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January 3, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 4, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, January 5, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg
  • Friday, January 5, 6:30 pm: Family Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, January 6, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 7, 9:30 am: Religious School
  • Wednesday, January 10, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, January 11, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
This 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).
'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 you will join us!

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, 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. The 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

From Jeff Spector:
"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." Read more!!
Annual Sisterhood Tu BiSh'vat Seder, Wednesday, January 31

Please join Sisterhood for our Annual Sisterhood Tu BiSh'vat Seder on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm. It will be at the home of Sharon Sobel, 8 Old Farm Road, Wilton. A light kosher dinner will be served. Suggested donation: $18 per person. (Please make checks payable to TBC Sisterhood.) Remember to RSVP to Sharon Sobel, srsobel13@yahoo.com or (203) 762-0830 before Friday, January 26th.
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
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. 
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!
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 the home of Sharon Sobel
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
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, January 5 -11, 2018
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Pauline Weinstein Friday 1/5/2018 grandmother of Susan Sia
Edith Schapiro Saturday 1/6/2018 aunt of Jon Sobel
Edith Stern Saturday 1/6/2018 mother of Susan Farber
Barbara Fass Sunday 1/7/2018 mother of Maxine Berg
Marvin Herson Monday 1/8/2018 father of Sharene Zuckerman
Ronnie Kamber Monday 1/8/2018 cousin of Moses Alexander
Ruth Rader Tuesday 1/9/2018 great aunt of Jodi Simon Stewart
Mary Ransom Wednesday 1/10/2018 grandmother of Jason Stewart
Anita Shapiro Wednesday 1/10/2018 Grandmother of Michael Bonheim
Norman Wagner Thursday 1/11/2018 father of Howard Wagner

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