March 9, 2022
TBC Events Through March 17, 2022

  • Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm - Welcoming WEPCO Torah Shabbat Click here for zoom link and please note earlier start time
  • Saturday, March 12, 9:30 am - Torah Study Click here for zoom link
  • Sunday, March 13, 11:00 am - Bake Sale for Ukraine! (See below for details.)
  • Sunday, March 13, 9:30 am - Religious School Purim Celebration and Carnival
  • Wednesday, March 16, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School

NB: Events with no Zoom link are held on site at TBC. See TBC's COVID Safety Guidelines for information on vaccination requirements and reporting.
My Yad Workshop, March 2
On March 2, Israeli artist/educator Avi Zukerman conducted a Torah Yad Workshop for TBC 6/7th graders and their parents, assisted by teachers Bonnie Heft, Rayna Avizov and Marilyn Van Raalte. The program began in the sanctuary where Avi conversed with students about the history of Torah, the art of Torah calligraphy (scribing), its importance to Jews, and B’nai Mitzvah. The group then moved into the social hall where tables had been set up containing bowls of varied silver plated beads and Hebrew letters. With great enthusiasm, students slid the beads of their choice and letters of their Hebrew names onto a rod with a silver hand at the end to create a unique personalized yad. These will be used to practice Torah portions and on Bar or Bat Mitzvah Day as they chant Torah in public. The finale of the program was in the sanctuary as each student briefly used their beautiful new yad with our Torah for the first time. Click here for the Shutterfly Photo Gallery Thank you to Rayna Avizov for the photos.
Our TBC Teens Invite You to Join us for a Special Torah Shabbat Service and Welcome our Friends
from Wilton’s WEPCO Campus
March 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Our Teens will meet together at 5:45 pm to share in some learning and Q&A followed by a communal dinner at 6:30. Our learner’s Shabbat Torah service begins at 7:00 pm and will be followed by an Oneg at 8:15. Please come and support our teens as we once again welcome peers from other faith traditions into our beautiful synagogue! 
Religious School Purim Celebration and Carnival, March 13, 2022 @ 9:30 am

In the TBC sanctuary... there will be games, music, crafts, snacks, and costume parade!  Pre-order game, food & beverage tickets in advance, by clicking here. If you can't make it in person, watch the fun on zoom. Click here for Zoom


For more information, contact Ellie Gluck, who is coordinating the event!  Click here to volunteer to help us!
Bake Sale for Ukraine, This Sunday March 13
Bake and/or Nosh!

Calling on all TBC folk with a sweet tooth or/and baking skills! We need your baking (and eating!) prowess for our TBC Bake Sale for Ukraine on Sunday March 13th! This can be something wonderful to get the kids involved in and a way to give back from afar. Feel free to share this far and wide!
Please bring INDIVIDUALLY wrapped treats to drop off outside Temple B'nai Chaim on March 13th between 9--10am AND/OR come purchase treats between 11am-1pm on Sunday! Sign up here to donate treats

Ingredient cards, vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free treats welcome and encouraged!

DELIVER TREATS: AT TBC on March 13th between 9-10am 

SHOP TREATS: At TBC on March 13th between 11am-1pm **CASH ONLY**

100% of proceeds benefit The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield’s Ukraine Emergency Assistance Fund which provides humanitarian support including first aid, basic necessities such as food, medicine and clothing, and medical support, and transportation to bring displaced people to the borders or safe facilities, and temporary housing either in Ukraine or across the border while they wait to make Aliyah or shelter outside the conflict zone.

Please direct any bake sale questions to Chloé Davis.

Already signed up? You can change your sign up.

If you'd like to contribute to this effort, but are not able to bake or buy on March 13, you can donate using the TBC Donation Form. (Under "Select a Fund" choose the Tzedakah / Social Action Fund and indicate in the "Donation For" field "Ukraine Bake Sale")

Our deepest gratitude to all those who have already donated generously to the Tzedekah Fund to assist Ukrainian refugees. TBC has already raised over $3,000 to which our Social Action Committee will contribute an additional $2,000 from our Tzedakah Fund. This money will go directly to benefit the work that is being done to aid the now more than 2 million refugees fleeing Ukraine. We will keep the donation drive going through our bake sale on Sunday 3/13 at our Purim Carnival, and forward all monies raised to the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy’s Ukraine Crisis Fund on Wednesday March 16th. Please donate what you can – no amount is too small! Click here and select the Tzedakah Fund.
Special Purim Shabbat Service
Friday, March 18, 7:00 pm
The whole Megillah ....ish

Ladies, Gentleman and Children of ALL AGES:

Join us in the TBC sanctuary next Friday in your favorite costume and MASK!** We will have an abbreviated Shabbat Service followed by a community wide English Megillah reading. Serious merriment is guaranteed.

