April 13, 2022
TBC Events Through April 21, 2022

  • Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm - Shabbat at Home / Erev Pesach the First Seder
  • Saturday, April 16, 9:30 am - No Torah Study
  • Sunday, April 17 - No Religious School
  • Wednesday, April 20 - No Hebrew School

NB: For events held on site at TBC, see TBC's COVID Safety Guidelines for information on vaccination requirements and reporting.
Welcome to our New TBC Members

Amanda Lerner and Jim Larson, of Wilton

Please extend a warm welcome to our new members!
Updated COVID Policy

Based on the Reopening Task Force's recommendations, we are updating TBC's COVID policy. Effectively immediately, masks inside the building will be optional. This change is a result of the high vaccination rates of our congregants, the low infection and hospitalization rates in our area and CDC guidelines.

Please note that full vaccination continues to be required to enter the building. Children under 5 who cannot be vaccinated (or anyone who is medically unable to be vaccinated and has provided the required proof) must continue to wear a mask while in the building. We will continue to monitor COVID and adjust our policy as needed.
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A Special Shabbat
To Honor David and Lori Abraham
April 22 at 7:30 pm

Our April 22nd Shabbat service will be a very special one to honor David and Lori Abraham, who will be moving to Arizona. David and Lori are long-time members of TBC and we will be honoring their years of dedicated service to our community. In addition to the many Board roles David held, he is also a past President. Lori taught in our religious school for many years.

There will be a festive oneg - sponsored by TBC's past presidents - following the service. Please join us to help celebrate these extraordinary members of our TBC family.
Click here if you would like to make a donation to honor the Abrahams.

Rosella Bat Mitzvah

We hope you are able to join us for the service in our beautiful TBC sanctuary and in our courtyard immediately following the service for Kiddush and Motzi! Please RSVP here no later than April 20 so we are sure to have enough seats in the sanctuary to accommodate everyone!
Israel Independence Day
Sunday, May 1, 2022
9:30 am

On Sunday morning, May 1 from 9:30-11:30, the Religious School will be celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) with “A Visit to Israel.” At a variety of stations representing important sites, students will learn through experience about Masada archeology, folk dancing in Tel Aviv, prayers at The Wall in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and Eilat. Adult volunteers are needed to help with the activities. Please use click here to sign up to help out. If you have any questions, contact Marilyn Van Raalte at (203) 644-0177 or
Next TBC Film Club Discussion, May 2, 7:30 pm -- 1945

The movie 1945, as reviewed by Allen Kopfstein, "has a somber, compelling theme. Two Jews return to a Polish town at the end of WW2 causing the town residents to fear that the Jews will reclaim their confiscated properties and wealth. Outstanding cinematography and acting. A gripping drama". 

You can watch the movie on (via your library) and if you have any difficulty with this contact Ria Miller, who can help you with it. Click here to join.

TBC Religious School, in partnership with DIG (Determination, Integrity, Growth), is collecting books & toys both in our lobby and from various other locations over the coming weeks to distribute to the children and families of Bridgeport, CT that are in need. 

To help pick up books & toys from other collection sites, please send an email to Dara Marceau at

For more information about DIG and how we came to partner with them on this important Social Action Initiative, please click here!

Jack and Ella Misita's Mitzvah Project - Pajamas & Books!

Help Ella and Jack Misita with their Mitzvah Project to bring new pajamas and books to children in need! Donations sought for Pajama Program! This organization emphasizes healthy sleep habits as an integral part of children’s health. There will be a bin in the TBC lobby through April 30 where you can place NEW pajamas (in any size), and NEW children’s books. If you’re unable to donate these items, but wish to contribute, you can make a donation using the TBC donation form, earmarked for Jack and Ella Misita’s mitzvah project, and we will be happy to purchase these items on your behalf. To learn more, visit
In this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who generously contributed to TBC during March 2022. To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.
Operating Fund
     Debra and Dennis Case
     Sandra Cohen
     June Mara
Michele and Judson Scruton
Chesed Fund
     Jane Behrmann
Religious School
     Alan Gould
Sisterhood Donation
     Gladys and Jerry O'Neil
     Leon & Marilyn Shebshaievitz
Tzedakah Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander
     Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brown
     Iris Busch
     Debra and Dennis Case
     Simon Curtis & Kiki Cahn
     Kathy and Todd Gordon
     Noah and Sarah Grayson
     Ali Greenfield
     Vanessa Greer
     Anita Hiranandani
     Suzanne and Harvey Kramer
     Joe Kropf & Irene Rosenberg
     Rachel and Blaine Langberg
     June Mara
     Ria and Bruce Miller
     Peggy Reller
     Ronnie Ross

