moses Alexander
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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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

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