CHAILITES
January 27, 2021
TBC Events Through February 4, 2021


For events that require registration:
Once you click on the registration link, you will be taken to a webpage where you will enter your name and email address. Once you submit this information, you will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL that includes the LINK you will use to join the program and the PASSWORD that you will need to enter after clicking the link to join.
**YOU MUST SAVE THE CONFIRMATION EMAILS THAT YOU RECEIVE. THEY ARE THE ONLY PLACES WHERE THE LINKS AND PASSWORDS WILL APPEAR.**

Photos From Our Debbie Friedman Shabbat
(Click to enlarge!)
Photos From the Religious School Tu B'Shvat Celebration
Shabbat Shirah
Friday, January 29 at 7:30 pm

This Friday evening we will celebrate Shabbat Shirah - a very special moment in the Torah, a very musical moment in Jewish biblical history. It is the Sabbath of Singing. The extraordinary music celebrates Moses and Miriam leading the Israelites across the Sea of Reeds (The Red Sea) and out of Egypt (Shirat HaYam - the Song of the Sea).
Purim is Coming......Order Shalach Manot for Purim Now!
Deadline for Orders: February 14, 2021! 
Thanks for your support of TBC!  
 
In the book of Esther, two of the mitzvot that are associated with Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In verse 9:22 of the book of Esther it says: "[Mordechai wrote to the Jews] to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor." 
 
At TBC, we combine these 2 mitzvot into our Shalach Manot fundraiser, a fun way to support TBC by sending gifts to friends, as well as TBC clergy, staff, teachers and tutors. Please join us in celebrating Purim through this annual tradition!

Each Shalach Manot bag will be filled with festive food and other items to create a fun Purim celebration. If you would like to send to all TBC members, there are multiple sponsorship levels of giving opportunities. Each level sends one bag to every TBC member family, clergy, staff, teachers and B'nai Mitzvah Coaches. 
  • The Whole Megillah - $1,000
  • The Royal Shushan Society- $540
  • The Courtier - $360
  • The Gates of Mordechai$180 

Or send individual bags as in the past:
  • Bags for TBC members are $15 
  • Bags for TBC clergy, staff, teachers and tutors are $10 
  • Bags for non-TBC members are $15 and must be delivered by you 

TBC Teachers/Tutors are:
Jr. Chai & K-1 - Barbara Massey Bear
Grades 2-3 - Dana Umerley
Grade 4 - Ellie Gluck, Marilyn Van Raalte
Grade 5 - Ellie Gluck, Tamar BenArdout
Grade 6 - Rayna Wein
Grade 7 - Cantor Dunkerley, Marilyn Van Raalte and Bonnie Heft
 
If a TBC member has been chosen by more than one friend, they will receive one bag with a note listing all the donors. To order your Shalach Manot, click HERE. In the form, you will have the opportunity to select "reciprocate", which means that we will send a bag on your behalf to anyone that sends to you.
 
Shalach Manot bags will be available for curbside pickup at the Covid-safe 2021 Purim Car-nival on the morning of Sunday 2/21 at TBC from 9:30 am -10:30 am. All TBC religious school families and any other congregants can pick up their bags at that time.
Mitzvah Hero Awards January 31 at 4:00 pm

Honoring our very own Steve West-Rosenthal!
TBC Book Group
February 2nd at 7:30 PM via Zoom
 
We will be continuing our discussion of the book Morality by Jonathan Sacks.

In Morality Jonathan Sacks traces today's crisis to our loss of a strong, shared moral code and our elevation of self-interest over the common good. Sacks leads readers from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment to the present day to show that there is no liberty without morality and no freedom without responsibility, arguing that we all must play our part in rebuilding a common moral foundation.

A major work of moral philosophy, Morality is an inspiring vision of a world in which we can all find our place and face the future without fear. Click here to register.
Tot Shabbat
Friday, February 5 - 5:00 pm

Please join Cantor Harriet at 5pm for an amazing Tot Shabbat experience! Children ages 5 or 6 and younger along with their families are invited to welcome Shabbat together with singing, dancing, special guests and even some challah and soup making! Get ready for a fun and participatory 20-25 minutes of music, learning and laughs as we greet Shabbat together!
 
