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January 14, 2015
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Office Manager: Ida Clark 
Education Manager:Jennifer Haynos 
Facility Use/Rental:Jennifer Haynos


President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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Please note that events and news for Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

TBC Events through January 22, 2015 

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

  • Friday, January 16, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, January 17, 9:30 am: Torah Study

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)
  • Wednesday, January 14: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, January 15: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, January 16: No Religious School
  • Wednesday, January 21: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, January 21: Confirmation classes
  • Thursday, January 22: Religious School in session

Wall of Tikkun Olam messages from TBC 6th and 7th graders, 1/9/2015
Sisterhood Book Group 

The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman. A spellbinding tale of extraordinary women who survive the siege on Masada. They keep Doves and secrets ... Read and join us on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:30 pm at TBC. 

Shakespeare and a Venetian Jew
On January 29 at 7:30 in the TBC old sanctuary, Judson Scruton will present: Shakespeare's Shylock: A Venetian Jew In Queen Elizabeth's England. Anti-semitism was a reality of life in England since the Edict of Expulsion in 1290. Elizabethan England and the cultural scene including Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, assumed many anti-Jewish stereotypes. But Shakespeare's play and his powerful character Shylock are far more complicated than these stereotypes. This presentation will explore the social/political/personal contexts for understanding Shakespeare's Shylock.

Special Thank You!

A special THANK YOU to all those that contributed to the year-end appeal! Your generosity is felt by the entire TBC community throughout the year.

Two Volunteers Needed for Overflow Shelter  

The next week we are covering the overflow shelter is
Monday, January 26 through Sunday, February 1. Looking for 2 volunteers for each night -- one of each gender preferred.  Do a mitzvah in your sleep. More information here.

Sisterhood Tu B'Shevat 

Sisterhood's first Women's Tu B'Shevat Seder Supper -- don't miss this fun. February 4 at 6:30 pm. We will drink the fruit of the vine and nourish our bodies with fruits and nuts symbolizing strength, creation, rebirth, and our spiritual and emotional ties with the Earth.  Click here for more information. 
 Grace Goldberg's Mitzvah Project! 
Grace Goldberg's bat mitzvah is coming up May 16.  Her mitzvah project involves helping animals that are being adopted from PAWS, an animal shelter in Norwalk. She's looking for help from the TBC community, so check out her Mitzvah Project page on the TBC website for more information!

Sunday Morning Stretch (Yoga Class)

The Sisterhood is sponsoring a Sunday morning stretch or yoga classes beginning February 8, 9:30-10:45 AM.  Also, March 15 with April and May dates to be announced.  Come in and get a great start to your Sunday.  TBC members and their guests are welcome.  All are invited -- Dudes/Ladies, Beginners/Experienced Yogis.  Bring your mat along with your sense of humor.  $15/person.  A portion of the proceeds goes to TBC.  Drop the kids at religious school and drop yourself into yoga.  Take a break from your run and try yoga instead!  

JFS Divorce Support Group 

For adults who would like to discuss all aspects of separation and divorce, JFS will be restarting a divorce support group for six sessions beginning on Tuesday, January 20th (last session: February 24).  Sessions are held at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E. Suite 11. Fee is $10 per session or $50 for six sessions. To register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at rkanefsky@ctjfs.org or call at 203-921-4161. 
 World Zionist Organization Election
This year the World Zionist Organization is holding its quinquennial congressional election, and ARZA (the Association of Reform Zionists of America) is again seeking a seat. TBC is a member of ARZA, which represents the Reform Movement's voice in this international organization.  From January 15 through April 15 American Jews have the opportunity to vote for ARZA to help insure that the ideals and principles of the Reform Movement are heard in this important forum.  

Click here for more information about ARZA.  Click here to register to vote. 
URJ Summer 2015 Birthright Israel Trips

Registration for the Summer 2015 round of Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with URJ Kesher opens on February 3.  This year they have announced 30 projected trip dates in May, June, July, and August.  Learn how registration works and about Taglit's commitment to providing a safe and meaningful Israel trip.  URJ Kesher is also offering specialty trips for LGBTQ & allies and also for people interested in environmental issues.  Click here for more information. 

TBC Diaper Collection Project! 

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Center of Danbury and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  More information here.

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander 203 762-8605 Jane@nodhill.net

For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.

Yahrzeits, January 16-January 22, 2015 

Lily CzuczkaFriday1/16/2015mother of Peter Czuczka
Dr. Samuel ShauerFriday1/16/2015father of Marlene Serby
Richard MazerSunday1/18/2015father of Margaret Mazer-Ogdon
Freda Leuin RubenSunday1/18/2015mother of Richard Ruben
Herbert KornreichMonday1/19/2015father of Ruth Goldberg
Kate SchneyerMonday1/19/2015great aunt of Jon Sobel
Harold P. WeberTuesday1/20/2015father of Donald Weber
Diana Schumer TuretThursday1/22/2015grandmother of Jamie Kapel