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August 15, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)

Don't Forget to Return Your Membership Package!
The TBC High Holy Days Newsletter is hot off the press!
Special Event with Kalman the Scribe
This Monday, August 20 at 7:30 pm!

One of the leading scribes (calligraphic artists) is The Jerusalem Scribe Kalman Safrut (Kyle Delmoor). Kyle was born in Minnesota, raised in New York and made aliyah to Israel where he has a workshop in an historic Sephardic synagogue in Old Jerusalem. Kyle's individually commissioned and designed verses of Torah are in much demand. One of his inscriptions adorns an international peace prize. An example of his work is The First Day of Creation shown below. Kyle is in the U.S. for a short visit giving workshops in California and New York. TBC is delighted and honored to be able to welcome and be inspired by him. Come join us on Monday night, August 20 at 7:30 for this demonstration/workshop/talk. You might even learn how to write your name in elegant Hebrew calligraphy. R.S.V.P. to Judson Scruton to give us some idea of how many of you will be coming.
Welcome Student Cantor Hamstra at Shabbat Services
Next Friday, August 24 at 6:30 pm
Our Student Cantor, Suzanne Hamstra, will be joining Rabbi Bearman on the Bimah for Shabbat Services on  Friday, August 24 at 6:30 pm. Come meet, greet and experience Student Cantor Hamstra's beautiful music as we are led through prayer and song. We look forward to seeing you.
Rosh Hashanah Honey!
Ordering Deadline Tuesday, August 28

Time to send Rosh Hashanah Honey with New Year greetings to your TBC friends and loved ones. Deadline is August 28. Don't miss out on the opportunity!

For TBC members, there are multiple sponsorship levels of giving opportunities. Each level sends one jar of local  honey to every TBC member family, clergy and staff. Sisterhood sweetens your honey! We are now buying local AND the jar got bigger!!!
Selichot Service and Study Session
Saturday, September 1, at 7:30 pm 
Selichot is the holiday dedicated to making sure that our hearts, minds, and spirits are ready for the High Holy Days. This year, we will gather at Congregation Shir Shalom ( 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield) at  7:30 pm on  Saturday, September 1 for an evening that will include learning, conversation, and a beautiful Selichot service. All are welcome.
Moving the Bimah, Sunday, September 2 at 10:00 am  
Have you ever wondered how the Bimah moves to its new location for the High Holy Days? Well this year you can not only find out but can help us move it. We need a group of people to help move the Bimah on  Sunday, September 2 at 10:00 am. All you need to bring is yourself and be willing to help push a big object.
We will also need volunteers to help us set up the prayer books for the services. This will take place at  11:00 am on  Saturday September 8 and 15 after Torah Study as well as volunteers to help move the Bema back after on  September 23.
Our ancestors carried the Ark for 40 years in a desert. All we need is a few hours of your time in an air conditioned building. Thank you in advance for helping us prepare for the High Holy Days.

Please RSVP to Russ Robins at  ritual@templebnaichaim.org.
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates

Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday August 19th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday August 26th 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 contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at eashkins@jseniors.org.
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!
Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.   

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!

Special Event with Kalman the Scribe
Monday, August 20 at 7:30 pm

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, August 27 at 9:30 am 

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, August 29 at 2:30 pm 

Community Selichot Service and Study Session
Co-hosted by Temple B'nai Chaim and Congregation Shir Shalom
Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 pm
Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield

Move Bimah Before the High Holy Days
Sunday, September 2 at 10:00 am 

Rosh Hashanah Book Set
Saturday, September 8 at 11:00 am 

High Holy Days 2018 / 5779
Sunday, September 9 to Wednesday, September 19 

High Holy Days Book Switch
Saturday, September 15 at 11:00 am 

Michael Heft Food and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection ( Items Needed Flyer)
Tuesday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 19 

Sisterhood Break-Fast ( RSVP Required)
Wednesday, September 19 at 6:45 pm

Sukkah Raising
Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 am

Move Bimah After the High Holy Days
Sunday, September 23 at 10:00 am 

Religious School Meet & Greet and Community Cookout
Sunday, September 23 at 11:30 am

Sukkot Family Service
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

Yahrzeits, August 17 - August 23, 2018

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

Irwin S. Lizan Sunday 8/19/2018 father of Meryll Wolfman
Larry Olshan Monday 8/20/2018 brother of Kenneth Olshan
Morris Delitsky Tuesday 8/21/2018 grandfather of Carrie Kulawitz
Melvin Ginsburg Thursday 8/23/2018 father of Dan Ginsburg
Michael Paul Levy Thursday 8/23/2018 grandfather of Debra Case

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