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September 20, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, September 21, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, September 22, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, September 22, 11:00 am - Raising of the Sukkah 
  • Saturday, September 22, 11:00 am - Move the Bimah

  • Sunday, September 23, Erev Sukkot
  • Sunday, September 23, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, September 23, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, September 23, 11:30 am - Religious School Meet & Greet and Community Cookout
  • Monday, September 24, Temple Office Closed
  • Tuesday, September 25, Temple Office Closed
  • Wednesday, September 26, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
Help With Sukkah Raising & Community Cookout!

This weekend will see two major Men's Club-sponsored events take place at TBC. (Women of course invited!)

Saturday, September 22, 11:00 am Raising of the Sukkah
Sunday, September 23, 11:30 am Cookout / Barbeque for first day of Religious School
(set up 10:30 am)

We will need your help to make these events happen. For the sukkah raising, please come with a step ladder and small tools, but not a must. The Men's Club will serve coffee and ...

For the cookout, we will need you to come and set up the tables with plates, utensils and cold food, cooks to barbeque the food and a clean up crew at the end. Even though the cookout begins at  11:30, we will need to start getting ready by  10:30 am.

These events are a good time to meet and chat with your fellow congregants. Work but fun and food too! Please click here to RSVP  your availability to help out on these days. Thanks. Jeff
Help Move the Bimah Back This Saturday!!

At 11:00 am on Saturday, September 22 (new date and time), the Ritual Committee needs your help to move the Bimah back to its normal position. We also need help packing up and storing the Yom Kippur prayer books to their respective closets. Please  RSVP to Russell Robbins.
New Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class Begin at TBC October 2!

If you never experienced becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a 13 year old, it's not too late to experience this spiritually significant Jewish rite of passage as an adult.   Join a group of dedicated learners and become a member of the TBC Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class of 2019.  Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Karin Beitel, Director of Lifelong Learning, will be your instructors. To join the class email Karin Beitel Classes begin Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.,  Adult B'nai Mitzvah Service - Friday, June 14, 2019,  Enrollment fee: $35.
Save the Date for Stop Hunger Now: October 20!

On S aturday, October 20, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 8th annual Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) meal packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 160,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. Since we started we have packaged 945,000 meals, and this will be the year we exceed 1,000,000 meals. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers.

Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3000 as a Congregation that will fund 10,500 meals which will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. While there is no requirement to contribute in order to volunteer, it is critical that we raise the funds to support TBC's commitment to this event. If you would like to support this event, you can send a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger or contribute online. This year each meal costs $0.29, so $1.45 buys 5 meals, $15 buys 52 meals and $100 buys 345 meals -- a really good deal! 

The volunteer sign-up site is now available. As in prior years there will be opportunities to sign up for set up, clean up and 4 two hour production shifts. Don't forget that children 5 and older can help (our 5-year-olds last year had a fantastic time and really contributed!). 

If you have any questions, please contact Don Weber .
Join Our TBC Sisterhood!
An invitation awaits you to join Sisterhood this year to enjoy a year of opportunities to make friendships, grow your Judaism, and contribute to the vibrancy of our TBC community. We are a lively women's group, sponsoring many events throughout the year.  First, enjoy a Sunday morning break at Sisterhood's paid-up membership brunch on October 21 at 9:30 am (Brunch RSVP) -- relax with old friends and meet new ones and help TBC fundraise with terrific raffle prizes.  We'll announce Sisterhood's upcoming year of events and how you can get connected and enjoy a more meaningful, fab, and fun year with TBC Sisterhood.  We'll have New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) social evenings to relax and be with women with similar and new interests, Lilith Salons for social issue discussions, a Hanukkah Party, Tu B'Shvat winter seder, and many other chances to gather coming up. Sisterhood also sponsors many occasions for the whole congregation and those efforts help fund the Temple itself.  We are a vital part of life at TBC and we want you to join us. Click here to join Sisterhood. Our Sisterhood welcomes you and wishes everyone a Sweet New Year-a year of Peace, Good Health, and Fulfillment!

Buy Grocery Cards - Help Support TBC!

Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's, and Stew Leonard's have agreed to sell the Temple gift cards at a discount of 5-10%. Our congregants purchase the gift cards (they look just like credit cards) from the Temple at face value and use them as cash when shopping at the participating supermarkets. They may be purchased in increments of $100. Please email certificates@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions and to purchase the cards.

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!

Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 am

Move Bimah After the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 am (new date and time) 

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

Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packaging Event
Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate /  Volunteer  (two-hour shift)

Sisterhood Membership Brunch
Sunday, October 21 at 9:30 am ( RSVP by October 14)

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, October 22 at 9:30 am

Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County
Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11
Norwalk - Stamford - Westport

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

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, November 2 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

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

Yahrzeits, September 21 - September 25, 2018

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

Lawrence List Friday 9/21/2018 father of Deborah List
Bruce Ullman Friday 9/21/2018 father of Stacy Barenberg
Jerry Shapiro Sunday 9/23/2018 grandfather of Michael Bonheim
Sylvia Bonheim Monday 9/24/2018 grandmother of Michael Bonheim
Harold L. Bender Tuesday 9/25/2018 father of Lew Bender
Estelle Marion Fried Tuesday 9/25/2018 mother of Bonnie Heft

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