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CHAILITES
November 21, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, November 22 - Thanksgiving - No Hebrew School
  • Friday, November 23 - No Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, November 24, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, November 20, - No Religious School
  • Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, November 28, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 pm - Congregational Meeting
  • Thursday, November 29, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
Shabbat This Week: No Services
Torah Study on for Saturday at 9:30 am

We will not be having services at TBC this Friday (Nov 23).  We'll remember this week's yahrzeits when we gather for our regular Shabbat service on November 30th. We encourage everyone to celebrate Shabbat in their own way and to offer an extra prayer of gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving. Torah Study will take place at its regular time- Saturday morning (Nov 24) at 9:30 am. All are welcome!
Come to the Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting!
Next Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 pm
    
At Temple B'nai Chaim, there are two Congregational meetings each year, held in November and May. This is your opportunity to hear what's going on, ask questions and get to know one another. Please come participate in our community! A quorum of member families is required to conduct TBC business. Call to meeting and agenda including prior meeting minutes.
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'
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!
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. 
Hanukkah Kosher Bakery

Jewish Senior Service's Kosher Bakery has a wonderful menu  for Hanukkah!   For more information contact Brenda at 203-396-1023 or by email .

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

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim       Questions: Jane Alexander, 203 762-8605
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!

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, November 26 at 9:30 am

Tuesday, November 27

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 pm

Cystic Fibrosis Bridge of Hope JoyRide Cycling Studio Fundraiser
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

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 23 - November 29

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

Bernard Satten Friday 11/23/2018 cousin of Sandi Prince
Frank Barbera Monday 11/26/2018 cousin of Linda Bolton
Allen Feldman Monday 11/26/2018 father of Staci Feldman
Dr. Robert Tartell Tuesday 11/27/2018 father of Ross Tartell
Solomon Fried Thursday 11/29/2018 father of Bonnie Heft
Frances Levy Thursday 11/29/2018 grandmother of Debra Case
Edith Stevens Thursday 11/29/2018 remembered by the Heft Family

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