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October 18, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, October 19, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School 
  • Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, October 21: Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packing Event 
  • Saturday, October 21, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, October 21, 11:15 am: Bat Mitzvah Makenzie Lehman. Send a Chai greeting card to Makenzie to wish her mazel tov on her Bat Mitzvah
  • Sunday, October 22, 9:30 am: Hebrew School
  • Sunday, October 22, 11:45 am: Confirmation Class
  • Sunday, October 22, 12:00 pm: Interfaith Community Gathering
  • Monday, October 23, 9:30 am: Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
  • Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 pm: Sisterhood Annual Membership Dinner
  • Wednesday, October 25, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, October 26, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
There's Still Time to Sign-up and Donate for Stop Hunger Now!
THIS SATURDAY, October 21, TBC will be participating in the 7th annual Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) packaging event in Wilton. Last year we packaged over 167,000 meals that were sent to Haiti. TBC was well represented by about 90 volunteers. 
Our goal is to package over 160,000 meals this year and raise $3,500 as a Congregation that will fund 12,000 meals which will be sent to hungry children in developing countries. If you would like to support this event, send a check to TBC and note that it is for Rise Against Hunger or contribute when you sign-up to volunteer. This year each meal costs $0.29!

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 feel free to contact Don Weber

Prior years event pictures:  2016   2015   2014

Interfaith Community Gathering on Sunday, October 22
Message from Rabbi Bearman:  I am excited to invite everyone to attend a special event this Sunday (Oct 22) at WEPCO (48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897).  This event will run from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and will focus on building connections, friendship, and understanding between multiple faith communities.  At 12:00 pm, we will gather for a pot-luck lunch (no shellfish or pork please).  After we eat, we'll have a panel discussion and conclude with prayers from the different traditions.  I hope you will join me for this program!
RSVP for Annual Sisterhood Dinner!
Please join the women of Temple B'nai Chaim f or our Annual Sisterhood Membership Dinner on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm.  RSVP at http://bit.ly/tbcsmdinner.

Help us celebrate the new year and learn about all of our upcoming special events!
  • Meet our Board and Committee Chairs
  • Enjoy a delicious catered dinner with wine and desserts
  • Bid on our amazing raffle items
  • Wrap yourself in our beautiful table prizes
  • Receive or renew your aubscription to Lilith - free with the purchase of 5 Lord and Taylor Charity Tickets
  • Meet and greet new and old friends
No charge for Sisterhood members or new TBC members; all others $18. Not yet a Sisterhood member? Join when you RSVP.   
To donate items for raffle, please contact Gladys O'Neil at:  gon51junk@aol.com . 
More pictures!
Simchat Torah Celebration (More pictures!)
From Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbury/Putnam 
Our warmest wishes for the forthcoming Thanksgiving and Chanukah holiday seasons.  May you celebrate these days surrounded with the love and caring of family and friends. 
Your Jewish Family Services is always here if you need us.  We are a no-fee, confidential, professionally staffed resource and information center here to help with all your community resource needs.

Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbury/Putnam - (203) 794-1818 - jfsdanbury@gmail.com
Plan to Participate in Our Scholars-in-Residence Weekend:
Visions of Renewal, November 3-5

Join members of the community in a set of weekend events led by visiting scholars-in-residence Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Evan Markus. We will explore Jewish tradition and modernity, music and poetry, silence and dance, the beautiful and yearning poetry of Havdalah, why angels matter in Jewish culture and liturgy, how to multitask with spirituality, the mystical meanings of mitzvot, and 'renewal' tools to enrich your worship and re-envision Judaism in new and exciting ways.  More information here!
Shabbat Sponsors!
Many thanks to TBC Shabbat sponsors:
  • The Scruton Family is sponsoring the oneg in honor of Judson and Michele's 30th Wedding Anniversary on Friday, November 3.
Share Your Simcha - Sponsor a Shabbat, Oneg, Preneg or the Flowers!  Click here.
"Freedom Song" Musical at B'nai Israel - October 29
On  Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 pm  B'nai Israel is hosting a performance of Freedom Song. People of all ages are invited. Freedom Song is a transformative musical that will shatter the myth of Jews being immune to addiction. By interweaving a Passover Seder with personal stories of addiction, Freedom Song poses one stark question: What are you a slave to? "The cast of Freedom Song is not a cast of actors; they are actual addicts in recovery that have broken off the shackles of drugs, alcohol, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. They all found help at Beit T'shuvah in Los Angeles, a unique residential treatment center and community. The show was also written and produced by residents of Beit T'shuvah. B'nai Israel is located at 2710 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
We Are Excited to Announce Our New "Chai Mitzvah" Program  

