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January 31, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, February 1, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, February 2, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg
  • Friday, February 2, 6:30 pm: Consecration Service
  • Saturday, February 3, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, February 4, 9:30 am: Religious School
  • Tuesday, February 6, 7:30 pm: Special Congregational Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 7, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, February 8, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Consecration Celebration, Friday, February 2, at 6:30 pm   
Everyone Come! (Preneg at 6:00 pm)

Join us on February 2nd when we will be celebrating the Consecration of some of our youngest students!  The evening begins with preneg at 6:00 pm (pizza and veggies!) and then continues with a very special Family Service where the K/1 class will join Rabbi Bearman on the bimah as they lead the congregation in song.  A very big THANK YOU goes to the Past Presidents of TBC who are sponsoring a special oneg to honor our Consecration families!  If you will be attending the Preneg (pizza & veggies), please RSVP.
Special Congregational Meeting, February 6, 7:30 pm
Please attend this special congregational meeting at Temple B'nai Chaim on Tuesday, February 6th at 7:30 pm to show your support for the Rabbi and approve proposed staffing for education and music for the community.This special meeting is being called for the congregation to:
  • Vote on approval to extend Rabbi Bearman's Contract
  • Vote on approval to hire a Director of Life Long Learning
  • Vote on approval to hire a Student Cantor
Click here for the agenda and an important letter from TBC President Cindy Baulsir.   
Confirmation classes from Wilton Presbyterian Church and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church joing TBC confirmation class at Shabbat Services, 1/26/2017 -- More photos!
TBC B'nai Cabaret - Performers Needed!

TBC members are getting ready for an adult-only cabaret evening of Songs, Shmooze and ... what rhymes with "shmooze," oh right, Libations! The event will be Saturday, March 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  We need singers, musicians and helpers to put on a great cabaret-style show. Topics and themes can range from Purim parody (no spiel this time), Yiddishkeit, Broadway, BeyoncĂ© -- vocals, instrumentals, juggling -- whatever you can offer that will entertain your fellow congregants and help get them to the point where they can't tell the difference between Haman and Mordechai! Time is short, so if you've got some talent, please contact Bonnie Heft right away!
Men's Club Business Networking Group - Sunday, February 11
The primary goal of our first session was to break the ice, enable members to get to know each other and each other's businesses. Mike Bonheim succeeded. Come join us for session two.
Our  second session will be led by John Prins ( Sunday, February 11 at 9:30)
A family's values, passed down through the generations, afford family members the confidence to be able to say, "And that's what it means to be a Goldberg!" Or, a "Nicholson would never do that!" They make us who we are. 
John's interactive presentation will demonstrate the how and why those values are so key to developing an organization's shared values. He will facilitate a discussion of a) what comes next, b) the return on the investment of time and energy, and (c) how a values-based planning experience paves the way to meaningful strategic planning and contributes to a rich, healthy and productive company culture. Read more!! 
Order Shalach Manot for Purim Now!

Two of the mitzvot that are associated with Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In the Book of Esther, Mordechai wrote to the Jews "to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor"!  At TBC, we combine these 2 mitzvot into our Shalach Manot fundraiser, a fun way to support TBC by sending gifts to friends as well as TBC clergy, staff, teachers and tutors.  Please join us in celebrating Purim through this annual tradition!  More information ...
Deadline for Orders: Saturday, February 24, 2018!  
Thanks for your support of TBC!
Jewish Family Services

"If you need help, we're here for you."
Reach us at:  (203) 794-1818 or jfsdanbury@gmail.com
Jewish Senior Services - Hospice Volunteer Training Program
Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT  on Sunday, February 4 and Sunday, February 11 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at  (203) 365-6417 or by email at  eashkins@jseniors.org.
Services also include: Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences - Long Term Care - Rehabilitation Services - Day Services - Home Care - Hospice - Advocacy and Education - Long Term Care Protection - Home Together - Child Development Center - Fitness Center
TBC Diaper Collection Project!

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.  

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander, 203 762-8605 / Jane@nodhill.net
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

A wonderful way of celebrating special simchas, such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the birth of a child or grandchild, is sharing your nachas with the entire congregation by sponsoring the Shabbat Oneg, Preneg or Flowers for the Friday of your special week. No special occasion? You can still sponsor a Shabbat! We will arrange for the flowers, food and set-up, you just make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers. Sponsor a Shabbat
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

Men's Club Business Networking Group
Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 am

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, February 26 at 9:30 am

B'nai Cabaret and Adult Purim Party
Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 pm

Passover Community Seder
Saturday, March 31, Time TBD

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, April 6 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)  Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat

Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm Sponsor a Shabbat

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, April 23 at 9:30 am

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, May 4 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)  Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat
Susan and Paul Sia are sponsoring the Oneg in honor of Joe Sia's Bar Mitzvah

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Wine and Relax Evening
Tuesday, May 15, Time and Location TBD

Annual Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:45 pm

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, May 30 at 2:30 pm

Disney Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, June 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Wine and Relax Evening
Thursday, June 14, Time and Location TBD

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, June 25 at 9:30 am
Yahrzeits, February 2 - 8, 2018
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Doris Jean Custer Friday 2/2/2018 mother of Joni Lerner
Marian Kabot Saturday 2/3/2018 aunt of Howard Wagner
Eleanor Muirhead Saturday 2/3/2018 mother of Simon Curtis
Clara Robbins Saturday 2/3/2018 grandmother of Russell Robbins
Katharina Hof Sunday 2/4/2018 grandmother of Barbara Bloom
Leon Saumier Sunday 2/4/2018 father of Todd Saumier
Arthur A. Wakoff Tuesday 2/6/2018 father of Gary Wakoff
Shirley Spector Wednesday 2/7/2018 mother of Jeffrey Spector
Donald Curtis Thursday 2/8/2018 father of Simon Curtis

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 of yahrzeit.

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Temple B'nai Chaim
82 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager/Facility Use: Kim O'Rielly
Interim Director of Education: Karin Beitel