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February 28, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, March 1: Purim Begins!
  • Thursday, March 1, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm: Shabbat Services (NB: No Family Service.)
  • Friday, March 2, 7:30 pm: Megilah Reading & Purim Celebration
  • Saturday, March 3, 10:30 am: Purim Torah Study & Brunch
  • Sunday, March 4, 9:30 am: Religious School Purim Schpiel & Celebration
  • Wednesday, March 7, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, March 8, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Purim at TBC This Weekend!

Friday, March 2:
7:00 pm Fast and Fun Shabbat Service
7:30 pm Megillah Reading - Featuring The Queens of Shushan!

We will kick off our Purim Celebration with a Shabbat service and Megillah Reading that features the music of girl groups through the ages! COSTUMES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED AND DO NOT NEED TO FIT THE THEME OF THE EVENING!  There are still parts for the Megillah Reading available!  Email Rabbi Bearman if you'd like to participate!

Saturday, March 3:
10:30-12:00 pm Brunch and The Book of Esther
On Saturday morning, we'll dive into the book of Esther as we learn about Esther's heroism and get to know what the Whole Megillah is and also hear about the cast of characters that make the story so memorable! Brunch and Hamentaschen will be served. Come and celebrate this festive holiday!

Sunday, March 4:
9:30-11:30 am
Religious School Purim Celebration - DON'T FORGET YOUR COSTUME!

Special Bulletin Just In! Rabbi Bearman's Defense of Queen Vashti Published on The Forward

Many of us know that Rabbi Bearman has a deep love for the character of Queen Vashti.  When Vashti's reputation was maligned in a recent op-ed on The Forward, Rabbi Bearman responded by defending the Queen's character and legacy. The Forward published Rabbi Bearman's letter, written on behalf of the Women's Rabbinic Network, on Monday.   CLICK HERE to read what she wrote and then come on Friday to celebrate Purim with the Queens of Shushan!
Important Letters to Congress

From Rabbi Bearman:
Thank you to everyone who came last Sunday  afternoon to learn about the Reform Movement's perspective on gun violence prevention, write notes to the congregations closest to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and send letters to decision makers in Washington.  Anyone who would like to continue this work can contact their representatives through the Religious Action Center's Legislative Action Center. Visit this important and helpful site by clicking here.
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Welcoming Our New Interim Cantor!

At Shabbat Services we welcomed our interim cantor, Dana Anesi, whom we are delighted to have join us!  She is currently also 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.

Shabbat Candles, Kiddush, Song & Oneg 
with Cantor Anesi
Meet Cantor Dana Anesi at Shabbat Services !

Join us for Shabbat Services 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
    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
TBC Administrative Office Transition

From TBC's President: It is with mixed feelings that I share with you that Kim O'Reilly has resigned her position as Office Administrator. Recently, Kim was presented with an opportunity to follow her passion - which is promoting mental health education, sharing her expertise, providing access to services with a specific focus on extending reach to young adults in need of mental health assistance.  We could always count on Kim for her amazing organizational work, her commitment to completing every task to the best result, and looking out for all of us as if we are part of her extended family.  We will miss Kim and wish her lots of success in her future endeavors. As we look to fill the office administrator position in the coming weeks, please be patient with us- we will have temporary staffing in place, but it's going to take us awhile to bring new staff up to speed. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know!

With warm regards,

Cindy Baulsir, President TBC
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 Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement.  The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email cards@templebnaichaim.org.

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one.  $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund or the Kesher/Caring Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion.  $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Cantor's Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Shalom Rav (music) Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges.  $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund. 
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!

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
Yahrzeits, March 2 - March 8, 2018
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Linda Cantor Friday 3/2/2018 remembered by the Heft Family
Mollie S. Hyams Friday 3/2/2018 mother of Sheila Wakoff
Bernard Cukier Saturday 3/3/2018 grandfather of Russell Robbins
Bruce B. Kauffman Sunday 3/4/2018 brother of Paul Kauffman
Ruth Mellon Monday 3/5/2018 mother of Marc Mellon
Dr. Steven R. Berg Wednesday 3/7/2018 father of Daniel Berg
Paul Rubin Thursday 3/8/2018 father of Steven Rubin

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