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September 28, 2016
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Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
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    Margaret Mazer Ogdon 
Men's Club President, Dr. Jeff Spector
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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.

(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar. Schedule of HHD Services is available here.)   
  • Thursday, September 29, 4:20 pm: Religious School in session
  • Friday, September 30, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg
  • Friday, September 30, 6:30 pm: Special Family Service: Preparing for the HHDs
  • Saturday, October 1, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, October 2, 7:45 pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
  • Monday, October 3, 9:00 am: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
                                   12:00 pm: Rosh Hashanah Family Service
  • Tuesday, October 4, 9:30 am: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
                                    12:00 pm: Tashlich

Rosh Hashanah services last year!
Special Family Shabbat Service & Preneg Friday

This Friday, September 30 there will be a special "Preparing for the High Holy Days" Shabbat Family Service and preneg. Come help Rabbi Bearman and Cantor Sobel get the Torahs dressed and ready for Rosh Hashanah! We will start with a kid-friendly preneg pizza and veggies at 6:00 pm, followed by the service at 6:30 pm. RSVP for the Pre-Neg here! (If you would like to sponsor a Shabbat oneg, pre-neg or flowers, please see the instructions and form here!)
TBC High Holy Days Central!

Everything you need to know about the High Holy Days at TBC is posted to our website here. Especially helpful are the HHD Newsletter and the one-page HHD Information Handout.

High Holy Days Tickets Have Been Mailed! -- HHD tickets were mailed last week to families who have returned their membership packages. If you haven't received your tickets yet, or if you have any questions, please call Kim O'Rielly in the TBC Office at (203) 544-8695. If you would like to purchase tickets for relatives or guests, please click here.

RSVP for Yom Kippur Break Fast!  --  Sisterhood is once again planning to provide a sumptuous break fast on Wednesday, October 12, at 6:30 PM, immediately following Yizkor and Neilah services. All are welcome, make sure to RSVP right away

Michael Heft Food & Miriam Messe Diaper Collection! -- It is time once again for the food and diaper drive to help local food banks. Food will be collected at the Yom Kippur service. The items will be delivered to the Redding Food Pantry, Wilton Food Pantry, the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, and the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut. Please contact Jane Alexander for information or to volunteer.

High Holy Day Giving! -- The Temple incurs many additional expenses to create a warm and welcoming HHD experience. Please consider a contribution to help cover the costs of the Bimah and lobby flowers or to defray the numerous costs associated with the holiday celebrations. Use the contribution form here, and select the fund to indicate whether the donation is for the High Holy Days Appeal, Flowers or to cover other High Holy Day expenses.
HHD Information and Advice from URJ

The Reform Judaism website has great information to help you get ready for the High Holy Days. There are recipes for a sweet and savory new year, family activities, how-to videos, and much more. 
Adult Ed Presentation and Brunch: Jonah, A Whale of a Tale
Saturday, October 8, 10:30 am to 12:00

Jonah, the major text for the afternoon service of Yom Kippur, is an ironic, satiric and profound fable of repentance and renewal. In this presentation on the book of Jonah, TBC members Judson Scruton and Bruce Miller will explore the rich cultural and historical interpretations of the book, one of the Twelve Prophetic Books in the Hebrew Bible, in order to provide a deeper personal and collective engagement with the themes of the High Holy Days. Join us on a fabulous ride into the belly of the beast and out into the world. Please email or call the Temple Office so we have an estimate of the number of people who will be sharing the meal with us: officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org or (203) 544-8695.
Join the Campaign: Demand Equality at Israel's Holiest Site

From the Union for Reform Judaism: We need you! Join the Reform & Conservative Jewish communities in a new letter-writing campaign to encourage the Israeli government to follow through on its promise to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall:   www.urj.org/foralljews 
TBC Book Club - October 13 at 7:30 pm

All are invited to attend the next meeting of the TBC book club which will be held on October 13 at 7:30 pm in a private home. The book is Louis D Brandeis, American Prophet by Jeffrey Rosen. Please contact Barbara Dobbin,  bdobbin@juno.com  or 203 948 7352 if you are interested in joining us.
Sisterhood Membership Dinner - October 19 at 6:45 pm 
Sisterhood members and new TBC members are treated to a catered supper with favors.  Take some time to hang out with your Temple friends and have a girl's night out. Irresistible raffle items will be available.  RSVP by October 13 by clicking here.
Sukkot Dinner, Havdalah, Film & Discussion, October 22

Our Crowd, The Ritual Committee, and Adult Education invite all adult TBC members to join us on October 22nd at 6 PM for a Sukkot pot luck dinner, Havdalah service and a screening of the film, The Frisco Kid with Gene Wilder. We will serve dessert and look forward to a lively discussion after the film. Click here to RSVP, and please bring a vegetarian or dairy main dish that serves 6 people. Please indicate on the RSVP what you plan to bring for the pot luck dinner.

We look forward to seeing you for a wonderful and celebratory evening!  Contact Ria Miller at riahmiller@hotmail.com or Barbara Dobbin at bdobbin@juno.com for any questions regarding the event.

Save the Date for Stop Hunger Now - October 22
Save the date! On Saturday, October 22 , TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 6 th annual Stop Hun ger Now packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 164,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers.

You may also send a check to TBC and note that it is for Stop Hunger Now.
Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3500 as a Congregation that will fund 12,000 meals which will be sent to hungry chi l dren in developing countries.   This year each meal costs $0.29, so $1.45 buys 5 meals, $15 buys 52 meals and $100 buys 345 meals.
The sign-up will be later in September and further details will be provided soon. 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 feel free to contact Don Weber at mdweb27@me.com .  If you would like to support this event,
Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox.  Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.  Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.  Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

Yahrzeits, September 30 - October 6, 2016
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List  on the TBC Website.)

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

Edgar Rolle Friday 9/30/2016 father of Alan Rolle
Walter Jack Bear Saturday 10/1/2016 father of Joe Bear
Lynn Steinmetz Saturday 10/1/2016 sister of Louise Shames
Hyman Wolfman Saturday 10/1/2016 father of Michael Wolfman
William Glasberg Sunday 10/2/2016 father of Gladys O'Neil
Harold Macklin Sunday 10/2/2016 uncle of Fran Heizler
Nathan Hurwitz Monday 10/3/2016 nephew of Ruth Hurwitz
Lillian Farber Thursday 10/6/2016 mother of Mitchell Farber
Anne Liese Weil Thursday 10/6/2016 grandmother of Babette Bloch