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August 23, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, August 25, 6:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, August 26, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Monday, August 28, 9:30 am: Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2:30 pm: Dorothy Day Hospitality House & Danbury Soup Kitchen
Don't Forget to Return Your Membership Package! 

High Holy Days at TBC 

The High Holy Days are arriving soon! Our HHD newsletter is on its way to all congregants. Information about services and schedules is also available on the TBC website . Please make sure to send in your membership packet ASAP to ensure you receive your HHD tickets!
Time to Order Your Rosh Hashanah Honey! 

e to send Rosh Hashanah Honey with New Year greetings to your TBC friends and loved ones. The deadline is Sept 11th. Don't miss out on the opportunity - Sisterhood sweetens your honey! We are now buying local AND the jar got bigger!! More information and ordering instructions are available here
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, September 1
Join us for another fun Shabbat Family Service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly Preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celebration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to RSVP

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog "Being a Kid at Temple."
Save the dates for the Shabbat Family Service and Preneg on 10/6/17, 11/10/17, 12/1/17, 1/5/18, 2/2/18, 3/2/18, 4/6/18, 5/4/18 and 6/1/18.  
Men's Club/Religious School Cook Out, September 10 

Come one, come all! The Men's Club will be cooking up a storm for the first day of Religious School in our courtyard. We will need men to come and set up, cook on the grill and clean up. We will also need our students and parents to come with a good appetite to eat all of the food. Men, if you can help us, please RSVP to Jeff Spector at jms884@gmail.com.
Moving the Bimah, Sunday, September 10, 1:00 pm  

Have you ever wondered how the Bimah moves to its new location for the High Holidays? This year you can find out and help us move it! We need a group of people to help the Cantor move the Bimah on Sunday, September 10 at 1:00 pm . All you need to bring is yourself and be willing to help push a big object. We can also use help moving chairs if you can't bend. 
We will also need volunteers to help us set up the prayer books for the services. This will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 16 and 23 after Torah Study.  Remember our ancestors carried the Ark for 40 years in a desert.  All we need is a few hours of your time in an air conditioned building. Thank you in advance for helping us prepare for the Holidays.                                                  
- Russ Robbins and the Ritual Committee 
Calling Our Teen Singers for the High Holy Days!

From Cantor Sobel:  "As many of you know, we introduced a new family service format last year featuring modern music with a backup band. This year we would like to build on that success by adding a group of teen singers (post bar/bat mitzvah through high school) to add to the ruach (spirit) and positive energy of those services. The main requirement is that you want to sing and are willing and available to sing at the family HH days services on the day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as follows:

Rosh Hashanah Family service - Thursday, Sept 21,12:00 noon -1:15 pm
Yom Kippur Family service - Saturday, Sept 30, 12:00 noon -1:15 pm

Rehearsals begin Saturday, September 2, at 10:00 am. "If you are interested, please let me know at cantor@templebnaichaim.org."
Donate Winter Coats and Accessories
to Help Schoke Jewish Family Services

Have an extra coat in your CLOSET?
Schoke Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Pantry is collecting new or gently used winter gear for our food pantry clients. Donations of c oats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for adults and children or a  donation of retail gift cards (e.g. Old Navy, Target, Kohl's, etc.) would be much appreciated.
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm at Schoke JFS, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor, Stamford, CT.  For additional information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203.921.4161 or   rkanefsky@ctjfs.org.
Message From Jewish Senior Services: Wait Lists

From Nancy Altchiler, Synagogue Liaision: "What a difference a year makes!  We're so proud of how we've changed lives with Connecticut's first "Household Model" nursing home (The Jewish Home).  Consistent with Jewish values and traditions, the Mission of Jewish Senior Services ® is to assure Jewish seniors the health care, housing and geriatric services required to achieve the highest possible quality of life reasonably attainable for them. With that said, we'd like to remind you that it's never too early to put your loved ones name on the WAIT LIST for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living - please know that members of the Jewish Community will be welcomed on a priority basis.  There are no costs or obligations.  For more information, please contact Liz Lockwood at (203) 396-1024 or admissions@jseniors.org"
Save the Dates!

Friday, September 1 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30pm) 
Back-to-School Meet & Greet & Family BBQ
Sunday, September 10 at 9:30 am
Men's Club volunteers needed!

Move Bima for the High Holy Days
Sunday, September 10 at 1:00 pm
We need your help!
Community Selichot Service
Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm
Location TBD

High Holy Days 2017 / 5778
September 20 to 30 

Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm
Sponsor a Shabbat 

Michael Heft Food Drive and Miriam Messe Diaper Collection
September 29 to 30
Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Sisterhood Break-fast
Saturday, September 30 at 6:45 pm
Please RSVP by September 22
Shabbat and Simchat Torah Service
Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm
Sponsor a Shabbat 
Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packing Event
Saturday, October 21, 8 am to 5 pm
(Each participant signs up for a two-hour shift)
WEPCO, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate Now / Signup in October
Daily Bread - An Ecumenical Food Pantry
Monday, October 23 at 9:30 am
We need your help! 

Scholars-in-Residence Shabbat
Friday to Sunday, November 3 to 5, Times TBD 
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the 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, all you do for your family to sponsor is make a minimum donation of $125 for an Oneg, $180 for a Preneg or $250 for the flowers at http://bit.ly/tbconpns.  
Jewish Senior Services - Career Opportunities!

There Are Always Employment Opportunitie s at Jewish Senior Services! New job listings are posted weekly and are always available at the following address: www.jseniors.org/careers/

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

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  


TBC Social Action Committee.
The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter. New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can help

Other Community Opportunities. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.
Above - TBC and other volunteers at the Dorothy
Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen
Yahrzeits, August 25 - August 31, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Arthur Leblang Friday 8/25/2017 father of Judy Welty
Evelyn Rapoport Friday 8/25/2017 mother of Claude Schrag
Bertha Rolle Sunday 8/27/2017 mother of Alan Rolle
Hilma August Monday 8/28/2017 grandmother of Alan Masarek
Walter Bloom Monday 8/28/2017 father of Richard Bloom
Irving K. Braunstein Monday 8/28/2017 father of Wendy Nadel
Lenore Allbaugh Thursday 8/31/2017 aunt of Jon Sobel

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
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly