January 18, 2023

"If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete."

(Rabbi Menachem Schneerson)


Friday, January 20, 7:30 pm - Torah Shabbat click here for zoom link

Saturday, January 21, 9:30 am - Torah Study

Sunday, January 22, 9:30 am - Religious School

Sunday, January 22, 9:30 am - Women's Reproductive Health Action Group Meeting - All invited! (See notes from 12/11 meeting)

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

Sunday, January 22, 11:45 am - Madrichim Training

Wednesday, January 25, 4:30 pm -Hebrew School

Sunday, January 29, 9:30 am - Religious School

Sunday, January 29, 9:30 am - TBC Antisemitism Action Initiative - TBC Social Hall - all invited (See notes from 12/11 meeting)

Sunday, January 29, 11:45 am - Confirmation Class


See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

TBC's COVID safety policy is posted here.


From President June Mara: I am very excited to announce that Temple B'nai Chaim has just launched a program called ShopRaise. ShopRaise allows you, your family and friends to raise money for TBC through online purchases at over 1,000 stores. ShopRaise is very easy to use. (More information here!)

All you need to do is:

1. Click the link below to get the ShopRaise app

2. Use tools in the mobile app to share it with family and friends

3. Shop online to support Temple

B'nai Chaim and help us reach our fundraising goals The best thing is the program is free, you do not pay any more for the items you buy, and you get access to all the best coupons and deals.

The link to the ShopRaise app can be found Click here. Happy Shopping!

TBC Mitzvah Day 2023 / 5783

Join Us at Raise Craze!

This 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!

See the full list of events and activities for Sunday here!

Please share your photos with Ellie Gluck (

The Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (WiAct) Needs You!

A New CF Bridge of Hope patient is arriving tomorrow 1/19

WiAct is navigating a substantially stepped-up load, balancing the support -- particularly driving -- of both a Ukrainian family who's here for the medium term and an expanding roster of kids with cystic fibrosis from countries without adequate medical services to treat it, who are here for 2-3 weeks at a time.

The immediate need is support for a 9 year old patient who is here for the first time from Guatemala, accompanied by her grandmother. They'll be here for two and a half weeks, and their most pressing need is for transportation.

Click here for for more details about our current CF Bridge of Hope volunteer activities!

Please volunteer! This is not a general or ongoing commitment -- you only commit to a single slot at a time convenient to you -- one dinner, perhaps; or one ride back and forth to Tully. Please give it a go! To sign up for a day and time requires only these 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to Wi-Act’s invitation page on signUp: click here

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp)

3. Then sign up: Choose your spot(s) - SignUp will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. It's that easy!

(Note: SignUp will ask for your email address but does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Wi-Act Steering Committee Member Madeleine Wilken at and she can sign you up manually.)

With many thanks for your help,

Pam, Jane, Peggy and the rest of the Wi-Act Steering Committee

Update from Cantor Dunkerley

“In December, I was able to send a total of $220 to the Luka Jewish Community in Uganda - funds that we raised through sales of the handmade kippot they sent us and through generous donations. They were extremely grateful and sent the photos below, which show the food they purchased being distributed to the most vulnerable in their community. The money was used to purchase a month’s worth of staples for the families and others. There is still a great need, so please, if you haven’t yet purchased one of the beautiful kippot or made a donation, I urge you to consider doing so today!!" (See pictures from the Luka Jewish Community below.)

The kippot are $18 each and we will use the proceeds to ship 100 Machzorim to the community and also 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.

New Forward Podcast, "Playing Anne Frank"

This seven-part series from The Forward is a deep dive into the history of The Diary of Anne Frank —  the original 1955 Broadway production that won Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, the Oscar-winning 1959 film — and how it shaped those involved in it. The first episodes will be launching in two weeks, on Jan. 24. You can listen to the trailer 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 20-26

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, January 20

Harold P. Weber, father of Donald Weber

Sunday, January 22

Diana Schumer Turet, grandmother of Jamie Kapel

Tuesday, January 24

Bernice Myers, mother of Jane Alexander

Wednesday, January 25

Simon Haskel, uncle of Debra Case

Thursday, January 26

Thomas Stanley, father of Ellen Bonheim

Moses A. Temerson, grandfather of Moses Alexander

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