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April 1, 2015
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TBC Events through April 9, 2015 

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)

  • Friday, April 3: No Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, April 4:  No Torah Study
  • Saturday, April 4, 6:00 pm: Community Passover Seder
  • Monday, April 6, 9:30 am: Our Daily Bread/Danbury Food Pantry

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar )
  • Thursday, April 2: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, April 5: No Religious School
  • Wednesday, April 8: No Religious School
  • Thursday, April 9: No Religious School
Passover Message from the Rabbi
Dear TBC Community,
Passover has always been my favorite holiday. I love the traditions, the stories, the songs. I love the food... even the gefilte fish. And, most of all, I love that it is a holiday that we celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors. 

I am so excited that this year we have the opportunity to celebrate Passover as one, extended, TBC family. At our Community Passover Seder, our tables will be full of community members. We will read from a haggadah created by and for our community. We will eat delicious food prepared and organized by our community. And we will recount the Israelites' journey to freedom as a diverse and committed Jewish community. Passover is a holiday meant to be celebrated as a family, and on April 4th, the TBC family will celebrate with sincerity, warmth, and joy.

I hope to see you at our Community Passover Seder. It's going to be a wonderful evening!                           B'vrachah, Rabbi Rachel Bearman

Full House for Community Passover Seder

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful response to this week's Community Seder. We have a full house for Saturday evening (145 participants from age 2 to 90) and are excited to use our new TBC Haggadah with leadership by our Rabbi and Cantor. Doors open at 5:30, the Seder begins at 6:00 and the feast starts at 7:00.    



Whether you are attending the Seder or not, there is still time to send in a picture of your favorite Seder plate to build our beautiful archive and to add your favorite Passover story to our blog.

Support JFS Passover Basket Project: It's Not Too Late!  

Danbury Jewish Family Services (JFS) has taken up the challenge of ensuring that everyone in the Greater Danbury Jewish community is able to celebrate Passover holiday nutritiously, ritually and with pride of heritage. We support this effort by providing Kosher for Passover food and grocery store gift cards so the families can make purchases on their own. JFS adds "seder" staples (wine, plate, Haggadot, etc.). This will enable recipients to have the foods they need for the Seder and to observe our traditions. Seeking donations to the Tzedaka Fund in support of this most important project. Contact: Melinda Weber at melinda@westportcompany.com 

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, April 6, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is an ecumenical food pantry servicing the Greater Danbury community. Its mission is to help those in need of food, whatever their circumstances, and maintain the dignity of clients in a compassionate and caring atmosphere. Our Daily Bread offers one bag of groceries per month.

Daily Bread is located on Terrace Place, in the rear building of St. James' Episcopal Church at 25 West Street, Danbury, CT. Bring quarters for the meters when you join us!

Contact Peggy Zamore peggyz18@gmail.com to join our team.
B'nai Mitzvah Projects

A number of our B'nai Mitzvah students have asked to have their mitzvah projects highlighted on the TBC website. They include: Jimmy Curto, Grace Goldberg, Maden Herve, Jack Potash, Drew Saumier, and Ethan Klotz, in some cases students are seeking help from the congregation in making their projects successful.  Please take a look by clicking here!
All students preparing for their bat and bar mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a mitzvah project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website.  Click here to view the project profile form.

President Dina Gumins and past presidents Gerry Rakos, Susan Farber, Ken Sobel and Michael Wolfman at last Sunday's "So You are Planning to Lead a Seder" presentation.

Celebrate Cantor Sobel's 25 Years
In the next few weeks we will kick off our Annual Fund Raiser which will culminate in a Shabbat Celebration and Special Oneg to celebrate TBC's history and Cantor Sobel's 25 years at TBC. We have so much to celebrate and will be reaching out to everyone to participate in some way. Please save the date, June 5th , to attend a very special service and event and begin thinking about the many ways you can contribute to our Annual Fund Raiser in Cantor Sobel's honor. 

If you'd like to get more involved in this exciting program, please contact Dina Gumins.

JFS College Planning Session April 14 
Each year, for over 25 years, Jewish Family Service has been producing an eagerly awaited program, College Ahead! for college-bound teens and their parents. The next program is scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center on Newfield Avenue in Stamford. This year four distinguished college admissions deans (from University of Hartford, Hamilton College, Johns Hopkins University and Drew University) will share their insights. No reservations are necessary and the evening is free of change. Handouts and refreshments available! Click here for more information.
Jewish Family Service News 
Despite the recent closing of the Jewish Federation of Danbury and Putnam County, the Jewish Family Service (previously sponsored by the Federation) remains active due to a generous grant to the United Jewish Center to fund the services of JFS for several years. Click here for more info.

The Service is currently recruiting for a part-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a minimum of 5 years experience; Medicare-certified preferred. Generalist practitioner with knowledge of social service systems in CT; understanding of Jewish customs and values. Major responsibilities: manage the information and referral line and clinical counseling. Position in Northern Fairfield County. Apply to: rudanka@juno.com
Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
Yahrzeits, April 3-April 9, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Clifford Steinberg Saturday 4/4/2015 father of Daniel Darst
Ted Tepper Saturday 4/4/2015 father of Sandy Tepper
Belle Herman Sunday 4/5/2015 aunt of Mitchell Farber
Edith Sloan Sunday 4/5/2015 grandmother of Pamela Karpen
Ernestine Lizan Monday 4/6/2015 grandmother of Meryll Wolfman
Jeanette Heintz Tuesday 4/7/2015 mother of Howard Wagner
Betty Ruth Hollander Tuesday 4/7/2015 mother of Aaron Hollander
Ann G. Sarn Wednesday 4/8/2015 mother of Allan Sarn


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