May 11, 2022
TBC Events Through May 19, 2022

  • Friday, May 13, 7:30 pm - Welcoming Shabbat Together (in person or via Zoom)
  • Saturday, May 14, 9:30 am - Torah Study Click here for zoom link
  • Saturday, May 14, 12:00 pm - DIG Book and Toy Drive Distribution
  • Sunday, May 15, 9:30 am - Religious School
  • Sunday, May 15, 9:30 am - K/1 Family Education Program
  • Wednesday, May 18, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School

Note: For events held on site at TBC, see TBC's COVID Safety Guidelines for information on vaccination requirements and reporting.
TBC President's Message

If you haven't already done so, please make sure to read June Mara's message about the noteworthy and successful social action, spiritual and social events that have taken place in recent months at TBC. Click here to view. Also, be sure to return your pledge form right away!
Return Your Membership Pledge Form Before May 15!

To enable us to present a balanced budget at the May congregational meeting, we are asking every current member to complete and submit a pledge for the coming year. We hope that in doing so, you will consider increasing your commitment to TBC to whatever extent you are able. You do not need to send in any contributions at this time.

If you have not received your pledge form by email, please contact Denise Seccurra.
In this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who generously contributed to TBC during April 2022. To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.
Operating Fund
     Cindy Baulsir
Debra & Dennis Case
     Jonathan Gordon & Cortney Davis
     Kathy and Todd Gordon:
     Wendy and Mac Nadel
     Louise and Erv Shames
     Karen and Ross Tartell
Security Charge
     Jodi and Jason Stewart
Mortgage Payoff
     Bonnie Heft
Chesed Fund
     Sue and Richard Hagan
Clergy Discretionary
     Cindy Baulsir & the Friedman Family
     Farrell & Nancy Rubenstein
     Jane & Moses Alexander
     Joe Kropf & Irene Rosenberg
     Matthew and Jennifer Siegel
     Melinda and Don Weber
Religious School
     TBC Board of Directors
Tzedakah Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander
      Debra and Dennis Case
     Sue and Richard Hagan
     Bonnie Heft
     Ilene and Paul Kauffman
     Joe Kropf & Irene Rosenberg
     Alice Learman
     June Mara
     Mr. and Mrs. James Meinhold
     Marlene Serby
     Raquel Spilka
     Karen and Ross Tartell
     Terry and Marty Ullman
     Melinda and Don Weber
Shalach Manot
     Ellen and Mike Bonheim
     Iris Busch
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
     Dina and Sam Gumins
     Bonnie Heft
     Patti and Alan Masarek
     Meryll and Michael Wolfman
Chesed Fund
     Cantor Jon Sobel
Religious School Card
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Sisterhood Fund
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Rabbi Cohen Torah
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Tzedakah Card Fund
     Jeffrey Busch & Stephen Davis
Youth Fund Card
     Jane & Moses Alexander
Oneg/Flower Donation
     Jane & Moses Alexander
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
     June Mara
     Sharon and Ken Sobel
TBC's Religious School
Book & Toy Drive
in Partnership with DIG

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!

TBC's Sisterhood
and Adult Education Committee
Havdalah Potluck Supper and Movie
Saturday, May 21, 6:00 pm

All are inivited to join us at TBC on Saturday May 21 at 6:00 pm for havdalah, potluck supper and a movie. TBC Sisterhood and the Adult Education Committee will come together to bid Shabbat a sweet and song-filled adieu in the courtyard, then share our favorite dishes, then head into the old sanctuary for a viewing of BROADWAY MUSICALS, A JEWISH LEGACY. This film examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical.

All are warmly welcome for this evening; and please let us know if you'd like to bring a guest. RSVP here and let us know what salad, side dish or dessert you plan to bring.
TBC Film Club
Wednesday, June 8, 7:30 pm

We will meet on June 8 at 7:30 PM and discuss a movie called Shiva Baby. Click here for the Zoom link. It is available for viewing on Kanopy (using your local public library) or on Amazon Prime for rental for $2.99. You can also watch it on some HBO channels. Please let Ria Miller know if you are planning to come.

The movie is about a college student who runs into her sugar daddy and ex-girlfriend while attending a Jewish funeral service with her parents. The movie won 11 awards and 44 nominations.
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 26 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm (June 26 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
Emor - אֱמֹר
Leviticus 21:1−24:23

  • Laws regulating the lives and sacrifices of the priests are presented. (21:1-22:33)
  • The set times of the Jewish calendar are named and described: the Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Pilgrimage Festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. (23:1-44)
  • God commands the Israelites to bring clear olive oil for lighting the sanctuary menorah. The ingredients and placement of the displayed loaves of sanctuary bread are explained. (24:1-9)
  • Laws dealing with profanity, murder, and the maiming of others are outlined. (24:10-23) Click here for more information

See also the URJ Podcast.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates!

  • May 21, 10:30 am - Audrey Bonheim Bat Mitzvah Click here for Zoom link; click here to send a Mazl Tov card
  • May 21, 6:00 pm -Sisterhood Potluck Havdalah and Movie
  • May 22, 7:30 pm - Congregational Meeting Click here for Zoom link
  • June 3 - Cantor Dunkerley's Installation Dinner (5:30 pm) and Shabbat Service (7:00 pm)
  • June 4, 10:30 am - Special Installation Torah Study Brunch
  • June 4, 7:00 pm - Installation Havdallah, Dairy Potluck and Shavuot Learning and Music
  • June 5, 10:30 am - Installation Community Mitzvah Day

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

yahrzeit candle
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.
Yahrzeits, May 12 -19
Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Thursday, May 12
Willa Craig Case, mother of Dennis Case

Saturday, May 14
Bea Foote, aunt of Kiki Cahn

Sunday, May 15
Joseph Heisler, father of Michele Scruton
Marjorie Schott, mother of Marilyn Crandall

Tuesday, May 17
Ralph Cahn, uncle of Kiki Cahn

Wednesday, May 18
Julius Alexander, grandfather of Moses Alexander

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