Dear Temple B'nai Chaim Community,

I and the entire leadership of Temple B’nai Chaim are very excited about restoring one of our sacred Torahs and formally invite our entire congregation to participate in the restoration. What that means is you will help repair and restore the scroll by redrawing the faded or broken Hebrew letters with your own hand.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make our indelible mark in this Torah. TBCTorahRestoration 800We will watch with pride and joy as every future Bar/Bat Mitzvah reads from the Torah scroll that we as a family helped restore. We will be guided through the experience by Neil Yerman, a nationally recognized scribe. Learn more about Neil below in the “About the Scribe” section below

We truly want everyone to participate. Simply register for a timeslot by clicking here and then show up with clean hands and an open spirit. It promises to be an experience that you and your family will cherish forever. All are welcome and we are happy to accommodate any family member with special needs. If needed, please contact me directly.

Please register early and be as flexible as possible in selecting time slots. When registering, please select 4 or more time slots. We will do our best to accommodate your 1st or 2nd choice. Our volunteers will follow up with you and confirm your time slot. Torah Restoration sessions will be held on March 23 and April 8, with April 9 and 10 being alternative dates if needed.

Thanks to the generosity of several members of our congregation, the restoration project is largely funded and I am most pleased and grateful to be able to tell you that there is no donation required. That said one way the Israelites participated in the building of their sanctuary was to donate not only their labor, but their means. Following in this model, if you wish to contribute to the restoration project we welcome it and have set suggested contribution amounts of $72.00 per family or $36.00 per person. Our key goal here is full participation from the congregation so please sign up and enjoy this amazing experience.  There is no pressure to contribute.

The last of the 613 traditional commandments is to write a Torah - a commandment we each have an opportunity to fulfill individually and together as a community.  I look forward to engaging together in the sacred work of restoring our Torah scrolls for ourselves and future generations.


Cantor Jon Sobel


 About the Scribe:

Neil Yerman, an artist and calligrapher, is widely admired for inspiring an appreciation of the beauty of the physical Torah as well as for the wisdom and guidance that it contains. With his warm and engaging manner, Sofer Yerman excites and educates all who gather around him — from the youngest to the oldest. Neil helped us restore one of our Torah’s several years ago. We look forward to having him back at TBC and to seeing his beautiful work as he restores another Torah.  For more information about Neil Yerman, check out his website.

December  2017

Temple B'nai Chaim joins our congregants in remembering those who are dear to them.  To mark the anniversary, the name is read at the Friday evening Shabbat service before the observance or, if the anniversary is on a Friday, the night of the observance.

We hope that this new monthly notice will enable congregants to join us for the Shabbat when the names of their loved ones are read and also allow friends and fellow congregants to be with them at this time of remembrance. The weekly Yahrzeit list of names are also published in each week's Chailites .  

It is traditional to light a memorial candle on the eve of the yahrzeit at home and to recite Kaddish when lighting the yahrzeit candle. It is also a custom to make donations in memory of loved ones around the time of yahrzeit.

Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Armen Dildilian Friday 12/1/2017 father of Karen Tartell
Samuel Jaffe Saturday 12/2/2017 remembered by Sharon and Ken Sobel
Phyllis Kauffman Saturday 12/2/2017 mother of Paul Kauffman
Florence Molomut Sunday 12/3/2017 mother of Susan Winters
Nicholas Felan Diaz Wednesday 12/6/2017 great grandfather of Shannon McAvoy
Arthur Kotch Wednesday 12/6/2017 friend of Susan Winters
Nalini Adur Thursday 12/7/2017 grandmother of Vanita Wagner
Hope Goodheart Friday 12/8/2017 sister-in-law of Iris Busch
Barbara Finkel Saturday 12/9/2017 grandmother of Adam Gold
Solomon Fried Saturday 12/9/2017 father of Bonnie Heft
Beatrice Eisenstat Herron Sunday 12/10/2017 mother of Nan Ruben
Ann Sylvia Heisler Tuesday 12/12/2017 mother of Michele Scruton
Andrew Rosenberg Tuesday 12/12/2017 father of Irene Rosenberg
Jack Greenberg Wednesday 12/13/2017 father of David Greenberg
Morris Myers Wednesday 12/13/2017 grandfather of Jane Alexander
Robert Tartell Wednesday 12/13/2017 father of Ross Tartell
Saul Heft Thursday 12/14/2017 remembered by the Heft Family
Eleanor Brown Friday 12/15/2017 mother of Don Brown
Evelyn Williams Friday 12/15/2017 mother of Erv Shames
Ruth Gordon Sunday 12/17/2017 mother of Jonathan Gordon
Blanche Levy Monday 12/18/2017 grandmother of Jennifer Haynos
Eileen Halliday Wednesday 12/20/2017 friend of June Mara
Beverly Jaffe Kolodny Thursday 12/21/2017 mother of Sharon Sobel
Lupe Escalante Friday 12/22/2017 father of Rudy Escalante
Joseph Bennett Saturday 12/23/2017 grandfather of Jennifer Meehan
Jesse Smith Saturday 12/23/2017 father of Steve Smith
Sidney Shane Sunday 12/24/2017 father of Patricia Olshan
Florence Cohen Aronson Monday 12/25/2017 mother of June Mara
Edward Raspler Wednesday 12/27/2017 father of Charles Raspler
Harriet Rosenson Wednesday 12/27/2017 mother of Valerie Rosenson
Ray Rosenson Wednesday 12/27/2017 grandmother of Valerie Rosenson
Madonna A. West Wednesday 12/27/2017 mother of Valerie West-Rosenthal
Adrienne Merkel Berenbaum Friday 12/29/2017 mother of Diane Berenbaum
Arthur M. Gold Friday 12/29/2017 father of Amy Gold Socher, friend of Wendy Nadel
Barbara Prince Friday 12/29/2017 aunt of Russ Prince
Malcolm Whitham Friday 12/29/2017 nephew of Russell Robbins and Valerie Rosenson
Martin Shapiro Saturday 12/30/2017 uncle of Michael Bonheim
Selma Herman Sunday 12/31/2017 mother-in-law of Paul Frosch