February 9, 2023


Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm - Welcoming Shabbat Together. This Shabbat Service will be led by Valerie Rosenson and Russ Robbins. Click here for zoom

Saturday, February 11, 9:30 am - Torah Study led by Judson Scruton

Sunday, February 12, 9:30 am - Religious School

Sunday, February 12, 9:30 am - TBC Women's Health & Reproductive Rights Action Group

Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School


See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

TBC's COVID safety policy is posted here.


 Scholarships at TBC for

Jewish Summer Camp

Summer is coming soon! See the full list of URJ youth and teen programs here. Questionnaire to find the right Reform Jewish Camp here.

News Flash! There is a wonderfully generous donor at TBC who has volunteered to offer scholarships for any of our students who wish to attend a Jewish Summer Camp. The amount of scholarship per student will depend on the number of TBC students registered for camp and in need of financial support. Contact Cantor Dunkerley for more information!

Operating Fund

     June Mara

     Wendy and Mac Nadel

     Ronnie Ross


Year End Appeal

     Karen and Ross Tartell


Clergy Discretionary Fund

     Jane & Moses Alexander

     Mrs. Ronna Van Veghel

In this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who generously contributed to TBC during January, 2023. To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.

Religious School

     Susan and Mitchell Farber


Tzedakah Fund

     Jane & Moses Alexander


Oneg/Flower Donation

     Jane & Moses Alexander

     June Mara

From Sophie Barenberg:

Hi all! I am a Junior at Weston High School and a 'graduate' of TBC Religious School. Starting when I was 12 when I did my Mitzvah project, I have been organizing a toy drive for the Yale New Haven Toy Closet, an organization near and dear to my heart. I usually organize this toy drive around the holidays, but due to travels this year, I decided to do the Toy Drive during Valentine’s Day. I will have a collection bin at the temple until February 14th and would greatly appreciate your donations. Donations can include new and unwrapped toys from ages birth-teen. Thank you!

Come "Ham it Up" With Us (Kosher Style)

TBC's Purim Shabbat - Friday, March 3 at 6:00 pm

Join us for our TBC Purim Shabbat and Hamilton Spiel courtesy of our TBC Religious School. Sing, pray, laugh, chant and then . . . eat, of course. Dinner will follow the whole megillah.

Come in costume! Bring family and friends. ALL ARE WELCOME. PLEASE RSVP HERE.

Simcha News ...

Cantor Harriet and John Dunkerley are proud to share that their daughter, Rosella, has been accepted into the pre-professional mid-winter ballet intensive at the Stanlowa Institut International de Danse in Paris where she will spend a week training with teachers and etoile dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet! Felicitations Rosie!

Share Your Simcha! TBC congregants are invited to share news of their family events and celebrations in Chailites. Please send your information to

Come enjoy an exciting and progressive acoustic band, weaving together Americana, folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues, with timeless Jewish themes.


Temple Shalom, Norwalk

Saturday February 11, 7:00 pm

Tickets 13+ - $36; 12 & under free


ShopRaise for TBC!

Take advantage of the many discounts and other options ShopRaise offers and help support TBC! You'll even be able to track the cumulative amount your purchases have contributed. More information about ShopRaise for TBC can be found here.

(Amazon Smile will be discontinued February 20, 2023!)

Handmade Kippot Still Available!

They kippot are $18 each, and we will use the proceeds to ship 100 Machzorim to the community and also send the balance of the proceeds to purchase food! Please make checks payable to: Temple B'nai Chaim, with 'TBC Social Action Fund-Ugandan Jewry' in the memo line. Additional donations are welcome through the TBC Social Action Fund on the TBC Donation Page with a note indicating 'Ugandan Jewry' as the recipient.

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.

Yahrzeits February 10 - 16

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, February 10

Harold B. West, father of Valerie West-Rosenthal

Saturday, February 11

Marvin Greenberg, father of Iris Busch

Sadie Friedman, grandmother of Jane Alexander

Sydelle Carter, mother of Suzanne Carter Kramer

Sunday, February 12

William Cohen, father of June Mara

Monday, February 13

Elsie R. Alexander, grandmother of Moses Alexander

Rabbi Sol Trav, grandfather of Chloe Davis

Thursday, February 16

Mark Lewis Feiner, husband of Senia Feiner

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

Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques

When remembering loved ones who have passed away, we invite you to commemorate their lives and blessings with a memorial plaque for the TBC wall of remembrance. Ordering information is available here.

Ten Minutes of Torah!

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides rich resources for Torah study from a Reform perspective. Their Torah Study website includes "The Torah Explained," "Torah Portion Calendar" and an overview of each week's Torah portion.

In addition, several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah. Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge.

Click here to sign up today!

A reminder that the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County schedules a variety of programs that TBC members may find interesting.

Their calendar of upcoming events is available here. Those wishing to receive their weekly mailing list will find the registration form here.

You Can Make a Difference at TBC

Have you been thinking about making a donation to support TBC in some way? We have made it easier for you to do just that! Please check out our new Donate Now button below!

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Temple B'nai Chaim    

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