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September 2, 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!  
TBC's Film Club Kicks Off 
Saturday - September 5 at 7:30 pm
RSVP By Thursday, September 3

TBC's Adult Education Committee announces the return of movie and deli night, albeit pandemic style, as our first film club offering.

The movie Deli Man will be shown in a congregant's yard on Saturday, September 5 at 7:30 pm (rain date is Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 pm). Attendees should bring their own chairs and beverages.

A deli sandwich and trimmings will be provided, but you must RSVP and place your sandwich order by Thursday, September 3. Email Barbara Dobbin and in your email provide your name, telephone number, number of attendees and the type of sandwich each attendee would like (e.g., corned beef on rye with mustard). Then send a check for $18 per person to TBC. You will receive an email with the address after you RSVP.

COVID-19 protocols will be enforced. You must wear a mask and maintain social distance.

The movie, which runs for 90 minutes, will begin at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a discussion.

Time to send sweet RH tidings to our TBC families!

Time to send Rosh Hashanah Honey for a Sweet New Year greetings to your TBC friends and loved ones. The ordering deadline is September 11.  Don't miss out on the opportunity! 
Traditionally, this annual fundraiser has funded our communal break-fast following Yom Kippur services. Like so much else, this year will be a little different: the fundraiser will enable Sisterhood to provide each TBC family/ member with a Rosh Hashanah picnic, including local honey, apples, challah and wine, delivered with love (and mask) to your doorstep.
As in prior years, TBC members have multiple sponsorship levels of giving opportunities. Each sponsor level sends one jar of local honey to every TBC member family, clergy and staff:
* Super Bee Hive - $1,000
* Chai Bee Hive - $540
* B'nai Bee Hive - $360
* Honey Bee Hive - $180
Alternatively you can send honey to particular congregants within TBC or choose to reciprocate to those who send honey to you. This is a nice way to send a sweet "thank you" to your child's religious school teacher / tutor. Sending individual bottles to individual member families, clergy and staff are $12.00 to the first family and subsequent jars are $8.00 each.
Click here to order online. Questions? Email honey@templebnaichaim.org.
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. After Rosh Hashanah services on Friday September 18, 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.
Mishkan Hanafesh Prayerbooks at TBC  

If you would like to have copies of the Mishkan Hanafesh (our High Holiday prayerbooks) for use at home during the High Holy Days, you can pick up a copy of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur books at the front entrance of TBC on:
  • Sunday, Sept. 13 from 11:00 am through 1:00 pm or 
  • Monday, Sept. 14 from 4:00 pm through 6:00 pm.
Books must be returned by Oct 4. You can deposit the books into a box that will be provided for that purpose at the front entrance of the temple. 
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. To make a contribution toward a floral arrangement, please click here, and on the TBC donation form select the fund "High Holy Days Flowers"!

Thank you for your support!
In Our Community ...
  • Wishing a very speedy and complete recovery to Wendy Nadel. If you wish to send get well wishes to Wendy, you can either send a card to her at Gaylord Healthcare or use Gaylord's "e-Well Wishes" program:  https://www.gaylord.org/Patient-Info/e-WellWishes . Wendy's room number is Hooker 208.
If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to chailites@templebnaichaim.org!
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
This Week's Torah Portion  
Ki tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)
Moses describes in detail the ritual for an individual who completes a pilgrimage. Then, Moses explains the two choices Israel has for eternity. He teaches this by instructing half of the tribes of Israel to stand on Mt. Gerezim while the other half stands on Mt. Eval. Each set visually represents the two choices each of us has in life: the blessing or the curse. The choice is for us to make.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! 

Welcoming Shabbat TogetherRegister here
Friday, September 11, 7:30 pm
Torah StudyRegister here
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 am
Mia Sommer Bat Mitzvah Register here
Saturday, September 5, 10:30 am
TBC Book Group - "Lincoln and the Jews" by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin ShapellRegister here 
Monday, September 21, 7:30 pm (Note change of date!)
Erev Rosh Hashanah - Registration information to come
Friday, September 18, 7:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day One - Registration and service information to come
Saturday, September 19
Rosh Hashanah Day Two - Registration information to come
Sunday, September 20 , 10:30 am Contemplative Walk
Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here
Friday, September 25, 7:30 pm
Torah StudyRegister here
Saturday, September 26, 9:30 am
Kol Nidre - Registration information to come
Sunday, September 27, 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur - Registration and service information to come
Monday, September 28

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, September 4 - 10
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

K. Harold BoltonFriday9/4/2020grandfather of Robert Bolton
George EdelmanMonday9/7/2020grandfather of Jodi Simon Stewart
Ghislain MarceauMonday9/7/2020uncle of David Marceau
Naomi SternThursday9/10/2020stepmother of Susan Farber

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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