May 13, 2021
TBC Events Through May 20, 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.

TBC is Back In-Person for
May 14th Shabbat!!
We are very excited to welcome you back to in-person, open-air Shabbat services in our beautiful courtyard (weather permitting of course!) beginning this Friday, May 14! We cannot wait to see everyone face to face. We know that not everyone is comfortable gathering just yet, so services will continue to be available on Zoom. If you do come to in-person services, masks will be required, and chairs will be appropriately socially distanced.

Our courtyard Shabbat services can only happen if you help, and there are several ways you can get involved. What better way to get to know your fellow congregants than to volunteer in service to the synagogue?
Sign up to be an Usher/Host (or an alternate) for in-person Shabbat services or a “Tech trainee” to learn how to provide future tech support for summer services. Steve West Rosenthal and Simon Curtis have been doing most of this work and they NEED HELP.

Use the sign-up sheet here to volunteer. We really do need you!
Thank you to Steve & Val West-Rosenthal for sponsoring the oneg at our in-person Shabbat this Friday, May 14th at 7:30pm in honor of Val's graduation. Mazel Tov to Val.
Shavuot Celebration
Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 8:00pm

Join us in celebrating the festival of Shavuot, this Sunday, May 16, at 8PM! We will be joining with Congregation Shir Shalom (Ridgefield, CT) for worship, celebration, and study. There is a custom of studying Torah late into the night on Shavuot, recalling the all-night vigil of our ancestors, awaiting the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai.

Our brief festival worship will begin at 8PM, led by clergy from Shir Shalom, followed by a study session at approximately 8:30pm, led by our very own Cantor Harriet Dunkerley. We look forward to celebrating and learning together on Zoom! No advance registration is required
Erev Shavuot Worship and Text Study
Sunday, May 16, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Our TBC Virtual Art Sale
Has Been Extended

Bidding on the art in TBC’s Virtual Art Sale Has been extended through May 22. There are amazing works of art, sculpture and jewelry that have been donated – including beautiful pieces by several of our congregants, including Babette Bloch (on the left), Jon Gordon, Richard Lerner (below left), Joni Johns Lerner and Bruce Miller. We have art by well-known artists, including Saul Chase, Lionel Barrymore, Frederic Remington and Aldo Luongo, as well as several local artists. You can view the auction items and bid on your favorites at If you would like to see a piece of art you may be interested in, please contact June Mara to arrange a viewing time.

Please share this link with friends and family.
Jewish Federations of North America is Offering
The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship this Summer

Are you ready to be a changemaker? If you’re a Jewish college student or a recent grad, age 20-24, you now have an awesome opportunity - an online leadership development experience to expand your career, your network and, most importantly, your ability to affect positive change in your community and the world. Fellows receive a $350 stipend. Applications open on April 21. To apply, go to

There are two sessions, as follows:
Session 1: June 7-24
Session 2: July 12-2 

The Weekly Torah Portion
In the Wilderness
Numbers 1:1−4:20

  • God commands Moses to take a census of all the Israelite males over the age of twenty. (1:1-46)
  • The duties of the Levites, who are not included in the census, are detailed. (1:47-51)
  • Each tribe is assigned specific places in the camp around the Tabernacle. (1:52-2:34)
  • The sons of Levi are counted and their responsibilities are set forth. (3:1-3:39)
  • A census of the firstborn males is taken and a special redemption tax is levied on them. (3:40-51)
  • God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the responsibilities of Aaron and his sons, and the duties assigned to the Kohathites. (4:1-20).Click here to learn more
Don't Forget Chai Greeting Cards!

Chai Greeting Cards are an opportunity for our members to reach out to one another during times of illness, struggle or bereavement. The cards have a modern, yet warm look and feel and include a heartfelt message and space for personalization. Click here to see examples. Or - Click here to send a card! If you have any questions, please email

Condolence Card - This card contains a message of condolence for those who have lost a loved one. $36 each, with the donation going to your choice of the Clergy Discretionary Fund, Operating Fund or the Chesed (Caring) Fund.

Mazel Tov Card - This card contains a message of congratulations for those celebrating a happy occasion. $54 each, with the donation going to the Operating Fund, Clergy Discretionary Fund, Religious School Fund, Sisterhood Fund, Tzedakah (social action) Fund or Youth Fund.

Mi Shebeirach Card - This card contains a message of caring and support for someone struggling with illness or other challenges. $18 each, with the donation going to the Kesher/Caring Fund.
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.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 

Virtual Art Sale

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 pm
TBC Book Group - The Rest of Us: The Rise of America's Eastern European Jews by Stephen Birmingham

Thursday, May 27, 7:30 pm
Annual Congregational Meeting - Click here to register

Wednesday, June 2, 2:00 pm
Dorothy Day Hospitality House

Friday, June 4, 5:00 pm - Click here to register
Tot Shabbat

Friday, June 4, 6:30 pm - Click here to register
Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together

Thursday, June 17, 7:30 pm
TBC Book Group - Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers who Forged the Way by Hasia R. Diner
See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, May 14 - 20
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

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

Monday, May 17
Ralph Cahn, uncle of Kiki Cahn

Tuesday, May 18
Julius Alexander, grandfather of Moses Alexander

Thursday, May 20
Edward Goldberg, father of Lloyd Goldberg
Alvin Steiner, cousin of Ken Sobel

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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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