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September 16, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)

Registration is needed for High Holy Day services. TBC members should complete this form to receive information about participating in the services!

  • Friday, September 18, 7:30 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • Saturday, September 19, 10:00 am - Rosh Hashanah Live Stream
  • Saturday, September 19, 12:00 pm - Rosh Hashanah Family Service Zoom
  • Saturday, September 19, 2:00 pm - Rosh Hashanah Shofar - Live/Social Distanced
  • Saturday, September 19, 3:00 pm - Rosh Hashanah Tashlich - Live/Social Distanced
  • Sunday, September 20, 10:30 am - Rosh Hashanah Second Day - Mindful Contemplative Stroll
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.

High Holiday Guide
We have prepared a High Holiday Guide to provide you with all of the information you will need to understand how and when services will take place, how to register and how to invite guests. You can access the Guide by clicking here or by going directly to our website.

Registration for Online Access:  TBC members must register for ALL High Holy Day services. Please make sure your name is properly entered for online services so you will be allowed to enter the service easily and quickly. If you need technical help, contact the TBC office To register, TBC members in good standing click here.

Access information will be emailed to all TBC members in good standing who have registered by September 16. If you register after that date, you may not receive your access information in time to participate in all services. Friends and extended family of congregants may also request access to services by completing the Guest Registration Form. Suggested donation amounts are $54 for one person; $180 for a family.
A High Holiday Message from June Mara, TBC President  

I want to extend my sincere thanks to all of those congregants who have contributed their time, energy and expertise to making this year's High Holiday experience unique and meaningful. From the Ritual Committee to those who pre-recorded blessings, Torah portions and readings; the teams of people who have been working on the technology, communications, assembling and delivering Rosh Hashanah picnic kits, public relations, social media, distributing prayer books; organizing the teen chalk event; and helping to get our Religious School plans in place. And then there's Sukkot - planning, putting up the Sukkah and arranging for supplies to go home to Religious School children so they can make decorations for the Sukkah. It truly takes a village. And, it is a sincere honor to work with such an amazing group of people. 

A very special thank you to Cantor Dunkerley, who has been working tirelessly and round the clock to make our High Holiday experience one we will all remember - even in these challenging times.

We had hoped to publish the full donor list for August this week. However, with all the preparation for the High Holidays, we were not able to do that. We will include it in next week's Chailites.

L'shanah Tovah!
Rosh Hashanah Picnic Kits
The Tastes of Rosh Hashanah Coming to Your Doorstep

Traditionally, Sisterhood has sponsored TBC's communal break-fast following Yom Kippur services. Because we are sadly unable to come together in person as a full community to break bread in person this year, we will break communal bread... virtually, before Rosh Hashanah services on Thursday September 17, Sisterhood will deliver to each family/member of TBC a Rosh Hashanah picnic, comprised of local honey, apples, challah and wine, delivered with love (and mask) to your doorstep.
If you will not be home to receive your picnic, or would prefer to pick it up at the home of a Sisterhood board member, please contact Pam or Sharon to make arrangements.
Michael Heft Food Drive and Miriam Messe Diaper Drive  

Due to our not being able to gather in person as a congregation for the High Holidays this year, we ask you to make a donation for the organizations we support through our collection. Donations can be made to the Temple indicating Donation For: "food drive" (Click here!).  We will then divide the money among the various groups. If donations go through the temple we will be able to see how generous our congregation is during this difficult time. If you prefer, donations can be made directly to the organizations.
Thank you for your support! -- Jane Alexander and Peggy Zamore
TBC Wish List - Please Be Generous!

The TBC Wish List includes items we need at TBC and for which we are trying to raise funds. 

This month, we are focusing on the equipment we need to purchase to enable us to live stream and Zoom from the sanctuary for both Shabbat and the High Holidays. Going forward we will also be able to use the equipment for special events, as well as the Religious School. 

To make a contribution to help us purchase this equipment, please click here

We also need contributions to purchase flowers for the sanctuary for the High Holy Days and to purchase books and supplies for the Religious School. To make a contribution toward a floral arrangement or Religious School books and supplies, please click here, and on the TBC donation form select the fund "High Holy Days Flowers"!

Thank you for your support!
In Our Community ...

If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to chailites@templebnaichaim.org!
The Weekly Torah Portion

This portion is commonly known as The Akeidah, or "the binding." In these terse and tense verses, the subject matter touches upon God, the nature of faith, and the demands faith may make of us. God calls upon Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as a supreme test of faith. Abraham, God's loyal servant, agrees. Just as Abraham is about to offer his son up as a sacrifice, an angel calls out to him, instructing him not to harm the boy, and Abraham sacrifices a ram in place of his son. For the ancient reader this may have served as a rejection of human sacrifice, a practice of ancient Israel's neighbors. For the modern reader, perhaps one is called upon to consider one's own tests and sacrifices.  Click here to learn more.
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. 
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! 
Shabbat Shuva - Register here
Friday, September 25, 7:30 pm
Torah StudyRegister here
Saturday, September 26, 9:30 am
Sunday, September 27, 7:30 pm
Monday, September 28, Service times are in the High Holiday Guide

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, September 18-24
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

William GlasbergFriday9/18/2020father of Gladys O'Neil
Gerald StahlSaturday9/19/2020father of Marilyn Crandall
Bruce UllmanMonday9/21/2020father of Stacy Barenberg
Lois Garek GreenblottWednesday9/23/2020mother of Patti Masarek
Jerry ShapiroWednesday9/23/2020grandfather of Michael Bonheim
Sylvia BonheimThursday9/24/2020grandmother of Michael Bonheim

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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