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November 29, 2017
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, November 30, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, December 1, 6:00 pm: Family Preneg
  • Friday, December 1, 6:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, December 2, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, December 3, 9:30 am: Religious School
  • Wednesday, December 6, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, December 7, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Shabbat Family Service This Friday, December 1!

Join us for a Shabbat family service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, Shabbat worship followed by an Oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the Preneg, please RSVP

Check out Rabbi Bearman's blog post celebrating how much children bring to a synagogue and how much synagogues can bring to children. All members of the congregation (Trustees included!) should plan to attend. 
Save the dates for the Shabbat Family Service and Preneg on 2/2/18 (Consecration), 4/6/18, 5/4/18 and 6/1/18 (Disney Shabbat).
Mazl Tov to Rabbi Bearman!
As many of you know, over the past two years, Rabbi Bearman has been helping to create the Central Conference of American Rabbis' new mahzor (High Holy Day prayer book) for families. We are very excited to share that this new prayer book has been published!

Mishkan HaNefesh For Youth  includes the commitment to creative poetry and readings that we see in our new mahzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, as well as the easy accessibility (and beautiful art!) of our Family Service prayer book,  Mishkan T'filah For Youth.

In addition to serving on the Advisory Group for Mishkan HaNefesh For Youth, Rabbi Bearman also wrote multiple prayers that are included in the prayer book. We wish Rabbi Bearman "MAZEL TOV" on this special accomplishment!
All-Star Fiddler on the Roof (with Rabbi Bearman)
Fiddler on the Roof All-Star Community Staged Reading Presented by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Bridgeport.  Rabbi Bearman is "The Rabbi!"

The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, Upper Fairfield County Rabbis, Cantors, Community Leaders, and more present a script-in-hand reading of the classic Broadway musical, singing all of Fiddler's most popular songs accompanied by a volunteer community orchestra and choral ensemble.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Federation's work to impact our extended Jewish family in the former Soviet Union.  More information and tickets.

JFS's College Ahead Program Tuesday, December 5

The Jewish Family Service's annual COLLEGE AHEAD! evening program for parents and teens will take place this year on Tuesday evening, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the "J" (the Jewish Community Center) in Stamford CT. Your staff and students as well as parents are welcome to attend. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call Claire Friedlander at Jewish Family Service.  Read more ...
Rabbi Bearman at URJ 2017 Biennial

Next week, Rabbi Bearman will travel to Boston for the Union For Reform Judaism's 2017 Biennial. She will join thousands of Reform Jewish leaders for days of learning, praying, and inspiration! We look forward to hearing about what she learns and experiences! Many aspects of Biennial will be webcast, so please click here if you would like to experience some of this fantastic program! 
Do a Mitzvah in Your Sleep! 

We need volunteers to help at the Overflow Homeless Shelter in Danbury. Our first week of coverage is 12/25-12/31. Contact Peggy Zamore at socialaction@templebnaichaim.org if interested! More information here!

By participating in this mitzvah you are helping to provide a warm place for people to spend the night during the coldest time of the year. Without us supporting this project, two dozen people might be out on the street looking for a place to huddle for the night. Please help!
Hanukkah Mitzvah Opportunity at Jewish Senior Services
From Nancy Altchiler:  Do you have an hour to spare during this Holiday season to spread the Hanukkah light? Just one hour that would mean so much to the Residents at Jewish Senior Services. Perhaps you could bring your choir to perform, some children to sing Hanukkah songs, have a candle-lighting ceremony or help the Residents light their own menorahs. If you are unable to get to JSS, perhaps you could make cards or Hanukkah decorations. If you are interested, please call Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or email her at eashkins@jseniors.org.
Jewish Senior Services - Career Opportunities!

There Are Always Employment Opportunities at Jewish Senior Services! New job listings are posted weekly .
Services 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
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!
Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th e 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. 

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!
Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration
Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm  Sponsor a Shabbat

Sisterhood Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 17 at 4:30 pm

Daily Bread - An Ecumenical Food Pantry
Friday, December 29 at 9:30 am  

Overflow Homeless Shelter
December 25 to 31, 9:00 pm to 7:00 am at the First Congregational Church, Danbury

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, January 5 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)  Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat 

Sisterhood Tu B'Shvat Seder
Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm at Sharon Sobel's home

Consecration and Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, February 2 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat   

Sisterhood Retreat and Women's Wellness Weekend
Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25 at Camp Jewell, Times TBD

B'nai Cabaret and Adult Purim Party
Saturday, March 3, Time TBD

Passover Community Seder
Sunday, April 1, 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

Yahrzeits, December 1 - 7, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Armen Dildilian Friday 12/1/2017 father of Karen Tartell
Samuel Jaffe Saturday 12/2/2017 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Phyllis Kauffman Saturday 12/2/2017 mother of Paul Kauffman
Florence Molomut Sunday 12/3/2017 mother of Susan Winters
Nicholas Felan Diaz Wednesday 12/6/2017 great grandfather of Shannon McAvoy
Arthur Kotch Wednesday 12/6/2017 friend of Susan Winters
Nalini Adur Thursday 12/7/2017 grandmother of Vanita Wagner

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
Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Religious School Director: Jennifer Haynos
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