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October 11, 2017
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(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, October 12, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School 
  • Friday, October 13, 7:00 pm: Community Simchat Torah Service
  • Saturday, October 14, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, October 14, 10:30 am: Bar Mitzvah Luke & Zachary Schwartz. Send a Chai greeting card to Luke & Zachary to wish them mazel tov on their Bar Mitzvahs
  • Sunday, October 15, 9:30 am: Hebrew School
  • Sunday, October 15, 10:00 am: Sukkah Take Down
  • Sunday, October 15, 11:45 am: Confirmation Class
  • Wednesday, October 18, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, October 19, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
This Friday, 7:00 pm - Community Simchat Torah Service! 
TBC members, families and friends will join together this Friday at 7:00 pm for Shabbat and a Community Simchat Torah Service.
Simchat Torah is when we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah and affirm Torah as one of the pillars on which we build our lives. As part of the celebration, the Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried (or sometimes danced!) around the synagogue.  During the Torah service, the concluding section of the fifth book of the Torah, D'varim (Deuteronomy), is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B'reishit as it is called in Hebrew, is read.

The Schwartz-List Family will be sponsoring the oneg in honor of
Luke and Zachary Schwartz's Bar Mitzvah.
Sukkot Celebration & Shabbat Family Service
See more pictures!
Only 2 Weeks Left to Sign-up and Donate for Stop Hunger Now
On 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 to 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
Route 7 Closing Set for October 13-16

Another closing of Route 7 in Branchville is planned for this weekend, starting Friday. October 13, at 8:00 pm, according to John Dunham, district engineer with the state Department of Transportation.  The closure is expected to stop before Monday, October 16 at 6:00 am.  Each of the five previous highway closures, which have all been weekend-long affairs, have sent all of Route 7's traffic - thousands of vehicles a day - through town on a detour via Route 102 and Route 35. The state has been closing the highway so its contractor can complete repair work at a bridge on Route 7 just north of the Route 102 intersection, near the Little Pub.
Men's Club Sukkah Takedown: Help Needed!
The Men's Club will be taking down our new sukkah on Sunday, October 15 (10:00 am). We need your assistance in getting this job done. This is always a fun event with much camaraderie. If you have a stepladder, please bring it along. Please RSVP to Judson Scruton.
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 . 
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!
High Holy Days Sermons and Messages
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. We would like to invite you, your students, congregants and anyone who spends time with teens or adults. 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
TBC Diaper Collection Project!

The TBC Social Action Committee is seeking donations of diapers and wipes to benefit the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, and Person-to-Person, Norwalk.  For most parents, diapers for babies is a given.  If you are living in poverty, however, they are often a luxury.  

Drop off location: Temple B'nai Chaim 
Questions: Jane Alexander 203 762-8605 Jane@nodhill.net
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!
Rise Against Hunger (Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packing Event
Saturday, October 21 at WEPCO, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton
Daily Bread - An Ecumenical Food Pantry
Monday, October 23 at 9:30 am
Sisterhood Membership Dinner ( RSVP)
Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm 

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

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 13 -19, 2017
(See also the  Monthly Yahrzeit List on the TBC Website.)

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

Isadore Halle Saturday 10/14/2017 grandfather of Richard Bloom
Edith Taber Sunday 10/15/2017 great-aunt of Heather Herve
Betty-Lou Gordon Monday 10/16/2017 mother of Todd Gordon
Samuel Lizan Tuesday 10/17/2017 grandfather of Meryll Wolfman

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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