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February 11, 2015
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Phone: 203 544-8695
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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Education Manager:Jennifer Haynos
Facility Use/Rental:Jennifer Haynos


President, Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President, Bonnie Heft 


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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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Long Wharf Theater's production of the play Bad Jews!  

TBC Events through February 19, 2015 

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

  • Friday, February 13, 7:30-9:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, February 14, 9:30-10:30 am: Torah Study
  • Tuesday, February 17, 7:30-9:00 pm: Sisterhood Book Group

Religious School Schedule
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar)
  • Wednesday, February 11: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, February 11:  Confirmation Classes in session
  • Thursday, February 12: Religious School in session
  • Sunday, February 15: No Religious School
  • Wednesday, February 18: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, February 19: Religious School in session
Last Week's Sisterhood Tu B'Shvat Seder at Sharon Sobel's home!
Order Shalach Manot for Purim!

In the Book of Esther, two of the mitzvot that are associated with Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In verse 9:22 of the book of Esther it says: "[Mordechai wrote to the Jews] to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor."

At TBC, we combine these two mitzvot into our Shalach Manot fundraiser, a fun way to support TBC by sending gifts to friends, as well as TBC clergy, staff, teachers and tutors. Please join us in celebrating Purim through this annual tradition!  To order, please see information on the TBC website. All orders must be received by February 26. 

And Who is My Neighbor? New Wi-ACT Four-Part Series
We are excited to share a new opportunity for community building and education. The Wilton Clergy Association, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), and the Wilton Library are sponsoring: AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? How Our Community Can Respond to Differences, Divisions and Conflicts. This will be a four part series that takes place on March 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Wilton Library.  More details about the specific sessions will be coming soon, but we are pleased to announce that Rabbi Bearman will be participating in the fourth session (March 31) which will include a panel of local clergy. PLEASE NOTE: Because of this community-wide opportunity, we will be postponing the previously-announced Adult Ed sessions on "Climbing Your Family Tree".
Purim Celebrations Coming, March 6-8

This year, we'll celebrate Purim for an entire weekend!  More information will be coming soon, but for now, please add the following to your calendars: Friday, March 6, Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm and Megillah Reading at 7:45 pm.  Saturday, March 7, Torah Study class to explore Megillat Esther, the Scroll of Esther at 9:30 am.  Sunday, March 8, Religious School Purim FROZEN Celebration at 9:30am.
Planning for Community Passover Seder

Planning is beginning for a Community Seder on Saturday evening April 4. There are many opportunities to get involved in this wonderful event so please reach out to Susan Farber or Deborah List at membership@templebnaichaim.org .

Railroad Crossings are Dangerous!

There are a few railroad crossings in the vicinity of TBC. We regularly hear the blaring whistle echoing up the Norwalk River valley as trains arrive at the Branchville Station. There are times when vehicles get backed up crossing the tracks on Portland Avenue entering Route 7. Following last week's deadly Metro-North train accident near Valhalla, NY, Wilton, CT fire chief, Ron Kanterman offers railroad crossing safety information Click here for the Fire Chief's Safety summary, as reprinted in GOOD Morning Wilton.  

Aidan Mettel's Mitzvah Project

Aidan's Mettel's bar mitzvah is coming up on March 14, 2015! It involves collecting basketball shorts and lightly worn or used sneakers for a program called Full Court Peace with the goal of bringing together different races and cultures through basketball. He's looking for help from the TBC community, so check out his Mitzvah Project page on the TBC website for more information. 
Jimmy Curto's Mitzvah Project

Jimmy Curto's bar mitzvah is coming up on May 2, 2015! It involves collecting band instruments and monetary donations to help Norwalk High School marching band members who can't afford instruments, uniforms, and travel expenses. He's looking for help from the TBC community, so check out his Mitzvah Project page on the TBC website for more information. 

JFS Caregiver Support Group  

Sundays at 2:00 beginning February 15th - March 29th

Do you find yourself "sandwiched" between the needs of your children and your parents? JFS is offering an open forum to provide support and help in dealing with the difficulties and stresses of caring for two generations. A small fee of $10/session or $50 for six sessions will be charged. Group will be held at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. The facilitator will be Rona Wall, LCSW. For more information or to register please email Rebekah Kanefsky or call her at 203-921-4161.

Don't Forget the Turnover Shop!  

Temple B'nai Chaim receives 60% of the proceeds from your donations to the Wilton Turnover Shop, a non-profit thrift shop located in the Village Market building in Wilton Center.

The Turnover shop is run entirely by volunteers and benefits the Wilton schools' PTA and local nursing and home care. If you are cleaning out your closets, the shop will accept seasonal clothing, house wares, small furniture and collectibles. For further information, please email consignments@templebnaichaim.org.

Yahrzeits, February 13-February 19, 2015 

Elsie R. AlexanderFriday2/13/2015grandmother of Moses Alexander
Anna LiaconeSaturday2/14/2015grandmother of Loretta Tepper
Richard EhrensSunday2/15/2015father of Alisa Garner
Mark Lewis FeinerMonday2/16/2015husband of Senia Feiner


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