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February 18, 2015
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TBC Events through February 26, 2015 

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)

  • Friday, February 20, 7:30-9:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, February 21, 9:30-10:30 am: Torah Study

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)
  • Sunday, February 22: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, February 25: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, February 26: Religious School in session

Shir Appeal, Jewish A Capella Ensemble - February 27
Shir Appeal, an award-winning Jewish a capella ensemble from Tufts University, will be performing at the TBC on Friday, February 27. They will be bringing their voices to the worship service and doing an additional "set" during the oneg.

The group has performed coast to coast, singing in a wide variety of languages and musical styles: Israeli pop and rock, traditional liturgical songs, Jewish world music, and English songs with Jewish themes. And our own Sarah Gruen is a member of this group (bottom row 3rd from left)! It should be a truly wonderful evening.  Click here for more information!
Don't Forget to Order Shalach Manot for Purim!

In the Book of Esther, two of the mitzvot that are associated with Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In verse 9:22 of the book of Esther it says: "[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 two 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 tutors. Please join us in celebrating Purim through this annual tradition!  To order, please see information on the TBC website. All orders must be received by February 26. 

And Who is My Neighbor? New Wi-ACT Four-Part Series
We are excited to share a new opportunity for community building and education. The Wilton Clergy Association, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), and the Wilton Library are sponsoring: AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? How Our Community Can Respond to Differences, Divisions and Conflicts. This will be a four part series that takes place on March 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Wilton Library.  More details about the specific sessions will be coming soon, but we are pleased to announce that Rabbi Bearman will be participating in the fourth session (March 31) which will include a panel of local clergy. PLEASE NOTE: Because of this community-wide opportunity, we will be postponing the previously-announced Adult Ed sessions on "Climbing Your Family Tree".
Purim Celebrations Coming, March 6-8

This year, we'll celebrate Purim for an entire weekend!  More information will be coming soon, but for now, please add the following to your calendars: Friday, March 6, Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm and Megillah Reading at 7:45 pm.  Saturday, March 7, Torah Study class to explore Megillat Esther, the Scroll of Esther at 9:30 am.  Sunday, March 8, Religious School Purim FROZEN Celebration at 9:30am.
Planning for Community Passover Seder

Planning is beginning for a Community Seder on Saturday evening April 4. There are many opportunities to get involved in this wonderful event so please reach out to Susan Farber or Deborah List at membership@templebnaichaim.org .

Abigail Hadar's Mitzvah Project

Abigail Hadar's bat mitzvah is coming up on March 28, 2015! It involves raising funds to support Scholarship America, which helps students who are struggling financially to stay in schools through the form of scholarships. See Abigail's Mitzvah Project page on the TBC website for more information.  Other students' projects are posted here. 

B'nai Mitzvah Project Profiles

Students preparing for their bat and bar mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a mitzvah project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website. (Click here to view the project profile form.) This web address can be shared with others who are interested in your project.  

JFS Caregiver Support Group  

Sundays at 2:00 February 15th - March 29th

Do you find yourself "sandwiched" between the needs of your children and your parents? JFS is offering an open forum to provide support and help in dealing with the difficulties and stresses of caring for two generations. A small fee of $10/session or $50 for six sessions will be charged. Group will be held at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. The facilitator will be Rona Wall, LCSW. For more information or to register please email Rebekah Kanefsky or call her at 203-921-4161.
Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox.  Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.  Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.  Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

Yahrzeits, February 20-February 26, 2015  
(see also the (See Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Samuel MannSaturday2/21/2015great grandfather of David Mann
Philip MyersSaturday2/21/2015uncle of Jane Alexander
Emanuel (Manny) ZamoreSaturday2/21/2015father of Steven Zamore
Gilbert BlochMonday2/23/2015father of Babette Bloch
Boris FrenkielThursday2/26/2015husband of Sue Frenkiel


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