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August 5, 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!  
New, Fun Tot Shabbat - Friday, August 7 at 5:00 pm

Cantor Harriet is looking forward to celebrating Shabbat with all of our TBC families this Friday August 7th! To join Cantor Harriet for the fun, click here.
Please join Cantor Harriet at 5pm for our first Tot Shabbat experience! Children ages 5 or 6 and younger along with their families are invited to welcome Shabbat together with singing, dancing, special guests and even some challah and soup making! Get ready for a fun and participatory 20-25 minutes of music, learning and laughs as we greet Shabbat together!
Then, stick around if you like or, if you didn't make Tot Shabbat, please join us at 6:30 pm for our Shabbat Family Service! It's the first Friday of the month and you know what that means???? A fun, participatory family-friendly Shabbat service with prayers, liturgy and music put together especially with children ages 7-17 in mind, and suitable for all! Please join Cantor Harriet as we welcome Shabbat together. Remember to bring a smile and your favorite dancing shoes!
TBC Religious School Update

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. Click here for Cantor Dunkerley's web presentation on the new TBC Religious School curriculum.

This year the overall school schedule will remain 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
TBC Book Group - Wednesday August 12 at 7:30 pm

The TBC Book Group will meet again on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 pm to discuss the book, "The Color of Love" by Marra B. Gad. This book, winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Award in Autobiography/Memoir, is an unforgettable memoir of a mixed-race Jewish child adopted by a white Jewish family.  To join the discussion, please click here.
To Michele Scruton

Thank you, Michele, for leading a beautiful and thoughtful Shabbat service on July 24. The theme was "peace and tranquility", much needed for all of us in today's world.

To John Dunkerley

Thank you, John, for your beautiful piano accompaniment to Cantor Harriet's spiritually moving Shabbat services.
In Our Community

This is a new monthly feature in Chailites. If you have news you want to share, please send the information to chailites@templebnaichaim.org.
Mazel Tov to Gladys and Jerry O'Neil on the birth of their grandsonThomas Henry Belok (Hebrew name Tzvi Hersh), born June 24 to parents Heather (O'Neil) and Arie Belok. 
This Week's Torah Portion

This week's parasha is Eikev. In it, Moses continues his speech to the Israelites, instructing them that if they follow God's commandments, teaching them faithfully to their children, they will not be harmed by the nations dwelling across the Jordan River and the Land of Israel will overflow with milk and honey. Moses cautions the Israelites not to fear the Canaanite armies for God will wage battle for them. He also notifies the Israelites that their entry into the Land is not due to their own virtues - Moses reminds them of their many transgressions to emphasize this point - but rather, it is in the merit of the nation's Forefathers, and because the other nations possessing the land are idolatrous. The commandments of prayer and Grace After Meals are mentioned. The second part of the Shema is also found in this portion.
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 TBC Social Action (Tzedakah) 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 TBC 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 if 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.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 

Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here
Friday, August 14, 7:30 pm

Torah Study - Register here
Saturday, August 15, 9:30 am

Welcoming Shabbat TogetherRegister here
Friday, August 21, 7:30 pm

Torah StudyRegister here
Saturday, August 22, 9:30 am

Bat Mitzvah of Kayla Clott - Contact the TBC Office for attendance info
Saturday, August 22, 10:30

Welcoming Shabbat TogetherRegister here
Friday, August 28, 7:30 pm

Torah StudyRegister here
Saturday, August 29, 9:30 am

Bat Mitzvah of Juliette Langberg - Contact the TBC Office for attendance info
Saturday, August 29, 10:30

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, August 7 - 13
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Ethel LizanSaturday8/8/2020mother of Meryll Wolfman
Donald RobbinsSaturday8/8/2020uncle of Russell Robbins
Linda RobbinsSaturday8/8/2020aunt of Russell Robbins
Charles LearmanSunday8/9/2020brother-in-law of Alice Learman
Morton PortnoySunday8/9/2020father of Dina Gumins
Eleanor SchwartzSunday8/9/2020mother of David Schwartz
Michael Alan HeftMonday8/10/2020husband of Bonnie Heft
Neil ChayetTuesday8/11/2020father of Michael Chayet
Isidore KolodnyTuesday8/11/2020father of Sharon Sobel
Shirley KannerWednesday8/12/2020aunt of Jane Alexander
Dorothy GreenbaumThursday8/13/2020mother of Susan Hagan

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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        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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