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September 4, 2019
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)
  • Friday, September 6, 6:00 pm - Family Preneg 
  • Friday, September 6, 6:30 pm - Shabbat Family Service
  • Saturday, September 7, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, September 7, 11:15 am - Luke Ginsburg Bar Mitzvah Send a Chai Card
  • Sunday, September 8, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, September 8, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, September 8, 11:30 am - Community Cookout
  • Wednesday, September 11, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
Important Warning
It has come to our attention there are email and text message scams being sent to some of our congregants. If something looks suspicious, please do not open it.   
URGENT - Membership / School Forms
If you have a child in religious school, we must have your membership package as well as your school forms for them to start school this Sunday. If you have not yet sent in any of the above, please bring them with you on Sunday. Kiki Cahn will be in the office to the left of the front door to receive your paperwork and answer any questions.

If you do not have a child in the religious school we still need you to send in your package asap so that we can send you out your High Holiday tickets!
First Family Shabbat of the Year!
This Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm (Service 6:30 pm)
Join us for a Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship followed by an Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the Preneg,  click here  to RSVP. 
We will be continuing our Birthday Book Minhag (Custom)! Everyone 13 and under who is celebrating a birthday will receive the gift of a Jewish book. 
First Day of Religious School & TBC Community Cookout
Sunday, September 8

First Day of Religious School - 9:30 am (Jr. Chai 10:00 am)

TBC Community Cookout - 11:30 am ALL are welcome! (Come help us set up 10:30 am).  The cookout is sponsored by the Men's Club, Sisterhood and the Religious School. This event is a good time to meet and chat with your fellow congregants. Vegetarian options will be provided. Please RSVP your availability to help with the setup, cooking or cleanup. Thanks. Jeff
Let's Play Ball! - TBC Community Softball Game
Sunday, September 15, 9:30 am
Jensen Field (Rte. 7) 
2 Sanford Station Road, Ridgefield

The whole TBC community is invited out to the ballgame! Play, watch, cheer, keep score, manage the lineups, hand out snacks...everyone of any age can participate.

Click here to let us know you'll be there!

This great community event replaces Religious School for the day. Students in grades K-3 must be accompanied by a parent.

Admission Price 
Bring one or more of the following items most needed now by the Daily Bread Food Pantry:
breakfast cereal, macaroni & cheese, pasta, canned tuna, canned chicken, ramen noodle soups (chicken flavors only), personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant)

Rain Date: Sunday, September 22                                        For more information: Karin Beitel
This year's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services will feature a fabulous  TEEN CHOIR ! If you're a post B'nai Mitzvah student and are interested in participating, please send an email to Student Cantor Hamstra and add the following rehearsal dates to your calendars!
Teen Choir Rehearsal Times:
September 6, 4:45 - 5:45 pm (Bonus! We'll give you free pizza at the 6 pm preneg!)
September 13, 4:45 - 5:45 pm
September 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
October 6, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Everyone who wants to participate will have a chance. If these times don't work for you but you want to be in the choir, you should still reach out to Student Cantor Hamstra. Thank you in advance to our amazing teens for adding their voices to our High Holy Day experience!
  TBC Book Club Meeting! 

TBC book club meeting will be held on September 16 at 7:30 pm and we will be reading Memoirs of a Fortunate Jew: An Italian Story by Dan Vittorio Segre. For more information contact Ria MillerThis is for TBC members only. 
Send Rosh Hashanah Sweetness 

ime to send Rosh Hashanah Honey for a Sweet New Year greetings to your TBC friends and love d ones. The ordering deadline is September 17.  Don't miss out on the opportunity! 
This annual fundraiser funds the break-fast following Yom Kippur services that Sisterhood provides for the full comm unity. TBC members have multiple sponsorship levels of giving opportunities. Each sponsor level sends one jar of local honey to every TBC member family, clergy and staff. Alternatively you can send honey to particular congregants within TBC or choose to reciprocate to those who send honey to you. This is a nice way to send a sweet "thank you" to your child's religious school teacher / tutor.
Click here to order online. Questions? Email honey@templebnaichaim.org .
TBC  Listening Session for Religious School Parents
Sunday September 22 at 9:30 am
Over the summer, many of our members participated in our first three listening sessions, and we are so grateful for the honest feedback that they've shared with us.  These listening sessions have been so valuable, that we've decided to add another one!  For the September 22 BONUS LISTENING SESSION, we are specifically inviting RELIGIOUS SCHOOL PARENTS to join us. If you fall within this demographic, please click here to RSVP  and join Rabbi Bearman and other members of TBC's leadership on September 22 at 9:30 am and lend your voice to our listening campaign. Your perspective is critical for our congregation's future, and we hope that you'll plan on being a part of this program. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in this summer's listening campaign! By participating, you've helped make TBC stronger!
Laundry Love in the News
Local volunteers show others a little laundry love
Wilton Bulletin, August 30, 2019 
Going to the laundromat, especially when you have a large family, can be a daunting task.
A typical trip involves carting heavy bags of dirty clothes, adding soap powder to the washers without spilling it, waiting for what seems like an eternity to dry everything, t hen folding and packing stacks of laundry,   Read more (in the Wilton Bulletin!)  

