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January 24, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, January 25, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, January 26, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, January 27, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 28, 9:30 am: Religious School - Tu BiSh'vat
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2:30 pm: Dorothy Day Hospitality House
  • Wednesday, January 31, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 pm: Sisterhood Tu BiSh'vat Seder
  • Thursday, February 1, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Jewish Women's Voices Shabbat, January 19, 2018
Rabbi's Sermon: Understanding Ourselves and Our God(dess)
Delivered Friday, January 19, 2018

"Tonight we have prayed with words written by women and we have prayed to a God who we described in feminine language. On the surface, these changes might seem unremarkable, but, in reality, this kind of prayer experience - where women have shaped and are reflected in our prayers - is actually pretty miraculous. For the vast majority of Jewish history, the words of women have been excluded from synagogues. For hundreds of generations, the voices and bodies of women were seen as distracting to men and were therefore pushed out of the community's experience of public prayer. In the last two hundred years or so, courageous women and men have pushed our faith, our tradition, past these damaging restrictions and have opened up our sanctuaries to people of all genders. But, even still, for years and then decades, we celebrated the fact that women were now included in public worship, but we refused to change our texts in order for women to be able to see themselves reflected in the prayers."  Read more ...  
Annual Sisterhood Tu BiSh'vat Seder, Wednesday, January 31

Please join Sisterhood for our Annual Sisterhood Tu BiSh'vat Seder on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm. It will be at the home of Sharon Sobel, 8 Old Farm Road, Wilton. A light kosher dinner will be served. Suggested donation: $18 per person. (Please make checks payable to TBC Sisterhood.) Remember to RSVP to Sharon Sobel, srsobel13@yahoo.com or (203) 762-0830 before Friday, January 26th.
Consecration Celebration, Friday, February 2, at 6:30 pm   
(Preneg at 6:00 pm) 

Join us on February 2nd when we will be celebrating the Consecration of some of our youngest students!  The evening begins with preneg at 6:00 pm (pizza and veggies!) and then continues with a very special Family Service where the K/1 class will join Rabbi Bearman on the bimah as they lead the congregation in song.  A very big THANK YOU goes to the Past Presidents of TBC who are sponsoring a special oneg to honor our Consecration families!  If you will be attending the Preneg (pizza & veggies), please RSVP.
Special Congregational Meeting, February 6, 7:30 pm
Please attend this special congregational meeting at Temple B'nai Chaim on Tuesday, February 6th at 7:30 pm to show your support for the Rabbi and approve proposed staffing for education and music for the community.This special meeting is being called for the congregation to:
  • Vote on approval to extend Rabbi Bearman's Contract
  • Vote on approval to hire a Director of Life Long Learning
  • Vote on approval to hire a Student Cantor
Click here for the agenda and an important letter from TBC President Cindy Baulsir.   
Men's Club Business Networking Group - Sunday, February 11
The primary goal of our first session was to break the ice, enable members to get to know each other and each other's businesses. Mike Bonheim succeeded. Come join us for session two.
Our  second session will be led by John Prins ( Sunday, February 11 at 9:30)
A family's values, passed down through the generations, afford family members the confidence to be able to say, "And that's what it means to be a Goldberg!" Or, a "Nicholson would never do that!" They make us who we are. 
John's interactive presentation will demonstrate the how and why those values are so key to developing an organization's shared values. He will facilitate a discussion of a) what comes next, b) the return on the investment of time and energy, and (c) how a values-based planning experience paves the way to meaningful strategic planning and contributes to a rich, healthy and productive company culture. Read more!! 
Recipe Book Request from Our Israeli Emissary

Hi everyone! I'm Bar Dgani, and I'm doing a gap year as a young emissary in Fairfield County.
I created a project to connect two amazing communities that became home for me: my Scouts Tribe Bazak and my home here in Westport. I came up with the idea to share a recipe book because I believe food is one of things that symbolizes home! So here is where your part comes in: would like you to send me recipes that remind you of HOME. It can be a simple schnitzel or even a crazy chocolate dessert! Whatever reminds you of home. You can send it by text: (203) 858-8294 o r by email:  BarDgani1@gmail.com

In addition I want you to write very briefly why this recipe symbolizes home for you. For example: "Hi. I'm Yuval. I'm a leader in Bazak Tribe. I chose this chocolate balls recipe because every Friday night my mom makes it for dessert and we eat them together!"
Jewish Family Services

"If you need help, we're here for you."
Reach us at:  (203) 794-1818 or jfsdanbury@gmail.com
Jewish Senior Services - Hospice Volunteer Training Program
Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT  on Sunday, February 4 and Sunday, February 11 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at  (203) 365-6417 or by email at  eashkins@jseniors.org.
Services also 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
Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life Today!
Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here.  Contact treeoflife@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions. 

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!
Consecration and Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, February 2 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat   

Special Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 pm

Men's Club Business Networking Group
Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 am

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

B'nai Cabaret and Adult Purim Party
Saturday, March 3, Time TBD

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

Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm Sponsor a Shabbat

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, April 23 at 9:30 am

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, May 4 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm)  Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat
Susan and Paul Sia are sponsoring the Oneg in honor of Joe Sia's Bar Mitzvah

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Wine and Relax Evening
Tuesday, May 15, Time and Location TBD

Annual Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:45 pm

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, May 30 at 2:30 pm

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

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Wine and Relax Evening
Thursday, June 14, Time and Location TBD

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Monday, June 25 at 9:30 am
Yahrzeits, January 26 -February 1, 2018
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Walter Czuczka
Friday 1/26/2018 father of Peter Czuczka
Thomas Stanley Friday 1/26/2018 father of Ellen Bonheim
Moses A. Temerson Friday 1/26/2018 grandfather of Moses Alexander
Alan Berenbaum Saturday 1/27/2018 brother of Diane Berenbaum
Ruth Goodman Enteen Monday 1/29/2018 mother of Alice Learman
Chester Sparks Tuesday 1/30/2018 father of Maxine Margolin
Lillian Chaprack Wednesday 1/31/2018 grandmother of Robert Kapel
Mildred Heidelberger Wednesday 1/31/2018 grandmother of Alissa Merzon
Dorothy Anne Bernstein Dubin Thursday 2/1/2018 mother of Tom Dubin
Albert Greenwald Thursday 2/1/2018 remembered by Sharon and Ken 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
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager/Facility Use: Kim O'Rielly
Interim Director of Education: Karin Beitel