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March 13, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, March 14, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, March 15, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, March 16, 9:00 am - Cassidy Meehan Bat Mitzvah Send a Mazel Tov Card
  • Saturday, March 16 - No Torah Study 
  • Saturday, March 16, 11:15 am - Madalen Brown Bat Mitzvah Send a Mazel Tov Card!
  • Sunday, March 17, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, March 17, - No Confirmation Class
  • Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, March 20, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, March 21, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
TBC's Epic Purim Celebrations! - March 22 to 24   
Shabbat and Shushanian Rhapsody: 
A Sing Along Megillah Reading
Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm  (Shabbat 7:00 pm, Shushanian Rhapsody 7:30 pm)
Don't stop us now! Sing Along Megillah Reading! All are welcome! Video Trailer
Purim Study Brunch -  Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 am
We'll continue our series of successful holiday study brunches as we gather together for delicious food and lively conversation! Don't forget to bring something vegetarian for the pot-luck brunch. Hamentaschen will be served! All are welcome!
Religious School Purim Celebration and Congregation Superhero Purim Spiel
Sunday, March 24 at 9:30 am
(RS Celebration for students & parents 9:30 am, Congregation Superhero Purim Spiel 10:30 am)   Iron your cape, find your mask, and polish your shield because TBC's SUPERHERO SPIEL is coming soon to a sanctuary near you!! Our High School students will tell the story of Purim in a distinctly SUPER way! We hope that you'll join us!  Video Trailer  
Last Weekend at Temple B'nai Chaim
Shabbat Service
Rabbi Bearman and Student Cantor Hamstra addressed the violent protests Women of the Wall were forced to endure last Friday and we read a prayer in celebration of Women of the Wall's 30th anniversary. 
Teen Social
Photos /  Video

Religious School Song Session

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy Gala

Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm at The Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall Street, Norwalk.  Honoring Bonnie Slyn & David Ball and Alison & Robert Wachstein.
Featuring Songs of Our Jewish Heritage: A Musical Tapestry with David Amram, Neshama Carlebach and Debbie Gravitte. Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres!
Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Panel: 
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm at the Wilton Library

This is the second part of the Wilton Reads Interfaith Clergy program.  Following the earlier program presented by Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari, a panel of Wilton clergy will discuss such related topics as mutual respect and tolerance among religious groups. 

This program was specially selected to complement this year's Wilton Library Association Wilton Reads program.  No charge but donations are always welcome. 

Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Lecture with Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari on March 5 at the Wilton Library. More Photos
In Concert: Igor Pikayzen and Friends
Saturday, March 30, 7:30 pm at the Wilton Library
In conjunction with Wilton Reads, renowned violin virtuoso Igor Pikayzen, Adrian Daurov on cello and Imri Talgam on piano will perform a concert of Holocaust-inspired music. The program will be evocative of the subject matter and story in The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the musical selections will include works by composers who perished or lived through the Holocaust. An informal reception follows the concert. 
Wilton Reads:  The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Through April 11 at the Wilton Library
The Wilton Library welcomes all community members to join the Wilton Library this spring as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris for our thirteenth Wilton Reads event. Wilton Reads has, for several years, given us an opportunity through fine literature to sharpen our view of ourselves and the world around us. This year's community-wide read will bring an exploration of the Holocaust through insightful programming and a collaboration with the Wilton Public Schools. More Information ....
Spring Poetry with {TBC Member} Judson Scruton
Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 10:30 am at the Wilton Library
In conjunction the Wilton Library 2019 Wilton Reads program, Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series in which we will explore poetry related to the Holocaust. Poems will come from the anthology Holocaust Poetry compiled by Hilda Schiff, The Poetry of Survival, Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe edited by Daniel Weissbort, poems by W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Elie Wiesel, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko will be considered along with powerful poems by lesser-known voices. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packet available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, April 5
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 .   Save the date for the Shabbat Family Service on  5/3/19 Share your simcha! Sponsor a pre-neg, oneg, or flowers!  

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. 
Wilton Reads: Author Visit - Heather Morris:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm
at the Wilton Library

Author Heather Morris's talk is the culminating event of the library's thirteenth Wilton Reads town-wide reading program. Ms. Morris will be presented with the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award before her talk. Q&A will follow the talk.

No charge. Registration highly recommended. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton. Register online
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, Tenn. 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
Midrashic Monologues 
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 web site.

Vashti's Story
INTERLOPERS - For seven days, my quarters were filled with the sounds of laughter and conversation. The feast that I was hosting for the women of the court was an incredible success, and the constant volume of noise confirmed that all of my guests were enjoying themselves. 

But all of that changed on the seventh ......
Moses Miriam and Divine Light
Moses Miriam and Divine Light
I should have known that my sister would be the one to usher me through this moment of danger, possibility, and divine intervention. After all, at the beginning of my life, it was Miriam who watched over me as I floated down the Nile and then courageously suggested to Batyah, Pharaoh's daughter, that she could find a nursemaid for the baby (me) that had been drawn from the water. And now, as I once ....
Schoke Jewish Family Services, January-March 2019
The Schoke Jewish Family Service programs for the winter include such topics as:  Home Delivered Meals, Brain Fitness, Bereavement, Employment and Life Transitions, Divorce Support, and talk sessions.  More information here!
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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!

Through April 11 at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm at the Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Shabbat and Shushanian Rhapsody: A Sing Along Magellah Reading
Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm (Shabbat 7:00 pm, Shushanian Rhapsody 7:30 pm)

Purim Study Brunch
Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 am

Sunday, March 24 at 9:30 am (RS Celebration Purim for students and parents 9:30 am, Congregation Superhero Purim Spiel 10:30 am)

Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm, Wilton Library Association, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

In Concert: Igor Pikayzen and Friends
Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 pm, Wilton Library Association, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

Spring Poetry with {TBC Member} Judson Scruton - Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 am at the Wilton Library,137 Old Ridgefield Rd.

Friday, April 5 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm, Wilton Library Association, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

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

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

Shavuot Study Brunch
Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 am

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Shabbat Service
Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
Yahrzeits, March 15 to 21
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Max Aronow
uncle of Meryll wolfman
Tillie Deutchman
mother of Fran Heizler
Ruth Artson Shauer
mother of Marlene Serby
Lillian Greenwald Sobel
mother of Ken Sobel
Sheldon Romaner
father of Michele Bender
   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

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