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November 8, 2017
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, November 9, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School 
  • Friday, November 10, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg
  • Friday, November 10, 6:30 pm: Super Hero Shabbat
  • Saturday, November 11: 5th Grade Religious School Retreat
  • Saturday, November 11, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, November 12, 9:30 am: Hebrew School
  • Sunday, November 12, 11:45 am: Confirmation Class
  • Wednesday, November 15, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, November 16, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, November 16, 7:45 pm: Congregational Meeting
Congregational Meeting - Thursday, November 16th, 7:45 pm 

Please plan to attend our Congregational Meeting next Thursday! At Temple B'nai Chaim, there are two Congregational meetings each year, held in November and May. This is your opportunity to hear what's going on, ask questions and get to know one another.  Please come participate in our community.  We need a quorum to conduct the congregation's business! Here's the agenda and here are the minutes of last congregational meeting.
Fly in for a Superhero Shabbat, Friday, November 10th, at 6:30 pm

With great power, comes great responsibility! And, in this case, your responsibility is to bring all of your superpowers to TBC for a very special family Shabbat! On November 10th, we will ASSEMBLE and celebrate Shabbat like the superheroes that we are!  

Join us at 6:30 pm (Pre-Neg at 6:00 pm) for our very first SUPERHERO SHABBAT where we will experience the prayers of Shabbat through the eyes of our favorite superheroes!

PS: Don't forget to protect your secret identity by COMING IN COSTUME!  If you will be attending the Pre-Neg (pizza & veggies), please RSVP!

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog "Being a Kid at Temple." Share Your Simcha. Sponsor a pre-neg, oneg, or flowers! Save the dates for the Shabbat Family. Service and Preneg on: 12/1/17 (Consecration), 1/5/18, 2/2/18 (Disney Shabbat), 4/6/18, 5/4/18 and 6/1/18.

Scholars-in-Residence Weekend, November 3rd-5th, 2017
(More pictures!)
Book Fair, Judaica Sale, Sunday, November 19th

The Book Fair is Back! Sisterhood is selling Judaica too! Check out the event on Facebook!  

Want an easy way to get Hanukkah and other holiday gifts for your family and friends (or yourself!) which also helps support the religious school? On Sunday November 19, come check out the Jewish Book Fair/Sisterhood Judaica sale in the old sanctuary. It will be open from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon. The Book Fair will also take place on Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 and 16 from 4:20 pm to 6:00 pm.

There will be a wonderful selection of adult and children's books, including cookbooks, coloring books, best sellers, etc., etc., etc!!! Credit cards, cash or checks accepted! Judaica gifts include: jewelry, menorahs, mezuzahs, and so much more!
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service - Monday, November 20 

This year's annual Thanksgiving service will be hosted at Long Ridge United Methodist Church, 201 Long Ridge Road in Danbury on Monday, November 20, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to participate in an evening of fellowship. The service will be led by clergy of different denominations and religions. Music will be sung by a volunteer, interfaith choir.
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!

Shelter volunteers arrive at the First Congregational Church, Danbury at 9:00 pm and stay until 7:00 am. Each night we have 2 volunteers, usually one male and one female. We typically cover 3 weeks each season, which runs from mid-November to the end of March, weather dependent. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow. There is a good cot for volunteers to use. 

Clients are signed in by regular shelter reps being sure each client has been screened at the regular shelter. Volunteers serve hot chocolate and snacks. There are usually plenty of snacks there but some volunteers bring fruit, e.g. clementines or apples. Coffee is set up and on a timer to be ready in the morning. Lights are out by 10:00 pm.

Clients are very respectful and very appreciative to have a warm place to spend the night! Wake up is at about 6:15 am to enable everyone to be ready to leave by 7:00 am. Volunteers serve coffee in the morning as everyone straightens up their area. Most are then on their way to breakfast served at Dorothy Day Hospitality House at 7:00 am. In the morning, one of the volunteers sends out an email reporting the night's events and the need for any supplies.

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!
We Are Excited to Announce Our New "Chai Mitzvah" Program  
Our tradition tells us that an integrated Jewish life involves head, heart and hand - study, spirituality and social action.  Explore all of these on your terms, with your personal interests, through a new initiative called  Chai Mitzvah .
You will participate in a learning group that meets every other month with a specially-designed curriculum that focuses on real life, relevant issues.  You will also choose an individual study topic that is personally interesting to you, adopt a new ritual or deepen an existing practice, and engage in a social action activity.  Then, at the end of this two-year program, you can celebrate your journey!
To become a Chai Mitzvah, or for more information about TBC's new Chai Mitzvah program, contact Judson or Michele Scruton at adulted@templebnaichaim.org  or Sisterhood at sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org
Please visit the website for more information:  www.chaimitzvah.org 
Schoke Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities!
Fall Programs and activities include: the annual lecture: "Secrets to Stronger Family Relationships," Winterwear Drive, Financial Fitness, Shredding Day, College Ahead, Support Groups.  More information!
Jewish Senior Services - Career Opportunities!

There Are Always Employment Opportunities at Jewish Senior Services! New job listings are posted weekly .
Services 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
Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
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!

Book Fair
Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 and 16 at 4:20 pm
Sunday, November 19 at 9:30 am

Sisterhood Judaica Sale (with Book Fair)
Sunday, November 19 at 9:30 am

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Long Ridge United Methodist Church, Danbury

Dorothy Day Hospitality House and Danbury Soup Kitchen
Wednesday, November 29 at 2:30 pm

Consecration and Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, December 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat   

Presented by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County
Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm at Congregation Rodef Sholom, Bridgeport
Rabbi Bearman is the Rabbi!

Union for Reform Judaism Biennial Convention
Wednesday, December 6 to Sunday, December 10 in Boston

Sisterhood Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 17 at 4:30 pm

Daily Bread - An Ecumenical Food Pantry
Friday, December 29 at 9:30 am  

Overflow Homeless Shelter
December 25 to 31, 9:00 pm to 7:00 am at the First Congregational Church, Danbury

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

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

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

Yahrzeits, November 10 - 16, 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 Penchina Friday 11/10/2017 uncle of Jane Alexander
Kathy Dickinson Saturday 11/11/2017 mother of Zhena Hadar
Shirley Levin Sunday 11/12/2017 great aunt of Susan Farber
George Miller Sunday 11/12/2017 father of Susan Hollander
Carl Bloom Monday 11/13/2017 grandfather of Richard Bloom
Marjory Davis Tuesday 11/14/2017 mother of Cortney Davis
Robert Goldstein Tuesday 11/14/2017 grandfather of Ronnie Ross
Phyllis A. Rosenthal Wednesday 11/15/2017 mother of Steven West-Rosenthal
Charles Viccica Wednesday 11/15/2017 great uncle of Linda Bolton
Seymour Perlin Thursday 11/16/2017 father of Liz O'Hara

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
Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Religious School Director: Jennifer Haynos
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