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January 2, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 3, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, January 4, 6:00 pm  - Family Preneg
  • Friday, January 4, 6:30 pm - Family Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, January 5, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, January 5, 9:30 am - 6th Grade Retreat
  • Sunday, January 6, 9:30 am -  Religious School
  • Sunday, January 6, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class
  • Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, January 9, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
  • Thursday, January 10, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, January 4
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 celeb ration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to  RSVP
Read Rabbi Bearman's blog "Being a Kid at Temple."
Save the dates for the Shabbat Family Services and Prenegs on 2/1, 3/1, 4/5 and 5/3/19!    
Men's Club Event With Ross Tartell, January 13

The TBC Men's Club will be hosting a special non-political event. We will feature a conversation with Ross Tartell, a Men's Club member, on running for office in these unusual political times. We will have coffee and ... as we sit and discuss this interesting issue. The event will be: S unday, January 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm , at Temple B'nai Chaim. Please join us in this important conversation.
Confronting Anti-Semitism and Bullying in 2019
ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (Connecticut region) and Evan Bernstein (New York Metro region) will give a regional and national outlook on the rise of anti-Semitism and bullying as we head toward a new decade on  Sunday, January 13 at 11:00 am at Congregation Beth El, Norwalk. Questions from the audience are welcome and may be submitted in advance. 
Free and open to  the community.  Refreshments to follow. (PDF Flyer )
Overflow Homeless Shelter  Volunteers Needed!  

"Do a mitzvah in your sleep!"  O verflow Homeless Shelter volunteers arrive at the First Congregational Church, 164  Deer Hill Avenue,  Danbury at 9:00 pm and stay until 7:00 am. Each night there are two volunteers, usually one male and one female. We typically cover 3 weeks each season.  The dates are January 28 to February 3, and February 25 to March 3.   More information.......      Contact  Peggy Zamore  if interested!
Torah Study Brunch - Saturday, February 2, 10:30-12:00 pm
 Come study the weekly portion with Student Cantor Hamstra!
Don't forget to bring something for the pot-luck brunch!
Like and Follow Temple B'nai Chaim on Social Media 
   D'var Torahs by Rabbi Rachel Bearman & Rabbi Paul Kipnes  

Rabbis Rachel Bearman and Paul Kipnes have a question for you: How many mothers did Moses have? They think that the correct answer is THREE. What do you think?
#MidrashicMonologues #Shemot #Exodus

  At a recent Shabbat service, Rabbi Bearman shared a  prayer that was written by our post B'nai Mitzvah students. Our 8th-10th graders created this prayer after learning about Jacob's blessing in this week's portion and then reading a wide variety of prayers that parents have used to bless their children. We hope their words bring blessings into your family's life!
Don't miss out! 
Like and Follow #TempleBnaiChaim!

D'var Torah by Rabbi Rachel Bearman  & Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Schoke Jewish Family Services - Winter 2019
The Schoke Jewish Family Service programs for the fall include such topics as:  Brain Fitness, Living with Loss, Employment and Life Transitions, Divorce Support, and talk sessions.  More information here!
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates
Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 27th and Sunday, February 3rd from 9 am-5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email .

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
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!
Sunday, January 13 at 10:00 am
Confronting Anti-Semitism and Bullying in 2019
With ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (CT) and Evan Bernstein (MetroNY)
Sunday, January 13 at 11:00 am at Congregation Beth El-Norwalk

Moral Resistance & Spiritual Authority: Living Dr. King's Legacy
Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 pm at Temple Shaaray Tefila, NYC

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 pm in Bridgeport

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, January 28 to Sunday, February 3 from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg 
Friday, February 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat 
Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 am

URJ Northeast Camps Presentation
Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, February 25 to Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, March 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat

Yahrzeits, January 4 - January 10
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Bob Baxter Friday
stepfather of Simon Curtis
Rose Graf Greenwald Friday
remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Abraham Spector Friday
father of Jeffrey Spector
Pauline Weinstein Saturday
grandmother of Susan Sia
Edith Stern Sunday
mother of Susan Farber
Barbara Fass Monday
mother of Maxine Berg
Ronnie Kamber Tuesday
cousin of Moses Alexander
Ruth Rader Wednesday
great aunt of Jodi Simon Stewart
Mary Ransom Thursday
grandmother of Jason Stewart
Anita Shapiro Thursday
grandmother of Michael Bonheim
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