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November 22, 2017
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24: Thanksgiving - office closed
  • Friday, November 24, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, November 25, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 pm: Dorothy Day Hospitality House & Danbury Soup Kitchen
  • Wednesday, November 29, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, November 30, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School

Book Fair, Judaica Shop & Hanukkah Sale - More pictures!
Also check out photos from the 11/20 Interfaith Service
Thoughts on TBC's "Scholars in Residence Weekend"

From Judson Scruton:  Following TBC's deeply moving High Holy Days services this fall, our congregation was fortunate to experience a "Visions of Renewal" Scholars-in-Residence weekend in early November. The weekend program did, as advertised, expand our insight into and excitement about Judaism.

Rabbis Rachel Barenblat and David Evan Markus, Co-Chairs of ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, led six dynamic events combining their skills in music, poetry, dialogue and pedagogy to inform and inspire our community over Shabbat Vayera. Continue reading ...
Shabbat Family Service Friday, December 1

Join us for a Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, Shabbat worship 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.  

Save the dates for the Shabbat Family Service and Preneg on 1/5/18, 2/2/18 (Consecration), 4/6/18, 5/4/18 and 6/1/18 (Disney Shabbat).
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.

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 Family Services Fundraising

Jewish Family Services is a no fee, professionally staffed, confidential resource center. We are the only area wide organization meeting the social service needs of our Jewish Community. Evidence of this is provided by our almost 100 contacts annually from people looking for our assistance. The sole financial support for Jewish Family Services comes from charitable people like you. Read More ...
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
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!

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!
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

Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration
Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm  Sponsor a Shabbat

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

Consecration and Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, February 2 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 24 - 30, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Frank Barbera Sunday 11/26/2017 cousin of Linda Bolton
Allen Feldman Sunday 11/26/2017 father of Staci Feldman
Florence Littman Monday 11/27/2017 mother of Alice Czuczka
Larry Ravich Monday 11/27/2017 father of Peggy Zamore
Dr. Robert Tartell Monday 11/27/2017 father of Ross Tartell
Frances Levy Wednesday 11/29/2017 Grandmother of Debra Case
Edith Stevens Wednesday 11/29/2017 remembered by the Heft Family
Margo Berger Horwitz Thursday 11/30/2017 mother of Heidi Marcus
Estelle Kalvarsky Wakoff Thursday 11/30/2017 mother of Gary Wakoff

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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