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December 27, 2017
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, December 29, 9:30 am: Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
  • Friday, December 29, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, December 30, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Monday, January 1: Office closed
  • Wednesday, January 3, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, January 4, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, January 5 at 6:00 pm
Join us for another fun Shabbat!
The Family Service will start at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). 

At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celebration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. 

If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to RSVP

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog " Being a Kid at Temple."
ALSO: Save the dates for more upcoming Shabbat Family Services and Prenegs, on 2/2/18 (Consecration), 4/6/18, 5/4/18 and 6/1/18 (Disney Shabbat).
We Need YOU for the 
The  Danbury Food Pantry Crew  
aka Our Daily Bread
Friday, December 29 , 9:30-11:30 am
'SHIR APPEAL' Visit - January 12th
We're excited to announce that at  7:30 pm on Friday, January 12th we will be welcoming back the wonderful  Shir Appeal, an award-winning Jewish acappella group from Tufts University!

Shir Appeal will fill our Shabbat service with music and ruach (spirit)!  We hope that you will join!

Screening of New Thurgood Marshall Movie, January 9
Jewish Senior Services, Merkaz and Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County proudly present a screening of the movie MARSHALL, on Tuesday, January 9, at Bennett Hall, Bennett Hall, Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.  The movie will begin promptly at 6:45 pm.

This film, rated PG-13, is a 1950's story based on true events about the young Thurgood Marshall as he tries a case for the NAACP in Bridgeport, CT. Movie will be shown in its entirety, followed by a Q & A with the film's co-writer, Michael Koskoff. The film is provided courtesy of Micheal Koskoff of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC. This is a free event and open to the community. 
Men's Club Business Networking Group, January 21

The primary goal of the first session of our new Business Networking Group  (Sunday, January 21 at 9:30 am) will be to break the ice, enable members to get to know each other and each other's businesses, and establish expectations for the group going forward.

We'll start with a series of short activities led by Mike Bonheim designed to help members identify their needs, and from those needs define their goals and objectives for the networking series.  We will then have a period of "structured engagement, "a strategically designed group activity that will facilitate directed networking and interaction."

Our second session will be led by John Prins (Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 am).  A family's values, passed down through the generations, afford family members the confidence to be able to say, "And that's what it means to be a Goldberg!" Or, a "Nicholson would never do that!" They make us who we are. 
John's interactive presentation will demonstrate the how and why those values  are so key to developing an organization's  shared values. He will facilitate a discussion of a) what comes next, b) the return on the investment of time and energy, and (c)  how a values-based planning experience  paves the way to meaningful strategic planning and contributes to a rich, healthy and  productive company culture.
Our third and every session after will be formatted with your ideas.  As a community, we have always supported each other personally, here's our chance to do the same professionally!  The structure of this session will include 3 minute presentations from select congregants introducing their businesses, and identifying a need or challenge they would like to present to the group. Each presentation will be followed by brief discussions around the topics raised in the presentation, and ways anyone could help.

After the formal presentations and discussions, we will have time for an open networking meet and greet, where everyone will have the chance to see what knowledge or connections may exist in the congregation and how we can support each other professionally.

Join us to make connections with other members, profit from their experience, guidance, and knowledge, and perhaps forge partnerships - all with the ultimate goal of helping everyone grow their business. Please contact Mike Bonheim at mbonheim@barnburnermktg.com for more info or if you would like to present at this first gathering. 
This Men's Club business networking group is open to both men and women. Coffee and ... will be served throughout these sessions.   Jeff
Jewish Family Services

"If you need help, we're here for you."
Reach us at:  (203) 794-1818 or jfsdanbury@gmail.com
Jewish Senior Services - Hospice Volunteer Training Program
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, February 4 and Sunday, February 11 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.
Services also 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
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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, January 5 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)  Preneg RSVP /  Sponsor a Shabbat 

Men's Club Business Networking Group
Sunday, January 21 at 9:30 am

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

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   

Men's Club Business Networking Group
Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 am

Sisterhood Retreat and Women's Wellness Weekend
Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25 at Camp Jewell, Times TBD

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

B'nai Cabaret and Adult Purim Party
Saturday, March 3, Time TBD

Passover Community Seder
Sunday, April 1, Time TBD

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, April 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)  Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat

Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm Sponsor a Shabbat

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, April 23 at 9:30 am

Yahrzeits, December 29, 2017 - January 4, 2018
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Adrienne Merkel Berenbaum Friday 12/29/2017 mother of Diane Berenbaum
Arthur M. Gold Friday 12/29/2017 father of Amy Gold Socher, friend of Wendy Nadel
Barbara Prince Friday 12/29/2017 aunt of Russ Prince
Malcolm Whitham Friday 12/29/2017 nephew of Russell Robbins and Valerie Rosenson
Martin Shapiro Saturday 12/30/2017 uncle of Michael Bonheim
Selma Herman Sunday 12/31/2017 mother-in-law of Paul Frosch
Victoria Lipper Tuesday 1/2/2018 aunt of Don Brown
Isador Goldberg Wednesday 1/3/2018 grandfather of Lloyd Goldberg
Yetta Goldberg Wednesday 1/3/2018 grandmother of Lloyd Goldberg
Robert Weiss Wednesday 1/3/2018 father of Gail Espinosa
Bob Baxter Thursday 1/4/2018 stepfather of Simon Curtis
Rose Graf Greenwald Thursday 1/4/2018 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Abraham Spector Thursday 1/4/2018 father of Jeffrey Spector

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: Kim O'Rielly
Religious School Director: Jennifer Haynos