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August 16, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Friday, August 18, 6:30 pm: Shabbat in the Park (See below rain plans!)
  • Saturday, August 19, 9:30 am: Torah Study
Message from Rabbi Bearman

This weekend, I watched with horror and anger as violence and hatred erupted in Charlottesville.  I found myself at a loss for what to say or even how to process what I was seeing on the news. And then, even as I sat frozen with shock and concern, one of my favorite lines of prayer began to fill my mind.

"...the winding way to that promise passes through the wilderness... [and] there is no way to get from here to there except by joining hands, marching together."

Please join me and many of our friends from congregations in Wilton and beyond for an Interfaith Service of Solidarity at Our Lady of Fatima Church on August 23rd at 7:00 pm. My
colleagues and I are still working on the details of the evening, and I will send more information when we have finalized the plan.
On August 23rd and every day, we will join hands and continue forward together.
Shabbat in the Park This Friday - In Case of Rain ....

We invite you to join TBC as we celebrate Shabbat in the Park! We will hold services in Merwin Meadows in Wilton on Friday, August 18 at 6:30 pm. Bring a picnic dinner to eat under the pavilion after services. Bring a friend or two as well to celebrate Shabbat outdoors.
Merwin Meadows is located at 52 Lover's Lane, Wilton. There is ample parking. Coming from Route 7, turn onto Route 33 North. At the second traffic light, make a right onto Lovers Lane just after the Wilton Congregational Church. You'll see a sign for the Wilton Playshop. Go to the end and park. Coming from Ridgefield on Route 33 South, make a left onto Lovers Lane at the Wilton Playhouse sign and proceed as above. 
We look forward to seeing you for Shabbat in the Park!

In Case of Rain - We have been eagerly anticipating this week's Shabbat service in the park.  Unfortunately, it looks like Friday might be a soggy day. If it is necessary to move our Shabbat service from Merwin Meadows back to TBC, we will send an email out by lunchtime on Friday.  Either way, we hope to see you on Friday evening!
Don't Forget to Return Your Membership Package! 
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. All we need is you. 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:

RH Family service - Thursday, Sept 21,12:00 noon -1:15pm
YK Family service - Saturday, Sept 30, 12:00 noon -1:15pm

"If you are interested, please respond to me to let me know at cantor@templebnaichaim.org. I know that many of you can and do sing quite well so I am hoping enough of you will respond so that we can make this happen. There will, of course, be rehearsals but I expect to have several rehearsal options to accommodate the very busy schedules of our teens.

"Looking forward to creating a spirited worship experience for families for High Holy Days together!"
Ridgefield Route 7 Road Closure

The State of CT DOT will be closing Route 7 and detouring traffic via Route 35 and Route 102 from Friday, August 18 at 8:00 pm through Monday, August 21 at 6:00 am. Route 7 will also be closed the weekend of August 25.
The Founders' Fellowship

From Rabbi Bearman: "We know many college students from the TBC community who would be perfect for this fellowship opportunity! Calling all incoming college freshman, sophomores, and juniors! 'Just as our founders were unwilling to sit idly by and accept the status quo, so too are we looking to act towards renewal. Are you ready to shift paradigms and re-imagine progressive Jewish life on campus?'"

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
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 9 am and 4 pm 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!
Monday, August 28 at 9:30 am
We need your help!
Wednesday, August 30 at 2:30 pm
We need your help!

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

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

Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packing Event
Saturday, October 21, 8am to 5pm
(Each participant signs up for a two-hour shift)
WEPCO, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate Now / Signup in October

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

Buy Grocery Cards - Help Support TBC!

Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's, and Stew Leonard's have agreed to sell the Temple gift cards at a discount of 5-10%. Our congregants purchase the gift cards (they look just like credit cards) from the Temple at face value and use them as cash when shopping at the participating supermarkets. They may be purchased in increments of $100. Please email certificates@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions and to purchase the cards.
Yahrzeits, August 18 - August 24, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Irwin S. Lizan Saturday 8/19/2017 father of Meryll Wolfman
Norma S. Davis Sunday 8/20/2017 grandmother of Lorien Saumier
Larry Olshan Sunday 8/20/2017 brother of Kenneth Olshan
Morris Delitsky Monday 8/21/2017 grandfather of Carrie Kulawitz
Melvin Ginsburg Wednesday 8/23/2017 father of Dan Ginsburg

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