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January 28, 2015
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Office Manager: Ida Clark 
Education Manager:Jennifer Haynos 
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President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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Please note that events and news for Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

TBC Events through February 5  

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

  • Thursday, January 29, 7:30 pm: Adult Ed - Shakespeare's Shylock (see below!)
  • Friday, January 30, 9:30 am: Danbury Food Pantry 
  • Friday, January 30, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, January 31, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 pm: Sisterhood Tu B'Shevat Seder

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)
  • Sunday, February 1: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, February 4: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, February 4: Confirmation Classes
  • Thursday, February 5: Religious School in session
Message from Our President  
We hope everyone came through the storm, certainly NOT a blizzard, without incident and are safe and warm!  Dina Gumins
Food Pantry Day Friday    
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. For more information or to volunteer, contact: Peggy Zamore: peggyz18@gmail.com

Location: Saint James' Episcopal Church (rear building), 25 West Street, Danbury
Date: Friday, January 30
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Shakespeare and a Venetian Jew

On January 29 at 7:30 in the TBC old sanctuary, Judson Scruton will present: Shakespeare's Shylock: 
A Venetian Jew In Queen Elizabeth's England.

Anti-semitism was a reality of life in England since the Edict of Expulsion in 1290. Elizabethan England and the cultural scene including Shakespeare's play, The Merchant  of Venice, assumed many anti-Jewish stereotypes. But Shakespeare's play and his powerful character Shylock are far more complicated than these stereotypes. This presentation will explore the social/political/personal contexts for understanding Shakespeare's Shylock.
Sisterhood News 

Tu B'Shevat:
  Save the date for Sisterhood's first Women's Tu B'Shevat Seder Supper -- don't miss this fun! On February 4 at 6:30 pm. We will drink the fruit of the vine and nourish our bodies with fruits and nuts symbolizing strength, creation, rebirth, and our spiritual and emotional ties with the Earth.  Click here for more information.

Book Group: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. A spellbinding tale of extraordinary women who survive the siege on Masada. They keep doves and secrets... If you have not read this book, we highly recommend it. Rabbi Bearman will be joining us. New date: Tuesday, February 17, at 7:30 pm at TBC.
Sunday Morning Stretch (Yoga Class)

Start your Sunday morning off by taking care of yourself with a Yoga stretch led by Lorien Saumier!  Sessions begin February 8, 9:30-10:45 am.  Also, March 15 with April and May dates to be announced.  Come in and get a great start to your Sunday.  TBC members and their guests are welcome.  All are invited -- Dudes/Ladies, Beginners/Experienced Yogis.  Bring your mat along with your sense of humor. $15/person.  A portion of the proceeds goes to TBC.  Drop the kids at religious school and drop yourself into yoga.  Take a break from your run and try yoga instead!  

B'nai Mitzvah Project Profile

Students preparing for their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website. (Click here to view the project profile form.) This web address can be shared with others who are interested in your project.  

See current Mitzvah Project pages for:
World Zionist Organization Election

This year the World Zionist Organization is holding its quinquennial congressional election, and ARZA (the Association of Reform Zionists of America) is again seeking a seat. TBC is a member of ARZA, which represents the Reform Movement's voice in this international organization.  From January 15 through April 15 American Jews have the opportunity to vote for ARZA to help insure that the ideals and principles of the Reform Movement are heard in this important forum.  

Click here for more information about ARZA.  Click here to register to vote. 
URJ Summer 2015 Birthright Israel Trips

Registration for the Summer 2015 round of Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with URJ Kesher opens on February 3.  This year they have announced 30 projected trip dates in May, June, July, and August.  Learn how registration works and about Taglit's commitment to providing a safe and meaningful Israel trip.  URJ Kesher is also offering specialty trips for LGBTQ & allies and also for people interested in environmental issues.  Click here for more information. 

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Yahrzeits, January 30-February 5, 2015 

Lillian ChaprackSaturday1/31/2015grandmother of Robert Kapel
Mildred HeidelbergerSaturday1/31/2015grandmother of Alissa Merzon
Dorothy Anne Bernstein DubinSunday2/1/2015mother of Tom Dubin
Albert GreenwaldSunday2/1/2015remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Doris Jean CusterMonday2/2/2015mother of Joni Lerner
Samuel GoodmanTuesday2/3/2015grandfather of Pamela Karpen
Marian KabotTuesday2/3/2015aunt of Howard Wagner
Eleanor MuirheadTuesday2/3/2015mother of Simon Curtis
Katharina HofWednesday2/4/2015grandmother of Barbara Bloom
Leon SaumierWednesday2/4/2015father of Todd Saumier