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October 17, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, October 18, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, October 20, Rise Against Hunger
  • Sunday, October 21, 9:30 am  - Religious School
  • Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Wednesday, October 24, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
  • Thursday, October 25, 4:20 pm - Hebrew School
*Important Sisterhood Change of Date*
We are re-scheduling our fall membership event, originally planned as a brunch on  October 21 , to a more convenient date and time.  Please plan to come to our Sisterhood Membership Dinner on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:45 pm We will have a delicious dinner, fun evening, fantastic raffles and giveaways.

We hope to see you at TBC for this enjoyable annual social event - free for Sisterhood members! Please RSVP here!
Rise Against Hunger, This Saturday, 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 .
CONECT Statewide Candidates Assembly,
at Temple B'nai Israel, Monday, October 22
CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut) is sponsoring a statewide candidates' assembly on Monday, October 22 at Temple B'nai Israel in Bridgeport.  (At 6:15 pm seating begins, at 7:00 pm the assembly begins.) Rabbi Friedman will moderate a forum for all major-party candidates for Connecticut statewide office. Candidates for Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer will speak on topics of vital interest to us and our neighbors: jobs & economic vitality, healthcare, gun violence, immigration, and more.
Confirmed candidates include: Ned Lamont (D for Gov), Oz Griebel (independent for Gov), Sue Hatfield (R for AG), William Tong (D for AG) and Shawn Wooden (D for Treasurer).  Registration is free: RSVP here.
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 
 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.
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 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)

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

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

Statewide Candidates Assembly ( RSVP)
Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport

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

Sisterhood Membership Dinner
Wednesday, November 14 at 6:45 pm ( RSVP)

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

Yahrzeits, October 17, 2018 - October 23, 2018

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

Samuel Lizan Wednesday 10/17/2018 grandfather of Meryll Wolfman
Louis Wohl Sunday 10/21/2018 father of Jean Zamore
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