May 5, 2021
TBC Events Through May 13, 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.

Our TBC Virtual Art Sale
Begins This Weekend
May 8 - 15, 2021

Bidding on the art in TBC’s Virtual Art Sale begins this Saturday and will continue through May 15. 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 Bidding starts at 8 am on Saturday, May 8.

Please share this link with friends and family.
Happy birthday wishes to our TBC family members who are
celebrating a birthday in May.
David Abraham
Stacy Barenberg
Iris Busch
Dennis Case
Lloyd Goldberg
Bonnie Heft
Magaret Hoffman
Hailey Hoffman
Caroline Hoffman
Ryan Katz
Dr. Harvey Kramer
Juliette Langberg
Alice Learman
Beth Lewson
David Mann
Georgia Marceau
Jennifer Meehan
Dr. Alissa Merzon
Casey Meyer
Jerry O'Neil
Irene Rosenberg
Lynn Schlesinger
Claude Schrag
Sharon Sobel
Jason Stewart

In this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who have generously contributed to TBC during April 2021.

To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.
ARZA Dues-optional
     Thomas Dubin & Pamela Klem
Operating Fund
     Thomas Dubin & Pamela Klem
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
     June Mara
     Karen and Ross Tartell
High Holyday Appeal
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
     Joni and Richard Lerner
Memorial Book
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
Year End Appeal
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
Mortgage - Donations
     Sandy Tepper
Clergy Discretionary
     Alexander Family Foundation
Tzedakah Fund
     Alexander Family Foundation
     Ms. Laurie Noe
     Mr. and Mrs. Barry Seigerman
Shalach Manot
     Barbara and Richard Bloom
     Simon Curtis & Kiki Cahn
     Thomas Dubin & Pamela Klem
     Hilary and David Felton
Tree of Life
     Lori and David Abraham
Art Show - Donations
     Alexander Family Foundation
Chesed Fund
     Alexander Family Foundation
     Bonnie Heft
     Heidi and Brad Marcus
     Michele and Judson Scruton
     Cantor Jon Sobel
Kesher Fund Card
     Thomas Dubin & Pamela Klem
Scholarship Fund
     Alexander Family Foundation
Tzedakah Fund Card
     June Mara
Oneg/Flower Donation
     Alexander Family Foundation 
Jazz Concert a HUGE Success

An ENORMOUS thank you to John Dunkerley for coming up with the idea, organizing the event and playing the keyboards, Ben Carriel on drums, Danny Patiris on Sax, Doug Ferony, big band vocals, the cabaret stylings of our own Jerry O’Neil and Cantor Harriet and special guest vocalists, Bill and Brandi Hayden. It was an amazing evening of Jazz, classic pop and singing in TBC’s parking lot on Saturday night. We had a wonderful turnout and everyone had a fabulous time. After more than a year apart, it was so incredible to see our TBC family members in person. We talked, caught up, ate, drank and sang all evening. Mike Bonheim and daughter Kira even danced to the music. Everyone wanted to know when we are having our next concert.

Thanks also to Steve West-Rosenthal and Simon Curtis for setting up and managing the sound and lights.  

Naomi and Ruth
May 12, 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Nourish your body and soul for this evening's full agenda. At 6 pm bring a dairy dinner to enjoy for the continuation of our Women of the Hebrew Bible Series, presented by Cantor Dunkerley. Learn about the unique bond Naomi and Ruth shared - leading up to Shavuot. Click here to register.
Hamilton - Man, Myth, Musical and Mensch
The Unknown Story of Hamilton's Jewish Roots
May 12, at 7:30 pm

This fascinating lecture will be presented by Robert Watson, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of American History & Avron Fogelman Research Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn University, FL Click here to register. 

Please feel free to invite friends and family. The lecture is free, but donations are most graciously welcome. To make a donation, please click here.

Robert Watson is a professor, author, historian, media commentator and community activist. He joined the faculty of Lynn in 2007 after spending 15 years teaching at universities around the country. He has published over 40 books and approximately 200 scholarly articles, essays and chapters on topics in history and politics. His recent books America’s First Crisis, The Nazi Titanic, The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn, and George Washington’s Final Battle have received critical acclaim. A frequent media commentator, Watson has been interviewed by local, national and international television, radio, print and online outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Time, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC and more. He served for many years as the political analyst for WPTV 5 NBC, a Sunday columnist for the Sun-Sentinel newspaper and a regular guest on television shows “To the Point” (WPTV 5 NBC) and “Issues” (WPBT 2 PBS) and on radio programs on RTE One Ireland, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, WIOD 610 AM and WFTL 850 AM.

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 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!
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 
"Medication Safety in Older Adults"
Jewish Senior Services Presentation, May 13, 3:00 pm

The talk will focus on Interactions and Adverse reactions. Speakers will be Dr. Jean K. Jacob, Pharm. D, Certified Pedorthist., Dr. Zenub Parupia, Pharm. D, Main Street Pharmacy. RSVP to: or 203-556-1619. See flyer for more information.

Jewish Senior Services continues to host free educational seminars to raise awareness of the challenges facing older adults and families. The series is presented by JSS staff, who provide the expertise and support services to those living with these challenges

The Weekly Torah Portion
B'har - B'chukotai
On Mount [Sinai] / My Laws
Leviticus 25:1-27:34

  • God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites that in every seventh year, the land shall observe a Sabbath of complete rest: Fields should not be sown and vines should not be pruned. (25:1-7)
  • After forty-nine years, a jubilee year is to be celebrated when all the land that had been sold during that time should be returned to its original owners and slaves are to be freed. (25:8-55)
  • God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites not to make idols, to keep the sabbath, and to venerate the sanctuary of the Eternal. (26:1-2)
  • God promises blessings to the Children of Israel if they follow the law and warns about the curses that will befall the people if they do not observe God's commandments. (26:1-46)
  • Gifts made to the Sanctuary whether by conditional vows or by unconditional acts of pious gratitude are discussed. (27:1-34) 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

Wednesday, May 12, 6:15 PM - Click here to register
Rosh Chodesh series Women of the Hebrew Bible - Naomi & Ruth

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 pm - Click here to register
Adult Ed - Hamilton, Man, Myth, Musical and Mensch

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

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

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 7 - 13

  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Wednesday, April 7
Betty Ruth Hollander, mother of Aaron Hollander
Hyman Rosenson, father of Valerie Rosenson

Friday, April 9
Claude Marceau, father of David Marceau
In Memory of the Six Million Jews, remembered by Temple B'nai Chaim

Saturday, April 10
William Deutch, grandfather of Marilyn Crandall
Israel Gordon, father of Jonathan Gordon

Sunday, April 11
Barbara Abraham, mother of David Abraham
Gussie Halle, grandmother of Richard Bloom

Monday, April 12
Michael Cohen, cousin of June Mara

Tuesday, April 13
Theodore Lash, father of Melinda Weber
Tillie Tepper, grandmother of Sandy Tepper

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