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September 9, 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.

Join us for Selichot
Saturday, September 12 at 8:30 pm

Join us for Selichot, a doorway into the High Holy Days. Held the Saturday evening before Rosh Hashanah, Selichot, which means forgiveness, is a musical service held by Jews all over the world in preparation for the High Holidays. We will begin at 8:30 pm with Havdallah. 

All are welcome. Click here to register.
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.

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. 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 the food drive.  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
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. 

Thank you to Pam Klem and Tom Dubin for hosting our first Film Club/Deli Night and to Barbara Dobbin for organizing the event. A great time was had by all.

Thank you to Marilyn Van Raalte who has graciously agreed to work with Cantor Dunkerley in our Religious School as well as teach. We are extremely grateful for her generosity and expertise.

 For this issue of Chailites we are thanking the following individuals who have generously contributed to TBC during August 2020. Additional names of August donors to follow.

To everyone who has supported TBC before May 2020, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.
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!
This Week's Torah Portion  
In Nitzvaim Moses delivers his third farewell address. He prophesies that Israel will break the Covenant with God, and will be punished by destruction and exile. Following Israel's teshuvah (repentance/return to their holy state), God will forgive them. The portion closes with Moses telling the people that they have a choice between life and prosperity or death and adversity. In choosing to obey God's commandments, the people choose life and will be able to enjoy the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 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 TogetherRegister here
Friday, September 11, 7:30 pm

Selichot - Register here
Saturday, September 12, Havdallah at 8:30 followed by a Selichot service
Torah StudyRegister here
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 am
Mia Sommer Bat Mitzvah Register here
Saturday, September 12, 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 - Sign on information to come after you register
Friday, September 18, 7:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day One - Sign on information to come after you register
Saturday, September 19, Service times are in the High Holiday Guide
Rosh Hashanah Day Two - Location will be provided after you register
Sunday, September 20 , 10:30 am Contemplative Walk

Shabbat Shuva - Register here
Friday, September 25, 7:30 pm
Torah StudyRegister here
Saturday, September 26, 9:30 am
Kol Nidre - Sign on information to come after you register
Sunday, September 27, 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur - Sign on information to come after you register
Monday, September 28, Service times are in the High Holiday Guide

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, September 11 - 17
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Franklin E. DillonSaturday9/12/2020father of Barbara Bloom
Dylan HoffmanSaturday9/12/2020son of Kevin and Caroline Hoffman
Judy Kolodny NashSaturday9/12/2020aunt of Sharon Sobel
William N. KauffmanSunday9/13/2020father of Paul Kauffman
Lillian RobbinsSunday9/13/2020mother of Russell Robbins
Robert DobbinMonday9/14/2020husband of Barbara Dobbin
Bernard W. LearmanMonday9/14/2020husband of Alice Learman
Howard StevensMonday9/14/2020remembered by the Heft Family
Michael ZamoreTuesday9/15/2020son of Jean Zamore & brother of Steven Zamore
George KamberThursday9/17/2020cousin of Moses Alexander

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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