Our tradition tells us that an integrated Jewish life involves head, heart and hand - study, spirituality and social action.  Explore all of these on your terms, with your personal interests, through a new initiative called  Chai Mitzvah .

You will participate in a learning group that meets every other month with a specially-designed curriculum that focuses on real life, relevant issues.  You will also choose an individual study topic that is personally interesting to you, adopt a new ritual or deepen an existing practice, and engage in a social action activity.  Then, at the end of this two-year program, you can celebrate your journey!
To become a Chai Mitzvah, or for more information about TBC's new Chai Mitzvah program, contact Judson or Michele Scruton at adulted@templebnaichaim.org  or Sisterhood at sisterhood@templebnaichaim.org
Please visit the website for more information:  www.chaimitzvah.org
Schoke Jewish Family Service Programs and Activities!
Fall Programs and activities include: the annual lecture: "Secrets to Stronger Family Relationships," Winterwear Drive, Financial Fitness, Shredding Day, College Ahead, Support Groups.  More information!
Jewish Senior Services - Career Opportunities!

There Are Always Employment Opportunities at Jewish Senior Services! New job listings are posted weekly .
Services 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

Buy Grocery Cards - Help Support TBC!

Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's, and Stew Leonard's have agreed to sell the Temple gift cards at a discount of 5-10%. Our congregants purchase the gift cards (they look just like credit cards) from the Temple at face value and use them as cash when shopping at the participating supermarkets. They may be purchased in increments of $100. Please email certificates@templebnaichaim.org if you have any questions and to purchase the cards.
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!
Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County
Presented by the Stamford JCC at Various Locations
October 28 to November 5 and November 12
Musical Presentation - Freedom Song
Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 pm at Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport
Friends of the IDF Annual Dinner Paying Tribute to Israel's Soldiers
Sunday, October 29 at 5:30 pm at the Stamford Marriot Hotel

Visions of Renewal: A Scholars-In-Residence Weekend to Expand Your Insight Into And Excitement About Judaism with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Evan Markus
Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5
The Scruton Family is sponsoring the Friday night Shabbat oneg in honor of Judson and Michele's 30th Wedding Anniversary.  Sponsor a Shabbat 
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 pm at the Ferguson Library, Stamford
Super Hero Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, November 10 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat  

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
Thursday, November 16 at 7:45 pm 

Sisterhood Judaica Sale (with Religious School Book Fair)
Sunday, November 19 at 9:00 am

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Long Ridge United Methodist Church, Danbury

Dorothy Day Hospitality House and Danbury Soup Kitchen
Wednesday, November 29 at 2:30 pm

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

Presented by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County
Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm at Congregation Rodef Sholom, Bridgeport
Rabbi Bearman is the Rabbi!

Sisterhood Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 17 at 4:30 pm

Daily Bread - An Ecumenical Food Pantry
Friday, December 29 at 9:30 am  

Shabbat Family Service with Preneg
Friday, January 5 at 6:00 pm (service 6:30 pm) Preneg RSVP / Sponsor a Shabbat

Yahrzeits, October 20 -26, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Ethel Hamburg Olshan Tuesday 10/24/2017 mother of Kenneth Olshan
Robert S. Windt Tuesday 10/24/2017 great uncle of Deborah List

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
Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
Office Manager: Kim O'Rielly
Religious School Director: Jennifer Haynos
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