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

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org by
Sunday at 4:00 pm to appear on Wednesday.

TBC Events through April 23, 2015 

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

  • Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, April 18, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, April 19, 9:30 am: Sunday Morning Stretch
  • Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm: Sisterhood Book Group

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar )
  • Wednesday, April 15: No Religious School
  • Thursday, April 16: No Religious School
  • Sunday, April 19: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, April 22: Religious School in Session
  • Wednesday, April 22: Confirmation Classes
  • Thursday, April 23: Religious School in Session
Journeys to Passover Community Seder   April 4, 2015
Stop Hunger Now Benefit Concert

The Stop Hunger Now Benefit Concert is on Sunday, April 26th at 4 pm
at the WEPCO Church Complex, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, with many Middlebrook students (as well as some Wilton High School students) performing along with Wilton Police Officer Anna Rita Tornello, a wonderful lyric soprano, and Erica vanderLinde Feidner, an accomplished concert pianist.  The Concert raises funds both for Middlebrook's 20,000 meal event by 7 Green Team students on May 14th and also for the (hopefully) 200,000 meal Wi-ACT event on October 24th (up from 160,000 meals packaged this past October) with over 800 volunteers doing the packaging during five shifts. TBC members have always been great supporters of the Stop Hunger Now project, so let's pitch in! Admission: $10. 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Sisterhood Book Group 
Date: Tuesday, April 21, Time: 7:00 pm
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. More info! 
Sunday Morning Stretch (Yoga Class), This Sunday! 

Start your Sunday morning off by taking care of yourself with a Yoga stretch led by Lorien Saumier!  Sessions are 9:30-10:45 am,  April 19 and May 3.  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!  

Adult Ed: Who Wrote the Bible?


TBC member Stephen Davis will provide an overview of the theory that the Torah as we know it was actually compiled from several earlier sources. If you've ever wondered what people meant when they talked about the "J" text or puzzled over why the Torah has two creation stories, two Flood stories and three versions of the Ten Commandments, come find out!


Date: Tuesday, May 5th    Time: 7:30 pm

Celebrate Cantor Sobel's 25 Years

In the next few weeks we will kick off our Annual Fund Raiser which will culminate in a Shabbat Celebration and Special Oneg to celebrate TBC's history and Cantor Sobel's 25 years at TBC. We have so much to celebrate and will be reaching out to everyone to participate in some way. Please save the date, June 5th
, to attend a very special service and event and begin thinking about the many ways you can contribute to our Annual Fund Raiser in Cantor Sobel's honor. 

If you'd like to get more involved in this exciting program, please contact Dina Gumins.

Jewish Film Festival - April 8-30

The 2015 edition of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival has a diverse array of 38 programs celebrating the grand sweep of the Jewish experience. This year's lineup of dramas and documentaries includes several exciting previews (Phoenix, Felix and Meira, The Farewell Party,Famous Nathan) - and new releases from Israel and around the world. Many programs will be followed by discussions with some very special guests, and there are also three live performances! This promises to be an extraordinary three weeks. At the Jacob Burns Film Center. 
B'nai Mitzvah Projects

A number of our B'nai Mitzvah students have asked to have their mitzvah projects highlighted on the TBC website. They include: Jimmy Curto, Grace Goldberg, Maden Herve, Jack Potash, Drew Saumier, and Ethan Klotz. In some cases students are seeking help from the congregation in making their projects successful. Please take a look by clicking here!

All 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.
Dorothy Day Hospitality House  aka Danbury Soup Kitchen

Wednesday, April 29th, 2:30 - 5:15.   Check your calendar- and plan to join us!   Have a great time doing great work! RSVP :) Association of Religious Communities will be providing sandwiches! YES!!! And,while we have you here, mark your calendars for Monday, June 22nd - next Pantry day!

Reading Partners - Volunteers in the Schools


The local Reading Partners program is part of the nationwide National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Our program of 100 volunteers working in the Danbury schools serves over 350 students. Bernice Ullmann is a Newtown resident who collects stuffed animals and gives them to the Reading Partners to share with their students. What we have are dedicated volunteers who are committed to our literacy work which is integrated into the school curriculum with the appreciative support of school administrators and staff.

The program, entering our fifteenth year, is run by volunteers in Danbury and thirteen surrounding towns.  We are always looking for volunteers to join us as the schools have many students waiting for help. If you have at least one hour a week to make a difference in a child's life, we welcome you! For more information and to register for Fall 2015, contact Jackie Morrison, 203-743-6161 or jacmor82@yahoo.com
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, April 17-April 23, 2015
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Martha Sugar Lash Friday 4/17/2015 mother of Melinda Weber
Karen Maru Friday 4/17/2015 friend of Sandi Prince
Scott Auerbach Saturday 4/18/2015 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
David Froehlich Saturday 4/18/2015 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
David Gartrell Saturday 4/18/2015 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
Sean Hiltunen Saturday 4/18/2015 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
Jason Trusewicz Saturday 4/18/2015 remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim
Robert Steward Saturday 4/18/2015 cousin of Moses Alexander
Edythe Metzger Monday 4/20/2015 grandmother of Dina Levi
Ruth Shane Thursday 4/23/2015 mother of Patricia Olshan