Please BRING boxes of small Macaroni. They will help us make noise (think HAMAN) before we donate all to a food pantry.

Hamantaschen and treats for all!

**social distancing must be observed and masks worn inside the synagogue building

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, "A Festival in Georgetown (Shushan)" is being held! 

Martinis and Masks! An Evening to Celebrate Purim

Saturday, March 19th, 7:00 pm
You are invited to partake of Martinis and other special drinks, great company, good food and Fun. Come in costumes and with friends!  (Limited spaces are available for Babysitting)  Bring your favorite starter or dessert - we will praise and toast your skills. 

Prize money is being awarded for those with the Best Mask, the most Amazing Facial Hair and the Best Tale Told. Click here to RSVP  

As a reminder, Proof of Vaccination will be requested at the door. For more information click here!
Adult Ed Program - Messiah Musings
Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:30 pm

Please join us on Tuesday evening at 7:30 via Zoom for a conversational dive into the multiple origins, perspectives and practices concerning the Messiah in the Abrahamic Faith Traditions. Cantor Harriet will be joined by Reverend Will Fisher of Redding Episcopal Church and a Scholar from the Muslim Community of Wilton for a discussion around our various beliefs, traditions and tales about "The Messiah"! A question and answer period will
follow the discussion. You must register in advance to attend by clicking here.
Share Your Simcha!!
TBC congregants are invited to share news of their family events and celebrations in Chailites. Please send your information to
In this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who generously contributed to TBC during February 2022. To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.
Operating Fund
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
     Marc Mellon & Babette Bloch
     Marlene Serby
Religious School
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Sisterhood Donation
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Tzedakah Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander

Operating Fund Card
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Shalach Manot
     Jane & Moses Alexander
     Jeffrey Busch & Stephen Davis
     Debra and Dennis Case
     Jonathan Gordon & Cortney Davis
     June Mara
     Russell Robbins & Valerie Rosenson
     Rachel and Joe Sondheimer
     Melinda and Don Weber
Rabbi Cohen Torah Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Youth Fund Card
     Jane & Moses Alexander  
Release of Ethics Investigation Report
Union for Reform Judaism

You may be aware that the URJ recently released a report of findings from the detailed ethics investigation that was undertaken as part of a broader Reform Movement-wide look into past allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct. URJ's update on the investigation is available here, and the full report by the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton is available here. It includes important recommendations to URJ for preventing sexual misconduct going forward and ensuring a culture of ethical accountability. URJ has committed itself to move forward with restorative justice and genuine T'shuvah.
In the interest of full disclosure, the Clergy and Leadership of TBC feel it's important to share these this information with our community. And the process of T’shuvah is open to all, individuals and organizations alike. Before there can be healing, there must first be knowing and accountability.
Social Action & Community Happenings!
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.
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
[God] Called Out
Levicitus 1:1−5:26

God instructs Moses on the five different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered in the sanctuary:
  1. The olah or "burnt offering" was a voluntary sacrifice that had a high degree of sanctity and was regarded as the "standard" offering. The entire animal, except for its hide, was burned on the altar. (1:1-17)
  2. The minchah or "meal offering" was a sacrifice made of flour, oil, salt, and frankincense that was partly burned on the altar and partly given to the priests to eat. (2:1-16)
  3. The zevach sh'lamim or "sacrifice of well-being" was a voluntary animal offering from one's herd, sometimes brought to fulfill a vow. (3:1-17)
  4. The chatat or "sin offering" was an obligatory sacrifice that was offered to expiate unintentional sins. This offering differs from the others in the special treatment of the blood of the animal. (4:1-5:13)
  5. The asham or "penalty offering" was an obligatory sacrifice of a ram that was required chiefly of one who had misappropriated property. (5:1-26) Click here to learn more.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

  • March 11, 7:00 pm - Welcoming WEPCO Torah Shabbat Together
  • March 18, 7:30 pm - Purim Shabbat and Megillah reading
  • March 19, 7:00 pm - TBC Celebrates Purim with Masks and Martinis!
  • March 22, 7:30 pm - Adult Ed Program Messiah Musings
  • March 26, 10:30 am - Maxwell Nevas Bar Mitzvah

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

Yahrzeits, March 11 - 17
Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, March 11
Eugene Bower, father of Sandi Prince

Saturday, March 12
Pearl Bloom, mother of Richard Bloom

Sunday, March 13
Seymour Gluck, father of Ronnie Ross
Renee Weiss Rollins, mother of Maxine Margolin

Wednesday, March 16
Max Aronow, uncle of Meryll wolfman

Thursday, March 17
Ruth Artson Shauer, mother of Marlene Serby
Lillian Greenwald Sobel, mother of Ken Sobel

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
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Cantor/Educator: Cantor Harriet Dunkerley
Assistant Director of Education: Elisheva Gluck
President: June Mara  Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra