April 26, 2023

In honor of Israel's 75th anniversary, you are invited by URJ to listen to this special rendition of Hatikivah performed by Reform communities across North America.


Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm - Welcome Shabbat Together click here for zoom

Saturday, April 29, 10:30 am - Bar Mitzvah of Noah Saunders - Click here for zoom link; Click here to send a chai mazl tov card!

Sunday, April 30, 9:30 am - Religious School - 2nd & 3rd grade Education Program

Wednesday, May 3, 2:00 pm - Dorothy Day Hospitality House Volunteers - Grab & Go

Wednesday, May 3, 4:30 pm - Hebrew School

Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm - Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together

**Saturday, June 3, 6:30 pm-10:20 pm - TBC'S Hidden Gems Gala Fundraiser!**

See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events.

TBC's COVID safety policy is posted here.

Click for full poster!

At Or Hadash, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield

  • BBQ Burgers & hot dogs
  • Israeli food and drink
  • Israeli singing & dancing with the Pasternak family
  • Activities for children and families

Admission is free - Everyone is Welcome!

RSVP to or call (203) 347-5544.

Family Shabbat, May 5 - Click here to RSVP

From Panther Davis (Bar Mitzvah 5/13):

For my Bar-Mitzvah Kindness Project I chose to support two animal shelters - ROAR in Ridgefield and PAWS in Norwalk - by gathering supplies, raising funds, and volunteering.

Here's how to support my project:

If you’re local, drop off ANY animal supplies to my large box in the front entrance at Temple B’nai Chaim in Wilton, CT. any business hours from April 1st to May 15th – after which I will pick up the boxes with my family and deliver them to the above shelters! Some of the most requested items from shelters and pet pantries (where those in need can continue to care for their animals even when times are tough) are: Wet and dry dog and cat food, Leashes, Collars, Harnesses, Cat Litter , Cat toys & healthy treats, Dog toys (Kong / balls) and dog treats, Gift cards (Petco, Costco etc), Litter Pans, Dog and Cat beds, and many more items you will see on the wishlists below. Online shopping and financial support is also welcome. Please click here for more information!

TBC Fights Antisemitism

From Bonnie Heft: This past week we honored Yom HaShoah (the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising) with a brief Shabbat service followed by a presentation and Q & A on Antisemitism Here and Now. (For those interested, the complete slide set from Friday is available here.

The good news is that TBC and its Social Action Antisemitism and Hate Group has joined ADL’s new initiative Kulanu. Kulanu empowers synagogues across the US and Canada (there are 11 Kulanu cohorts in CT) by providing not only Education on Antisemitism, but astounding guidance and resources to enable member synagogues to educate their congregants and the wider communities they serve. Twelve new congregants have joined our eight-member Antisemitism / Kulanu Action group. If you'd like to join the action group as well, as it moves forward with its educational and community outreach programming, please contact coordinator Bonnie Heft at (Moses Alexander and Bonnie Heft pictured)

("What IS a boureka??" we hear you ask. Click here to find out)

Click here to RSVP

Israel@75 Celebration, June 4 at B'nai Israel!

To be held at B'nai Israel, 4200 Park Ave. Bridgeport. Featuring a special concert with the Israel Scouts Caravan on their US tour. Doors open at 12:30 pm; concert starts at 2:00 pm. To register, click here!

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

Birthday wishes to our TBC family members who are celebrating birthdays in May! 

Stacy Barenberg

Evan Bassett

Iris Busch

Dennis Case

Lloyd Goldberg

Bonnie Heft

Hailey Hoffman

Caroline Hoffman

Magaret Hoffman

Ryan Katz

Dr. Harvey Kramer

Jacob Krasner

Juliette Langberg

Alice Learman

Georgia Marceau

Casey Meyer

Jerry O'Neil

Sharon Sobel

Jason Stewart

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 April 28 - May 4

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Saturday, April 29

Bella Edelman, grandmother of Jodi Simon Stewart

Lisa Kovatch, daughter of Courtney Davis

Sunday, April 30

William Davis, father of Jeremy Davis

Tuesday, May 2

Eileen G. Portnoy, mother of Dina Gumins

Wednesday, May 3

Michael D Greenbaum, brother of Susan Hagan

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. 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 will find interesting.

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

ShopRaise Now for TBC!

Passover is nearly here! Whether you're shopping for food or decor for your home, or anything else, we've got you covered. A portion of every purchase you make with the ShopRaise app can benefit TBC. Make this Passover a time of giving for everyone.

More information about ShopRaise for TBC can be found here.

Handmade Kippot Still Available!

The kippot are $18 each, and we will continue to use the proceeds to ship 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.

You Can Make a Difference at TBC

Have you been thinking about making a donation to support TBC in some way? We have made it easier for you to do just that! Please check out our new Donate Now button below!

Tree of Life

Tzedakah Fund

Yahrzeit Memorial

TBC Links

Website - Calendar - Membership

Previous issues of Chailites and other Temple News are listed

on the TBC website here

Don't miss out. Like and follow us:

Contact Us

If you have TBC community news you'd like to share, please send the information to!

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