CHAILITES
May 19, 2021
TBC Events Through May 27, 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.
**YOU MUST SAVE THE CONFIRMATION EMAILS THAT YOU RECEIVE. THEY ARE THE ONLY PLACES WHERE THE LINKS AND PASSWORDS WILL APPEAR.**

Our TBC Virtual Art Sale
Has Been Extended!

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 https://accelevents.com/e/bnaichaim.

If you would prefer to see a piece of art in person before you bid on it, please contact June Mara to arrange a viewing time.

Please encourage your friends and family to visit the site and bid.
In-Person Torah Shabbat Service
Friday, May 21 - 7:00 pm

We will be celebrating Shabbat this Friday, May 21 in our courtyard and David Abraham will be chanting Torah.

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!
Our First In-person Shabbat Service

We held our first in-person Shabbat Service this past Friday in our courtyard. It was wonderful to be in-person and welcome Shabbat together.
Last Day of Religious School

Our wonderful TBC Religious School celebrated on Sunday in person, outdoors in our parking lot, our final day of class for the year, and what a year it has been!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this Religious School year a tremendous success including our Terrific TBC Teachers: Barbara Massey Bear, Dana Umerley, Tamar Ben Ardout, Ellie Gluck, Rayna Avizov, Bonnie Heft, and our fabulous Education Consultant and teacher Marilyn Van Raalte! Gratitude as well to Elise Serby who did a phenomenal job shopping for La Briut supplies and preparing the Activity Boxes and Dara Marceau for help in distributing them.

Thanks also go to our Marvelous Madrichim: Elijah Busch, Maddie Brown, Nina Saunders, Sima Goldberg, Sarah Bennett, Rosie Dunkerley, Nathan Bernstein and Stella Dubin, and to our wonderful Education Committee without whom our virtual La Briut program would not have been possible! A special shout out to those from our Ed Committee who were able to come early and stay late on Sunday morning to help with logistics: Joe Sondheimer along with Sasha and Simon, Jen Rubin along with Joshua and Leah, Dara Marceau (who stepped in last minute as a substitute teacher!), Allie Berger and Stacy Barenberg.

Finally, kudos to our students for rising to the challenge of Zoom learning.

Truly, it takes a village, and we are blessed here at TBC to have so many committed and enthusiastic community members who all pitched in to make sure this year was enriching, participatory, filled with learning, and fun for all our students. We look forward to the fall and a return to in-person learning, laughter and prayer together. Wishing everyone a fantastic summer!

Cantor Harriet
In-person Family Service
Friday, June 4 - 6:30 pm

Please join Cantor Harriet at 6:30 pm for our first in-person Family Shabbat Service in our beautiful courtyard! A fun, participatory family-friendly Shabbat service with prayers, liturgy and music put together especially with children ages 7-17 in mind, and suitable for all! Click here to join us virtually.

Our 6th and 7th grade families will be sponsoring a "Grab n G-Oneg". If you would like to join us virtually, click here.
The Weekly Torah Portion
Naso
Take a Census
Numbers 4:21−7:89

  • A census of the Gershonites, Merarites, and Koathites between the ages of thirty and fifty is conducted and their duties in the Tabernacle are detailed. (4:21-49)
  • God speaks to Moses concerning what to do with ritually unclean people, repentant individuals, and those who are suspected of adultery. (5:1-31)
  • The obligations of a nazirite vow are explained. They include abstaining from alcohol and not cutting one's hair. (6:1-21)
  • God tells Moses how to teach Aaron and his sons the Priestly Blessing. (6:22-27)
  • Moses consecrates the Sanctuary, and the tribal chieftains bring offerings. Moses then speaks with God inside the Tent of Meeting. (7:1-89). Click here to learn more
Don't Forget the Turnover Shop! 

Temple B'nai Chaim receives 60% of the proceeds from your donations to the Wilton Turnover Shop, a non-profit thrift shop located in the Village Market building in Wilton Center.

The Turnover shop is run entirely by volunteers and benefits the Wilton schools' PTA and local nursing and home care. If you are cleaning out your closets, the shop will accept seasonal clothing, house wares, small furniture and collectibles. Located at 98 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT 06897
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 cards@templebnaichaim.org.

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.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 


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

Friday, May 28 - DIY Shabbat - From Our Homes to Yours

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

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

Saturday, June 5, 10:30 am - Click here
Georgia Marceau Bat Mitzvah

Saturday, June 12, 10:30 am
Jacob Felton Bar Mitzvah

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 21 - 27
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

No Yahrzeits this week

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.
Help Support TBC
Contact Us

If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to chailites@templebnaichaim.org!

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