July 7, 2021
TBC Events Through July 15, 2021

  • Friday, July 9, 7:00 pm -Welcoming Shabbat Together in our Sanctuary or click here for Zoom
  • Saturday, July 10 - No Torah Study

Operation Clean Out!

A HUGE thank you to Debra Case, Ria Miller, Barbara Dobbin, Marilyn Van Raalte and Susan Farber for all their help this week with Operation Clean Out in our Religious School! As we prepare for the return to in-person learning in the Fall, our classrooms and school wing are in need of much TLC, organizing and cleaning. There is still more to do! Please join us at the synagogue on Tue-Thu of next week between 10am-4pm if you can help! Here is the link to our sign up sheet: Click here
TBC Welcome!

To Ellie Gluck, our new part-time Assistant Education Director/Youth Coordinator!
Great News for TBC

From June Mara, TBC President: I just learned last week that TBC has been awarded the security grant we applied for through the CT Department of Homeland Security. The grant will include enhancing WIFI throughout the building, security cameras and film for the windows in the classrooms to make them shatterproof. We will keep you informed as we begin work. Thank you to everyone who worked on the grant application.
Happy birthday wishes to our TBC family members who are
celebrating a birthday in July.

Dayna Arnowitz
Jim Baulsir
Michele Bennett
Linda Bolton
Ellen Bonheim
Kiki Cahn
Rudy Escalante
Jacob Felton
Betty Grey
Richard Hagan
Robert Kapel
Sunil Katz
Isabelle Kriger
Joe Kropf
Rachel Langberg
Shira Langberg
David Lewson
Benjamin Marceau
Patti Masarek
Chris Meehan
Mac Nadel
Russell Robbins
Richard Ruben
Leila Sauler
Judson Scruton
Elise Serby
Erv Shames
Joe Sondheimer
Raymond Umerley
Sheila Wakoff
Melinda Weber
Meryll Wolfman
Kimberly Yonkers
In this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who have generously contributed to TBC during June 2021.

To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.
Operating Fund
     Susan and Mitchell Farber
     Jonathan Gordon & Cortney Davis
     Sue and Richard Hagan
     Bonnie Heft
     Ria and Bruce Miller
     Lottie Tartell
     Karen and Ross Tartell
Mortgage - Donations
     Rudy Escalante & Diane Berenbaum
     Sharon and Ken Sobel
Chesed Fund
     Meryll and Michael Wolfman
Clergy Discretionary
     David Schwartz & Deborah List
     Barbara Simkins
Tzedakah Fund
     Melinda and Don Weber
Art Show - Donations
     Jamie and Robert Kapel
Chesed Fund
     Debra and Dennis Case
     John & Cantor Harriet Dunkerley
     Betty and Lou Grey
     Heidi and Brad Marcus
     Russell Robbins & Valerie Rosenson
     Sharon and Ken Sobel
     Gerda Whitman

Clergy Discretionary Fund Card
     Alexander Family Foundation
     Patti and Alan Masarek
Religious School Card
     Alexander Family Foundation
Tzedakah Fund Card
     Alexander Family Foundation
Youth Fund Card
     Alexander Family Foundation
Return to TBC Services in our Sanctuary
Friday, July 9!

TBC is getting ready to return to services in our beautiful sanctuary beginning July 9th! Anyone who is fully vaccinated is welcome to attend unmasked. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated will be required to remain masked inside the building. The service will also be available via Zoom. (Click here for Zoom)
Religious School Registration 2021-2022

It is time to register your child for religious school! We are focused on creating a curriculum-rich atmosphere filled with the joy of Jewish life and learning that will strengthen our sense of community and spark the curiosity, imagination and creativity of every student. After a year of online learning, we are so excited to welcome our entire TBC Religious School Family back into our building, and we look forward to engaging parents and members of our community in family education programs and opportunities to learn together both inside and outside of our temple walls throughout the year.

Over the summer we will be thoroughly cleaning, sanitizing and reorganizing our entire school building to ensure the health and safety of all our learners and faculty. We will be closely monitoring and following all current CDC and CT state Covid-19 guidelines and will be in communication in mid-late August regarding masking protocols for the start of classes.

To ensure that we are properly staffed to accommodate all our students, I ask that you take the necessary time to fully complete the registration form which is linked here no later than Friday July 16th.

Rosh Chodesh Av

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 7:30 - 8:30 PM - Click here to register
Tuesday, July 13, 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Click here to register
Join us as we welcome and commemorate the month of Av. We will explore a new ritual for Tisha B’Av, as well as traditional teachings. We will also focus on Tu B’Av, the joyous journey from mourning into dancing.
Future Rosh Chodesh Dates
(Mark Your Calendar)
DAYTIME: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM ET
EVENING: Monday, August 9, 2021 7:30-8:30 PM ET
DAYTIME: Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM ET
EVENING: Tuesday, October 6, 2021 7:30-8:30 PM ET
DAYTIME: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM ET
EVENING: Monday, November 8, 2021 7:30-8:30 PM ET
DAYTIME: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM ET
EVENING: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 7:30-8:30 PM ET

TBC Book Club, July 29, 2021, 7:30-9:00 pm

The book discussion of The Last Kings of Shanghai, an epic multigenerational story of two rival Jewish dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as 20th-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Kaufman. For zoom link please contact Bruce Miller at
Rise Against Hunger 2021 - Fundraising

Wi-Act is once again organizing a Rise Against Hunger event, and TBC is participating as we have for many years. The different faith institutions collect monetary donations to cover the cost of the food we package. RAH buys the supplies at a reduced rate needed for the meal packaging. Volunteers gather to package individual meals that get packed and brought back to RAH for distribution around the world. The date is October 23, 2021 to be held at the Wilton Episcopal Presbyterian Complex (WEPCO)We are asking members of Temple B’nai Chaim to please donate to the Tzedakah Fund designating RAH as the recipient. This is a wonderful event that brings the community together, something much needed after the last year. It will be done in a safe manner so that everyone feels comfortable.

For more information please click here to visit the website. Click here to Donate
Hospice Volunteers Needed

Jewish Senior Services is seeking individuals interested in joining the agency’s team of hospice volunteers, who provide companionship to patients and their families. To learn more, please contact Ellen Ashkins Director of Resident Life at 203-365-6417 or
The Weekly Torah Portion
Matot - Mas-ei
The Tribes / The Marches of [the Israelites]
Numbers 30:2–36:13

  • Moses explains to the Israelites the laws concerning vows made by men and women. (30:2-17)
  • Israel wages war against the Midianites. (31:1-18)
  • The laws regarding the spoils of war are outlined. (31:19-54)
  • The tribes of Reuben and Gad are granted permission to stay on the east bank of the Jordan River. (32:1-42)
  • The itinerary of the Israelites through the wilderness from Egypt to Jordan is delineated. (33:1-49)
  • Moses tells Israel to remove the current inhabitants of the land that God will give them and to destroy their gods. (33:50-56)
  • The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined, along with those of the Levitical cities and the cities of refuge. (34:1-35:15)
  • God makes a precise distinction between murder and manslaughter. (35:16-34)
  • The laws of inheritance as they apply to Israelite women are delineated. (36:1-13). 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. At 98 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT 06897
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 
Thursday, July 29, 7:30 pm - TBC Book Club
See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, July 9-15
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, July 9
Harry Learman, father-in-law of Alice Learman
Henry Unger, grandfather of Sandy Tepper

Monday, July 12
David H. Feiner, father-in-law of Senia Feiner
Sabina Rosenberg, mother of Irene Rosenberg

Tuesday, July 13
Robert Simon, father of Jodi Simon Stewart

Thursday, July 15
Miriam Deutch, grandmother of Marilyn Crandall
Mercedes Ficara, great aunt of Linda Bolton
Katie Kirschner Kolodny, grandmother of Sharon 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