December 16, 2020
TBC Events Through December 23

  • Friday, December 18,, 7:30 pm - Torah Shabbat
  • Saturday, December 19, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, December 20, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, December 20 - No TBC Teens; will resume on January 10
  • Wednesday, December 23 - No 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.


Chanukah Havdalah Photos

In spite of the weather, our hardy Cantor and congregants gathered in TBC's parking lot for a Chanukah Havdalah Under the Stars. We sang Chanukah songs and lit menorah and kept warm by the firepits. It was a wonderful opportunity to be in person (masked and socially distanced).

A good time was had by all!

Wilton Library Zooming Hanukkah Hoopla
Stories and Fun!
Special Guest Cantor Harriet
Thursday, December 17, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Join the Wilton Library, alongside special guest Cantor Harriet Dunkerley, on Zoom for a fun afternoon all about the festival of lights. You will learn about the holiday, hear stories, do a craft and get the opportunity to see a variety of menorahs. If you have a menorah at home, feel free to have it on hand to share. Registration required. Once you are registered you will be contacted to pick up your kit containing craft supplies and some fun Hanukkah treats. Zoom link will be sent out the day of the program. For children in grades Kindergarten and up. Click here to register.
Torah Shabbat
Friday, December 18 - 7:30 pm

Please join us for our Torah Shabbat, Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm! In order for all of us to have the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of hearing Torah read, we will be chanting Torah at Shabbat services on the third Friday of each month.

We would love for YOU to be involved! Please click here to sign up to chant 3-6 verses of Torah or to chant the blessings during a future service. A list of dates is provided on the sign up sheet!
Join with TBC to Support Wi-ACT's
Cystic Fibrosis Initiative!

Temple B'nai Chaim members have participated each year in Wilton Interfaith Action Committee's Rise Against Hunger meal packing event to provide food to hungry children around the world.

This year Wi-ACT has had to change its focus because of the pandemic. Instead Wi-ACT is requesting donations of gift cards for food and also for holiday gifts for local families in the tri-state area with children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. We'd love to see TBC family members engaged in this work, including having children write notes to recipients and prepare decorative envelopes to hold the gift cards. We believe this experience will engage children in ways similar to the meal-packaging event and underscore the significance of working to meet the needs of others whatever the challenges. Click here for more information!
Shabbat Shalom From our Homes to Yours
Friday - December 25 and January 1

We have prepared a very special virtual video “TBC: Shabbat Shalom From our Homes to Yours” Shabbat service. With thanks to many talented members of our community who graciously agreed to video record themselves doing one of the prayers from our Shabbat liturgy, we bring you a truly communal Shabbat experience which you can enjoy on your own time. Please tune in to welcome Shabbat on December 25th (or January 1st) with fellow members of your TBC family!! Many thanks to all who contributed recordings and to Kiki Cahn and her son Daniel who volunteered many hours of editing! Look for a link to this special video in next week's Chailites.
Shabbat Shalom from our homes to yours!
Mitzvah Hero Awards
January 31 at 4 pm

Honoring our very own Steve West Rosenthal!
Click here to read an article, written by the JSS Coordinator of the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, on the increasing security risk to seniors during the pandemic.
Dorothy Day Hospitality House - aka Danbury Soup Kitchen

Here's a great way to celebrate and share the holiday. Perhaps, you could make the 8th Night a giving night :) Great idea, especially for kids :) 

The information to support our new commitment to provide meals every month appears below. We use the funds from our Tzedakah Fund to cover these costs and all the other community work we do. As we all know - there is a HUGE need at this time. Please donate if you are able. Click here to donate.
The Weekly Torah Portion
After [Two Years] Genesis 41:1−44:17

  • Joseph interprets Pharaoh's two dreams and predicts seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine. (41:1-32)
  • Pharaoh places Joseph in charge of food collection and distribution. (41:37-49)
  • Joseph marries Asenath, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. (41:50-52)
  • When Joseph's brothers come to Egypt to buy food during the famine, Joseph accuses them of spying. He holds Simeon hostage while the rest of the brothers return to Canaan to retrieve Benjamin for him. (42:3-42:38)
  • The brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin and for more food. Joseph continues the test, this time falsely accusing Benjamin of stealing and declaring that Benjamin must remain his slave. (43:1-44:17). Click here to learn more
TBC Book Group

The next TBC Book Group will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:30 pm. We will be reading Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times by Jonathan Sacks. If you'd like to listen to a lecture by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in which he discusses the book, please click here.
Bioethics During COVID
January 12, 2021 - 7:30 pm

The Adult Education Committee is bringing this very important and relevant lecture to TBC.

As of this writing, the US has 4% of the world’s population and 28% of the COVID cases. Virus hot spots still exist and cases are rising in most of the US at exponential levels. Many bioethical issues that once seemed hypothetical are very real now.

When we run out of vital supplies, space or equipment, what criteria may we ethically use to distribute scarce resources? What do our sacred texts tell us about such decisions? Do we assign higher value to some lives? When we don’t have enough, do we use an algorithm based on medical criteria alone? Do we use a simple lottery?

Rabbi Gary Gerson and Dr. Carol Gerson will review some of the approaches we might use to guide us when faced with crisis decisions. We will debate which of these criteria we think are ethical, and look at how Jewish sources would have us address ethically difficult decisions.

Dr. Carol Gerson is a retired pediatric otolaryngologist and an active mohelet with a doctorate in bioethics. She is a faculty member of the medical schools of Northwestern and
Tulane universities.

Rabbi Gary Gerson served as Senior Rabbi of Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion in the
Chicago suburbs from 1979 to 2009. As Rabbi Emeritus, he teaches courses in Jewish
text, Kabbalah, Jewish thought, and comparative religion. A Fulbright scholar, Rabbi
Gerson holds master’s degrees in religion and psychology, rabbinic ordination, a
doctorate in ministry, and certification as a family therapist from the Philadelphia Child
Guidance Clinic.

All are welcome. Click here to register for this extraordinary event. To make a donation click here.
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! 
Shabbat Shalom From Our Homes to Yours (virtual Shabbat)
Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1
Dorothy Day Hospitality House
Wednesday, January 6, 2:00 pm
Sisterhood Cooking Class: Parent & Child Challah (Zoom)
Sunday, January 10, 5:00 pm
Adult Ed Program - Jewish Bioethics During COVID, Click here to register
Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 pm
See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, December 18-24
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 

Saturday, December 19, 2020
Kay Tepper, mother of Sandy Tepper

Sunday, December 20, 2020
Eileen Halliday, friend of June Mara

Monday, December 21, 2020
Beverly Jaffe Kolodny, mother of Sharon Sobel

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Lupe Escalante, father of Rudy Escalante

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Joseph Bennett, grandfather of Jennifer Meehan

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Harriet Rosenson, mother of Valerie Rosenson
Ray Rosenson, grandmother of Valerie Rosenson

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