November 5, 2020
TBC Events Through November 11

  • Friday, November 6, 5:00 pm - Tot Shabbat
  • Friday, November 6, 6:30 pm - Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together
  • Saturday, November 7, 9:45 am - WRJ Torah Study (see registration information below)
  • Sunday, November 8, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, November 8, 9:30 am - Jr. Chai
  • Sunday, November 8, 11:30 am - TBC Teens (no registration required)
  • Wednesday, November 11, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School

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.


Join Us for a Fun, Tot Shabbat
Friday, November 6, 5:00 pm
Please join Cantor Harriet at 5pm for Tot Shabbat! Children ages 5 or 6 and younger along with their families are invited to welcome Shabbat together with singing, dancing, and special guests! Get ready for a fun and participatory 20-25 minutes of music, learning and laughs as we greet Shabbat together! Click here to register.

Here's what Jennifer Rubin shared about Tot Shabbat.
“My kids (5 and 9) have never been so excited about Shabbat services! Zoom Tot Shabbat with Cantor Harriet is super fun and interactive. The kids play along with maracas, bring a stuffed animal friend, and get to use creativity in song with the Cantor.”
Family Shabbat Service
Friday, November 6, 6:30 pm

This month's Family Service will feature and honor our 7th graders - in addition to welcoming Shabbat - as they prepare for their b'nai mitzvahs. Please click here to register.
WRJ Torah Study
Saturday, November 7, 7:45 - 11:00 am

This week, in lieu of our own Torah Study, we will join the WRJ Torah Study group. Rabbi Julie Bressler, assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MA (the congregation of the current/outgoing WRJ Northeast District president, Trina Novak), will lead us in an exploration of this week’s Torah portion. The session will also include “live" Torah readings by WRJ NE District members. Click here to register.

We need a volunteer to lead Torah Study on November 14. If you are willing to lead, please contact June Mara.
TBC Teens
Sunday, November 8, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

We will hold our first class for TBC Teens this Sunday, November 8th from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm via Zoom. Registration is not required. Just click on this link to join us.

Baby Grand Piano...
TBC recently had an amazing opportunity thrust upon us to purchase a beautiful Baby Grand Piano in excellent condition for just $2,000. The piano could easily sell for $5,000 to $7,000. We just couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. The piano will enable all of us to share in its beautiful sound. And we are so fortunate to have John Dunkerley to play it for us.

The Cantor paid for the piano out of her discretionary fund. Let's replenish her fund so she can use it for other, pastoral and social action purposes. We are hoping to raise $3,000 to cover the purchase price, moving expenses and tuning. To make a donation, please click here.
Adult Education Program: The Physics of G_d
November 16, 7:30 pm

Our own member, David Abraham, has done a deep dive into the laws of physics and developed a theory that proves God must exist. While it doesn’t delve into theology or how we can interact with God, the fact that the existence of God is a requirement for the existence of the universe provides for a fascinating, thought-provoking discussion. Join us via Zoom on Monday November 16 at 7:30 (registration required) as David explains his theory. Amateur and professional physicists are welcome to disprove it! Click here to register
In Our Community ...

This weekend is the Women of Reform Judaism Northeast Division Virtual Convention.

Mazel Tov to:

Sharon Sobel, who will be installed as the WRJ Northeast District President

Bonnie Heft, who will be installed as the WRJ Northeast District Area Director

Cantor Dunkerley, who will lead a Havdalah service following the installation.

Deborah List, who will conduct a skills workshop entitled, "Did You Really Just Say That? Moving From Divisive to Respectful Communication."

Valerie West-Rosenthal, who designed the logo that appeared throughout the convention, illustrating the theme of the event: “Celebrating our Stories.”

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If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to!
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
I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]
Genesis 18:1–22:24

  • Abraham welcomes three visitors, who announce that Sarah will soon have a son. (18:1-15)
  • Abraham argues with God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. (18:16-33)
  • Lot's home is attacked by the people of Sodom. Lot and his two daughters escape as the cities are being destroyed. Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt. (19:1-29)
  • Lot impregnates his daughters, and they bear children who become the founders of the nations Moab and Ammon. (19:30-38)
  • Abimelech, king of Gerar, takes Sarah as his wife after Abraham claims that she is his sister. (20:1-18)
  • Isaac is born, circumcised, and weaned. Hagar and her son, Ishmael, are sent away; an angel saves their lives. (21:1-21)
  • God tests Abraham, instructing him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. (22:1-19). Click here to learn more

Inscribe Your Leaf on the Tree of Life
Whether you celebrate a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or other special event, inscribing th e event on the leaves of the Tree of Life will ensure your memories shine brightly at Temple B'Nai Chaim for years to come.

It's easy to order - just fill out the Tree of Life order form. Each leaf costs $300 and will be engraved upon receipt of the completed order form and full payment. Your leaf will be placed on the tree within 6-8 weeks after the order is placed. Examples of leaves may be seen here. Contact if you have any questions. 
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 
Semi Annual Congregational Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 pm
See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, November 6 - 12
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 

Harold Penchina, uncle of Jane Alexander

Wednesday, 11/11/2020
Kathy Dickinson, mother of Zhena Hadar

Thursday, 11/12/2020
Shirley Levin, great aunt of Susan Farber
George Miller, father of Susan Hollander

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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