February 17, 2021
TBC Events Through February 25, 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.

Welcome to Our New TBC Member Family!

Danielle Simson and her son Jace, of Redding

Please extend a warm welcome to our new members!
Sisterhood Shabbat
A Moving and Informative Service

Last week's Sisterhood Shabbat was beautiful and moving. And guest speaker, Carmen Holtzman, provided an enlightening overview of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) worldwide.
Torah Shabbat
Friday, February 19, 7:30 am

On Friday, Valerie Rosenson will chant Torah for this month's Torah Shabbat service. Please be sure to join us to support Valerie and begin the sabbath together. (Click here to register!)

If you would like to sign up to chant Torah, there are openings available in March and June. Cantor Dunkerley will provide a recording to use as practice for those who sign up. If you are interested, contact the Cantor.
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.
TBC Connections!

If you haven't already you'll want to peruse TBC's new monthly newsletter, TBC Connections. It is designed to keep members connected to the multitude of exciting initiatives underway at TBC -- not just events and programming, but all that the leadership team is planning for TBC's future.
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.
Virtual Purim Celebration and Wine Tasting
Friday, February 26, 2020
7:30 pm

Toasts for Queen Esther!

Join us for a virtual Purim celebration and wine tasting on Friday, Feb 26! After an abbreviated Shabbat service, we will engage in a highly participatory reading of the Megillah including some trivia questions to test your knowledge and reflexes after a few tastes of wine. The invitation is open to current, past and future TBC members – ALL ARE WELCOME (so invite some friends!)

With support from two local merchants, we have chosen a few wines for our tasting. Both our merchants are offering discounts. A bit of info on the wines and directions on ordering are available when you register for the event. Here is the link.
TBC Art Sale
Rescheduled for May 2021

We are currently planning to hold our long-postponed TBC Art Sale in May. The sale will be virtual and we will be posting an online catalog of all of the works of art, as well as a video. Many of our talented congregants have already donated work; and local artists are contributing as well.
Watch for more information in upcoming Chailites about what promises to be a spectacular event and how to make a donation.
'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.
TBC Book Group

At the next TBC book group, scheduled for March (date to be determined), we will be discussing The Henna House by Nomi Eve. "A touching coming-of-age story" (Publishers Weekly) in the tradition of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, about a young woman, her family, their community and the customs that bind them, from "a storyteller of uncommon energy and poise" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times). See reviews and availability here.
The Weekly Torah Portion
Exodus 25:1−27:19

  • God asks the Children of Israel to donate gifts (t'rumah) for the building of the Tabernacle so that God may "dwell among them." (25:1-9)
  • Instructions for the construction of the Ark, table, and menorah are provided. (25:10-40)
  • Detailed directions are given on how to build the Tabernacle. (26:1-27:19) 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.

Thinking about Jewish
Summer Camp . . .

. . . and wondering if it might be right for your child? The URJ offers Jewish campers a wealth of options to choose from including close by regional camps like Harlam, Eisner and Crane Lake, along with their 6 Points specialty camps: 6 Points Sports Academy in North Carolina, 6 Points Sci-Tech near Boston, MA, and 6 Points Creative Arts just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Scholarships are available for first-time campers through the URJ, and TBC also has limited scholarship funding available! For more information on any of the camps, please visit: or contact Cantor Dunkerley. For information about 6 Points Creative Arts Camp specifically, please reach out to TBC member, Rachel Langberg, who is serving as a Creative Arts Ambassador this year! Regardless of which camp you and your child choose, the experiences, friendships, memories and connections to Judaism forged at Jewish Summer Camp are sure to last a lifetime!
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 19 - 25

  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Saturday, February 20
Della Baxter, step-mother of Simon Curtis

Sunday, February 21
Samuel Mann, great grandfather of David Mann
Philip Myers, uncle of Jane Alexander

Tuesday, February 23
Gilbert Bloch, father of Babette Bloch

Wednesday, February 24
Hyman Schwartz, father of David Schwartz

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