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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)   
  • Thursday, February 25, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Friday, February 26, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, February 27, 9:00 am: Bat Mitzvah Sarah Fennessey
  • Saturday, February 27, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, February 27, 11:15 am: Bar Mitzvah Jacob Arnowitz
  • Sunday, February 28, 9:30 am: Religious School in Session
  • Sunday, February 28, 11:30 am: Grade 8, 9 & 10 Confirmation
  • Monday, February 29: Our Daily Bread/Food Pantry Volunteers
  • Wednesday, March 2, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session
  • Thursday, March 3, 4:20 pm: Religious School in Session

Confirmation Class Trip to Washington, D.C.
Welcome to Our New TBC Family!

Please extend a warm welcome to our newest TBC member family:
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sondheimer (Rachel) and Sasha & Simon, Ridgefield

B'nai Mitzvah Project Profile

Students preparing for their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website. (Click here to view the project proflie form).

Please note that before you complete this form, you must submit your mitzvah project proposal to Rabbi Bearman. For examples of TBC profiles that have been posted, see the TBC Mitzvah Projects Page.
Save the Date - Purim Shabbat Service
Friday March 25 at 7:30!

The Shabbat service will be followed by a special reading of the Book of Esther, then a festive holiday oneg! Shalach Manot ordering information coming soon!
Shir Appeal, Jewish A Capella Ensemble at TBC 
Shir Appeal, an award-winning Jewish a capella  ensemble from Tufts University, will be performing again this year at TBC on  Friday, March 4th . They will be  bringing their voices to the family worship service -- which begins at 6:30 pm -- and doing an additional "set" during the oneg. The group has performed coast to coast, singing in a wide variety of languages and musical styles: Israeli pop and rock, traditional liturgical songs, Jewish world music, and English songs with Jewish themes.  And our own Sarah Gruen is a member of this group!  It should be a truly wonderful evening. Click here for more information!
Coping with Intense Feelings: the Emotional Rollercoaster of Tweens and Teens 

On March 9th, at 7:30 pm  TBC member Dr Aaron Krasner and Tracey Masella, both of Silver Hill Hospital, will present a program entitled "Coping with Intense Feelings:the Emotional Rollercoaster of Tweens and Teens."
Dr.  Krasner is Board Certified in both child/adolescent  and adult psychiatry and currently serves as the service leader of the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill, Ms. Masella currently serves as the Social Worker for the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill.  More information!
'Nicky's Family' Wilton Library New Perspectives Film Series
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Nicky's Family , a 2013 docudrama, tells the story of how an ordinary British stockbroker Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of 669 children from Prague just before the outbreak of World War II.  As a result of his heroic efforts, today there are over 6,000 descendants of 'Winton's Children' all over the world. Winton, now 104 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn't found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. The children that he saved, their descendants and countless others around the world continue to follow his example to do good, as chronicled in the award-winning film Nicky's Family. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration highly recommended.

Rabbi Bearman to Participate in Interfaith Panel:
Common Scriptures for the Common Good: Jews, Christians & Muslims
Attend the Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Lecture on  March 15 at 7:00 pm to hear a panel discussion by local clergy for this  Interfaith Program on Common Scriptures for the Common Good: Jews, Christians & Muslims. The panel will explore what is similar -- as opposed to what separates us -- in the sacred texts of our traditions with a view to the commonalities furthering interfaith dialogue in an age when that dialogue is desperately needed.  Rev. Mary Grace Williams, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, will moderate. Our panel will be: Rabbi Rachel Bearman, Temple B'nai Chaim; Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, Wilton Baptist Church; and Dr. Kareem Adeeb, American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies. No charge but donations are always welcome. Registration strongly suggested. 
Refugee Resettlement - Help Now Needed!

From Don WeberWe are expecting a refugee family in the very near future, and there are now a number of committees that will help to settle them.  The committees are listed on the web page linked below.  If you have interest in any of them, please email me at mdweb27@me.com, and I will put you in touch with the committee chair so that you may participate in the committee's activities.  More information here.
Ninth Annual Wesleyan Israeli Film Festival

Thursdays through March 3rd
, 8:00 pm at Goldsmith Family Cinema, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown. Admission and parking are free.  More info here!
  • February 25 - "The Farewell Party"
  • March 3 - Screening of three episodes of the Israeli TV show "Fauda"

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


TBC Social Action Committee.
The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter.  New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can help.


Other Community Opportunities
. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.
To the right - TBC and other volunteers at the
Dorothy Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen  
Yahrzeits, February 26 -March 3, 2016
(See also the Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

  Boris Frenkiel Friday 2/26/2016 husband of Sue Frenkiel
  Freida Lezack Tuesday 3/1/2016 aunt of Bonnie Heft
  Linda Cantor Wednesday 3/2/2016 remembered by the Heft Family
  Manual Ostroff Thursday 3/3/2016 cousin of Sue Frenkiel