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September 30, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)

  • Friday, October 2, 7:30 pm - Welcoming Shabbat Together - Zoom
  • Saturday, October 3, 10:30 am -Sukkot Service in Lieu of Torah Study - Zoom
  • Sunday, October 4, 10:00 am - Jr. Chai (in person at TBC)
  • Sunday, October 4, 10:00 am - Opening Day Religious School - Sukkot Program (in person at TBC)
  • Wednesday, October 7, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 pm - Executive Committee Meeting
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.

New Sukkot Festival and Shabbat Service
Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 am  

Cantor Dunkerley is very excited to invite everyone to TBC's new Sukkot Festival and Shabbat Service, which will take place on Zoom on Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 am (click here to register).

The service, which will include Torah readings, as well as special festival readings and songs, will be conducted in and broadcast from TBC's Sukkah. We hope you will join us for this very extraordinary event. 

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 on 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 be sure to remove any leftovers, plates, etc. before you leave the Sukkah!
  Returning Mishkan Hanefesh Prayer Books 
A covered plastic bin will be located just outside the doors at the front entrance of TBC. To return your borrowed prayer books, please carefully place them in the bin and make sure the lid is securely closed. We placed a number on the inside cover of each book and will check that number against the list developed when you borrowed the book so we can track who has returned their copies.
Reminder: All prayer books should be returned by this Sunday, October 4. 
Sukkot Tzedakah for Religious School Children

During Sukkot, we highlight the gifts of nature. In gratitude for our bounty and as part of the celebration on October 4, Sunday school students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to place in a basket in the sukkah. Food will be donated to local food pantries. 

Reminder: Everyone must be masked and socially distant
at all  times.
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.

Thank you to Bonnie Heft and Michele Scruton for leading our Shabbat Shuva service. It was a beautiful and thoughtful service. We are very fortunate to have lay leaders who are willing to step up when needed. 

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in planning and running our High Holy Day services and also to those who read, chanted Torah and read blessings so beautifully. A special thank you to John Dunkerley, whose beautiful piano accompaniment, lifted all of us and helped make this High Holy Day experience incredibly special. And, of course, thank you to Cantor Dunkerley for inspiring us with beautiful services, singing and memorable sermons.
Who Wrote the Bible?
Adult Education Session, October 13, 7:30 pm 

TBC member Stephen Davis will reprise his thought-provoking overview of the theory that the Torah as we know it was actually compiled from several earlier sources (the "textual hypothesis"). If you've ever wondered what people meant when they talked about the "J" text or puzzled over why the Torah has two creation stories, two Flood stories and three versions of the Ten Commandments, Zoom in and find out
TBC Book Club 
October 26th @ 7:30 pm via Zoom

The TBC Book Group will be reading The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron. We will meet October 26th at 7:30 pm via Zoom. This award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as "brilliant" (The New York Times Book Review) and "The Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel's Jonathan Franzen."

We hope you will join us for what should prove to be an interesting discussion. 
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 11/22.

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
Sukkot Chol Hamoed

On the Shabbat during Sukkot, we are reminded of the age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God. While God will not allow Moses to see God's face, God tells Moses, "I will make My goodness pass before you..." Perhaps we experience the divine presence through the goodness we create in the world. The Torah then sets forth the thirteen attributes of God, among them that God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. By emulating these very attributes, we create the goodness which allows us to know God.
  Click here to learn more.
Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox.  Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.  Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.  Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

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! 
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 - Click here to register
Saturday, October 10, 11:15 am
Adult Education - "Who Wrote the Bible?" - Click here to register
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm
Rosh Chodesh - Zoom - Traditional Theme - Click here to register
Sunday, October 18, 7:00 pm
TBC Book Group - The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron - Click here to register
Monday, October 26, 7:30 pm

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, October 2 - 8
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Jean BernsteinSunday10/4/2020grandmother of Nathan & Olivia Bernstein
Estelle Marion FriedSunday10/4/2020mother of Bonnie Heft
Lillian FarberTuesday10/6/2020mother of Mitchell Farber
Anne Liese WeilTuesday10/6/2020grandmother of Babette Bloch
Anne AronowWednesday10/7/2020aunt of Meryll Wolfman
Amy GinsonThursday10/8/2020mother of Louise Shames

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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