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September 23, 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 HHD services!

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.
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
Watch For Our TBC Sukkah!  

Sukkot begins on Friday evening, October 2 and continues through October 9. 

Sunday, October 4 is Opening Day for Religious School. We will be in person (with masks and socially distanced), outdoors from 10:00 am to 11:15 am. Students will have an opportunity to visit the Sukkah in small groups.

GradesSukkah Visit Time
K - 110:05 am to 10:15 am
2 - 3
(in two groups)
10:15 am to 10:35 am
4 - 5
(in two groups)
10:35 am to 10:55 am
610:55 am to 11:05 am
711:05 am to 11:15 am

Beginning in the afternoon of October 3, TBC families will have the opportunity to sign up to have a meal in the Sukkah. To schedule, please contact Denise Seccurra. You will need to bring your own food, chairs and beverages. And please remove any leftovers, plates, etc. before you leave the Sukkah!

Simchat Torah is Coming - It's Consecration Time!

On Friday, October 9 we will have a very special Family Service at 6:30 pm. (Register here!) During the service, our new learners in grades K to 1 will be welcomed and consecrated. Please join us for this very special event - particularly if you have children in Religious School. Of course, all are welcome!
Please note there will be no Tot Shabbat in October. It will resume in November.
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 ...

The Jewish Book Council had scheduled an author talk about Ruth Bader Ginsburg some time ago, a program that has particular relevance in the wake of her death. The event is scheduled for Wednesday October 7th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. To obtain additional information and/or to register for this event, please click here.

If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to chailites@templebnaichaim.org!
The Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield 
Thursday 10/15 through Sunday 1/22.

The 19th season of the Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County is going VIRTUAL! Mark your calendar for six weeks of award-winning films, October 15 - November 22, featuring Q&A's with film directors, producers and expert speakers each Sunday at 12 p.m. via Zoom. For more information click here!
Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

The Bennett Center offers lectures and programs on Jewish themes, some free and some for a small fee. Free program information is at Farifield.edu/bennettprograms. For more information please
click here
The Weekly Torah Portion
Ha'Azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52)

Moses recites a poem, which tells the history of the Israelite people.  In the midst of the poem, he speaks of a time when God's presence will be hidden from them.  He explains that only when we return to God, will God's presence be restored. 
  Click here to learn more.
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!
Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing the event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

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 - Click here to register
Friday, October 2, 7:30 pm
Sukkot Service - Click here to register
Saturday, October 3, 10:30 am
Jr. Chai
Sunday, October 4, 9:30 am - In person- Social Distanced

Opening Day of Religious School - In person - Social Distanced
Sunday, October 4, 9:30 am
Hebrew School - Zoom
Wednesday, October 7, 4:30 pm
Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 pm
Special Family Service to Consecrate and Welcome New Learners - Click here to register 
Friday, October 9, 6:30 pm
Torah Study Kohelet - Click here to register
Saturday, October 10, 9:30 am
Isabelle Kriger Bat Mitzvah
Saturday, October 10, 11:15 am

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, September 25 - October 1
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Harold L. BenderFriday9/25/2020father of Lew Bender
Minnie LearmanSunday9/27/2020mother-in-law of Alice Learman
Sarah Leder JaffeTuesday9/29/2020grandmother of Sharon Sobel
Jean SullivanTuesday9/29/2020grandmother of Linda Bolton
Lawrence ListWednesday9/30/2020father of Deborah List
Edgar RolleWednesday9/30/2020father-in-law of May Rolle
Walter Jack BearThursday10/1/2020father of Joe Bear
Lynn SteinmetzThursday10/1/2020sister of Louise Shames
Hyman WolfmanThursday10/1/2020father of Michael Wolfman

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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