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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. See schedule below. More information here! 
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, November 2, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School 
  • Friday, November 3 - Sunday, November 5: Special Scholars-in-Residence Shabbat:
    • Friday, November 3, 7:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat/Visions of Renewal
    • Saturday, November 4, 10:30 am: Torah Study & Brunch
    • Saturday, November 4, 5:00 pm: Se'udat Shlishit, Havdalah
    • Sunday, November 5, 9:30 am: Spirituality on the Go
    • Sunday, November 5, 10:30 am: Mitzvah & Mysticism
  • Sunday, November 5, 9:30 am: Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, November 8, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, November 9, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
Fly in for a Superhero Shabbat, next Friday, November 10th, at 6:30 pm

With great power, comes great responsibility! And, in this case, your responsibility is to bring all of your superpowers to TBC for a very special family Shabbat! On November 10th, we will ASSEMBLE and celebrate Shabbat like the superheroes that we are!  

Join us at 6:30 pm (Pre-Neg at 6:00 pm) for our very first SUPERHERO SHABBAT where we will experience the prayers of Shabbat through the eyes of our favorite superheroes!

PS: Don't forget to protect your secret identity by COMING IN COSTUME!
If you will be attending the Pre-Neg (pizza & veggies), please RSVP!

Read Rabbi Bearman's blog "Being a Kid at Temple"
Share Your Simcha. Sponsor a pre-neg, oneg, or flowers! Save the dates for the Shabbat Family Service and Preneg on: 12/1/17 (Consecration), 1/5/18, 2/2/18 (Disney Shabbat), 4/6/18, 5/4/18 and 6/1/18.

Maccabeats Singing Group to Perform November 5!
The Maccabeats will be visiting our area on 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 1:00 pm.
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.

In the opening verses of this week's Torah portion, Lech Lecha, we watch as God calls to Abram and tells him to leave the only life and home that he had ever known and to go out to an unknown land. The portion traces the beginning of the journeys of Abram and his wife Sarai, including the incredible and mystical holiness of God's covenant with Abram as well as the family's struggles and the moments when they failed.
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 
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
Don't Forget to Use AmazonSmile!  

TBC has signed up for AmazonSmile.  When you shop there, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Temple Bnai Chaim.  Support TBC every time you shop.  Bookmark this special URL for TBC members: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3249895 

You shop ... Amazon gives to Temple B'nai Chaim. It's as easy as that!  Support TBC by starting your shopping at AmazonSmile! 
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
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!

Union for Reform Judaism Biennial Convention
Wednesday, December 6 to Sunday, December 10 in Boston

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

Sisterhood Tu B'Shvat Seder
Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm at Sharon Sobel's home

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

Yahrzeits, November 3 - 9, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Esther Greenberg Friday 11/3/2017 mother of Iris Busch
Harry Kulawitz Friday 11/3/2017 grandfather of Harvey Kulawitz
Aaron Lipsky Sunday 11/5/2017 father of Ann Paul
Michael Siegel Thursday 11/9/2017 friend of Jeffrey Spector

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
Facility Use/Rental: Kim O'Rielly