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CHAILITES
October 25, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, October 26, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School 
  • Friday, October 27, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Services
  • Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, October 28, 11:15 am: Bat Mitzvah Scotty Lang. Send a Chai greeting card to Scotty to wish him mazel tov on his Bar Mitzvah
  • Sunday, October 29, 9:30 am: Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, November 1, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, November 2, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Join 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!
Interfaith Community Gathering (More pictures)

ALSO check out photos of TBC Members at Rise Against Hunger!
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 
Maccabeats Singing Group to Perform November 5!
 
The Maccabeats will be visiting our area next November 5. It is a great program for adults and families. It will take place at Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Rd, Fairfield, at 1:00pm.
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
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

Social Action Volunteers Needed!  

  


TBC Social Action Committee.
The TBC Social Action Committee has many local ways for you to help others, from pitching in at a soup kitchen to preparing dinner at an emergency shelter.  New opportunities, dates, and times are posted to the TBC website, so please take a look and see where you can help

Other Community Opportunities. There are also other ways to get involved in our communities. You can serve as a foster family, deliver food to those in need, and/or host a high school child in the ABC program.
Above - TBC and other volunteers at the Dorothy
Day Hospitality House / Danbury Soup Kitchen
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 27 - November 2, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Tillie Gitter Friday 10/27/2017 grandmother of Lori Abraham
Fran Katz Saturday 10/28/2017 sister of Howard Heizler
Edythe R. Braunstein Monday 10/30/2017 mother of Wendy Nadel
Jerry Shapiro Monday 10/30/2017 uncle of Jon Sobel
Janet Down Wednesday 11/1/2017 sister-in-law of Ronnie Ross
Louis Wohl Wednesday 11/1/2017 father of Jean Zamore
Laura Deutsch Thursday 11/2/2017 cousin of Michele Bender
Sadie Eisenstein Thursday 11/2/2017 grandmother of Michele Bennett

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
Cantor: Jon Sobel
President: Cindy Baulsir
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