January 11, 2023

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,

‘What are you doing for others?'"

(Martin Luther King Jr.)


Friday, January 13, 7:30 pm - MLK Themed Shabbat followed by a festive oneg click here for zoom

Saturday, January 14, 9:30 pm - Torah Study

Sunday, January 15 - No Religious School

Sunday, January 15, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class

Wednesday, January 18, 4:30 pm -Hebrew School

Wednesday, January 18, 6:15 pm - Family B'nai Mitzvah Session

Sunday, January 22, 11:00 am-2:00 pm -- TBC Mitzvah Day!

Sunday, January 29, 9:30-11:00 am -- TBC Antisemitism Action Initiative; all invited


See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

TBC's COVID safety policy is posted here.

Civil Rights Themed Shabbat Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13th @ 7:30 pm

Please join us on Friday, January 13th at 7:30 pm for a Civil Rights Themed Shabbat Service in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hear reflections from Cantor Harriet and from TBC Congregant, Barbara Dobbin, as they discuss their experiences with Federation’s Civil Rights Mission Trip to Georgia and Alabama. We will continue the discussion after our service with a beautiful oneg, sponsored by TBC Social Action!

For pictures and videos from the trip, see the Federation's Facebook page!

TBC Religious School Mitzvah Day

Raise Craze Mitzvah Day 5783

Sunday, January 22

11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Help TBC Religious School spread kindness throughout our local, national & global communities! There will be tons of service opportunities and activities for participants of all ages to do. All are welcome to join us in fulfilling the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World!

Donate your lightly-used PJ Library books from February 1 to March 1. A box will be available at TBC. Questions:

In this issue of Chailites we thank the following individuals who generously contributed to TBC during December 2022. To everyone who has supported TBC, we offer you our most sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude.

Operating Fund

     Iris Busch

     Jeffrey Busch & Stephen Davis

     Barbara Dobbin

     Susan and Mitchell Farber

     Karen and Ross Tartell


Year End Appeal

     Suzanne and Harvey Kramer

     Charles Landau & Kimberly Yonkers


Chesed Fund

     Jane & Moses Alexander


Clergy Disc.

     Marilyn Van Raalte

Religious School

Karen & Ross Tartell

Tzedakah Fund

Jane & Moses Alexander

Bonnie Heft

Bud & Roz Siegel

Matthew & Jennifer Siegel


Barbara Dobbin

From Cantor Harriet:

"Please purchase one or more of these lovely kippot for $18 a piece so that we can use the proceeds to ship 100 Machzorim to the community and send the balance of the proceeds to purchase food! Please make checks payable to: Temple B'nai Chaim, with 'TBC Social Action Fund-Ugandan Jewry' in the memo line. Additional donations are welcome through the TBC Social Action Fund on the TBC Donation Page with a note indicating 'Ugandan Jewry' as the recipient.

"100% of the proceeds will go to feeding this community and shipping them High Holiday Machzorim!" Full-size poster here!

Rise Against Hunger Extra!

Rise Against Hunger, our meal packing partner that we volunteered with last October, has just let us know that the 30 boxes of our meals remaining, after the shipment to Sri Lanka of the bulk of them, are now bound for Vietnam! 

So our meals are serving people in need in two different areas of Southeast Asia. Our meals that went to Sri Lanka constituted slightly more than half (52%) of the full load of 250,000 meals that is Rise’s usual container shipment amount. Rise places on top of the meal boxes (in the remaining open space in the container) tools, small water purification equipment, and other useful non-food objects.

Your generosity will help Danbury residents in need stay warm this winter. The Dorothy Day Hospitality House has been providing meals and shelter to individuals since 1982. DDHH will distribute hats and gloves and mittens to guests who need them to get through the bitter Connecticut winter. Through January 26! More information here!

Share Your Simcha! TBC congregants are invited to share news of their family events and celebrations in Chailites. Please send your information to

TBC is Here For You!

If you or a family member is ill or in need of care - or if you know of someone in our community who needs help - please contact Cantor Harriet. Our Caring Committee is here to provide assistance - meals, rides to doctors' appointments or shopping.

Yahrzeits January 13 - 19

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Saturday, January 14

Mercedes Lopez, grandmother of Brett Harrison

Sunday, January 15

Michael Ginson, father of Louise Shames

David M. Gordon, father of Todd Gordon

Leo Mellon, father of Marc Mellon

David Shames, father of Erv Shames

Monday, January 16

Dr. Samuel Shauer, father of Marlene Serby

Wednesday, January 18

Freda Leuin Ruben, mother of Richard Ruben

It is traditional to light a memorial candle at home on the eve of the yahrzeit. You may also find it meaningful while kindling the yahrzeit candle to offer prayers of remembrance or reflect on your loved one’s life. Many also choose this time to make monetary donations in memory of loved ones

Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques

When remembering loved ones who have passed away, we invite you to commemorate their lives and blessings with a memorial plaque for the TBC wall of remembrance. Ordering information is available here.

Ten Minutes of Torah!

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides rich resources for Torah study from a Reform perspective. Their Torah Study website includes "The Torah Explained," "Torah Portion Calendar" and an overview of each week's Torah portion.

In addition, several days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah. Join the thousands of others who open their email to study a commentary on the week's Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge.

Click here to sign up today!

A reminder that the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County schedules a variety of programs that TBC members may find interesting.

Their calendar of upcoming events is available here. Those wishing to receive their weekly mailing list will find the registration form here.

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Temple B'nai Chaim    

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

Assistant Director of Education: Elisheva Gluck

President: June Mara  

Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra