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February 20, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, February 21 - Hebrew School
  • Friday, February 22, 7:30  pm Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am - Torah Study 
  • Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am - Bookmark Crafting Workshop
  • Sunday, February 24, 11:00 am - URJ Northeast Camps Presentation
  • Sunday, February 24, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class
  • Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, February 27, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, February 27, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Order Shalach Manot for Purim Now!

T wo of the mitzvot that are associated with Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In the Book of Esther, Mordechai wrote to the Jews "to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor"! At TBC, we combine these 2 mitzvot into our Shalach Manot fundraiser, a fun way to support TBC by sending gifts to friends as well as TBC clergy, staff, teachers and B'nai Mitzvah Coaches. Please join us in celebrating Purim through this annual tradition! More information .... 

Deadline for Orders: Sunday, March 10, 2019!
Thanks for your support of TBC!

Starting in March, we will be expanding on our practice of 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. 

Bookmark Crafting Workshop: Help Us Personalize These Birthday Books!
Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am - 11:00 am.
This special workshop will be led by Kate Schwartz and
is open to all TBC members age 14 and up. 
Please RSVP for this workshop by emailing
Thank you in advance for helping us make this new minhag so successful!
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.

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!
Wilton Reads:  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
February 27 to April 25 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 ....
Student Cantor Hamstra's Practicum 

Student Cantor Hamstra presented her work on the music of Shabbat Ma'ariv. The presentation is recorded on the HUC livestream. Cantorial Student Ze'eva Berman's practicum is first, followed by Student Cantor Hamstra's presentation.

If you would like to congratulate Student Cantor Hamstra on her work, please  send a "Mazel Tov!" card through TBC.
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, March 1
T he 3rd and 4th grade students will join Rabbi Bearman and Student Cantor Hamstra on the bimah to help lead our Family Service.

DON'T FORGET! This service will also be the debut of the new Birthday Book Minhag (Custom)! Everyone 13 and under who is celebrating a birthday in March will receive the gift of a Jewish book. It's going to be a wonderful evening!

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 dates for the Shabbat Family Services and Prenegs on  4/5 and 5/3/19!

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. 
Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Lecture: 
Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 pm at the Wilton Library Association

This is an Interfaith Clergy-sponsored presentation by Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari, author of In The Lion's Shadow: The Iranian Schindler And His Homeland In The Second World War. Dr. Mokhtari will tell us about the efforts of an Iranian diplomat stationed in Paris who was instrumental in protecting numerous Jews from the Holocaust: truly an example of mutual respect, tolerance, and assistance among religious groups in the face of a shared danger. 

This program was specially selected to complement this year's Wilton Library Association Wilton Reads program. 

No charge but donations are always welcome.

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

Nefesh B'Nefesh MEGA Fair

The biggest Aliyah event of the year is taking place on Sunday, March 10, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Glenpointe Marriott in Teaneck, NJ. Join Nefesh B'Nefesh for informative Aliyah sessions and a large vendor fair featuring a wide range of Israeli service providers. If you're a medical professional, this is also your opportunity to meet with Israeli Ministry of Health representatives and get a head start on licensing - this is an opportunity not to be missed. Click here for details and registration.
Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County 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 Association

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. No charge but donations are always welcome. Registration strongly suggested.

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

Miriam's Story
It feels as if I have been sitting in this tent for an eternity. Early this morning, my cousins, Nepheg and Elzaphan, who are both renowned for their weaving, presented my mother, sister-in-law, and me with the beautiful fabric that they made for the priestly garments. After we had praised each man for his skill, we sat down together to begin the next phase of preparation. As the hours passed, we worked in near silence ....
When Moses returned from the mountaintop that second time, I was shocked and dismayed to see the coarse tablets he was carrying. Uneven, jagged, lacking in symmetry. Bumpy all over. Clearly he had fashioned them himself. Whatever words of wisdom had been chiseled on them, the tablets themselves lacked the elegance a skilled stone cutter could have given them. Moses might have been a brilliant ...... 
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!
TBC Diaper Collection Project!

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.  

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander, 203 762-8605  Jane@nodhill.net
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, February 24 at 9:30 am

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

Wilton Reads 2019: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
February 27 to April 25 at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

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

Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Lecture: Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm
Wilton Library Association, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

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

Nefesh B'Nefesh MEGA Fair (Aliyah Event) 
Sunday, March 10 at the Glenpointe Marriott, Teaneck, NJ

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

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

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

Wilton Reads: Author Visit - Heather Morris: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm
Wilton Library Association, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

Yahrzeits, February 22 to 28
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Samuel Mann
great grandfather of David Mann
Philip Myers
uncle of Jane Alexander
Gilbert Bloch
father of Babette Bloch
Allan Rolle
husband of May Rolle
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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