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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
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President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Margaret Mazer Ogdon 


Chailites News Item Submissions   

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.

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, November 5, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Friday, November 6, 6:00 pm: Family Service 'Preneg'
  • Friday, November 6, 6:30 pm: Family Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, November 7, 9:30 am: Torah Study (Chayei Sarah)
  • Sunday, November 8, 9:30 am: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, November 8, 11:30 am: Confirmation Grades 8, 9 & 10
  • Wednesday, November 11, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, November 12, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
Sisterhood Dinner  - November 1, 2015 (See #SisterhoodSwag!)

Come celebrate with our youngest students and their families at our Consecration Service at 6:30 pm on December 4th. The entire community is invited and we would love to see you there!
Bring a Friend to TBC Family Shabbat Service This Week, November 6! 

Bring your family and friends to our TBC Family Shabbat Service, this Friday, November 6! We will start with a kid-friendly pre-neg Pizza and veggies at 6:00 pm followed by the service at 6:30 pm. At 7:15 pm Birthday Celebration and Oneg!

See Rabbi Bearman's awesome video invitation!
SHOP SMART TO DO GOOD! Sisterhood Fundraiser: Saturday, November 14

  • A special all-day shopping event hosted by Lord & Taylor in Stamford in support of local non-profit organizations
  • The Shop Smart, Do Good event day features the best discounts of the season, local entertainment,  gifts with purchase and fun activities.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting Gladys O'Neil at gon51junk@aol.com

Men's Club Happenings

From Jeff Spector: We will be hosting a get together on Sunday, November 15th (9:30-11:00 am). The meeting will be a three-parter.  Part 1 will be the election of officers.  Part 2 will be a fascinating (hopefully!) discussion of two articles about being a man in our society, "When is it OK for a Man to be Aggressive" and "2 Massive Confessions About So-Called Alpha Males (as written by one)".   Please read before our meeting.  Thanks.  Part 3 will be a discussion about specific agendas for future meetings.  Looking forward to seeing all of our male congregants, both young and old.  Contact Jeff Spector with any questions at  jms884@gmail.com or 203-956-6367.
Early Judaism and the New Testament: Jewish Identity in the First Century CE
Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker, the pastor at Wilton Baptist Church, will discuss his recent book,  James in Postcolonial Perspective . His book discusses how two first century CE Jews,  both followers of Jesus,  negotiated Jewish identity in relation to the Roman Empire.  James, Jesus's brother, argues for a "pure" Jewish identity while confronting Roman assimilation. Paul, a controversial figure in the early Jesus movement, accommodates Greco-Roman culture in ways that put him at odds with James. They both are anti-Roman and attempting to answer the question, what does it mean to be a Jew? This should be an exciting conversation with Rev. Dr. Coker, who wrote this book in our own library here at Temple B'nai Chaim!  The book is available from Amazon.com and your local bookstore.

This program will be held at Temple B'nai Chaim on  November 15th at 4 PM.  All are welcome.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at TBC This Year!

Redding's annual Interfaith Service will be hosted this year at Temple B'nai Chaim on November 26 at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to participate in an evening of fellowship. The service will be led by clergy of different denominations and religions and music will be sung by a volunteer, interfaith choir. Come to be a part of this memorable event! Please bring canned food as a donation to share with those in our community who are less fortunate.  More information here! (Singers needed! Contact the Cantor if interested.)
Make Hanukkah Happy for Wilton Jewish Families!

Here's a way to make a difference this Hanukkah for  some needy Jewish Wilton families. Through the good works of the Wilton Department of Social Services, we've been asked to support several  Jewish Wilton families who celebrate Hanukkah by providing a $100 Gift Card for each of 12 children in these families.   Think about all the gifts you give to your children each year...and then think about how you could really make a difference for these families.  

All you have to do is click on the Donation Form here and donate what you can to the TBC Tzedakah (Social Action) Fund and indicate the donation is for "Make Hanukkah Happy for All Kids!".  Our Social Action Committee will purchase the gift cards and deliver them to Wilton Department of Social Services.
Share Our Simchas - Sponsor an Oneg! 

A wonderful way of celebrating special happy occasions (simchas), such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is by sharing your joy (nachas) with the entire congregation and sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat for the Friday  of your special week.  We'll arrange for the food and set-up, all you do is send a minimum donation of $125.  If you would like to sponsor an Oneg, please call the TBC office and we'll pencil in your special Shabbat.  In the words of the traditional Yiddish wish for birthdays, May you live to be 120 (the age achieved by Moses, and therefore considered to be the ideal lifespan). L'Chaim! 
Calling All Torah Chanters!

Many of you volunteered to chant during this year's High Holy Day services and you did a marvelous job.  If you enjoyed this experience, then it's time to chant again.  If you wondered how you, too, could participate and chant Torah, then now is the opportunity to learn!  We are looking forward to hearing Torah chanted at the following Friday  night Shabbat services this year:

December 18th -  Torah Portion (parshat) "Vayigash": Genesis 45:4-8 OR Genesis 45:9-15;
January 8th -       Torah Portion (parshat) "Va-eira":    Exodus 6:2-5 OR Exodus 6:5-8;
February 19th -    Torah Portion (parshat) "T'tzaveh":  Exodus 28:26-30; and
April 15th -          Torah Portion (parshat) "M'tzorah": Leviticus 14:8-11.

This is a wonderful opportunity to keep your Hebrew skills fresh, to learn and to engage with Torah.  And if you have never read from the Torah since your bar or bat mitzvah, this is a special way to challenge yourself.  It is also a very special way to participate in our services.  In addition, we are looking for those of you who would like to participate by having the honor of blessing the Torah on these dates.  We will provide tapes and training for anyone interested, so there is no reason to hesitate. Please call (203) 544-8695) or email (rabbibearman@templebnaichaim.org) the Rabbi to schedule your date!
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
Yahrzeits, November 6-November 12, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List
on the TBC Website.)  
Susan Oshlag Pinals Saturday 11/7/2015 mother of Jeffrey Pinals
Lillian Moore Tuesday 11/10/2015 aunt of Elizabeth Cramer
Harold Penchina Tuesday 11/10/2015 uncle of Jane Alexander
Kathy Dickinson Wednesday 11/11/2015 mother of Zhena Hadar
Shirley Levin Thursday 11/12/2015 great aunt of Susan Farber
George Miller Thursday 11/12/2015 father of Susan Hollander

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