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December 6, 2017
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, December 7, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, December 8, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, December 9, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, December 10, 9:30 am: Religious School
  • Tuesday, December 12: Hanukkah begins at sunset
  • Wednesday - Tuesday, December 13 - 19: Hanukkah
  • Wednesday, December 13, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, December 14, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm: TBC Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration!
Message From Rabbi Bearman About
Ridgefield/Anti-Defamation League Program
"I spent several hours on Tuesday with leaders from many departments of the Town of Ridgefield as we completed training facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League. I was impressed by the number of people who attended the program and with the depth of caring that each person showed in our conversations.  First Selectman Marconi has made it clear that this is just the first step, and I look forward to working with these leaders, as well as with others, as we continue the important work of strengthening our community." -- Rabbi Rachel Bearman  
Pictures and Video from the Fiddler on the Roof All-Star Community Staged Reading, Last Sunday, December 3!
Click here for more photos. Click here for a video snippet!
TBC Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration
Next Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm!

Bring your menorahs and come celebrate Hanukkah with your TBC family!
  All are welcome! (Why not "Sponsor a Shabbat"?) 
Annual Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration!

Join the women of TBC's Sisterhood for our annual Hanukkah Dinner and Celebration! Sunday, December 17th, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the home of Wendy Nadel, 40 Sharp Hill Road Wilton. Please bring a wrapped gift valued at $15-$20 for our gift exchange. RSVP to Wendy at wenadel@optonline.net by Friday, December 15th.
Ridgefield's Hannukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting

On Tuesday, December 19 5:00-6:00 pm Temple B'nai Chaim and Congregation Shir Shalom invite you to join us on the last night of Hannukah for a Community-Wide Celebration and Menorah Lighting on Main Street! We'll light the menorah, eat delicious latkes, sing together, and more!  The event is open to all who want to celebrate and all who are curious about the holiday. The event will be on Main Street in Ridgefield at the CVS Plaza (by Prime Burger). For more information, visit the event's page on Facebook.
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Bearman!
At the Colorful Shabbat Family Worship Service last Friday, Cindy Baulsir (President of TBC) presented Rabbi Bearman with a copy of Mishkan HaNefesh For Youth with a congratulatory inscription along with another copy for Rabbi Bearman to inscribe for the Temple B'nai Chaim library. Click here to view photos of the Colorful Shabbat Family Service. 

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.  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!
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
Do you have an hour to spare during this Holiday season to spread the Hanukkah light? Just one hour 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 .
Kosher Bakery and Catering Menu at Jewish Senior Services
Did you know that Jewish Senior Services has a certified Kosher Bakery? Consider it when planning for your upcoming Chanukah celebrations. They also have a full kosher catering menu for which a brochure will soon be available. Click here to see the Chanukah Bakery menu!
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
We Need YOU for the 
The  Danbury Food Pantry Crew  
aka Our Daily Bread
Friday, December 29 , 9:30-11:30 am
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, or email: 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!
Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration
Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm  Sponsor a Shabbat

Sisterhood Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 pm at the home of Wendy Nadel

Ridgefield's Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 19 at 5 pm on Main Street, Ridgefield

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

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

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 8 - 14, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Hope Goodheart Friday 12/8/2017 sister-in-law of Iris Busch
Barbara Finkel Saturday 12/9/2017 grandmother of Adam Gold
Solomon Fried Saturday 12/9/2017 father of Bonnie Heft
Beatrice Eisenstat Herron Sunday 12/10/2017 mother of Nan Ruben
Ann Sylvia Heisler Tuesday 12/12/2017 mother of Michele Scruton
Andrew Rosenberg Tuesday 12/12/2017 father of Irene Rosenberg
Jack Greenberg Wednesday 12/13/2017 father of David Greenberg
Morris Myers Wednesday 12/13/2017 grandfather of Jane Alexander
Robert Tartell Wednesday 12/13/2017 father of Ross Tartell
Saul Heft Thursday 12/14/2017 remembered by the Heft Family

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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