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May 9, 2018
(Dates and times are also on the TBC website calendar.)
  • Thursday, May 10, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm: Special Musical Shabbat Services. Joe and Barbara Bear will be sponsoring the oneg in honor of Cameron's & Jemma's b'nai mitzvah!
  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 am: Torah Study
  • Saturday, May 12, 11:00 am: Bnai Mitzvah Cameron & Jemma Bear. Send a Chai greeting card  to Cameron & Jemma to wish them mazel tov on their b'nai mitzvah! 
  • Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 pm: Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Wine & Relax Evening
  • Wednesday, May 16, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
  • Thursday, May 17, 4:20 pm: Hebrew School
A Special Musical Shabbat, This Friday May 11, 7:30 pm
From Cantor Anesi: I am so delighted and honored to welcome my friend, and occasional partner in musical crime, Barbara Orwick, to TBC for our Shabbat service on  May 11. She is a truly gifted accompanist, and musician extraordinaire, and we both look forward to bringing you some new, as well as familiar melodies (with perhaps a slightly different "flavor") to enhance our worship together. 

Barbara  has been making music in Westchester and Fairfield Counties since graduating from Manhattanville College in the 1980's. As a piano accompanist, she has worked throughout the area for various schools, churches, community choirs, singers, instrumentalists and theater organizations. She  is currently in her 6th year as Music Coordinator at Temple Sinai in Stamford. She co-leads the Ruach ensemble, a group of singers and instrumentalists who accompany services one Friday a month. She also composes, arranges and plays piano for the group. She  accompanied the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, NY, for almost 25 years. As a result of a recent merger, she now plays for Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield, for the High Holy Days and occasional b'nai mitzvot and other musical services.
Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh, Tuesday, May 15

TBC Sisterhood's 
May 15th  social evening will be held at the home of Pam Klem and Tom Dubin,  197 Signal Hill Road, Wilton , from 7:30- 9:00 pm. Snacks and wine will be provided, so just come along, relax and unwind!
Save the Dates for Shavuot!
  • Friday Night, May 18, 7:30 pm -- Special Shavuot and Shabbat Service
  • Saturday Morning, May 19, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon -- Shavuot Study Brunch: The Book of Ruth!
TBC Congregational Meeting, Tuesday, May 22, 2018!

At Temple B'nai Chaim there are two Congregational meetings each year, held in November and May. You are encouraged to attend what promises to be an important and informative meeting; this is your opportunity to provide input to the direction of our synagogue. 

To conduct official synagogue business, we need a quorum of attendees from 15 percent of our member units. Come, be counted in the quorum, and have your voice be heard. PLEASE COME!  More information .... 

Step Up and Get Involved with the TBC Board of Trustees!

From TBC President Cindy Baulsir: The Board is the governing body for TBC, involved in strategic and day-to-day decisions regarding the Temple. Several Board positions will be available as of this spring, some requiring minimal time commitment and some requiring more, but all positions having a great impact on our community. The Board is comprised of congregants who represent our different towns, stages of life, and tenure at TBC.  Positions available are: Trustees at Large, Education Chair, Finance Chair, Governance Chair, Development Chair.

Please contact any member of the nominating committee or the current Board for more details on any of the positions. Nominating Committee members are: Ross Tartell, Dina Gumins, Tina Sommer, David Sklar, Cindy Baulsir.
Volunteers Still Needed for Young Cystic Fibrosis Patients -
Driving and Dinner Meals!

From Jane Alexander:  Wi-ACT is in search of volunteers to do driving from Wilton to Stamford and/or to provide dinners for young Cystic Fibrosis patients from abroad. These patients, typically in their teens but as young as 5 years old, are treated pro bono for three weeks at Wi-ACT Steering Committee Member Dr. Hossein Sadeghi's pulmonology clinic in Stamford. The results of this treatment are truly lifegiving: if these children do not receive this treatment, they will likely die within several years (or even less). If you would like to volunteer, please email Wi-ACT Steering Committee Member Linda Rost at lrost0411@gmail.com.  Thank you, Jane.
Interim Cantor Dana Anesi at Shabbat Services !

Join us for Shabbat Services to meet our interim cantor, Dana Anesi. We are delighted to have Cantor Anesi join us. She is currently the Director of Fieldwork at Hebrew Union College in NY and for many years, served as the cantor at a Reform synagogue in Chappaqua, NY. Cantor Anesi will be with us for all of our Spring B'nai Mitzvahs. Here are all of the dates Cantor Anesi will be at TBC:

Friday Night Saturday Morning Friday Night Saturday Morning
May 11 May 12  June 8 June 9 
May 25
June 15 June 16
New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates

Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday June 3rd from 9am-5:00pm, Wednesday June 6th from 4:30-8:30, and Thursday June 7th from 4:30-8:30.  Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at eashkins@jseniors.org.
Disrupt Aging in your Community- Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm

The Schoke Jewish Family Service, the Stamford JCC and AARP Connecticut are partnering to present a 90-minute program entitled, Disrupt Aging in your Community, which is designed to bridge the gap between generations. An interactive session focuses on aging from an intergenerational perspective, offering thought-provoking discussion and activities. To reserve a spot, please sign up at  https://aarp.cvent.com/d/ctqhbf/ or call 1-877-926-8300. If you have any questions about the program, contact Isrella Knopf, Director of Senior Services, atisrellak@ctjfs.org  or (203) 921-4161. 
Jewish Family Services of Greater Danbuy-Putnam 

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Ten Minutes of Torah!  

Temple B'nai Chaim is delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring opportunities for Jewish study right to your inbox.  Several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email.  Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.  Click here to sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. Be sure to include TBC's name and location. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

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!
Shavuot and Shabbat Service
Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 am

Annual Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 pm

Friday, May 25 at 7:00 pm   Sponsor a Shabbat

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, May 30 at 2:30 pm

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Wine and Relax Evening
Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 pm, Location TBD

Yahrzeits, May 11 -17, 2018

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

Hedwig Merzon
grandmother of Alissa Merzon
Dorothy Frances Bregman
mother of Lisa Bregman-Burba
Willa Craig Case
mother of Dennis Case
Carol Kronman
mother of Heather Lipkind
Arthur David Bregman
father of Lisa Burba-Bregman
Joseph Heisler
father of Michele Scruton
Ralph Cahn
uncle of Kiki Cahn

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
Interim Director of Education: Karin Beitel