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February 21, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, February 22, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, February 23, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services -- Meet out interim Cantor!**
  • Saturday, February 24, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, February 25, 9:30 am: Religious School
  • Sunday, February 25, 11:45 am: Discussion and Advocacy -- See Below!
  • Monday, February 26, 9:30 am: Daily Bread - Danbury Food Pantry
  • Wednesday, February 28, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, March 1, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, March 1: Purim
**Sisterhood and the Ritual Committee will be co-sponsoring the oneg this Friday, February 23, in honor of interim Cantor Dana Anesi!
From Rabbi Bearman's Message to the Congregation:
[For full message, click here. ]

It is past time for us to move beyond our prayers so that we can go forward and protect the lives of our beloved ones. ... 
I invite all of you to join me this Sunday (February 25th) at 11:45 am for an hour of learning, advocacy, and friendship. This is an opportunity for parents to show their children that advocacy and the pursuit of social justice are important components of living Jewish lives.  At Sunday's meeting:
  • We will learn what Judaism has to contribute to the conversation about gun violence prevention.
  • We will use this knowledge to write letters to our congressional representatives - using Jewish values as the foundation for our calls to action.
  • We will write notes of friendship and support that will be sent to the Reform congregations closest to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Members of these communities are struggling with grief and fear. We cannot take their pain away, but through our advocacy and our friendship, we can show them that they are not alone.
Meet Cantor Dana Anesi at Shabbat Services Friday, Feb. 23 

Join us for Shabbat Services this Friday, February 23 at 7:30 pm to meet our interim cantor, Dana Anesi. We are delighted to have Cantor Anesi join us. She is currently the Director of Fieldwork at Hebrew Union College in NY and for many years, served as the cantor at a Reform synagogue in Chappaqua, NY. Cantor Anesi will be with us for all of our Spring B'nai Mitzvahs. Here are all of the dates Cantor Anesi will be at TBC: 
Friday Night Saturday Morning Friday Night Saturday Morning
February 23   April 27 April 28
March 2   May 4 May 5
March 9 March 10 May 11 May 12
March 16 March 17 May 25  
March 23 March 24 June 8 June 9
April 6   June 15 June 16
Order Shalach Manot for Purim By Saturday!

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!
It was a fabulous Bar Mitzvah project for the Dorothy Day Hospitality House! Jonathan Barkan made and delivered all the sandwich bags. He even decorated the bags!

The Dorothy Day Hospitality House serves 80-120 hot meals each afternoon and provides shelter to 16 people each night. Everyone who comes to the door is welcomed as a guest--with no questions asked. All work at Dorothy House is done by volunteers--there is no paid staff. TBC members wishing to volunteer should contact Peggy Zamore, peggyz18@gmail.com. 
Spend Purim With the Queens of Shushan!

Save the date for our Shabbat Service, Megillah Reading and Purim Celebration, Friday, March 2 at 7:00 pm.

Come celebrate Purim with the Queens of Shushan! Join us for an abbreviated Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm and then stay for our Megillah reading which will include the music of amazing "Girl Groups" throughout the ages!

PS: Vashti would like to point out that these groups are clearly made up of women... not girls... Mark your calendars now!

Purim Flipagram preview: https://flipagram.com/f/1NXVTjSIjUx/

Jewish Senior Services - Kosher Bakery!

Did you know that Jewish Senior Services has a certified Kosher Bakery? Do you need delicious hamantashen for your Purim celebrations? Think of us when planning for your upcoming carnivals/celebrations, mishloah manot or kiddushim! Orders for Purim must be placed three days in advance. To place an order please call Brenda at 203-396-1023 or email at Bmontini@jseniors.org
Jewish Family Services

"If you need help, we're here for you."
Reach us at:  (203) 794-1818 or jfsdanbury@gmail.com
Don't Forget to Use AmazonSmile!  

TBC has signed up for AmazonSmile. When you shop there, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Temple Bnai Chaim. Support TBC every time you shop.  Bookmark this special URL for TBC members: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3249895 

You shop ... Amazon gives to Temple B'nai Chaim. It's as easy as that!  Support TBC by starting your shopping at AmazonSmile! 
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!
Come celebrate Purim with the Queens of Shushan!
Friday, March 2 at 7:00 pm   Sponsor a Shabbat 
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 
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 
Deli and Movie Night
Saturday, May 5 at 6:30 pm
Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Wine and Relax Evening
Tuesday, May 15, Time and Location TBD
Confirmation and Shabbat Worship
Friday, May 18 at 7:00 pm  Sponsor a Shabbat 
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 23 - March 1, 2018
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Gilbert Bloch Friday 2/23/2018 father of Babette Bloch
Allan Rolle Saturday 2/24/2018 husband of May Rolle
Hyman Schwartz Tuesday 2/27/2018 father of David Schwartz
Pauline Bendremer Wednesday 2/28/2018 grandmother of Jeff Bendremer
Freida Lezack Thursday 3/1/2018 aunt of Bonnie Heft

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