CHAILITES
February 3, 2021
TBC Events Through February 11, 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.**

Happy birthday wishes to our TBC family members who are celebrating a birthday in February.
Amy Arnold
Mathew Arnold
Jacob Arnowitz
David Baulsir
Amanda Beckman
Allison Berger
Brooke Bernstein
Babette Bloch
Beth Blumenthal
Audrey Bonheim
Madalen Brown
Ella Cederbaum
Simon Curtis
Stella Dubin
John Dunkerley
Alex Ellenthal
Suzanne Ellenthal
Senia Feiner
Jonathan Gordon
Emily Gruen
Jennifer Gruen
Dina Gumins
Sam Gumins
Alice Hoffman
Ilene Kauffman
Inna Kriger
Ariel Langberg
Ian Marceau
Jared Masarek
Cassidy Meehan
Ella Misita
Jack Misita
Matthew Newfield
Sandi Prince
Brian Robbins
Maor Sauler
Mary Schrag
Marlene Serby
Ethan Serby
Steven Shames
Gary Wakoff
Steven West-Rosenthal
Michael Wolfman
Please Join Friends and Congregants For TBC’s Annual

Sisterhood Shabbat, Friday February 12

“Doing a World of Good”

Services will be led by Cantor Harriet Dunkerley and Members of the Sisterhood Board, with Special Guest Carmen Holzman, First Vice President, Women of Reform Judaism, Northeast District.

Friday, February 12, Via Zoom, 7:30 pm -- Click here to register.

Our Weekend of Sisterhood Events continues with Torah Study,
Saturday, February 13, Via Zoom, 9:30 am -- Click here to register.
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.
Mitzvah Hero Awards

This past Sunday Federation honored nominees from 12 local congregations. Cantor Dunkerley spoke of our very own honoree, Steve West-Rosenthal, for his unwaivering commitment to TBC.
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.
'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, 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
Yitro יִתְרו Jethro

Exodus 18:1–20:23

  • Yitro brings his daughter Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, to his son-in-law Moses. (18:1-12)
  • Moses follows Yitro's advice and appoints judges to help him lead the people. (18:13-27)
  • The Children of Israel camp in front of Mount Sinai. Upon hearing the covenant, the Israelites respond, "All that God has spoken we will do." (19:1-8)
  • After three days of preparation, the Israelites encounter God at Mount Sinai. (19:9-25)
  • God gives the Ten Commandments aloud directly to the people. (20:1-14)
  • Frightened, the Children of Israel ask Moses to serve as an intermediary between God and them. Moses tells the people not to be afraid. (20:15-18). 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! 


Friday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Sisterhood Shabbat Click here to register

Saturday, February 13, 9:30 am
Sisterhood Sponsored Torah Study Click here to register

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 - Zoom

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 5 - 11
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

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

Monday, February 8
Donald Curtis. father of Simon Curtis

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

Thursday, February 11
Sydelle Carter, mother of Suzanne Carter Kramer
Sadie Friedman, grandmother of Jane Alexander
Marvin Greenberg, father of Iris Busch

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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Contact Us

If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to chailites@templebnaichaim.org!

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