February 16, 2023


Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm - Welcoming Shabbat Together. On site at TBC! (or click here for zoom)

Saturday, February 18, 9:30 am - Torah Study

Sunday, February 19 - No Religious School

Wednesday, February 22 - No Hebrew School

Friday, February 24, DIY Shabbat

Sunday, February 26, 9:30 am - Religious School

Sunday, February 26, 9:30 am - TBC Antisemitism and Hate Crimes Action Group (PARENTS please come after dropping off your children for school!)

Sunday, February 26, 11:45 am - Madrichim Training

Sunday, February 26, 11:45 am - Family B'nai Mitzvah Seminar

Wednesday, March 1, 2:00 pm - Dorothy Day Hospitality House - Grab & Go

Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School

Friday, March 3, 6:00 pm - TBC Purim Shabbat & Shpiel, with delicious dinner to follow! RSVP here!

Saturday, March 4, 9:00 am -

TOT SHABBAT! Followed by a bagel nosh.

Sunday, March 5, 10:30 am - Purim Carnival and Bake Sale

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

Please join us on Friday, March 3rd and bring a friend or several for an evening of Purim fun and celebration! Purim Shabbat Service, Shpiel and Songs in the Sanctuary at 6:00 PM featuring our TBC Religious School Players in their Premier Performance of “Mordy Potter and the Philosopher’s Bagel!”

Stick around after the Sanctuary fun for a delicious dinner from Layla’s Falafel sponsored by TBC President, June Mara. Fulfill the mitzvah of rejoicing in the joy of Purim with your TBC family!

RSVP required

You are invited to join us on Saturday morning, March 4th for a fun and interactive Tot Shabbat Service at Wilton’s own Temple B’nai Chaim! Please come and bring a friend - human or plush - because Shabbat is always more fun with friends! Come for the music and dancing, learn about Shabbat, meet new friends and stay for the bagels and lox after the service!! A great way to start out your Shabbat Saturday!!

Come to the Purim Carnival & Bake Sale, Sunday, March 5!

Starting at 10:30 am -- unlimited access to carnival games, food, music, crafts, prizes, costume parade & and an inflatable bounce house with a slide!

Admission $18/person -- cash, check or via your TBC account.

Volunteers needed to help! We need all hands on deck for our greatest carnival yet! Volunteers needed: click here to sign up!



Calling all bakers and lovers of things baked!

Our Annual Purim Carnival bake sale is BAAAAAACCCCKKKK!!

More information to come. For questions, please contact Chloe Jo Davis at

Mishloach Manot

In case you missed it,

Purim is Coming

Order Shalach Manot Now!

Deadline for Orders:

February 26, 2022! 

Click Here to Order! 

Thanks for your support of TBC!  


In the book of Esther, two of the mitzvot that are associated with Purim are the sending of gifts of food and the giving of tzedakah. In verse 9:22 of the book of Esther it says: [Mordechai wrote to the Jews] "to observe the days as days of feasting and joy, give presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor." More Information Here!

Social Action, Tikkun Olam

TBC Social Action Initiatives Update!

Our three TBC Social Action Groups have been busy identifying and planning action initiatives for the next several months. Events being planned include: a "Town Hall" on women's reproductive and health rights, a TBC brunch and panel discussion for parents and congregants about strategies for preventing gun violence, and an antisemitism and hate crimes "Teach-In" in collaboration with other regional synagogues and faith organizations.

Minutes and updates from recent meeting are available at these links:


As we all know, a series of earthquakes have devastated southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. Over 40,000 casualties have been reported. Please join us in contributing to relief for the victims through one of the following organizations:

IsraAID's team is on the ground, distributing urgently needed relief and winter items and assess broader emergency needs in affected communities.

The Multifaith Alliance is prioritizing the distribution of the following throughout northwest Syria: Essential medicines, medical supplies, emergency food relief, warm clothing.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is focusing on the most urgent needs, providing temporary shelter, heating, thermal clothes, food, and medical support to the most vulnerable victims in Turkey.

United Hatzalah of Israel is sending medical supplies and relief teams consisting of crisis responders, doctors, paramedics, and EMTs to help the thousands in need in Turkey.​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

Purim Baked Goods from B'Tayavon and Jewish Senior Services

View the full menu and ordering information HERE!

Scholarships at TBC for Jewish Summer Camp

Summer is coming soon! See the full list of URJ youth and teen programs here. Questionnaire to find the right Reform Jewish Camp here.

News Flash! There is a wonderfully generous donor at TBC who has volunteered to offer scholarships for any of our students who wish to attend a Jewish Summer Camp. The amount of scholarship per student will depend on the number of TBC students registered for camp and in need of financial support. Contact Cantor Dunkerley for more information!

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

ShopRaise for TBC!

Take advantage of the many discounts and other options ShopRaise offers and help support TBC! You'll even be able to track the cumulative amount your purchases have contributed. More information about ShopRaise for TBC can be found here.

(Amazon Smile will be discontinued February 20, 2023!)

Handmade Kippot Still Available!

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.

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 February 17 -23

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Friday, February 17

Roslyn Harrison, mother of Brett Harrison

Saturday, February 18

Theomora Levy, aunt of Debra Case

Monday, February 20

Della Baxter, step-mother of Simon Curtis

Tuesday, February 21

Philip Myers, uncle of Jane Alexander

Emanuel (Manny) Zamore, Wife of Jean Zamore & father of Steven Zamore

Thursday, February 23

Gilbert Bloch, father of Babette Bloch

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