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November 7, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, November 8, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service 
  • Saturday, November 10, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, November 10, 11:15 am - Jane Fine Bat Mitzvah - Send a Chai greeting card to Jane to wish her mazel tov on her bat mitzvah!
  • Sunday, November 11, 9:30 am  - Religious School
  • Sunday, November 11, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class
  • Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, November 14, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, November 15, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
 Rise Against Hunger Wi-ACT Gong Will Be At
Shabbat Services this Friday, November 9

On Satur day, October 20, 180 TBC congregants and their friends and families joined the other faith institutions in the community to help pack meals for Rise Against Hunger. 150,000 meals were packed that day. This was Wilton  Interfaith Action Committee's 8th year hosting the event and we reached our million meals mark. In recognition of that Rise Against Hunger gave Wi-ACT the gift of an inscribed gong. (The gong will be at Shabbat services Friday November 9 to celebrate TBC's participation in the event!!)   A gong is rung during the meal packing event for every 10,000 meals.  It was a great day and volunteers had a lot of fun while doing something very worthwhile.
Sisterhood Membership Dinner Next Wednesday!

Please come to our Sisterhood Membership Dinner on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:45 pm. We will have a delicious dinner, fun evening, fantastic raffles and giveaways. We hope to see you at TBC for this enjoyable annual social event - free for Sisterhood members! Please RSVP here!
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Monday, November 19 

The Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Monday, November 19 at 7 :30 pm at First Church of Christ, Congregational (25 Cross Highway, Redding). Please join us for this annual celebration of our community and the friendships that bind us together! 

Calling All Singers! Mark Cherry, Director of Music at First Church of Christ, has invited anyone who is interested to join their choir for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  Rehearsal will begin at 6:30 pm before the service ( November 19).
Last Friday's Community Shabbat Service
Gathering the Sparks

After the devastating violence in Pittsburgh on October 27, Temple B'nai Chaim invited the community to come together last Friday, November 2, to welcome the Sabbath as one, interwoven family. This special service was an opportunity for TBC members and the interfaith community to come together in friendship and in prayer as we honor those who were killed and injured in Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Congregation. 
Rabbi Bearman wrote afterwords: "There are moments in life that are so powerful that even as they're happening you know you will never forget them. Last night was one of those moments. I was so moved as I stood on the bimah and looked into a sanctuary filled to the brim with members, friends, and strangers - all of us seeking the comfort that comes from being together. The power of friendship and love radiated through the room- dispelling lurking shadows and soothing fractured hearts." Read the Rabbi's sermon here -- Click here for more photos!
Hanukkah Gift Cards for Wilton Families

Hanukkah begins December 2 this year and Wilton Social Services has reached out to the Social Action Committee for donations of $100 gift cards for the Jewish families. This year they have 12 children, 5 are college age. The parents can do their own shopping when they receive the gift cards.   Social Services would like to have the cards by November 19th to give the families time to shop. Please consider donating either a gift card or money for us to buy the cards. Donations should be made to the Tzedakah Fund or at the office.
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.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

Consecration & Hanukkah Family Shabbat Service with Preneg
Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) 


Join us for Consecration and a Hanukkah Family Shabbat Service when we will be celebrating the Consecration of some of our youngest students!

The evening begins with preneg at 6:00 pm (pizza and veggies!) and then continues with a very special Family Service at 6:30 pm where the K/1 class will join Rabbi Bearman on the bimah as they lead the congregation in song. song, story and worship 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 Share your simcha. sponsor a pre-neg, oneg, or flowers!

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog posting: " Being a Kid at Temple. "
  Also -- Save the date for the  Shabbat Family Service with Preneg  on Friday, January 4!
"Do a mitzvah in your sleep!"
Overflow Homeless Shelter

Location: First Congregational Church (corner of West Street and Deer Hill Ave., Danbury. Contact socialaction@templebnaichaim.org if interested!

Overflow Homeless Shelter volunteers arrive at the First Congregational Church, Danbury at 9:00 p.m. and stay until 7:00 a.m. Each night we have volunteers, usually one male and one female. We typically cover 3 weeks each season, which will run the following dates December 24 - December 30, January 28 - February 3, February 25 - March 3, weather dependent. More information here ...
Common Threads

While our Upper Fairfield County Federation is a community of communities, we are also a vast library of stories and a vibrant garden with interconnected roots. This year, with the coordination and leadership of our Federation, many of those communities - congregations, organizations, and others - have joined together to create Common Threads, a year-long project to explore our diverse ancestry and heritage and how it weaves together into our strong and integrated Upper Fairfield County community. More Information and schedule.
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!

Now to Sunday, November 11
Norwalk - Stamford - Westport

Saul Cohen - Schoke JFS Lecture featuring Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 pm at the Ferguson Library, Stamford

ADL VOICES - A Concert for Unity
An evening of laughter, music & storytelling with Trevor Noah of THE DAILY SHOW
Sunday, November 11 at 5:00 pm at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport

Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Wednesday, November 14 at 6:45 pm ( RSVP)

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ, Congregational (25 Cross Highway, Redding)

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

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 pm
Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport

Honoring Legislators who passed the CT Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill
Sunday, December 16 following The Pianist of Willesden Lane at 3:00 pm
Positano Ristorante, 27 Powers Court, Westport

Overflow Homeless Shelter
Monday, December 24 to Sunday, December 30 at 9:00 pm to 7:00 am
First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury

Yahrzeits, November 9 - November 15, 2018

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

Michael Siegel Friday 11/9/2018 friend of Jeffrey Spector
Harold Penchina Saturday 11/10/2018 uncle of Jane Alexander
Kathy Dickinson Sunday 11/11/2018 mother of Zhena Hadar
Shirley Levin Monday 11/12/2018 great aunt of Susan Farber
George Miller Monday 11/12/2018 father of Susan Hollander
Carl Bloom Tuesday 11/13/2018 grandfather of Richard Bloom
Marjory Davis Wednesday 11/14/2018 mother of Cortney Davis
Robert Goldstein Wednesday 11/14/2018 grandfather of Ronnie Ross
Phyllis A. Rosenthal
mother of Steven West-Rosenthal
Charles Viccica
great uncle of Linda Bolton

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