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June 26, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, June 28, 7:30 pm - Pride Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, June 29, 9:30 am - Pride Torah Study
  • Tuesday, July 2, 4:00 pm - Listening Session
Pride Shabbat Service and Torah Study
Pride Shabbat
Pride Shabbat Service
Friday,  June 28 at 7:30 pm
The Jewish tradition teaches us that we should offer a blessing of gratitude every time we see a rainbow. In this spirit, on Friday, June 28, we will come together for our annual Pride Shabbat where we will celebrate the beautiful rainbow of human experience and honor the movement for LGBTQ equality. Thank you to the family sponsoring the flowers and oneg.
Pride Torah Study -  Saturday, June 29 at 9:30 am
Join Rabbi Bearman for this special Torah Study. We will explore LGBTQ themes in our weekly Torah as well as other texts of our movement tracing the journey the movement has taken to embrace, support, and celebrate the LGBTQ community, and discuss where we hope to see more progress in the future.
TBC Fundraising Appeal
TBC Expansion Rendering
From TBC President Cindy Baulsir... Our goal has been to raise $50,000 this year, a substantial but obtainable amount. Many of you have already generously donated. If you have not yet given, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support our TBC community. We are asking every family to contribute at least $118 to ensure that we meet our goal. Please make your donation now by writing a check or going directly to the year-end donation form.For more information see President Cindy Baulsir's TBC Fundraising Appeal for 2019.
From Rabbi Bearman: We want to hear what inspires and uplifts you and what you think are the strongest elements of TBC life. We also want to hear what hasn't been working and what you wish you could explore through TBC (especially if it is not something that we are currently offering).

Please come and help us shape our plans for next year -- and beyond --by joining us at one of the following Listening Sessions!

August 4 at 10:30 am
August 25 at 3 pm

**Please note that the Listening Session originally scheduled for June 2nd has been cancelled.  

Click  HERE to send your RSVP for the Listening Session of your choice to our Office Administrator, Denise Seccurra.
Summer Torah Study: Exploring The New Testament from a Jewish Point of View
Are you curious about the New Testament? Why not join us in July and August as we transform Torah Study into a class dedicated to exploring the New Testament from a Jewish perspective. Class times and dates appear below - so mark your calendars!  We'll begin on July 6 with the Gospel of Mark which can be found  here  (copies will also be provided in class). 

Please note! On August 24, we will welcome special guest, Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach (St. Matthew's Episcopal Church), who will be  joining us to answer questions and join our conversation.

Summer Torah Study: Special New Testament Series.  All sessions will begin at 9:30 am unless otherwise marked.
July 6
July 13 - No Class
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10 - Special Tishah B'Av Study Brunch from 10:30 am -12 pm
August 17
August 24 - Special Guest: Rev. Marissa Rohrbach
August 31
TBC TEENS  2019- 2020
TBC Teens 
Exciting news! Starting this fall, TBC's Confirmation Program will be transformed into TBC TEENS, a brand new approach to post-B'nai Mitzvah programming! More information from Rabbi Bearman and Karin Beitel, Director of Lifelong Learning ...
Sisterhood Shabbat Service, A Shabbat of Mindfulness
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Daily Bread Food  Pantry /  Dorothy Day Hospitality House
We Need Your Help!

The next dates at the Daily Bread Food Pantry are 
Mondays, July 29 and August 26 at 9:30 am.

The next date at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House is 
Wednesday, July 31 at 2:30 pm.

Contact  Peggy Zamore  to volunteer .
Rabbi Bearman's Sermon: We Won't Go Back!  
Read the Rabbi's sermon on the new, restrictive legislation on women's right to choose being implemented in Georgia and elsewhere in the country. 
Midrashic Monologues 

Congratulations to Rabbis Bearman and Kipnes who's Midrash Orpaha's Story was featured by  Jewish Women's Archive !

Join Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes as they restore the voices of biblical women and men who have not been given the opportunity to speak. Midrashic Monologues website .    

With the Priestly Blessing, Aaron Finds Forgiveness 
I will forever remember the moment when forgiveness flowed, compassion triumphed, and holiness showered me like an unexpected rainstorm. I was transformed the instant that the Holy One laid my guilt to rest and raised me up with the promise of blessing.

My sons and I had been doing the most mundane of our holy work: assigning roles to the various clans and determining responsibilities as we prepared to build and move the Mishkan, our traveling sanctuary. Everyone in our tribe was busy, even my son Ithamar had been given a task, and I chuckled as I watched him try to look unafraid as he went about supervising .... 

In this Midrashic Monologue, we listen as Boaz reflects on the day he met Ruth and the lives that they have built together.

Boaz's Reflections
Ruth, on this day, we celebrate ten years of our marriage. When I think of all that has happened since I met you, I am overwhelmed by the sense that God has given us a beautiful gift by leading us to one another.

When we met, both of us had been blessed with the love of a spouse, and both of us had felt the devastating pain of losing that partner. As you know, I had walked around for months with heart made heavy by the belief that .....

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


TBC Social Action Committee. The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter. New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can help

Other Community Opportunities. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.

Above - TBC and other volunteers at the Dorothy
Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen
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!

Friday, June 28 at 7:30 pm 

Pride Torah Study

Saturday, June 29 at 9:30 am 

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, July 29 at 9:30 am

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, July 31 at 2:30 pm

Mystical Tishah B'Av Shabbat Service
Friday, August 9 at 7:00 pm

Tishah B'Av Torah Study Brunch
Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 am

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

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Yahrzeits, June 28 to July 4
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Cecile Cukier
grandmother of Russell Robbins
Hillary Silver
sister of Rachel Langberg
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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