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December 20, 2017
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, December 22, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, December 23, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Monday - Wednesday, December 25 - Thursday, 28: TBC Office Closed
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, January 5 at 6:00 pm
Join us for another fun Shabbat!
The Family Service will start at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). 

At 6:30 pm, 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, make sure to RSVP

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog " Being a Kid at Temple."
ALSO: Save the dates for more upcoming Shabbat Family Services and Prenegs, on 2/2/18 (Consecration), 4/6/18, 5/4/18 and 6/1/18 (Disney Shabbat).
Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration, December 15
We Need YOU for the 
The  Danbury Food Pantry Crew  
aka Our Daily Bread
Friday, December 29 , 9:30-11:30 am
Sisterhood Hanukkah Party, December 17
'SHIR APPEAL' Visit - January 12th
We're excited to announce that at  7:30 pm on Friday, January 12th we will be welcoming back the wonderful  Shir Appeal, an award-winning Jewish acappella group from Tufts University!

Shir Appeal will fill our Shabbat service with music and ruach (spirit)!  We hope that you will join!

Men's Club Business Networking Group

The primary goal of the first session of our new Business Networking Group  (Sunday, January 21 at 9:30 am)    will be to break the ice, enable members to get to know each other and each other's businesses, and establish expectations for the group going forward.

We'll start with a series of short activities led by Mike Bonheim designed to help members identify their needs, and from those needs define their goals and objectives for the networking series.

We will then have a period of "structured engagement, "a strategically designed group activity that will facilitate directed networking and interaction."

Our second session will be led by John Prins (Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 am).  A family's values, passed down through the generations, afford family members the confidence to be able to say, "And that's what it means to be a Goldberg!" Or, a "Nicholson would never do that!" They make us who we are. 

John's interactive presentation will demonstrate the how and why those values  are so key to developing an organization's  shared values. He will facilitate a discussion of a) what comes next, b) the return on the investment of time and energy, and (c)  how a values-based planning experience  paves the way to meaningful strategic planning and contributes to a rich, healthy and  productive company culture.

Our third and every session after will be formatted with your ideas. They will start with each interested congregant speaking for 2 or 3 minutes followed by a Q&A and finishing with a networking session. Looking forward to hearing back from you

This Men's Club business networking group is open to both men and women. Coffee and ... will be served throughout these sessions.
Do a Mitzvah in Your Sleep! 

We need volunteers to help at the Overflow Homeless Shelter in Danbury. Our first week of coverage is 12/25-12/31. Contact Peggy Zamore at socialaction@templebnaichaim.org if interested! More information here!

By participating in this mitzvah you are helping to provide a warm place for people to spend the night during the coldest time of the year. Without us supporting this project, two dozen people might be out on the street looking for a place to huddle for the night. Please help!
Jewish Senior Services - Hospice Volunteer Training Program
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 4 and Sunday, February 11 from 9:00 am - 5:00 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.
Services also include: Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences - Long Term Care - Rehabilitation Services - Day Services - Home Care - Hospice - Advocacy and Education - Long Term Care Protection - Home Together - Child Development Center - Fitness Center
Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbury/Putnam

Confidential ... Professional ... Feeless

A resource and information center set up to help families with:
  • alternative living situations and home healthcare for aging parents
  • improving your family interactions
  • children's services
  • disability-related resources
  • eldercare resources
  • much more!
"If you need help, we're here for you."
Reach us at:  (203) 794-1818 or jfsdanbury@gmail.com

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


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.
Above - TBC and other volunteers at the Dorothy
Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or 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, 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!
Overflow Homeless Shelter
December 25 to 31, 9:00 pm to 7:00 am at the First Congregational Church, Danbury

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Friday, December 29 at 9:30 am  

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, January 5 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)  Preneg RSVP /  Sponsor a Shabbat 

Men's Club Business Networking Group
Sunday, January 21 at 9:30 am

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, January 31 at 2:30 pm

Sisterhood Tu B'Shvat Seder
Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm at Sharon Sobel's home

Consecration and Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, February 2 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat   

Men's Club Business Networking Group
Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 am

Sisterhood Retreat and Women's Wellness Weekend
Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25 at Camp Jewell, Times TBD

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, February 26 at 9:30 am

B'nai Cabaret and Adult Purim Party
Saturday, March 3, Time TBD

Passover Community Seder
Sunday, April 1, Time TBD

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

Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm Sponsor a Shabbat

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, April 23 at 9:30 am

Yahrzeits, December 22 - 28, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Joseph Bennett
Saturday 12/23/2017 grandfather of Jennifer Meehan
Jesse Smith Saturday 12/23/2017 father of Steve Smith
Sidney Shane Sunday 12/24/2017 father of Patricia Olshan
Florence Cohen Aronson Monday 12/25/2017 mother of June Mara
Edward Raspler Wednesday 12/27/2017 father of Charles Raspler
Harriet Rosenson Wednesday 12/27/2017 mother of Valerie Rosenson
Ray Rosenson Wednesday 12/27/2017 grandmother of Valerie Rosenson
Madonna A. West Wednesday 12/27/2017 mother of Valerie West-Rosenthal

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 of yahrzeit.

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Temple B'nai Chaim
82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager/Facility Use: Kim O'Rielly
Religious School Director: Jennifer Haynos