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February 13, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, February 14 - No Hebrew School
  • Friday, February 15, 7:30  pm Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, February 16, 9:30 am - Torah Study 
  • Sunday, February 17, 9:30 am - No Religious School
  • Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, February 20, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, February 21, 4:20 pm -  Hebrew School
Student Cantor Hamstra's Practicum
February 20 at 10:50 am

Next Wednesday (2/20), Student Cantor Hamstra will be presenting her work on the music of Shabbat Ma'ariv. This presentation is open to the public (HUC-JIR Chapel, 1 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012) and will also be livestreamed . Cantorial Student Ze'eva Berman's practicum will be first, and then Student Cantor Hamstra will begin her presentation.

If you would like to congratulate Student Cantor Hamstra on her work, please  send a "Mazel Tov!" card through 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 aged 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!
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

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 .
Wilton Reads: Author Visit - Heather Morris:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm
at the Wilton Library Association
Author Heather Morris's talk is the culminating event of the library's thirteenth Wilton Reads town-wide reading program. Ms. Morris will be presented with the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award before her talk. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. The historical fiction based on Lale's life also is a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions. Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now residing in Australia. She was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Q&A will follow the talk.

No charge. Registration highly recommended. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton. Register online
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.

Bezalel Gets Creative
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 ...... 

When Moses appeared in the doorway of our tent, my beloved and I rushed to welcome him. Neither of us were expecting him, but we tried to keep our surprise off our faces as we ushered him to our small table and offered him food and cool water.

Moses smiled at us, thanking us for our hospitality and asking that we sit with him. As he ate and drank, the three of us .....
Schoke Jewish Family Services, January-March 2019
The Schoke Jewish Family Service programs for the fall include such topics as:  Home Delivered Meals, Brain Fitness, Bereavement, Employment and Life Transitions, Divorce Support, and talk sessions.  More information here!
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates
Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 27 and Sunday, February 3 from 9 am - 5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email .
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!

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!

February 20 at 10:50 am HUC-JIR Chapel, 1 West 4th Street, New York, NY

Bookmark Crafting Workshop
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
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
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 15 to 21
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Mark Lewis Feiner Saturday
husband of Senia Feiner
Hyman Schwartz Sunday
father of David Schwartz
Leah Tanen Sunday
mother-in-law of Ilene Tanen
Theomora Levy Monday
aunt of Debra Case
Della Baxter Wednesday
step-mother of Simon Curtis
Mollie S. Hyams Wednesday
mother of Sheila Wakoff
Samuel Mann Thursday
great grandfather of David Mann
Philip Myers Thursday
uncle of Jane Alexander
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
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Phone: 203 544-8695
President: Cindy Baulsir
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Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel

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