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  1. Rosh Chodesh—Women’s Group with Rabbi Suri Krieger Thursday, January at 7:30 p.m., and January 15 The waxing and waning of lunar cycles has been a guiding force for women throughout the ages, both literally and spiritually. Since the Jewish feminist movement reclaimed Rosh Chodesh in the 1970s, women have been gathering on a monthly basis to acknowledge and celebrate in myriad ways.

  2. Monuments Men: “The Search for Nazi Art Loot”
    Come hear Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men,” discuss his journey from oil and gas entrepreneur to cultural activist and the stories of the men who helped save cultural history from the Nazis at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25 at Fairfield University’s Quick Center. Edsel will speak as part of the Open VISIONS Forum series.

    Admission is $45 per person. A special meet-and-greet reception is being planned for B’nai Israel congregants prior to the lecture. The time and place are still being determined, so contact the Temple office at 203-336-1858 for details if you are attending the lecture.

  3. Are We Still One People? Defining Jewish Pluralism in the 21st CenturyWith Rabbi Dan Satlow
    Mondays , January 26, February 2 & 9 7:00-8:30pm
    As indicated by recent studies, the nature of Jewish identity and notions of Jewish peoplehood are rapidly changing in the United States. Join Rabbi Dan Satlow as he explores some of the latest ideas and thinking on what it means to be a Jewish people and how we can redefine Jewish pluralism in the 21st century.

  4. Shabbat Shirah - the Sabbath of Song is coming soon! Every year our congregation joins Temple Israel of Westport and Temple Shalom of Norwalk to celebrate Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of song, combining our adult volunteer choirs for an evening that celebrates Jewish music. This year’s celebration takes place Friday, January 30, at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road in Westport. Joining the three congregational choirs will be the cantors of each synagogue: we will sing in Westport with our 3 choirs and our 3 Cantors: Cantor Sheri Blum of Congregation B’nai Israel, Cantor Dan Sklar of Temple Israel and Cantor Shirah Lipson Sklar of Temple Shalom. There will be a chapel service at B’nai Israel at 6:00 p.m. for those not planning to attend the festivities in Westport. 
  5. The B’nai Israel Art Show Returns! February 5 – 15. Celebrating Our Artists and featuring a Family Portrait of Chagall with his granddaughter. Click here for details!
  6. WZC Delegate Election Vote for the Reform Movement’s slate in the World Zionist Congress elections. Voting takes place from January 15 to April 30. Register and vote online in one session. (Paper ballots will also be available for those who choose not to vote online.) Please cast your vote for ARZA– REPRESENTING REFORM JUDAISM. You must be 18 by June 30, 2015, Jewish and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. There is a registration fee: $5 for those 18 to 29, and $10 for those 30 and older.
  7. Tikkun Olam is a critical part of B’nai Israel’s mission and identity. This year, we started a new program for all sixth grade religious school students and their parents called Tikkunim, allowing them to experience different types of mitzvot. Our Tikkunim and older Mitzvah students are participating in many service projects for agencies in our community. Several activities involve collections, and a corner of the temple’s coat room will serve as a hub. Collection boxes will be labeled and identified with the organization in need. Please help our B’nai Israel students make a difference and support this ongoing initiative. The following are now being collected:
    • New and gently used books (K- 8th grade)
    • Clothes – kids and adults, especially extra-large sizes
    • Plastic shopping bags
    • Hotel-size toiletries
    For more information, please contact Judy Blumenthal at mitzvot@cbibpt.org. Thank you for your help in
    supporting both these agencies and our students.
  8. Make your voice heard in the Land of Israel! Pledge to vote in the World Zionist Congress elections! Read more...
  9. High Holy Day Sermons are online!
  10. Keep your college students connected to B'nai Israel by sending us their addresses...click here!
  11. What Happened To Happenings?
    The Temple bulletin comes once a month, but how do you stay on top of everything that happens at B’nai Israel in between? Subscribe to our weekly email, now renamed Hashavua. Contact Lynn at lynn@cbibpt.org to sign up.
  12. Food for the Soul Before each Shabbat service, the temple
    provides a small Oneg in the lobby. These small (nut-free) snacks and drinks are a great ice-breaker, a perfect quick bite, and a helpful distraction for toddlers and younger children. If you are interested in volunteering to bring in Shabbat treats, please contact Naomi Schaffer at naomilev@optonline.net.
  13. The Young Families Havurah at B’nai Israel is a group of young families who celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays together.  We meet every Saturday morning for bagels, family-friendly services, songs, crafts, stories and playground time.  We have exciting events coming soon for Purim and Passover.  Do you know of young families who would like to be part of our fun and relaxed Jewish community?  Our programming is geared for children ages seven and younger.  Everyone is welcome at the Young Families Havurah – families do not need to be members of Congregation B’nai Israel to participate.  Please contact Evan Schultz to join our mailing list and to learn about upcoming events with the Young Families Havurah.
    Check us out online: www.youngfamilieshavurah.blogspot.com
    Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/youngfamilieshavurah
  14. Is There Ever a Good Time?
    It never seems to be the right time to discuss or purchase cemetery plots. But purchasing a plot for ourselves or a loved one is something many of us will have to deal with. About a year ago, we determined that we could develop additional plots in the new section in the Kings Highway cemetery. Although many of these have been sold, there are still some Kings Highway plots available. If you are interested in learning more, please call the temple office or contact Mark Shangold at tersanams@aol.com or Bernie Jacobs at bjdjacobs@ aol.com. We can also help you choose plots in our
    cemetery in Monroe.
  15. Hospital Information It has come to our attention that we are not getting accurate information from local hospitals when our congregants or family members are admitted to their facility.  We are particularly concerned when we are asked why our clergy has not made a visit to a particular hospital. Our inquiries always show that the person’s name has been listed under another synagogue and that is the reason we are not made aware of the hospitalization. We are, once again, asking for your help.  If you, a family member, neighbor or friend who belongs to B’nai Israel is admitted to any hospital, please take a minute and call the Temple office with that information.  We would rather have a dozen calls than to not be aware of someone’s hospitalization.
  16. Radio “Outreach” On Friday Nights Do you miss attending Shabbat services because you are homebound?  If so, you can now listen to our Friday night services on special radio receivers which are available to you on loan from the Temple. Contact Cantor Blum.
  17. College is expensive. B'nai Israel can help! Click here to learn more about the Fields/Nussenfeld Scholarship Fund.
  18. Are you moving out of town? Let us help you connect with a synagogue in your new community. Click here.
 

 

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