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Phone: 203 544-8695
Fax: 203 544-9706

Rabbi Rachel Bearman
Religious School Director

TBC Office
Kim O'Rielly

Facility Use or Rental
Kim O'Rielly
Dina Gumins

Sisterhood President

Youth Group President
News Item Submission:  
Items for Religious School News should be submitted to edadmin@templebnaichaim.org by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. to appear on Friday.
Items for Chailites should be submitted to chailites@templebnaichaim.org
by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to appear on Wednesday.

Religious School Schedule:
Sunday, January 24: 9:30 - 11:30
Parking lot duty: 
Stein, Sollinger, O'hara
Dismissal for Kindergarten- 3rd grade:
Parents are required to park their cars and come inside to pick up students.
Hebrew School in Session:
Wednesday, January 27  and 
Thursday January 28 
4:20 - 6:00

Religious School Tu B'Shevat Celebration
Sunday January 24
Tu B'Shevat is on its way!  This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of  Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
 It is a time when we celebrate all the work that trees do for us. They provide us with oxygen, food, shelter, and much more. 


Cancellations for Religious School:
  In the event of the possible closing of school due to inclement weather or any other emergency, a cancellation email will be sent and the information will be posted on ctweather.com


Report Cards
  Hebrew School report cards will be mailed the end of January

Save the Date!
Family Service 
Friday, February 5th
We will start with a kid-friendly pre-neg
Pizza and veggies at 6 p.m.,
 Followed by the Family service at 6:30 p.m.


Tu BiSh'vat: Customs and Rituals

Even the trees get a new year of their own!
In Israel, another new year will soon be celebrated.  Tu BiSh'vat, the "New Year of the Trees," is observed on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Sh'vat.
Tu BiSh'vat is not mentioned in the Torah. According to scholars, the holiday was originally an agricultural festival, corresponding to the beginning of spring in Israel. As in the case with many Jewish observances, a critical historical event served as a catalyst. After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. and the exile that followed, many Jews felt a need to bind themselves symbolically to their former homeland. Tu BiSh'vat served in part to fill that spiritual need. As it was no longer possible to bring tithes to the Temple, Jews used this time each year to eat a variety of fruits and nuts that could be obtained from Palestine. The practice, a sort of physical association with the land, continued for many centuries.
The sixteenth and seventeenth century kabbalists (mystics) of Palestine elaborated on the exilic customs, creating a ritual for Tu BiSh'vat somewhat similar to the Passover seder.
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