Then, stick around if you like or, if you didn't make Tot Shabbat, please join us at 6:30 pm for our Shabbat Family Service! A fun, participatory family-friendly Shabbat service with prayers, liturgy and music put together especially with children ages 7-17 in mind, and suitable for all! Please join Cantor Harriet as we welcome Shabbat together. Remember to bring a smile and your favorite dancing shoes! Click here to register
TBC Religious School Celebrates Purim
Sunday, February 21

Coming up on Sunday 2/21, TBC Religious School celebrates Purim with our in-person, socially distanced, Covid-safe CAR-nival! Stay tuned for more details in next week’s Chailites!!
'Wissenschaft' — the Enlightenment's scientific approach to understanding our history and our world — is the foundation of Hebrew Union College's mission and approach to Jewish learning. Please join HUC for these six stimulating lecture series, where scientific rigor, academic scholarship, as well as a Jewish lens invite you to learn about:

  • Judaism and Civil Society
  • Judaism and Culture
  • Judaism and (Grand)Parenting
  • Judaism and History
  • Judaism and Religions
  • Judaism and Women's Studies.

To learn more and to register, click here.
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)
Northeast District
Celebrating Our Stories
Sunday, February 21, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us for a Panel Discussion

Please RSVP to Ruthe Schipper by Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Include your name, Sisterhood/Women’s Group Affiliation, and an email address to receive a confirmation about joining the Program. Questions: Contact Ruthe Schipper at the email above. Click here to view the full flyer.
The Weekly Torah Portion
B'shalach
When [Pharaoh] Let [the People] Go
Exodus 13:17−17:16

  • The Children of Israel escape across the Sea of Reeds from Pharaoh and his army, who drown when God drives back the sea. (13:17-14:31)
  • Moses and the Israelites sing a song praising Adonai. (15:1-21)
  • In the wilderness, God provides the grumbling Israelites with quails and manna. God instructs the Israelites to gather and prepare on the sixth day food needed for Shabbat. (15:22-16:36)
  • The people complain about the lack of water. Moses hits a rock with his rod and brings forth water. (17:1-7)
Israel defeats Amalek, Israel's eternal enemy. God vows to blot out the memory of Amalek from the world (17:8-16) Click here to learn more
Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques at TBC

During this challenging time, we know that many of us are thinking of loved ones who have passed away. We invite you to commemorate the lives and blessings of your loved ones with a memorial plaque. A special service of dedication for the entire community will be scheduled at TBC when that again becomes possible. Ordering information is available here.
Learn to Read Hebrew
URJ Program Begins March 14, 2021

Get started with the aleph-bet and learn Hebrew along with your children or grandchildren? Familiarity with Hebrew can be a key to feeling at home in the Jewish community. Learn the shapes and sounds of the Hebrew alphabet, with a warm and supportive educator to guide you and a group of classmates for practicing together. Recognize and understand common Hebrew words and phrases that are often heard in Reform congregations and in Jewish prayer. Perfect for Intro to Judaism alumni and other adults, this course assumes no prior Hebrew experience. Ten one-hour sessions, $180.

Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 



Sunday, January 31, 4:00 pm
Mitzvah Hero Awards Click here to register

Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 pm
TBC Book Group click here to register

Wednesday, February 3, 2:00 pm
Dorothy Day Hospitality House

Friday, February 5, 5:00 pm

Friday, February 5, 6:30 pm
Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together Click here to register

Friday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Sisterhood Shabbat Click here to register

Saturday, February 13, 9:30 am
Sisterhood Sponsored Torah Study Click here to register

Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 pm
Adult Education - Did you Really just say that: From Divisive to Respectful Communication Click here to register

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, January 29 - February 4
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, January 29
Ruth Goodman Enteen, mother of Alice Learman

Saturday, January 30
Chester Sparks, father of Maxine Margolin

Sunday, January 31
Lillian Chaprack, grandmother of Robert Kapel
Mildred Heidelberger, grandmother of Alissa Merzon
Clara Robbins, grandmother of Russell Robbins

Monday, February 1
Dorothy Anne Bernstein Dubin, mother of Tom Dubin
Albert Greenwald, remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel

Tuesday, February 2
Doris Jean Custer, mother of Joni Lerner

Wednesday, February 3
Eleanor Muirhead, mother of Simon Curtis

Thursday, February 4
Katharina Hof, grandmother of Barbara Bloom
Bernard Kanner, uncle of Jane Alexander
Jackie Zykan, mother of Brooke Zykan Bernstein & grandmother to Nathan

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.
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
Phone: 203 544-8695    
Location: 82 Portland Avenue, Wilton CT 06897 (Directions)

Cantor/Educator: Cantor Harriet Dunkerley 
President: June Mara   Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra