CHAILITES
February 10, 2021
TBC Events Through February 18, 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.**

Torah Shabbat
Friday, February 19, 7:30 pm

This Friday is our next Torah Shabbat, and will feature Valerie Rosenson chanting Torah. Please join us to support Valerie and to celebrate Shabbat together.

If you would like to sign up to chant Torah, there are openings available in March, April and June. Cantor Dunkerley will provide a recording to use as practice for those who sign up. If you are interested, contact the Cantor.
For this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who have generously contributed to TBC during January 2021.

To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.

Operating Fund
   Alexander Family Foundation
   Janice Berger
   June Mara
   Michele and Judson Scruton
   TBC Sisterhood
 
High Holyday Appeal
   Rudy Escalante & Diane Berenbaum
 
Memorial Book
   Tara Kates & James Beckman
   Richard & Susan Hagan
 
Cantor's Disc. Fund
   Alexander Family Foundation
 
Chesed Fund
   Alexander Family Foundation
 
Tzedakah Fund
   Alexander Family Foundation
   Ms. Laurie Noe
   Michele and Judson Scruton
   Melinda and Don Weber
   Peggy and Steven Zamore
 
Shalach Manot
   Alexander Family Foundation
   Debra and Dennis Case
   June Mara
 
Religious School
   Alexander Family Foundation
   Anonymous
   June Mara
   
Sisterhood Fundraiser
   Mr. and Mrs. Allen Kopfstein
 
Sisterhood Fund Card
   Michele and Judson Scruton
 
Sisterhood Honey
   Tara Kates & James Beckman
   Richard & Susan Hagan
 
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.
TBC Religious School
Celebrates Purim
Sunday, February 21,
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Our masked socially distanced Religious School Purim CARnival on Sunday, Feb 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the TBC parking lot will be interactive and sometimes silly. In addition to age appropriate optional challenges, the fun will include: Parking LOTS drawing, Give MORE (DECHAI) donations for Food Pantry, VASHTI hand wipes, AHASHVEROSH (Ha Shanah) honey, ESTHER(ical) masks, HEY MAN groggers, Purim puppet show, songs, and surprises. Please BRING paper goods or personal products (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) for needy families. Those who prefer remote learning can log onto an alternative school-wide celebration on Zoom from 9:30 to 10:30. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 16, Click here to register.
Virtual Purim Celebration and Wine Tasting
Friday, February 26, 2020
7:30 pm

Join us for a virtual Purim celebration and wine tasting on Friday, Feb 26! For this holiday there are 3 mitzvot that are traditionally practiced: The giving of gifts (TBC gives food baskets – mishloach manot or shalach manos in Yiddish); 
listening to (and participating in) the reading of the Megillah (story of Esther); and drinking of alcohol (hence the wine-tasting activities!). You can also make a donation to Danbury or Norwalk Food Pantries (click here to donate).

After an abbreviated Shabbat service, we will engage in a highly participatory reading of the Megillah accompanied by drinking as appropriate to the celebration of Purim! You can sign up for a short reading by emailing Susan Farber. The invitation is open to current, past and future TBC members – ALL ARE WELCOME (so invite some friends!). Click the link to register, and details on wines and participation will be provided.  

The Adult Education Committee Presents
"Did You Really Just Say That: From Divisive to
Respectful Communications"
Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 pm

TBC member Deborah List will repeat the talk she gave at the recent WRJ convention.

Please listen to the TED talk entitled "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chianda Ngozi Adichie before this lecture. It is about 20 minutes long.

To register, please click here.
Sisterhood Presents a 3-Part Series
Women of the Hebrew Bible
Part 1 - Esther, Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 pm

Cantor Harriet Dunkerley will present the first in a series of three lectures on women of the Hebrew bible. The first will be a discussion of the heroism of Esther. Subsequent lectures will focus on Miriam, Ruth and Naomi. All are welcome. Please feel free to invite friends. Click here to register for Part 1.

'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 -- running from February through May -- 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
Mishpatim
[These Are the] Rules
Exodus 21:1−24:18

  • Interpersonal laws ranging from the treatment of slaves to the exhibition of kindness to strangers are listed. (21:1-23:9)
  • Cultic laws follow, including the commandment to observe the Sabbatical Year, a repetition of the Sabbath injunction, the first mention of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, rules of sacrificial offerings, and the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother's milk. (23:10-19)
  • The people assent to the covenant. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascend the mountain and see God. Moses goes on alone and spends forty days on the mountain. (24:1-18). 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, February 21, 9:30 am
TBC Religious School Celebrates Purim

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

Wednesday, February 24, 6:15 pm
Sisterhood Women of the Hebrew Bible Series - Esther - Click here to register

Friday, February 26, 7:30 pm
Virtual Purim Celebration and Wine Tasting - Welcoming Shabbat Together. Click here to register

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

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, February 12 - 18
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, February 12
William Cohen, father of June Mara

Saturday, February 13
Elsie R. Alexander, grandmother of Moses Alexander
Leo Bernstein, grandfather of Nathan & Olivia Bernstein

Sunday, February 14
Emanuel (Manny) Zamore, husband of Jean Zamore & father of Steven Zamore

Tuesday, February 16
Mark Lewis Feiner, husband of Senia Feiner
Barbara Zykan, sister of Brooke Zykan Bernstein & aunt of Nathan Bernstein

Thursday, February 18
Theomora Levy, aunt of Debra Case
Edward Leon Vincent, paternal grandfather of Shannon McAvoy

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