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August 22, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)

Welcome Student Cantor Hamstra at Shabbat Services This 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. She'll also be joining us for Torah Study on Saturday morning at 9:30! We look forward to seeing you.
High Holiday Tickets for Family and Friends - Order Now!

For everyone who has returned a membership package, we will be sending out tickets for all immediate family members, along with a newsletter with information regarding the High Holidays, by the end of August.  If you haven't sent back your membership package yet, please send it as soon as possible in order to not delay your tickets!
If you wish to purchase tickets for other family members, children over 24, or friends, please click HERE to fill out the form.  If you have questions, please contact the  TBC office via email or at 203-544-8695. We look forward to worshiping together as a congregation!
Erev Rosh Hashanah is Sunday, September 9th! 
The TBC High Holy Days Newsletter is hot off the press!
New Email Address - Director of Lifelong Learning

We are thrilled to be starting our first full year with our new Director of Lifelong Learning,  Karin Beitel.  Please note that Karin can be reached at KBeitel@templebnaichaim.org.
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 Bimah 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.
Rabbi Bearman, Women's Rabbinic Network Board Member and  VP of Marketing and Communication
Did you know that Rabbi Bearman serves on the national board of the Women's Rabbinic Network? The WRN is a constituent group of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and has advocated for and supported women rabbis since its founding in 1972. Rabbi Bearman began serving as the WRN's Marketing and Communications VP in July, and, just last week, she launched the WRN's new Instagram account. Follow @WRN_Women_Rabbis to learn more about the amazing work that women rabbis are doing for the Jewish community!  Click here for more information
Special Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Preparing for the High Holy Days
Friday, September 7 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Did you know that the Torahs have special outfits that they only wear during the High Holy Days? Come to the Shabbat Service and help get the Torahs dressed and ready for  Rosh Hashanah!

Join us for a Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship followed by a Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the Preneg, click here to RSVP. 
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 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, August 24 at 6:30 pm

Welcome Student Cantor Hamstra at Torah Study
Saturday, August 25 at 9:30 am

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 24 - August 30, 2018

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

Evelyn Rapoport Saturday 8/25/2018 mother of Claude Schrag
Bertha Rolle Monday 8/27/2018 mother of Alan Rolle
Hilma August Tuesday 8/28/2018 grandmother of Alan Masarek
Walter Bloom Tuesday 8/28/2018 father of Richard Bloom
Irving K. Braunstein Tuesday 8/28/2018 father of Wendy Nadel

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