     Michele and Judson Scruton
     Louise and Erv Shames
     Religious School Temple B'nai Chaim
     Sandy Tepper
     Terry and Marty Ullman
     Sheila and Gary Wakoff
     Melinda and Don Weber
     Bernard Whitman
     Lakey Wolff 

Shalach Manot
     Brooke Zykan Bernstein
     Lisa and Robert Cederbaum
     Simon Curtis & Kiki Cahn
     Barbara Dobbin
     John & Cantor Harriet Dunkerley
     Marc Mellon & Babette Bloch
     Ria and Bruce Miller
     Wendy and Mac Nadel
     Gladys and Jerry O'Neil
     Maor Sauler & Robyn Scatena
     Michele and Judson Scruton
     Sharon and Ken Sobel
Chesed Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Clergy Disc. Fund Card
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Rabbi Cohen Torah Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Youth Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander
House-Donation Project
     Anonymous Barn Demolition

Upcoming events with our talented congregants Russ Robbins and Bonnie Heft ...
Southern Connecticut Camerata Concert
(with Russ Robbins)
Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm
Saint Paul's on the Green, Norwalk

TBC congregant Russ Robbins is a long-time member of the Southern Connecticut Camerata. They are giving a concert on Sunday, April 24 at 4pm at St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk featuring "The Ladies Oriana: Music for Elizabeth I & II." The program will include works by Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Benjamin Britten, and more. All are welcome. You can purchase tickets online at to attend in person or virtually - or you can purchase tickets at the door. We hope to see you there.
Ridgefield Chorale
(with Bonnie Heft)
Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 pm
Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Chorale will present “Only All of Us,” a concert celebrating resilience and heroes and the discovery of the strength that lies within us as individuals and as communities. Presented at the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, and accompanied by the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, this multi-media “choral musical” will take us through a time that challenged not only a few, but all of us. Click here to purchase tickets.
TBC congregants are invited to share news of their family events and celebrations in Chailites. Please send your information to
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.

New Jewish Senior Services Hospice Volunteer Training Dates
Sunday, June 12, 2022, 9:00 am

Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday June 12th from 9am–5:00pm and Sunday June 26th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm (June 26th session might be via zoom). Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
The Weekly Torah Portion
Yom Rishon shel Pesach
יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן שֶׁל פֶּסַח
1st Day of Passover
Exodus 12:37-42, 13:3-10 

We read that a “mixed multitude” of people fled Egypt with the Israelites. With no time to wait, they took the cakes from their oven before they had time to rise. By God’s mighty hand, our ancestors fled the house of bondage and were brought to “a land flowing with milk and honey.”

As a reminder of God’s redemption, we are instructed to eat only unleavened bread during Passover. Furthermore, the text tells us to explain to our children, “It is because of what God did for me when I went free from Egypt.” The Hebrew word for explain, v’higgadta, has the same root as Haggadah, the book from which we read on Passover. In doing so, each year we fulfill the sacred obligation to tell this story to our children. It is this story, more than any other that is central to Judaism. God redeemed us from slavery and we therefore know the heart of the stranger. Click here for URJ Commentary.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

  • April 22, 7:30 pm - Special Shabbat to Honor David and Lori Abraham
  • April 30, 10:30 am - Rosella Dunkerley Bat Mitzvah Click here for zoom link, Click here to send a card
  • May 6, 6:30 pm - Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together
  • May 7, 10:30 am - Murray Siegel Bar Mitzvah

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

Yahrzeits, April 15 - 21
Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, April 15
Jason Altare, nephew of Sandy Tepper
Harvey Felton, father of David Felton
Sarah Sobel, remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel

Sunday, April 17
Martha Sugar Lash, mother of Melinda Weber
Karen Maru, friend of Sandi Prince

Monday, April 18
Robert Steward, cousin of Moses Alexander
Scott Auerbach, Neighbor of Temple B'nai Chaim
David Froehlich, Neighbor of Temple B'nai Chaim
David Gartrell, Neighbor of Temple B'nai Chaim
Sean Hiltunen, Neighbor of Temple B'nai Chaim
Jason Trusewicz, Neighbor of Temple B'nai Chaim

Tuesday, April 19
Joseph Castoro, grandfather to Lorig Family
Saul (Bud) Kapel, father of Robert Kapel

Wednesday, April 20
Edythe Metzger, grandmother of Dina Levi

Thursday, April 21
Jerome Stern, father of Susan Farber

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 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.

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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