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July 1, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)

Click on the link below to register for the Zoom online event:
Please remember that you must REGISTER for everything that you plan on attending.**

Once you click on the registration link, you will be taken to a webpage where you will enter your name and email address. Once you submit this information, you will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL that includes the LINK you will use to join the program and the PASSWORD that you will need to enter after clicking the link to join.


If you would like friends or family members to attend any of these programs, you can forward this email to them and tell them to use the links below to register. We would love to add them to our community!  
Join Cantor Dunkerley For Her First TBC Family Shabbat
July 3 at 6:30 pm - An Independence Day Celebration!
Help us welcome Cantor Dunkerley as she leads us in an Independence Day Family Shabbat Celebration. Relax, sit out in your backyard with your favorite beverage - or wherever you are most comfortable. Tee shirts and flip flops are fine. The Cantor will play the guitar and will be accompanied on piano by her husband. And, there may be a surprise musical guest! Singing along and dancing are strongly encouraged. To register, click here.
Thank You Bonnie and Michele!
We want to extend a very big thank you to Bonnie Heft and Michele Scruton for leading very moving Shabbat services on the last two Friday nights. The services were thoughtful, relevant to today's issues and beautifully presented and sung.
Plans are taking shape for Religious School and teen education this fall. Whether in-person, remote, or a combination of both, TBC is committed to providing quality educational experiences for all students. Parents can plan on the general framework staying the same:
  • Jr. Chai (3-4 year olds) - Sunday 1x/month - 10:00 -11:30 am
  • Kindergarten - 3rd Grade - Sunday - 9:30-11:30 am
  • Grades 4-7 - Sunday - 9:30-11:30 am & Wednesday - 4:20-6:00 pm
  • TBC Teens - Grades 8-12 - Sunday 2x/month
The teen program includes:
  • Confirmation for 10th graders
  • L'Taken Political Action Seminar in Washington, DC (Gr. 10-12)
  • Programming designed with teen input
Teens in grades 8-12 looking for a great volunteer opportunity at temple, please consider joining the Madrichim program to assist in classrooms or the Religious School office on Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons. Click here for the Madrichim Registration Form for 2020-21. 
The TBC Book Group and Social Action, July 9!

This month, the TBC Book Group is reading the New York Times bestseller, "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi. 
The author's website states: "Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America - but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it." 
On July 9th at 7:30 pm, Cantor Harriet will lead us in a discussion about the book and how the TBC Community can take ideas from the book for Social Action. It should prove to be a very timely and enlightening discussion. 
Please join us, whether or not you will have read the book.  Click here to register for the Zoom call. 
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry!

Thanks to a number of very generous congregants, we donated another $2000, for a total of $3000, to Our Daily Bread Food Pantry in Danbury. We THANK YOU and those in need THANK YOU!  The pantry has been serving between 150-160 families each time.  Funds are still desperately needed, so any additional donations would be greatly appreciated.  It's easy - donations can be made through the Social Action fund - or by going to  www.dailybreadfoodpantry.com.   In more typical times, the Social Action Committee volunteers about once a month.  Jane Alexander, your esteemed co-chair of social action, continues volunteering there through this very challenging time.  
Food donations are also accepted:  Food Donation Hours are now Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.  (Call the Daily Bread office at 203-748-3561 i f nobody is in the pantry to receive your donation.)
Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques at TBC

During this challenging time, we know that many of us are thinking of loved ones who have passed away. We invite you to commemorate the lives and blessings of your loved ones with a memorial plaque. A special service of dedication for the entire community will be scheduled at TBC when that again becomes possible.  Ordering information is available here .
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. 
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 
Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here.
Friday, July 10, 6:30 pm
Torah Study - Register here.
Saturday, July 11, 9:30 am

TBC Board of Trustees
Wednesday, July 15, 7:30-9:00 pm  

Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here 
Friday, July 17, 6:30 pm   
Torah Study - Register here
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 am

Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here
Friday, July 24, 6:30 pm
Torah Study - Register here
Saturday, July 24, 9:30 am

Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here
Friday, July 31, 6:30 pm 
See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, July 3 - 9
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Martin Weinstein Sunday 7/5/2020 grandfather of Dana Umerley
Elaine Lynn Nadel Monday 7/6/2020 mother of Mac Nadel
Frank Levi, Jr. Tuesday 7/7/2020 father of David Levi
Peter Van Raalte Tuesday 7/7/2020 husband of Marilyn Van Raalte
Helen Wohl Tuesday 7/7/2020 mother of Jean Zamore
Roger Case Wednesday 7/8/2020 father of Dennis Case
Susan Frosch Wednesday 7/8/2020 wife of Paul Frosch
Harry Learman Thursday 7/9/2020 father-in-law of Alice Learman
Henry Unger Thursday 7/9/2020 grandfather of Sandy Tepper

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.
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        Temple B'nai Chaim             Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
        Phone: 203 544-8695          Location: 82 Portland Avenue, Wilton CT 06897 ( Directions)

      Cantor/Educator : Cantor Harriet Dunkerley 
        President: June Mara           Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
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