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December 19, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, December 20, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, December 21, 7:30 pm  - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, December 22, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, December 23 -  No Religious School
  • Wednesday, December 26 -  No Hebrew School
  • Thursday, December 27 -  No Hebrew School
"Do a mitzvah in your sleep!" Overflow Homeless Shelter
More Volunteers Needed Dec. 24-30!
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 typically cover 3 weeks each season.  The 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!
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, January 4
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 2/1, 3/1, 4/5 and 5/3/19!    
Men's Club Event With Ross Tartell, January 13

The TBC Men's Club will be hosting a special non-political event. We will feature a conversation with Ross Tartell, a Men's Club member, on running for office in these unusual political times. We will have coffee and ... as we sit and discuss this interesting issue. The event will be: S unday, January 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm , at Temple B'nai Chaim. Please join us in this important conversation.
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   D'var Torah by Rabbi Rachel Bearman & Rabbi Paul Kipnes
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D'var Torah by Rabbi Rachel Bearman  & Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Confronting Anti-Semitism and Bullying in 2019
ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (Connecticut region) and Evan Bernstein (New York Metro region) will give a regional and national outlook on the rise of anti-Semitism and bullying as we head toward a new decade on  Sunday, January 13 at 11:00 am at Congregation Beth El, Norwalk. Questions from the audience are welcome and may be submitted in advance. 
Free and open to  the community.  Refreshments to follow. (PDF Flyer )
Schoke Jewish Family Services - Winter 2019
The Schoke Jewish Family Service programs for the fall include such topics as:  Brain Fitness, Living with Loss, 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 27th and Sunday, February 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 .
Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox. Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email. Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet. Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

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!

Monday, December 24 to Sunday, December 30 from 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)

Conversation with Ross Tartell: Running for Office in These Unusual Political Times 
Sunday, January 13 at 10:00 am

Confronting Anti-Semitism and Bullying in 2019
With ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (CT) and Evan Bernstein (MetroNY)
Sunday, January 13 at 11:00 am at Congregation Beth El-Norwalk

Moral Resistance & Spiritual Authority: Living Dr. King's Legacy
Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 pm at Temple Shaaray Tefila, NYC

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, January 28 to Sunday, February 3 from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury

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

Torah Study Brunch with Student Cantor Hamstra 
Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 am

Yahrzeits, December 21 - December 27

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

Beverly Jaffe Kolodny
Friday 12/21/2018 mother of Sharon Sobel
Lupe Escalante Saturday 12/22/2018 father of Rudy Escalante
Joseph Bennett Sunday 12/23/2018 grandfather of Jennifer Meehan
Jesse Smith Sunday 12/23/2018 father of Steve Smith
Sidney Shane Monday 12/24/2018 father of Patricia Olshan
Florence Cohen Aronson Tuesday 12/25/2018 mother of June Mara
David Cohn Wednesday 12/26/2018 father of Ilene Tanen
Edward Raspler Thursday 12/27/2018 father of Charles Raspler
Madonna A. West Thursday 12/27/2018 mother of Valerie West-Rosenthal

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