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October 10, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, October 11, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, October 13, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Saturday, October 13, 11:15 am - Raychel Stark Bat Mitzvah. Send a Chai greeting card to Raychel to wish her mazel tov on her bat mitzvah!
  • Sunday, October 14, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, October 14, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class
  • Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, October 17, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, October 18, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
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

Don't miss out! The Sisterhood Paid Up Membership Brunch is quickly approaching.  Haven't paid your membership yet? Not yet sure if you can make it?  If you can, RSVP here  Brunch RSVPor come as you are on  Sunday, October 21  and pay at the door.  Join us for lots of good food, fantastic raffles, great conversations, and lots of fun.  Find out what Sisterhood will be up to this year.  Can't wait to see you there!   
Shabbat Family Service with Preneg, Friday, November 2

Join us for another fun Shabbat Family Service starting at 6:00 pm with a kid-friendly preneg (pizza & veggies). At 6:30 pm, song, story and worship will be followed by a birthday celebration and oneg with a certified nut-free option at the dessert table. If you will be attending the preneg, make sure to RSVP

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog "Being a Kid at Temple."

Save the date for the  Consecration and Hanukkah Family Shabbat Service with Preneg on Friday, December 7.
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 ...
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. 
Schoke Jewish Family Service Programs & Activities - Fall 2018 

Brain Fitness Group Starts October 15

Session #1: October 15th, 22nd , and 29th ,  10:30 - 12:00 pm   at the Stamford JCC,  1035 Newfield Avenue  Want to stimulate your brain power? Sessions will focus on Organization and Planning, Memory-Word Finding and Visual Spatial Skills. Second session will be in November. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session.  Open to the community at $10 per session. All threes sessions: $20 for JCC members/ $25 for community. To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email  cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org   For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or  tlazarus@ctjfs.org .

 Annual Saul Cohen-Schoke JFS Lecture, November 8 
7 th Annual Saul Cohen-Schoke JFS Lecture on Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 pm 
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, author of thirteen books on spirituality, social justice and ethics, will present, Spiritual Transformation: Changing the World from the Inside Out. The lecture will take place at the Ferguson Library in Stamford. Open to the entire community at no charge. A dessert reception will follow. Contact Jonathan Fass, COO, at 203-921-4161 or  jfass@ctjfs.org.  For more details, visit  www.ctjfs.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.
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 dgumins@optonline.com.

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 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!

The Jewish Film Festival of Western Connecticut
Sundays, October 14, 21 and 28 at 2:00 pm at The Heritage Hotel, Southbury

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 10, 2018 - October 16, 2018

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

Lynn Levi Thursday 10/11/2018 mother of David Levi
Morris B. Berenbaum Thursday 10/11/2018 father of Diane Berenbaum
Isadore Halle Sunday 10/14/2018 grandfather of Richard Bloom
Claire Haskel-Levy Monday 10/15/2018 mother of Debra Case
Edith Taber Monday 10/15/2018 great-aunt of Heather Herve
Tillie Gitter Tuesday 10/16/2018 grandmother of Lori Abraham

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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Phone: 203 544-8695
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
Director of Lifelong Learning: Karin Beitel