October 14, 2020
TBC Events Through October 14

Please remember that you must REGISTER for everything that you plan on attending.**

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.


Sisterhood’s Rosh Chodesh Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sunday, October 18 at 5 pm

Rosh Chodesh means "head of the new (moon)" marking the start of the new lunar month. According to legend, this holiday was a reward given to the women of Israel because they refused to surrender their jewelry for the creation of the golden calf. Traditionally each month on Rosh Chodesh women cease work and chores. At TBC Sisterhood, this gives us the opportunity to converse, catch up with each other’s news, and refresh. This month we honor our sister Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we discuss how Judaic principles informed her work and share how her life has touched us. This promises to be fun and meaningful....  perhaps make this your first Rosh Chodesh. Then come back for more! Register here.
TBC Book Club - October 26 at 7:30 pm

The TBC Book Group will be reading The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron. We will meet October 26th at 7:30 pm via Zoom. This award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as "brilliant" (The New York Times Book Review) and "The Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel's Jonathan Franzen."

We hope you will join us for what should prove to be an interesting discussion. Register here.
In Our Community ...

Wishing a speedy recovery to Ria Miller. To send Ria a TBC Greeting card, click here.

If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to!
Religious School News!

Welcome to our new K-1 students: Olivia Beckman, Leah Rubin, Andrew Semel, Caleb Felton, and David Sanderson. Mazel Tov to Leah and Olivia who did such a beautiful job singing the Shema and Tree of Life during Consecration at Family Shabbat/Simchat Torah Service. A special thank you to teacher Barbara Massy Bear and Madrik Elijah Busch for preparing them so well. in addition, Matthew Arnold, Miles Umerley, and Isabelle Kroger were outstanding chanting Hebrew prayers.

Parents: Please remember to return unused Sukkot crafts supplies to plastic box in front of TBC. Zoom Sunday School begins at 9:30 on Oct. 18, ending at 10:45. Families should have received Zoom invitations from teachers. Contact Cantor Harriet or Marilyn Van Raalte if you have any questions. 
The Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield 
Thursday 10/15 through Sunday 11/22

The 19th season of the Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County is going VIRTUAL! Mark your calendar for six weeks of award-winning films, October 15 - November 22, featuring Q&A's with film directors, producers and expert speakers each Sunday at 12 p.m. via Zoom. For more information click here!
Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

The Bennett Center offers lectures and programs on Jewish themes, some free and some for a small fee. For more information please click here.  
The Weekly Torah Portion
B'reishit In the Beginning - Genesis 1:1−6:8

  • God creates the world and everything in it in six days and rests on the seventh. (1:1-2:3)
  • Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, where they eat the forbidden fruit and are subsequently exiled. (2:15-3:24)
  • Adam and Eve have two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain kills his brother, Abel. (4:1-24)
  • Adam and Eve have another child named Seth. The Torah lists the ten generations from Adam to Noah. (4:25-5:32)
  • God regrets having created human beings and decides to destroy everything on earth, but Noah finds favor with God. (6:5-6:8). Click here to learn more
Dorothy Day Hospitality House

TBC now staffs the Dorothy Day Hospitality House aka Danbury Soup Kitchen the first Wednesday of each month. We provide about 80 meals each afternoon with COVID precautions followed. Everyone who comes to the door is welcomed with no questions asked. All work at Dorothy House is done by volunteers — there is no paid staff. At this time, we need about 4 people to take care of each day. 

Dorothy Day Hospitality House is based on the Houses of Hospitality founded by Dorothy Day during the Great Depression. Dorothy Day Hospitality House is not formally affiliated with any religious organization, and people of all faiths participate in their work. 
Contact: Peggy Zamore …

Women of Reform Judaism Northeast District:
Virtual Convention on November 6th and 7th

The Women of Reform Judaism Northeast District invites you, your friends and family, to "Celebrating Our Stories" at our first Virtual Convention on November 6th and 7th. We are presenting a full schedule of events, including guest speakers, workshops, Shabbat services, Torah study, Havdalah, and the installation of our new Executive Committee.
TBC congregants will be extremely well represented: Sharon Sobel will be installed as WRJ NE District President; Bonnie Heft will be installed as the NE District Area Director; Deborah List will be conducting one of the seminars; Valerie West Rosenthal designed the logo for the event, and our own Cantor Harriet will be leading the Havdalah service!
Show original message. Because of the generosity of our sponsors and donors, WRJ NE is able to offer this exciting event at no cost to our attendees.

The registration links are open and ready for your consideration:

For more information about the many donation and sponsorship opportunities click here, (

Please free to forward them to sisterhood and women's group members, and all those who would like to be part of our involved, active, and joyous community for this special weekend. 
Don't Forget the Turnover Shop!  

Temple B'nai Chaim receives 60% of the proceeds from your donations to the Wilton Turnover Shop, a non-profit thrift shop located in the Village Market building in Wilton Center.
The Turnover shop is run entirely by volunteers and benefits the Wilton schools' PTA and local nursing and home care. If you are cleaning out your closets, the shop will accept seasonal clothing, house wares, small furniture and collectibles. For further information, please email
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.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 
Rosh Chodesh - Zoom - Traditional Theme - Click here to register
Sunday, October 18, 5:00 pm
TBC Book Group - The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron - Click here to register
Monday, October 26, 7:30 pm
Daily Food Pantry
Monday, October 26, 9:15 am
Tot Shabbat - Click here to register
Friday, November 6, 5:00 pm
Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together - Click here to register
Friday, November 6, 6:30 pm
See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, October 16-22
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!
Samuel Lizan
10/17/2020 grandfather of Meryll Wolfman
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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