CHAILITES
January 20, 2021
TBC Events Through January 28, 2021

  • Friday, January 22, 7:30 pm - Debbie Friedman Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, January 23, 9:30 am - Torah Study
  • Sunday, January 24, 9:30 am - TBC Religious School Tu B'Shvat Celebration
  • Sunday, January 24, 11:30 am - TBC Teens
  • Wednesday, January 27, 4:15 pm - Hebrew School
  • Wednesday, January 27, 5:00 pm - Hadassah/TBC Sisterhood Tu B'shvat Seder

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.**

Last Week's Torah Service
Featured Bonnie Heft chanting Torah and members of the 7th grade reciting blessings.
Interfaith Service of Comfort and Peace

Wilton Interfaith Clergy led a beautiful and moving service on Tuesday evening. Here is what one attendee had to say:

"Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Each of the Faith Leaders were so thoughtful and inspirational. I have no idea how many were in attendance, but my wish is that all of Wilton could have benefitted from having been in attendance. How lucky we are to have such an impressive group of spiritual leaders working together to guide our town. With deep gratitude ..."
Debbie Friedman Shabbat Service
Friday, January 22, 7:30 pm

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Debbie Friedman's Yahrzeit, this Friday's Shabbat Service will honor her by featuring her music.
Celebrating Tu B'Shvat

Tu B'Shvat falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot, literally 'New Year of the Trees'. In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration. 

TBC Religious School
Celebrates Tu B'Shvat
January 24, 9:30 - 10:30 am

The TBC Religious School will be celebrating Tu B’Shvat in person, safely socially distanced outside at TBC! Please make every effort to attend and be sure to dress warmly in layers. We have several fun surprises planned. Please click here to rsvp so we know how many to expect. If you are unable to be with us in person, you can join our Zoom alternative: click here to join, meeting ID: 872 7284 0336, Passcode: 730304.
Norwalk Hadassah and
TBC Sisterhood Tu B'Shvat Seder
Wednesday, January 27, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Please join the women of Norwalk Hadassah and Temple B’nai Chaim Sisterhood for our annual celebration of nature and our environment at our Tu B’Shvat Seder

Tu B’Shvat commemorates the “New Year for the Trees.” The seder is a call to action; a celebration of our relationship with nature, a time of education and reflection, and an opportunity to look at our impact on the world and change the way we interact with our environment during the coming year.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 26th, to: Wendy Engel or Sharon Sobel and we will e-mail a copy of the Tu B’Shvat Haggadahto you along with a list of the various fruits and nuts that are eaten during the service, and a recipe for a ”Seven Species” Tu B’Shvat salad. Other necessities for the service include: Wine or grape juice - four cups, going from all white to all red A bowl of water and towel for hand-washing, A spice assortment or scented fruit for Havdalah.

ZOOM INFORMATION:
Click Here or enter: Meeting ID: 819 3237 1629; Passcode: 312883 OR Dial-In to +1 646 558 8656 (same Meeting ID and Passcode).
We hope to see you there!
Mitzvah Hero Awards January 31 at 4:00 pm

Honoring our very own Steve West-Rosenthal!
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)
Northeast District
Celebrating Our Stories
Sunday, February 21, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us for a Panel Discussion

Please RSVP to Ruthe Schipper by Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Include your name, Sisterhood/Women’s Group Affiliation, and an email address to receive a confirmation about joining the Program. Questions: Contact Ruthe Schipper at the email above. Click here to view the full flyer.
The Weekly Torah Portion
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Go [to Pharaoh] Exodus 10:1−13:16

  • God sends the plagues of locusts and darkness upon Egypt and forewarns Moses about the final plague, the death of every Egyptian firstborn. Pharaoh still does not let the Israelites leave Egypt. (10:1-11:10)
  • God commands Moses and Aaron regarding the Passover festival. (12:1-27)
  • God enacts the final plague, striking down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt except those of the House of Israel. Pharaoh now allows the Israelites to leave. (12:29-42)
  • Speaking to Moses and Aaron, God repeats the commandments about Passover. (12:43-13:16)
  • Click here to learn more
Join with TBC to Support Wi-ACT's
Cystic Fibrosis Initiative!

Temple B'nai Chaim members have participated each year in Wilton Interfaith Action Committee's Rise Against Hunger meal packing event to provide food to hungry children around the world.

This year Wi-ACT has had to change its focus because of the pandemic. Instead Wi-ACT is requesting donations of gift cards for food for local families in the tri-state area with children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. We'd love to see TBC family members engaged in this work, including having children write notes to recipients and prepare decorative envelopes to hold the gift cards. We believe this experience will engage children in ways similar to the meal-packaging event and underscore the significance of working to meet the needs of others whatever the challenges. Click here for more information!
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.
Union for Reform Judaism Northeast Camps Presentation

An extraordinary Reform Judaism Jewish summer camp experience can enrich your child's life forever. Parents, please join us for this brief introduction to our movement's Northeast camps whether or not you're considering summer camp for your child this year.

Learn to Read Hebrew
URJ Program Begins March 14, 2021

Get started with the aleph-bet and learn Hebrew along with your children or grandchildren? Familiarity with Hebrew can be a key to feeling at home in the Jewish community. Learn the shapes and sounds of the Hebrew alphabet, with a warm and supportive educator to guide you and a group of classmates for practicing together. Recognize and understand common Hebrew words and phrases that are often heard in Reform congregations and in Jewish prayer. Perfect for Intro to Judaism alumni and other adults, this course assumes no prior Hebrew experience. Ten one-hour sessions, $180.

Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 



Friday, January 29, 7:30 pm
Welcoming Shabbat Together Click here to register

Saturday, January 30, 9:30 am

Sunday, January 31, 4:00 pm
Mitzvah Hero Awards Click here to register

Wednesday, February 3, 2:00 pm
Dorothy Day Hospitality House

Friday, February 5, 5:00 pm

Friday, February 5, 6:30 pm
Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together Click here to register

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events
✓ Check out the TBC Event Planning Guidelines
Yahrzeits, January 22-27
  Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, January 22, 2021
Diana Schumer Turet, grandmother of Jamie Kapel

Sunday, January 24, 2021
Bernice Myers, mother of Jane Alexander

Monday, January 25, 2021
Simon Haskel, uncle of Debra Case

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Thomas Stanley, father of Ellen Bonheim
Moses A. Temerson, grandfather of Moses Alexander

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