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September 26, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, September 27, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School   
  • Friday, September 28, 6:30 pm - Family Sukkot Service 
  • Saturday, September 29, 10:30 am - Sukkot Torah Study & Pot Luck Brunch
  • Sunday, September 30, 9:00 am - Sukkah Lowering
  • Sunday, September 30, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, September  30, 10:45 am - Simchat Torah Celebration and Service
  • Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, October 3, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, October 4, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
Special Family Sukkot Service This Friday at 6:30 pm

Join us for a special Sukkot Shabbat family service starting at 6:30 pm this Friday. All are welcome!
Sukkot Torah Study & Pot Luck Brunch This Saturday

This Saturday, September 29, Torah Study will be from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon (NOTE TIME CHANGE!). Rabbi Bearman will be leading us in a study of the Book of Ecclesiastes, the traditional scroll that is read on Sukkot.  In addition, we will be having a pot luck brunch in our Sukkah.  Please bring a favorite dish to share. 
Simchat Torah Service and Celebration Sunday at 10:45 am
TBC members (parents, children, friends, grandparents, etc.) will join together for Simchat Torah this Sunday morning at 10:45.  If enough adults attend, we will unroll the Torah scroll in its entirety.  (Picture below from last year!)
Please Help Take Down Our Sukkah on Sunday!
This weekend the Men's Club will be taking down our sukkah. We need your help in this task. With a group of men AND women we can get this down fairly easily. Please come and help us on Sunday morning at 9:00 am.    Coffee and.... will be available for the sukkah take down.
TBC Meet & Greet Community Cookout Last Sunday!

From Jeff Spector:
I would like to thank all of our Men's Club
and with the kind assistance of Sisterhood for the raising of our sukkah last Saturday and the cookout on Sunday. In particular, I would like to thank Bob Cohen and Judson Scruton for their great cooking at the bar-b-q and Michelle Scruton for leading up the Sisterhood crew. 
It was truly a community event. Click here to view photos
New TBC Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class Begins October 2!

If you never experienced becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a 13 year old, it's not too late to experience this spiritually significant Jewish rite of passage as an adult.   Join a group of dedicated learners and become a member of the TBC Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class of 2019.  Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Karin Beitel, Director of Lifelong Learning, will be your instructors. To join the class email Karin Beitel Classes begin Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.,  Adult B'nai Mitzvah Service - Friday, June 14, 2019,  Enrollment fee: $35.
Thank you for the donations
Thank you to everyone who donated food and diapers/wipes on Yom Kippur. All of the agencies who benefited are very appreciative. Thank you also to everyone who brought the donations for drop off, the people who helped me check dates and sort the food, and the kids who helped pack up the bags afterward. 

This is a picture of the diapers being donated to the Community Action Agency of Western CT.

Thank You From the Ritual Committee

June Mara and the entire Ritual Committee want to thank everyone who volunteered to usher, greet congregants, check tickets and  all who helped move the Bimah and put away the prayer books.   Click here to view photos.

Your time and effort helped ensure that our High Holiday services ran smoothly and provided a very moving and spiritual experience for our entire community.
High Holy Days Feedback

The Ritual Committee is interested in hearing from you on what worked and what didn't work for you during our High Holidays services. Whether you attended one or all please help us hear your voice. 

If you weren't able to attend any please feel free to let us know what barriers prevented you from worshiping with your TBC friends.  Please email ritual@templebnaichaim.org all responses will be confidential.  
Thank you in advance

Russ Robbins and the Ritual Committee
Save the Date for Stop Hunger Now: October 20!

On S aturday, October 20, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 8th annual Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) meal packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 160,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. Since we started we have packaged 945,000 meals, and this will be the year we exceed 1,000,000 meals. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers.

Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3000 as a Congregation that will fund 10,500 meals which will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. While there is no requirement to contribute in order to volunteer, it is critical that we raise the funds to support TBC's commitment to this event. If you would like to support this event, you can send a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger or contribute online. This year each meal costs $0.29, so $1.45 buys 5 meals, $15 buys 52 meals and $100 buys 345 meals -- a really good deal! 

The volunteer sign-up site is now available. As in prior years there will be opportunities to sign up for set up, clean up and 4 two hour production shifts. 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 contact Don Weber .
Join Our TBC Sisterhood! / Membership Brunch on October 21

An invitation awaits you to join Sisterhood this year to enjoy a year of opportunities to make friendships, grow your Judaism, and contribute to the vibrancy of our TBC community. We are a lively women's group, sponsoring many events throughout the year. First, enjoy a Sunday morning break at Sisterhood's paid-up membership brunch on October 21 at 9:30 am ( Brunch RSVP) -- relax with old friends and meet new ones and help TBC fundraise with terrific raffle prizes.

Then we'll announce Sisterhood's upcoming year of events and how you can get connected and enjoy a more meaningful, fab, and fun year with TBC Sisterhood. We'll have New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) social evenings to relax and be with women with similar and new interests, Lilith Salons for social issue discussions, a Hanukkah Party, Tu B'Shvat winter seder, and many other chances to gather coming up. Sisterhood also sponsors many occasions for the whole congregation and those efforts help fund the Temple itself. We are a vital part of life at TBC and we want you to join us. Click here to join Sisterhood. Our Sisterhood welcomes you and wishes everyone a Sweet New Year-a year of Peace, Good Health, and Fulfillment!
Don't Forget to Use AmazonSmile!  

TBC has signed up for AmazonSmile.  When you shop there, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Temple Bnai Chaim.  Support TBC every time you shop.  Bookmark this special URL for TBC members: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3249895 

You shop ... Amazon gives to Temple B'nai Chaim. It's as easy as that!  Support TBC by starting your shopping at AmazonSmile! 

While our Upper Fairfield County Federation is a community of communities, we are also a vast library of stories and a vibrant garden with interconnected roots. This year, with the coordination and leadership of our Federation, many of those communities - congregations, organizations, and others - have joined together to create Common Threads, a year-long project to explore our diverse ancestry and heritage and how it weaves together into our strong and integrated Upper Fairfield County community. More Information and schedule.
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

A great 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!

Friday, September 28 at 6:30 pm   Sponsor a Shabbat

Sukkot Study Brunch
Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 am

Sukkah Lowering
Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 am

Simchat Torah Service and Celebration
Sunday, September 30 at 11:00 am

Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packaging Event
Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate /  Volunteer  (two-hour shift)

Sisterhood Membership Brunch
Sunday, October 21 at 9:30 am ( RSVP by October 14)

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, October 22 at 9:30 am

Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County
Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11
Norwalk - Stamford - Westport

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

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, November 2 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

ADL VOICES - A Concert for Unity
An evening of laughter, music & storytelling with Trevor Noah of THE DAILY SHOW
Sunday, November 11 at 5:00 pm at Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport

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

Yahrzeits, September 26 - October 2, 2018

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

Minnie Learman Thursday 9/27/2018 mother-in-law of Alice Learman
Sarah Leder Jaffe Saturday 9/29/2018 grandmother of Sharon Sobel
Jean Sullivan Saturday 9/29/2018 grandmother of Linda Bolton
Edgar Rolle Sunday 9/30/2018 father of Alan Rolle
Isidore Zamore Sunday 9/30/2018 father-in-law of Jean Zamore
Hyman Wolfman Monday 10/1/2018 father of Michael Wolfman
Lynn Steinmetz Monday 10/1/2018 sister of Louise Shames
Walter Jack Bear Monday 10/1/2018 father of Joe Bear
Harold Macklin Tuesday 10/2/2018 uncle of Fran Heizler

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: Denise Seccurra
Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel