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November 30, 2016
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, December 1, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, December 3, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, December 4, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, December 4, 11:00 am: Our Crowd - Outing to New Haven
  • Wednesday, December 7, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, December 8, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session

Peaceful gathering last Friday at Ballard Park in Ridgefield organized in response to the swastika that was found at the park last week.  Make sure to check out the Rabbi's recent d'var, "Standing Up and Standing Together. 
TBC's Groovin' Like It's 1976. 
Come Boogie at TBC's 40th Anniversary Celebration 
It's a Night You Will Not Want to Miss!

Share the fun! Ask a friend in the congregation to come and celebrate with you. 
Do you have a groovy picture of yourself from the 70s?  If so, send it in to Mike Bonheim at: bonheim@gmail.com
Join Our Crowd for a Visit to the Yale Center for British Art,
Sunday, December 4

On Sunday, December 4, TBC's Our Crowd will be brunching at the Heirloom New Haven Restaurant and then visiting the  Yale Center for British Art with a docent-led tour.  We'll meet between 10:45 and 11:00 am at the restaurant, located at 1157 Chapel Street in New Haven. Following brunch, participants will have a private tour of the Center, which has the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the U.K.  

The cost is $25 per person for brunch, there is no charge for the tour, and you are on your own for transportation.   RSVP by November 30.  If interested in carpooling or any questions about the outing please contact Ria Miller.  We look forward to seeing you! 
Special 70's Style Shabbat on December 9, 7:30 pm
Don't you wish there were a way to ease into the nostalgic fun of our 40th anniversary party? Well there is! Join us on December 9th as we use the words and music from Gates of Prayer: The New Union Prayerbook (published in 1975!) for a special 70's style Shabbat experience! The beautiful texts in Gates of Prayer (often, lovingly called "Gates of Blue") will transport you to a different time, a time when TBC was just getting started!   
Sisterhood Holiday Pot Luck Party and Gift Exchange Sunday, December 18, 6:00 pm

Please bring a wrapped gift worth $20 and your favorite dish to share.
RSVP: Sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org. Please let us know what type of food you will be bringing, i.e. dessert, main, salad. Place: Wendy Nadel's Home: 40 Sharp Hill Road, Wilton
Calling all Torah Chanters

At the Ritual Committee Meeting, we decided that we would start chanting again on our Friday night services.  We have the following dates picked: January 13, March 24, April 21, and May 12.  The readers or chanters will be given ample time to learn the verses.  Don't worry, it won't be as long as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! If it was your parsha, and you want to do it again, this is a great chance for you.  If you have never read from the Torah and have always wanted to, please recognize that this is your chance to do so with your community.  Please contact me at ritual@templebnaichaim.org.  Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee.
Shabbat Potluck - Friday, January 13

Please join us for a community pot luck dinner prior to services on Friday, January 13  , at 6:30.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with old and new friends and families prior to services.  We look forward to sharing a Shabbat dinner with you.  Please let us know how many will attend, and what you will bring. Email ritual@templebnaichaim.org  Russ Robbins, Chair Ritual Committee.
Share Your Simcha! Sponsor Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or Flowers

A wonderful 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. No special occasion? You can still sponsor a Shabbat! We will arrange for the flowers, food and set-up, all you do for your family to sponsor is make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers at  http://bit.ly/tbconpns 

Volunteer information for Jewish Senior Services

Please call or email Ellen Ashkins if you are interested in volunteering at JSS.  There are many wonderful volunteering opportunities including one-to-one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities, and hospice care.  At JSS, giving back to the community is not just a cliché, but a way of life.

New Hospice Training Program!  The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far.  Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 5th and Sunday, February 12th from 9:00am-4:30pm.  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 at eashkins@jseniors.org  
Yiddish Mamelochen at Congregation Shir Shalom
Join a group of adults who want to kvel over accomplishments speaking some Yiddish. Enjoy the humor irony, sarcasm, wit and wisdom of Yiddish.   Date: Sunday, December 4 (additional monthly dates will be forthcoming),   Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Place: Congregatiion Shir Shalom,  46 Peaceable Street,  Ridgefield, CT  06877    

Session #2 topic: Yiddish songs, Yiddish film, Hester Street (w. subtitles) -  Fee: None -  Nosh: Rozhinkes mit mandlen,  Rugelach,  Glaz fun tey  -  No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required.   Please contact the office at office@ourshirshalom.org or resafremed@aol.com  if you want to have some fun and join the group.
TBC Social Action - Hurricane Recovery in Haiti
Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti in early October, killing more than 900 people, leaving 175,000 people homeless and a million more struggling to survive.

TBC Social Action is encouraging donations to Medical Aid To Haiti (MATH), a group of surgeons, nurses and others based at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford who are providing significant help on the ground in Haiti.  Peggy and Steve Zamore worked at a small hospital in Haiti last year and have been following the truly terrible aftermath.

A video providing more detail about the situation is available here. A donation to MATH is the best way to help provide food, water and other help to the desperate people affected by this disaster. 
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!

Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th
e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Yahrzeits, December 2 - December 8, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!  May the memory of the righteous be for blessing!
Samuel Jaffe Friday 12/2/2016 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Florence Molomut Saturday 12/3/2016 mother of Susan Winters
Leo R. Sarn Saturday 12/3/2016 father of Allan Sarn
Nicholas Felan Diaz Tuesday 12/6/2016 great grandfather of Shannon McAvoy
Arthur Kotch Tuesday 12/6/2016 friend of Susan Winters
Nalini Adur Wednesday 12/7/2016 grandmother of Vanita Wagner
Hope Goodheart Thursday 12/8/2016 sister-in-law of Iris Busch

Contact Us

Temple B'nai Chaim
82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT  06829
Phone: 203 544-8695 - Fax: 203 544-9706

Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager: Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly 

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.

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