The next Laundry Love date is September 11. Contact Peggy Zamore if you can help. 
Donate to the TBC Tzedakah Fund to support this effort.
Midrashic Monologues

Follow Rabbi Rachel Bearman's and Rabbi Paul Kipnes's Midrashic Monologues as they restore the voices of biblical women and men who have not been given the opportunity to speak.

We Will Be The Turning Point

One of the things I love most about Joseph is that he seems to contain an endless, churning well of emotion that is always ready to overflow and escape. His laughter begins as a small hiccup of a sound but then, almost immediately, bursts from his chest in loud and raucous waves. And of course the reverse is true as well. When Joseph cries, he weeps until every drop of grief and pain has poured out of him, until ... Read more ...
Join Wilton Congregational Church 
for Emanuel Screening and Panel Discussion
September 19 at 7:30 pm

The forgiving acts of the survivor and family members of the victims influenced the healing process of the devastated community of Charleston and impacted our nation. Emaneul examines the powerful ways faith, hope and forgiveness triumph over all. We are honored to have two members of Emanuel Church be with us for this screening and discussion. Please join us for this powerful experience!
Honey-Tasting & Havdalah Potluck
Saturday,  October 5 at 6:30 pm 

All TBC and Sisterhood members are invited to this Sisterhood-sponsored event, which will be held in a private home, for Havdalah, a potluck dinner and a tasting of honeys from around the world.

Experience a full range of sweetness! Marvel in the diversity of tastes and hues and textures, from honey made from local clover to California orange blossom; from Mexican corn to Scottish heather.  Click here to RSVP. Please contact Pam Klem for the address or any other questions regarding this event.
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event

On Saturday October 19, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 9th annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 150,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers. 
Since we started we have packaged over 1,000,000 meals. 
Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $2,000 as a Congregation to fund 6,500 meals. These meals will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. It is critical that we raise the $2,000 to contribute our fair share of the costs. Please  support this  event by  sending a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger or  contribute online . This year each meal costs $0.31, so $20 buys 65 meals and $100 buys 322 meals -- a really good deal!
The volunteer sign-up site will be available in September. As in prior years there will be opportunities to sign up for set up, clean up and 4 two hour production shifts. Don't forget that children 5 and older can help (our 5-year-olds last year had a fantastic time and really contributed!). 
If you have any questions, please contact  Don Weber.   
Sisterhood Paid-in Membership Dinner
October 23 at 6:30 pm

Sisterhood will host our annual dinner for all paid-in members. This event, which is free to all current members, will be held at the synagogue. Not a member yet? Click here to join Sisterhood. Click here to RSVP for the dinner.
Don't Forget to Use AmazonSmile!  

TBC has signed up for AmazonSmile.  When you shop there, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Temple Bnai Chaim.  Support TBC every time you shop.  Bookmark this special URL for TBC members

You shop ... Amazon gives to Temple B'nai Chaim. It's as easy as that!  Support TBC by starting your shopping at AmazonSmile! 
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!

Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Community Cookout
Sunday, September 8 at 11:30 am

Laundry Love
Wednesday, September 11, 1:00 pm at White Street Wash, 30 White Street, Danbury

Let's Play Ball
Sunday, September 15, 9:00 am at Jensen Field (Rte. 7) 2 Sanford Station Rd., Ridgefield

Monday, September 16 at 7:30 pm at a location TBD

Move Bimah Before the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 21 at 11:00 am

Selichot Program with Congregation Shir Shalom
Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 am

High Holy Days 2019 / 5780
Sunday, September 29 to Wednesday, October 9

Shabbat Shuvah Service
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm

Honey-Tasting and Havdalah Potluck
Saturday, October 5, 6:30 pm at a private home

Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm and Wednesday, October 9, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm

Move Bimah After the High Holy Days
Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 am

Sukkah Raising
Sunday, October 13 at 12:30 pm

Sukkot Family Service with Preneg
Friday, October 18 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)
Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat 

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event
Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate Now / Sign up in September for a two-hour shift

Sukkah Lowering
Sunday, October 20 at 12:30 pm

Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm

Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, October 28 at 9:30 am

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, October 30 at 2:30 pm

Yahrzeits, September 6-12

    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

George Edelman Saturday 9/7/2019 grandfather of Jodi Simon Stewart
Ghislain Marceau Saturday 9/7/2019 uncle of David Marceau
Naomi Stern Tuesday 9/10/2019 stepmother of Susan Farber
Franklin E. Dillon Thursday 9/12/2019 father of Barbara Bloom
Dylan Hoffman Thursday 9/12/2019 son of Kevin and Caroline Hoffman
Judy Kolodny Nash Thursday 9/12/2019 aunt of Sharon Sobel

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             Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
        Phone: 203 544-8695          Location: 82 Portland Avenue, Wilton CT 06897 ( Directions)

        Rabbi: Rachel Bearman         Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel
        President: Cindy Baulsir        Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
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