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.

March  2018

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!

Freida Lezack Thursday 3/1/2018 aunt of Bonnie Heft
Linda Cantor Friday 3/2/2018 remembered by the Heft Family
Mollie S. Hyams Friday 3/2/2018 mother of Sheila Wakoff
Bernard Cukier Saturday 3/3/2018 grandfather of Russell Robbins
Bruce B. Kauffman Sunday 3/4/2018 brother of Paul Kauffman
Ruth Mellon Monday 3/5/2018 mother of Marc Mellon
Dr. Steven R. Berg Wednesday 3/7/2018 father of Daniel Berg
Paul Rubin Thursday 3/8/2018 father of Steven Rubin
Walter Ullman Friday 3/9/2018 father of Martin Ullman
Eugene Bower Sunday 3/11/2018 father of Sandi Prince
Jill Buttrick Sunday 3/11/2018 sister of Claire Fennessey
Edwin Axel Monday 3/12/2018 father of Steven Axel
Seymour Gluck Tuesday 3/13/2018 father of Ronnie Ross
Renee Weiss Rollins Tuesday 3/13/2018 mother of Maxine Margolin
Rae Yurman Tuesday 3/13/2018 mother of Steve Yurman
Louise Zacune Wednesday 3/14/2018 sister of Fran Heizler
Max Aronow Friday 3/16/2018 uncle of Meryll wolfman
Ruth Artson Shauer Saturday 3/17/2018 mother of Marlene Serby
Lillian Greenwald Sobel Saturday 3/17/2018 mother of Ken Sobel
Christopher Vaughan Sunday 3/18/2018 stepfather of Lorien Saumier
Sara Heft Tuesday 3/20/2018 remembered by the Heft Family
Sheldon Romaner Wednesday 3/21/2018 father of Michele Bender
Jerry Schlesinger Thursday 3/22/2018 father of Lynn Schlesinger
Lillian Tondow Weber Thursday 3/22/2018 mother of Donald Weber
Fritzi Radcliffe Friday 3/23/2018 aunt of Peter Czuczka
Benjamin Prentiss Saturday 3/24/2018 grandfather of Valerie Rosenson
Sam Yurman Saturday 3/24/2018 father of Steve Yurman
Murry Erlich Sunday 3/25/2018 father of Senia Feiner
Harry Olshan Monday 3/26/2018 father of Kenneth Olshan
Robin Feldman Tuesday 3/27/2018 mother of Gregg Feldman
Sue Ellen Gumins Tuesday 3/27/2018 mother of Samuel Gumins
Albert Isaac Friday 3/30/2018 father of David Isaac