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June 13, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, June 15, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, June 16, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, June 16, 11:15 am: Bat Mitzvah Norah Saumier. Send a Chai greeting card 
    to Norah to wish her mazel tov on her bat mitzvah! 
  • Tuesday, June 19: Sisterhood Board Dinner
Meet Our Student Cantor - Suzanne Hamstra

Dear Congregants of Temple B'nai Chaim,
I am so excited to be joining you in just a few months as your Student Cantor! I look forward to getting to know you and to sharing music, prayer, and Torah with you. To begin, I want to introduce myself.
I am a rising second year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, which means I've just finished my year of studies in Israel! Before beginning cantorial school, I was an opera singer and voice teacher.  I am originally from Santa Cruz, California, a beach town on the central coast, where I grew up in a family of folk musicians and bagel bakers. I earned my Bachelor's Degree of Music in vocal performance at The Boston Conservatory and my Master's Degree of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After having the good fortune to sing opera on both coasts of the US and in Europe and teaching voice students of all ages, I decided it was time for me to use music to serve a deeper purpose. To that end, I chose a new career which allows me to serve the Jewish people, build community, contribute to lifelong learning, and use music to feed the soul and share Torah.  
I feel so blessed to get to run away from Manhattan on weekends to join you in beautiful Connecticut in order to share Shabbatot with you and work with the children in religious school! I hope you'll share some of your favorite music with me and I look forward to sharing mine with you in services. I'm so excited to foster your children's curiosity and excitement for Jewish life and music. I hope to do the same for all the whole community in t'filah, Torah study, and more. I can't wait to return to the East Coast and do my part to fuel this kehila kedosha in learning, prayer, and song!  
Bivracha,   Student Cantor Suzanne Hamstra 
Rabbi's Sermon - Sh'lach L'cha June 8, 2018 

"In this week's Torah portion, Sh'lach L'cha, Moses chose leaders from each tribe to form a company of scouts that would journey into the land that the Israelites had been promised so long ago.  These men were given specific aspects of the land to investigate and were sent off with the hopes and the concerns of their people. They scouted the land for 40 days and came back to the camp carrying stores of huge fruit as well as other evidence of the the shocking bounty of the new land.  Upon their return, they rushed to Moses and delivered what could charitably be considered a 'mixed report of the Promised Land ..."  (Read the full sermon!)
Come to TBC's Sisterhood Shabbat, June 22, at 7:30!

Please join us for a unique Friday evening on June 22nd  - at TBC's Sisterhood Shabbat! We will share in a Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)-style service, led by TBC Sisterhood Board members.  Special musical selections will accompany the service. The service will also feature a d'var by WRJ Northeast Region's incoming First Vice President, TBC's own Sharon Sobel! A special Oneg, sponsored by TBC Sisterhood, will follow the service. We look forward to sharing the joy of this special Shabbat with all TBC members and friends!
Jewish Senior Services Lecture - June 27 at 7:00 pm
Early Detection and Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease

On June 27 at 7:00 pm, Jewish Senior Services will host a lecture by Dr. Christopher H. van Dyck on the early detection and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease. The lecture will be held at Jewish Senior Services, Bennett Hall, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. Please RSVP to Kim Gintoli at (203) 365-6463 or kgintoli@jseniors.org, if you are interested in attending.  
Robbins Aufruf (אויפרוף) on June 29!

Please join Russ Robbins and Valerie Rosenson for an aufruf to celebrate the upcoming wedding of their son, Brian Robbins, to Valmai Hanson at Shabbat services on Friday, June 29 at 7:30 pm. 
Pride Shabbat- June 29 at 7:30pm

The Jewish tradition teaches us that we should offer a blessing of gratitude every time we see a rainbow. In this spirit, on Friday, June 29th, we will come together for our annual Pride Shabbat where we will celebrate the beautiful rainbow of human experience and honor the movement for LGBTQ equality. 
Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbury-Putnam 

HELP?  You may not need us but family and friends may! JUST REACH OUT!
Don't Forget to Use AmazonSmile!  

TBC has signed up for AmazonSmile.  When you shop there, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Temple Bnai Chaim.  Support TBC every time you shop.  Bookmark this special URL for TBC members: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3249895 

You shop ... Amazon gives to Temple B'nai Chaim. It's as easy as that!  Support TBC by starting your shopping at AmazonSmile! 
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!

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh - To be rescheduled 

Sisterhood Shabbat Service
Friday, June 22 at 7:30 pm
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, June 25 at 9:30 am
Pride Shabbat Service
Friday, June 29 at 7:30 pm
Pride Torah Study
Saturday, June 30 at 9:30 am
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, July 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat 
Mystical Tisha B'Av Shabbat Service
Friday, July 20 at 6:30 pm   Sponsor a Shabbat 
Tisha B'Av Study Brunch
Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 am
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, July 30 at 9:30 am

Yahrzeits, June 15 -21, 2018

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

Patricia Barbar
mother of Jeanne Goldberg
Abraham Eisenstein
grandfather of Michele Bennett
Mark Patrick Hanley
father of Claire and Conor Hanley
Lottie Macklin
grandmother of Fran Heizler
Roger Davis
father of Cortney Davis
David Saity
friend of Gail and Joe Espinosa
Rodney Nicholas Mara
husband of June Mara

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