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January 30, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 31, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, February 1, 6:00  pm - Family Preneg
  • Friday, February 1, 6:30 pm - Shabbat Family Service
  • Saturday, February 2, 10:30 am - Torah Study Brunch with Student Cantor Hamstra
  • Sunday, February 3, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, February 6, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
  • Thursday, February 7, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, This Friday, February 1!
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 3/1, 4/5 and 5/3/19!
Torah Study Brunch - This 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!
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.
I could tell my brother was furious. His nostrils flared as he stood on the mountain, looking down on the crowd dancing around a golden calf. Jaw clenched, arms shaking, he lifted the two tablets up high. His eyes seemed to pick me out from amongst the multitudes. I could feel his gaze boring a hole through my head.......

Yocheved: Have you ever stood outside of a moment? Have you ever experienced something so viscerally, with so many of your senses, that you found yourself turning it over and over again as if to study every facet of ....
   Confirmation Classes Visit TBC
The St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Wilton Presbyterian Church confirmation classes joined us for Shabbat on  January 25.  Before the service they met with Rabbi Barman and Student Cantor Hamstra to learn about Judaism, our customs and rituals. More Photos.
Union for Reform Judaism Northeast Camps Presentation
Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am

An extraordinary Reform Judaism Jewish summer camp experience can enrich your child's life forever. Parents, please join us for this brief introduction to our movement's Northeast camps whether or not you're considering summer camp for your child this year.

URJ Eisner Camp, URJ Crane Lake Camp and URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy - East Information
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 need volunteers for  February 25 to March 3.   More information.......      Contact  Peggy Zamore  if interested!
TBC Men's Club and TBC Sisterhood Present
Deli and "BlacKKKlansman" Movie Night
Saturday, March 2 from  6:30 to 9:30 pm
Come join us for an adult (post b'nai mitzvah age) enjoyable evening of food, film and conversation!

W e will share an old-fashioned deli meal, and then view Spike Lee's highly-acclaimed 2018 film "BlacKKKlansman". The film is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, a Colorado Springs detective who went undercover to expose the KKK in the 1970's. With his Jewish front man Flip Zimmerman, the dynamic duo "playfully deconstructs this country's race problem from multiple angles, with a sense of humor and incisiveness." ( Film Journal International )

BlacKKKlansman is wildly entertaining and wisely prescient." ( Washington Post ).

Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Dessert and lively discussion will follow after the film.

Contribution of $18 per person to cover the cost of dinner, drinks and dessert. Please RSVP by February 28. 
TBC's First Jewish Teen Social for 8th-12th Graders

8th-12th Graders 
You're Invited
to TBC's
1st Jewish Teen Social!
Saturday, March 9
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Temple B'nai Chaim
Havdalah, Wiremill BBQ dinner, games, make your own sundaes
Cost - $10
RSVP by March 3 at http://bit.ly/tbcjts
(feel free to invite other Jewish friends!)

For more details

Schoke Jewish Family Services, January-March 2019
The Schoke Jewish Family Service programs for the fall include such topics as:  Home Delivered Meals, Brain Fitness, Bereavement, 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 27 and Sunday, February 3 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 .
Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
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!

Friday, February 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat 
Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 2 at 7:00 pm
Hosted by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy at Congregation Beth El, Fairfield

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

Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 pm

Jewish Teen Social for 8th-12th Graders (RSVP)
Saturday, March 9 at 6:00 pm

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County 2019 Gala
Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm at the Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

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

Yahrzeits, February 1 - 7
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Dorothy Anne Bernstein Dubin Friday
mother of Tom Dubin
Albert Greenwald Friday
remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Doris Jean Custer Saturday
mother of Joni Lerner
Eleanor Muirhead Sunday
mother of Simon Curtis
Katharina Hof Monday
grandmother of Barbara Bloom
Arthur A. Wakoff Wednesday
father of Gary Wakoff
Shirley Spector Thursday
mother of Jeffrey Spector
Emanuel (Manny) Zamore Thursday
wife of Jean Zamore & father of Steven Zamore

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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