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January 11, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 12, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, January 13, 6:30 pm: Potluck Shabbat Dinner
  • Friday, January 13, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Torah Service
  • Saturday, January 14, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Tuesday, January 17, 7:30 pm: From Tents to Temples
  • Wednesday, January 18, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, January 19, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
Shabbat Potluck - Friday, January 13, 6:30 pm

Please join us for a community potluck dinner prior to services on Friday, January 13  , at 6:30 pm. Shabbat will follow at 7:30 pm with Valerie Rosenson chanting from the Torah.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with old and new friends and families prior to services. We look forward to sharing a Shabbat dinner with you.  Please let us know how many will attend, and what you will bring. Email Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org

Valerie Rosenson and Russell Robbins are sponsoring the oneg in honor of Valerie's chanting the Torah! 
From Tents To Temples, Tuesday, January 17, 7:3 0 pm

What makes houses of worship evoke a sense of mystery and awe? How have beautiful synagogues, temples, churches and cathedrals evolved from the desert Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle)described in the Torah?

Led by TBC member Judson Scruton
, this presentation (updated from an original lecture given at the Wilton Library in 2008), will explore the remarkable evolution of the Tabernacle described in the Book of Exodus to a variety of unique places of worship.
Rabbi Bearman and Cantor Sobel were sworn in as police chaplains in Redding on January 5.
Thanks for Last Friday's Izzi B's Cupcakes!
Pam Nicholas-Silverstein & her daughter donated amazing cupcakes for last Friday's Shabbat Family / New Student Service, set out in a beautiful "Welcome to TBC" display (see photo)!  All were from their allergen/nut free bakery, Izzi B's in Norwalk.  Click here to see the cupcakes and other photos from the Family Shabbat Welcoming New Religious School Students.
The Grief Recovery Method - Grief Support Group

The Caregiver Center at Danbury Hospital is presenting an 8-week program beginning January 19 at 7:00 pm on the Grief Recovery Method - An Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses.  To register or for further information call or e-mail: Chaplain Beryl Knudsen - 203-739-7135, email beryl.knudsen@wchn.org. More information available here.
Shabbat Shirah February 10th - Calling All Musicians!

Come offer musical praise as did our ancestors in worship after the miraculous parting of the sea. If you are a singer or musician and would like to perform a song of thanksgiving or praise - alone or with a group - please email cantor@templebnaichaim.org. The exact musical shape of the evening will be a reflection of the musical talents and passions of our congregants. We will also hear the special musical chant for the Song at the Sea. Join us for what promises to be a very special Shabbat of song and celebration.
Stop Hunger Now - 167,000 Meals Went to Haiti!

Thanks to lots of good work by TBC volunteers, along with the rest of the community, we packed 167,000 meals in October. These were sent to Haiti, as expected. They shipped out within a month of our event and filled well more than half of an entire ocean-going shipping container!

Hurricane Matthew, at the beginning of October, left approximately 750,000 in need of immediate assistance and 25,000 in critical need.  This container is one of 10 going to Haiti with a total of 2.5 million meals.  The meals are distributed in schools and school means hope for kids and their families. For many, the meals they get at school are the only food these kids get all day. These meals give them the energy to study and focus, and grades rise as a result.
Calling All Torah Chanters!!

We will be chanting Torah on the following dates: March 24, April 21, and May 12. The readers or chanters will be given ample time to learn the verses. Don't worry, it won't be as long as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! If it was your parsha, and you want to do it again, this is a great chance for you. If you have never read from the Torah and have always wanted to, please recognize that this is your chance to do so with your community. Please contact Russ Robbins, Chair of the Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers! A wonderful 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. No special occasion? You can still sponsor a Shabbat! We will arrange for the flowers, food and set-up, all you do for your family to sponsor is make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers at http://bit.ly/tbconpns.

2017 Activities at the Schoke Jewish Family Service
of Fairfield County

The Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County is now the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County. Information about their 2017 programs and services is available here.
Jewish Senior Services 

Film Screening.  There will be a screening of the file "Being Mortal," along with a panel discussion, on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:00-8:00 pm. This is a PBS/Frontline film based on the book by Dr. Atul Gawande.  RSVP to Rose DeVellis at (203) 206-9188. More information here.

New Hospice Training Program!  The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far.  Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 5th and Sunday, February 12th from 9:00 am-4:30 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 at eashkins@jseniors.org  
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. 
Yahrzeits, January 13 - January 19, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!  May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Hilda Bennett Saturday 1/14/2017 grandmother of Jennifer Meehan
Michael Ginson Sunday 1/15/2017 father of Louise Shames
David Gordon Sunday 1/15/2017 father of Todd Gordon
Leo Mellon Sunday 1/15/2017 father of Marc Mellon
Phyllis A. Rosenthal Sunday 1/15/2017 mother of Valerie West-Rosenthal
David Shames Sunday 1/15/2017 father of Erv Shames
Lily Czuczka Monday 1/16/2017 mother of Peter Czuczka
Dr. Samuel Shauer Monday 1/16/2017 father of Marlene Serby
Richard Mazer Wednesday 1/18/2017 father of Margaret Mazer-Ogdon
Freda Leuin Ruben Wednesday 1/18/2017 mother of Richard Ruben
Lena Seigerman Wednesday 1/18/2017 grandmother of Michele Bennett
Kate Schneyer Thursday 1/19/2017 great aunt of Jon Sobel

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Temple B'nai Chaim
82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695 - Fax: 203 544-9706
Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
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