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November 15, 2017
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, November 16, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School & Book Fair
  • Thursday, November 16, 7:45 pm: Congregational Meeting
  • Friday, November 17, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, November 18, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, November 19, 9:30 am: Hebrew School
  • Sunday, November 19, 9:30 am: Book Fair & Sisterhood Judaica Sale
  • Monday, November 20, 7:30 pm: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
  • Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving - Office Closed
Congregational Meeting - Thursday, November 16th, 7:45 pm 

Please plan to attend our Congregational Meeting this 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 the last congregational meeting.
Super Hero Shabbat Family Service - More pictures!
Book Fair, Judaica Sale, Sunday, November 19th, 9:30 am 

The Book Fair is Back! Sisterhood is selling Judaica too! 

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! 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!
All-Star Fiddler on the Roof with Rabbi Bearman!
Fiddler on the Roof All-Star Community Staged Reading Presented by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Bridgeport.  Rabbi Bearman is "The Rabbi!"

The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, Upper Fairfield County Rabbis, Cantors, Community Leaders, and more present a script-in-hand reading of the classic Broadway musical, singing all of Fiddler's most popular songs accompanied by a volunteer community orchestra and choral ensemble.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Federation's work to impact our extended Jewish family in the former Soviet Union.  More information and tickets.

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 .
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 
Consecration and Shabbat Family Service Friday, December 1

Join us for Consecration and a Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, Shabbat worship and Consecration followed by an Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table.

If you will be attending the Preneg, please RSVP

Check out Rabbi Bearman's blog post celebrating how much children bring to a synagogue and how much synagogues can bring to children.  
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 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, housewares, small furniture and collectibles. For further information, please email consignments@templebnaichaim.org.
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!
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

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

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

Yahrzeits, November 17 - 23, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Mae Sokol-Burger Friday 11/17/2017 friend of Rebecca and Daniel Darst
Margaret Finucane Saturday 11/18/2017 sister-in-law of Michele Scruton
Samuel Schwartz Saturday 11/18/2017 grandfather of Lloyd Goldberg
Sylvia Krengel Sunday 11/19/2017 mother of Marilyn Van Raalte
Sam Nagel Sunday 11/19/2017 remembered by Carrie and Harvey Kulawitz
Bruin Lipman Monday 11/20/2017 father of Hannah Lipman
Mel Yavner Monday 11/20/2017 remembered by the Heft Family
Robert Enteen Tuesday 11/21/2017 father of Alice Learman
Leo R. Sarn Tuesday 11/21/2017 father of Allan Sarn
Rose Bloom Wednesday 11/22/2017 grandmother of Richard Bloom
Lori Kamber Wednesday 11/22/2017 cousin of Moses Alexander
Bernard Satten Thursday 11/23/2017 cousin of Sandi Prince
Vivian Weiss Thursday 11/23/2017 mother of Gail Espinosa

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
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly