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January 18, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 19, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, January 20, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, January 21: 6th Grade Retreat 
  • Saturday, January 21, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 22, 9:30 am: Religious School in session
  • Wednesday, January 25, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Thursday, January 26, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
Shabbat Torah Service - January 13, 2017.  More pictures here!
Rabbi's D'var Torah From Last Friday
Va-y'chi - "Teach Them How To Say Goodbye"

From the Rabbi's D'var:  "Liminal spaces are the transitions between two safe, or at least known, things, times, or places.  In the Jewish Tradition and in many other religious and spiritual traditions, liminal spaces or boundaries are understood to be fraught with dangerous and powerful forces."  Read the full sermon ...
Thanks For Your Hanukkah Generosity!

From Wilton Social Services: Thanks to everyone at Temple B'nai Chaim for your amazing generosity to our families who celebrate Hanukkah.  Because of your donation of $1200, 12 Wilton children were able to have a very happy Hanukkah.  We would not have been able to make this possible without your help.  Please pass on the gratitude of all of us at Wilton Social Services.
TBC in the News!

The Wilton Bulletin did some great reporting on our special January 6 service where had invited the Syrian family and members of the WiACT Steering Committee to join us in welcoming our new Religious school students.  See the editorial "The Stuff of Dreams" and the news piece "Welcoming Friends", with photos by TBC member Moses Alexander -- both published on January 12.  Pictures and video from the actual event may be found here.
The Grief Recovery Method - Grief Support Group

The Caregiver Center at Danbury Hospital is presenting an 8-week program beginning January 19 at 7:00 pm on the Grief Recovery Method - An Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses.  To register or for further information call or e-mail: Chaplain Beryl Knudsen - 203-739-7135, email beryl.knudsen@wchn.org. More information available here.
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday February 3
  • Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
  • Friday, February 3 at 6:00pm (service 6:30pm)
  • Preneg RSVP: http://bit.ly/1XVZMXf
Join us for another fun Shabbat family service starting at 6:00pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30, 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, please RSVP for the Preneg using the link above.

Save the dates for upcoming Shabbat Family Services on 3/3/17, 4/7/17 & 5/5/17.

Remember:  You too can sponsor a Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers: 
Shabbat Shirah February 10th - Calling All Musicians!

Come offer musical praise as did our ancestors in worship after the miraculous parting of the sea. If you are a singer or musician and would like to perform a song of thanksgiving or praise - alone or with a group - please email cantor@templebnaichaim.org. The exact musical shape of the evening will be a reflection of the musical talents and passions of our congregants. We will also hear the special musical chant for the Song at the Sea. Join us for what promises to be a very special Shabbat of song and celebration.
Calling All Torah Chanters!!

We will be chanting Torah on the following dates: 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 Russ Robbins, Chair of the Ritual Committee at ritual@templebnaichaim.org
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the 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.

2017 Activities at the Schoke Jewish Family Service
of Fairfield County

The Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County is now the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County. Information about their 2017 programs and services is available here.
Jewish Senior Services 

Film Screening.  There will be a screening of the file "Being Mortal," along with a panel discussion, on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:00-8:00 pm. This is a PBS/Frontline film based on the book by Dr. Atul Gawande.  RSVP to Rose DeVellis at (203) 206-9188. More information here.

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 9:00 am-4:30 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 at eashkins@jseniors.org  

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, January 20 - January 26, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Harold P. Weber Friday 1/20/2017 father of Donald Weber
Sam Youden Friday 1/20/2017 friend of Frosch family
Diana Schumer Turet Sunday 1/22/2017 grandmother of Jamie Kapel
Bernice Myers Tuesday 1/24/2017 mother of Jane Alexander
Walter Czuczka Thursday 1/26/2017 father of Peter Czuczka
Thomas Stanley Thursday 1/26/2017 father of Ellen Bonheim
Moses A. Temerson Thursday 1/26/2017 grandfather of Moses Alexander

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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