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April 10, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Thursday, April 11, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, April 13, 9:30 am - Torah Study 
  • Sunday, April 14 - No Religious School
  • Sunday, April 14, 3:30 pm - Passover Tasting Event
  • Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm - No Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, April 17 - No Hebrew School
  • Thursday, April 18 - No Hebrew School
Passover Tasting Event 
Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 pm - RSVP Today!  

Join us on Sunday, April 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the TBC Social Hall for a fun and festive pre-Passover social event.

Do you have a favorite Passover recipe? Something that your family waits all year for you to make?

Whip up a dish, from Charoset and Matzoh Ball Soup to Main Courses and tasty Desserts! Bring it to share along with 2 copies of the recipe.

Sisterhood will provide the set-up and drinks for all, so come hungry and ready to talk ingredients.  Open to all TBC members, guests and prospective members, this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, make new friends and to find some great new recipes for Passover!

We will also have a small Judaica Sale of seasonal items for your Seder, and Special Passover commentary will be provided by TBC Alum Emma Dubin (daughter of members Pam Klem and Tom Dubin), who is currently working at the Central Conference of American Rabbis!

Please RSVP by April 12.  Looking forward to seeing you and sharing good food and a great time!!
Rabbi Bearman Reports on the CCAR Convention

From Rabbi Bearman: Last week, I attended my first Central Conference of American Rabbis Convention in Cincinnati, OH. There were so many moments that I am excited to share with you, but the highlight of the convention was being given the opportunity to chant Torah in Plum Street synagogue. It is hard to describe how powerful it was to stand on the bimah where I was ordained five years ago, surrounded by rabbis who were being honored for fifty years in the rabbinate, chanting Torah in front of six hundred other rabbis (no pressure- right!). It was an experience that I will never forget. Read more about my time at the CCAR convention.
Chag Pesach Sameach - Happy Passover!
No Shabbat Service on Friday, April 19. Enjoy your Seder!  
HIAS Haggadah

Explore the connections
between the ancient  Passover  story
and today's refugees.

Click here to view and/or
print the HIAS Haggadah.
Last Weekend at Temple B'nai Chaim
Shabbat Family Service
Religious School

Lots of matzah at religious school, all chocolate covered! 
Israel Master Chef for 8th-12th Graders

8th-12th Graders 
You're Invited  to  ISRAELI MASTER CHEF
hosted and judged by our talented Israeli Emissaries!  

Saturday, April 27
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Temple B'nai Chaim
Havdalah followed by Traditional Israeli Food cooking competition!
Cost $10 - RSVP by April 22 (please invite other Jewish friends!)
For more details contact Karin Beitel.
Rabbi Bearman - Shalom Y'all: 
The History of Jewish Immigrants in the American South
Sunday, April 28, 6:00 pm at Temple B'nai Chaim
Rabbi Rachel Bearman is a member of the seventh generation of her family to be born and raised in Memphis, TN. She has spent years exploring her own family's history as well as the wider cultural context of the Southern Jewish experience. Join Rabbi Bearman on an exploration of what life was like for Jewish immigrants when they arrived in the American South. How did Jewish immigrant families establish themselves in Southern cities and towns? What obstacles did they face as they worked to balance their American and Jewish identities? Do Southern Jewish communities have different traditions than their Northern counterparts? We'll answer these questions and more! (Common Threads Program.)
Register: officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org / 203-544-8695
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, May 3
We will be continuing our Birthday Book Minhag (Custom)! Everyone 13 and under who is celebrating a birthday in April will receive the gift of a Jewish book.
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 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!  
BIRTHDAY BOOKS: A New TBC Minhag (Custom)

We will be 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 is a basket in the front lobby labeled "Birthday Book Donations". Any donated books that aren't used as "Birthday Books" will be incorporated into our Carol J. Metzger Children's Library. 
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. 

Used Bike and Sewing Machine Drive

Used Bike and Sewing Machine Drive
Sunday, April 28 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Office of Steven Phillips, MD
944 Danbury Road, Wilton

Collecting adult & kids' bikes and sewing machines to send to Tanzania, Albania, Kosovo, & Guatemala. 

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!
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 pm at the Wilton Library

Passover Tasting Event
Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 pm (RSVP by April 12)

Israel Master Chef for 8th-12th Graders
Saturday, April 27 at 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 28 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Office of Steven Phillips, MD at 944 Danbury Road, Wilton

Friday, May 3 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Community-wide Yom HaAtzma'ut Celebration
Hosted by the  Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County
Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 pm at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport

Confirmation Shabbat Service
Friday, June 7 at 7:00 pm

Shavuot Study Brunch (Pot Luck Vegetarian)
Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 am

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Shabbat Service
Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm

Sisterhood Shabbat Service
Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, June 24 at 9:30 am
Yahrzeits, April 12 to April 18
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Michael Cohen Friday 4/12/2019 cousin of June Mara
Theodore Lash Saturday 4/13/2019 father of Melinda Weber
Benjamin Prentiss Saturday 4/13/2019 grandfather of Valerie Rosenson
Tillie Tepper Saturday 4/13/2019 grandmother of Sandy Tepper
Jason Altare Monday 4/15/2019 nephew of Sandy Tepper
Harvey Felton Monday 4/15/2019 father of David Felton
Sarah Sobel Monday 4/15/2019 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Milton B. Hollander Wednesday 4/17/2019 father of Aaron Hollander
Martha Sugar Lash Wednesday 4/17/2019 mother of Melinda Weber
Karen Maru Wednesday 4/17/2019 friend of Sandi Prince
Scott Auerbach Thursday 4/18/2019 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
David Froehlich Thursday 4/18/2019 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
David Gartrell Thursday 4/18/2019 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
Sean Hiltunen Thursday 4/18/2019 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
Robert Steward Thursday 4/18/2019 cousin of Moses Alexander
Jason Trusewicz Thursday 4/18/2019 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
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             Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
        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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