February 2, 2022
TBC Events Through February 10, 2022
Virtual Only

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Out of an abundance of caution, TBC's building is currently closed for all in person events. However, due to the steep decline in Covid infection rates over the last weeks -- in the absence of any further instruction from the CDC and the State -- we expect that:

  • Services will reopen for in-person worship in our beautiful sanctuary on Friday evening February 11.

  • Religious school will resume in-person learning on Sunday February 13 At this time, we continue to monitor COVID infection rates and will make any necessary adjustments as the situation warrants. At present, all events are taking place remotely via Zoom.
Once we are back in person, we will require proof of full vaccination for anyone entering the building. Proof of vaccination in the form of a photo or scanned copy of your vaccination card should be sent to Denise in the Temple office at ASAP.

For complete information about our safety protocols, please visit COVID Safety Guidelines on our website.
TBC Responds to Colleyville, Texas

Following the events in Colleyville, TX, we have been reevaluating our security processes and procedures and stepping up our efforts to provide for the safety and security of our TBC community.
We are establishing a Safety and Security Task Force to oversee these efforts. If you are interested in participating and/or chairing this effort, please contact June Mara or Cantor Harriet. In the interim, wiring for Wifi and Security Cameras begins within the next two weeks. We have also been attending safety and security webinars with Federation, the Anti-Defamation League and the Secure Community Network, the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America.
Secure Community Network is offering an easy to understand and easy to apply webinar to introduce participants to the run, hide, fight concepts (or active shooter protocols) for all members of our community. The webinar will be held on February 16, 2022 at 1 pm. You can register for the webinar by clicking here.

Birthday wishes to our TBC family members that are celebrating a Birthday in February!
Amy Arnold
Mathew Arnold
Allison Berger
Babette Bloch
Audrey Bonheim
Madalen Brown
Ella Cederbaum
Simon Curtis
Suzanne Ellenthal
Senia Erlich
Jonathan Gordon
Dina Gumins
Sam Gumins
Alice Hoffman
Ilene Kauffman
Inna Kriger
Ian Marceau
Ella Misita
Jack Misita
Matthew Newfield
Sandi Prince
Maor Sauler
Marlene Serby
Ethan Serby
Steven Shames
Gary Wakoff
Steven West-Rosenthal Michael Wolfman
Dani Zeitlin
Brooke Zykan Bernstein
cover of pirkei avot
Torah Study
Saturday, February 5 - 9:30 am (Zoom)

Our focus for the coming weeks will be Pirkei Avot, commonly translated as, the “Chapters of the Fathers” or “Ethics of the Fathers.”

For our study, we are using, Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz. The book is available to purchase from the CCAR Press Click here or from Amazon Click here.
Click here for the Zoom link to join Torah study. No prior knowledge of Pirkei Avot is required. Feel free to attend every session or drop in when you can!
TBC Film Club: "Why the Jews?"
March 9 - 7:30 pm (Zoom)

On March 9, the TBC Film Club will discuss the movie "Why the Jews?" You can watch this film on, a website that allows you to see films by using your library card. Below is a brief description of the film, hope you can join us. Click here for zoom link.

The stunning accomplishments of the Jews raise a question no film has dared ask before. How do they do it? Some of the world's most prominent thinkers tackle a mystery shrouded in ignorance and prejudice. They tear back the curtain on a taboo and draw a startling link between a people's achievements and the darkest hours in its history.

  • To volunteer to set up, run a booth, or clean up, please click here
  • To pre-order game tickets, food & beverage tickets in advance, please click here
  • For more information, contact Ellie Gluck, who is coordinating the event!

Purim is Coming......Order 
Shalach Manot for Purim Now!
Deadline for Orders:
February 27, 2022! 

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." Click here for the whole Megillah!
Social Action & Community Happenings!
New Towels & Sheets For Afghan Refugees
January 27-February 17

Let’s show some Upper Fairfield County love by donating new towels and new twin- and full-size bedding for Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) to help resettle Afghan refugees in our community.


  • TCS, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport Bins outside entrance weekdays 9:00 am-5:00 pm

  • Congregation Beth El Fairfield 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield​​​​ Bins outside rear entrance

Take Action for Jewish Security Beyond TBC

Make your voices heard! After Colleyville, it’s clearer than ever that Jewish communities need protection! Join Jewish Federations of North America to urge Congress to act now and increase funding for FEMA Nonprofit Security Grants to $360 million. Click here to take action and secure our communities.
Klezmer in Your Living Room!
Tuesday, February 8 - 5:00 pm

If you enjoy Klezmer music, you may want to register for this complimentary concert. Daniel Kahn is a Detroit-born, Hamburg-based singer-songwriter, klezmer musician, Yiddish translator, and performer of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" in Yiddish. He will be joined in concert by klezmer clarinetist Christian Dawid, followed by a Q&A. To register, click here.

TBC is Here For You!

If you or a family member is ill or in need of care - or if you know of someone in our community who needs help - please contact Cantor Harriet. Our Caring Committee is here to provide assistance - meals, rides to doctors' appointments or shopping.

The Weekly Torah Portion
T'rumah / Gifts
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.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

  • February 13, 11:45 am - B'nai Mitzvah Seminar
  • February 18, 7:30 pm - TBC Torah Shabbat! 
  • March 2, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School - "My Yad" Workshop for 6th & 7th Grade
  • March 4, 6:30 pm - Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together 
  • March 13, 9:30 am -Religious School Purim Program and Carnival

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

Yahrzeits, February 4 - 10
Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, February 4
Katharina Hof, grandmother of Barbara Bloom
Bernard Kanner, uncle of Jane Alexander
Jackie Zykan, mother of Brooke Zykan Bernstein & grandmother to Nathan

Sunday, February 6
Arthur A. Wakoff, father of Gary Wakoff

Tuesday, February 8
Donald Curtis, father of Simon Curtis

Thursday, February 10
Harold B. West, father of Valerie West-Rosenthal

It is traditional to light a memorial candle at home on the eve of the yahrzeit. You may also find it meaningful while kindling the yahrzeit candle to offer prayers of remembrance or reflect on your loved one’s life. Many also choose this time to make monetary donations in memory of loved ones
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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
Assistant Director of Education: Elisheva Gluck
President: June Mara  Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra