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September 13, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
Special Shabbat Service: Preparing for the High Holy Days
Friday, September 15 at 7:30 pm
Come to the Shabbat Service this week and help Rabbi Bearman and Cantor Sobel
get the Torahs dressed and ready for Rosh Hashanah!

Selichot is the holiday dedicated to making sure that our hearts, minds, and spirits are ready for the High Holy Days. This year, we are very excited to be co-hosting our first COMMUNITY SELICHOT SERVICE with Congregation Shir Shalom. We will be gathering at 7:30 pm on Saturday (Sept 16th) for an evening that will include learning, conversation, and a beautiful Selichot service. This event will be held at at 14 Market Street, in Ridgefield. Due to limited parking space, we ask that you park at either Veterans Park Elementary School or Lounsbury House. We look forward to seeing you there!
High Holy Days at TBC
Erev Rosh Hashanah is Wednesday, September 20. Services start at 7:45 pm 
Full information is available on the TBC Website!   

Tickets and the HHD Newsletter have now been mailed to everyone who returned their membership package. If you haven't sent back your membership package yet, please contact the TBC Office directly at (203) 544-8695 or via email at officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org.

If you wish to purchase tickets for other family members, children over 24, or friends, please click here to fill out the form.

Complete information about the TBC High Holy Days schedule and a description of services are available on the TBC website.

We look forward to worshipping together as a congregation!

Religious School Meet & Greet and Community Cookout, September 10, 2017
Rabbi at 9/11 Memorial Service in Westport 
On September 7th, Rabbi Bearman joined Connecticut's Governor and Lieutenant Governor to mark the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Every year, Connecticut families who lost someone in the attacks gather at Sherwood Island's 9/11 Memorial to remember their loved ones. This year, Rabbi Bearman was asked to participate in the ceremony by offering the closing benediction. Click here to see more about this year's service and its purpose. 
Welcome to Our New TBC Member!

Celia Bobrowsky, of Norwalk

Please extend a warm welcome to our new member!
Shabbat Sponsors!
Many thanks to TBC Shabbat sponsors:
  • The Schwartz-List Family is sponsoring the oneg in honor of Luke and Zachary Schwartz's Bar Mitzvah on Friday, October 13.
  • The Scruton Family is sponsoring the oneg in honor of Judson and Michele's 30th Wedding Anniversary on Friday, November 3.
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers!  Click here.
Michael Heft Food Drive and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection!

It is time once again for the food and diaper drive to help local food banks. The items will be delivered to the Redding Food Pantry, Wilton Food Pantry, the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, and the Community Action Agency of Western CT.  Lists are online and will be passed out during Rosh Hashanah services. Items will be collected during Yom Kippur services. Please be as generous as you are able.  Items Needed Flyer
Sorters and Drivers needed! Contact   Jane Alexander if your children or you can help sort or if you are able to deliver to any of the locations.
RSVP for the Sisterhood Break-Fast by September 22!

Sisterhood is providing our delicious annual break-fast following Yizkor and Keilah services, on Saturday, September 30 at 6:45 pm.  All are welcome but please RSVP by Friday, September 22 so we are able to plan accordingly.
Save the Date for Stop Hunger Now: October 21
On Saturday, October 21, TBC will be participating in the 7th annual Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 167,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers. 
Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3,500 as a Congregation that will fund 12,000 meals which will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. If you would like to support this event, send a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger or contribute online. This year each meal costs $0.29!
The sign-up will be later in September and further details will be provided soon. 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 feel free to contact Don Weber
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the 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
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates!

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, October 15th and Sunday, October 22nd 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 email  Ellen Ashkins or call (203) 365-6417.

There are also many other wonderful volunteering opportunities at Jewish Senior Services including one-on-one visits, writing letters, transporting residents to activities and musical performances. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities at JSS, please email Fran Sanchione or call (203) 365-6495, or email Ellen Ashkins or call (203) 365-6417. To  participate in our daily Minyan please email Rabbi Shulman.
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. 
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection
September 29 to 30
Items Needed Flyer
Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Sisterhood Break-fast
Saturday, September 30 at 6:45 pm
Please RSVP by September 22

Move Bimah after the High Holy Days
Sunday, October 1 at 10:00am
We need your help!
RSVP to Russ Robbins 

Sukkah Setup
Sunday, October 1 at 10:00am
We need your help!

Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County

Presented by the Stamford JCC at Various Locations
October 1, October 28 to November 5 and November 12

Shabbat and Simchat Torah Service
Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm
The Schwartz-List Family is sponsoring the oneg in honor of Luke and Zachary Schwartz's Bar Mitzvah. Sponsor a Shabbat 

Sukkah Take Down
Sunday, October 15 at 10:00am
We need your help!

Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packing Event
Saturday, October 21, 8 am to 5 pm
(Each participant signs up for a two-hour shift)
WEPCO, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate Now / Volunteer sign-up will start later in September

Daily Bread - An Ecumenical Food Pantry
Monday, October 23 at 9:30 am
We need your help! 

Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm 

Scholars-in-Residence Shabbat Weekend

With Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Evan Markus
Friday to Sunday, November 3 to 5
The Scruton Family is sponsoring the Friday night Shabbat oneg in honor of Judson and Michele's 30th Wedding Anniversary.  Sponsor a Shabbat 
Yahrzeits, September 15-21, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Ramesh Kundaje Friday 9/15/2017 father of Vanita Wagner
Lillian Robbins Friday 9/15/2017 mother of Russell Robbins
George Kamber Sunday 9/17/2017 cousin of Moses Alexander
Milton Eugene Ruben Sunday 9/17/2017 father of Richard Ruben
Michael Zamore Sunday 9/17/2017 brother of Steven Zamore
Elias Deutchman Tuesday 9/19/2017 father of Fran Heizler
Gerald Stahl Tuesday 9/19/2017 father of Marilyn Crandall
Ralph Delitsky Wednesday 9/20/2017 father of Carrie Kulawitz
William Glasberg Wednesday 9/20/2017 father of Gladys O'Neil
Nathan Hurwitz Thursday 9/21/2017 nephew of Ruth Hurwitz
Bruce Ullman Thursday 9/21/2017 father of Stacy Barenberg

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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