June 29, 2023

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

(Mahatma Gandhi)


Friday, June 30 - Welcome Shabbat at Home! Click for TBC's "DIY Shabbat"

Shabbat and Schmooze

A little wine, a little cheese, followed by a spiritual welcoming of Shabbat.

Bring friends. ALL ARE WELCOME! 

Ten Minutes of Torah: Chukat Balak

URJ commentary by: Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz. This week, we read the story of Balaam, a sorcerer hired by the Moabite king to curse the Israelites. This tale contains several puzzling elements: a talking donkey, an angel with a fiery sword, and a non-Israelite sorcerer who becomes God’s mouthpiece... More!

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TBC's Pride Shabbat and Program

June 23, 2023

Many TBC congregants and friends joined in last week's Pride Shabbat at TBC. After Cantor Harriet's inspiring service, congregants Jeffrey Busch and Stephen Davis spoke about the alarming challenges to the LGBTQ+ community that have surged over the last two years. They also highlighted the very real signs of progress that can be seen in Wilton, the U.S. and worldwide. They were then joined by Farah Masani, head and co-founder of the new Wilton Pride organiation, who shared her vision for the group and for Wilton.

Here are links to the service siddur, slide presentation and related materials that were shared during the evening:

(The oneg afterwards was overstuffed with dangerous but delicious deserts. And Val Rosenson baked the most extraordinary rainbow challah anyone had ever seen or tasted! See picture below....)

TBC Religious School Registration 2023-2024 is Due!!

Shalom! We are so thrilled to announce that TBC Religious School Registration is officially open for the 2023-2024 year! Please submit your online forms no later than June 30, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Elisheva Gluck. Keep your eyes peeled over the summer for additional important information including our Religious School Calendar and Family Handbook as they will be sent digitally this year.

Don't forget, for the first time in many years, there will be an Adult Hebrew Class. Now's your chance!


Additional information and registration forms are available on our Religious School web page here!

Wishing you all a smooth end to the secular school year and a fabulous summer break!!!

B'Shira U'vracha in Song & Blessing,

Cantor Harriet Dunkerley, Morah Ellie Gluck

(Did you know that TBC Religious School has an Amazon Wish List?! If you would like to grant a wish to TBC Religious School, please click here!)

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

Starting, Friday, July 7 @ 6:30pm

AND All Summer Long

Join us for Schmooze Shabbat

A little wine, a little cheese, followed by a spiritual welcoming of Shabbat and a chance to decompress.

Bring friends.


Share Your Business Cards! TBC congregants are invited to share their business cards in Chailites. Please send an image of your card 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 June 30 - July 6

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah!

Tuesday, July 4

Hillary Silver, sister of Rachel Langberg

Gloria Ullman, mother of Marty Ullman

Helen Wohl, mother of Jean Zamore

Thursday, July 6

Elaine Lynn Nadel, mother of Mac Nadel

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.

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!

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 today a time for giving.

More information about ShopRaise for TBC can be found here.

Handmade Kippot

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! Don't forget, you can sponsor and oneg, preneg or flowers for Shabbat Services.

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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