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October 3, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, October 4, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School   
  • Friday, October 5, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, October 6, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, October 7 - No Religious School
  • Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, October 10, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, October 11, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
Rabbi Bearman's High Holy Days Sermons

For the High Holy Days Rabbi Bearman delivered amazing, thoughtful and inspiring sermons to the congregation. Those who heard them from the bimah and those who weren't able to will want to take some time to read them. Here they are ...

Sukkot Family Service at TBC
Please Help Us Welcome Student Cantor Suzanne Hamstra
to our TBC Community!

Let's invite her to join your family for Shabbat dinner, Shabbat lunch, a family hike or other family fun over a weekend she will be with us during the coming year. Contact Deborah List at deborahlist@yahoo.com to coordinate a date. Please note for planning: Suzanne is a vegetarian, eats Kosher fish and is allergic to cashews. 
Still Time to Enroll in New TBC Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

The first class was Tuesday, 10/2, but you can still catch up! If you never experienced becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a 13 year old, it's not too late to experience this spiritually significant Jewish rite of passage as an adult.   Join a group of dedicated learners and become a member of the TBC Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class of 2019.  Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Karin Beitel, Director of Lifelong Learning, will be your instructors. To join the class email Karin Beitel Classes began Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Adult B'nai Mitzvah Service will be Friday, June 14, 2019.  Class enrollment fee: $35.
Save the Date for Rise Against Hunger: October 20!

On S aturday, October 20, TBC will be participating as a congregation in the 8th annual Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) meal packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 160,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. Since we started we have packaged 945,000 meals, and this will be the year we exceed 1,000,000 meals. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers.

Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3000 as a Congregation that will fund 10,500 meals which will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. While there is no requirement to contribute in order to volunteer, it is critical that we raise the funds to support TBC's commitment to this event. If you would like to support this event, you can send a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger or contribute online. This year each meal costs $0.29, so $1.45 buys 5 meals, $15 buys 52 meals and $100 buys 345 meals -- a really good deal!  The volunteer sign-up site is now available. As in prior years there will be opportunities to sign up for set up, clean up and 4 two hour production shifts. Don't forget that children 5 and older can help (our 5-year-olds last year had a fantastic time and really contributed!). 

If you have any questions, please contact Don Weber .
Join Our TBC Sisterhood! / Membership Brunch on October 21

An invitation awaits you to join Sisterhood this year to enjoy a year of opportunities to make friendships, grow your Judaism, and contribute to the vibrancy of our TBC community. We are a lively women's group, sponsoring many events throughout the year. First, enjoy a Sunday morning break at Sisterhood's paid-up membership brunch on October 21 at 9:30 am ( Brunch RSVP) -- relax with old friends and meet new ones and help TBC fundraise with terrific raffle prizes.

Then we'll announce Sisterhood's upcoming year of events and how you can get connected and enjoy a more meaningful, fab, and fun year with TBC Sisterhood. We'll have New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) social evenings to relax and be with women with similar and new interests, Lilith Salons for social issue discussions, a Hanukkah Party, Tu B'Shvat winter seder, and many other chances to gather coming up. Sisterhood also sponsors many occasions for the whole congregation and those efforts help fund the Temple itself. We are a vital part of life at TBC and we want you to join us. Click here to join Sisterhood. Our Sisterhood welcomes you and wishes everyone a Sweet New Year-a year of Peace, Good Health, and Fulfillment!
Save the Date: Shabbat Family Service
with Preneg Nov. 2!

Friday, November 2 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Click here for more information
High Holy Days Feedback

The Ritual Committee is interested in hearing from you on what worked and what didn't work for you during our High Holidays services. Whether you attended one or all please help us hear your voice. If you weren't able to attend any please feel free to let us know what barriers prevented you from worshiping with your TBC friends. Please email ritual@templebnaichaim.org all responses will be confidential. Thank you in advance

Russ Robbins and the Ritual Committee

Don't Forget the Turnover Shop!  

Temple B'nai Chaim receives 60% of the proceeds from your donations to the Wilton Turnover Shop, a non-profit thrift shop located in the Village Market building in Wilton Center.

The Turnover shop is run entirely by volunteers and benefits the Wilton schools' PTA and local nursing and home care. If you are cleaning out your closets, the shop will accept seasonal clothing, house wares, small furniture and collectibles. For further information, please email consignments@templebnaichaim.org.

While our Upper Fairfield County Federation is a community of communities, we are also a vast library of stories and a vibrant garden with interconnected roots. This year, with the coordination and leadership of our Federation, many of those communities - congregations, organizations, and others - have joined together to create Common Threads, a year-long project to explore our diverse ancestry and heritage and how it weaves together into our strong and integrated Upper Fairfield County community. More Information and schedule.
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Preneg, Oneg or Flowers!

A great 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!

Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Donate /  Volunteer  (two-hour shift)

Sisterhood Membership Brunch
Sunday, October 21 at 9:30 am ( RSVP by October 14)

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, October 22 at 9:30 am

Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County
Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11
Norwalk - Stamford - Westport

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, October 31 at 2:30 pm

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, November 2 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)

Spiritual Transformation: Changing the World from the Inside Out
Saul Cohen - Schoke JFS Lecture featuring Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 pm at the Ferguson Library, Stamford

ADL VOICES - A Concert for Unity
An evening of laughter, music & storytelling with Trevor Noah of THE DAILY SHOW
Sunday, November 11 at 5:00 pm at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, November 26 at 9:30 am

Yahrzeits, October 3, 2018 - October 9, 2018

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

Betty-Lou Gordon Friday 10/5/2018 mother of Todd Gordon
Anne Liese Weil Saturday 10/6/2018 grandmother of Babette Bloch
Lillian Farber Saturday 10/6/2018 mother of Mitchell Farber
Anne Aronow Sunday 10/7/2018 aunt of Meryll Wolfman
Amy Ginson Monday 10/8/2018 mother of Louise Shames
Harry B. Hyams Tuesday 10/9/2018 father of Sheila Wakoff
Joseph Ansite Tuesday 10/9/2018 father of Mary Schrag

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: Denise Seccurra
Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel