About Temple B’nai Chaim

TBC has reopened for IN PERSON Shabbat Services in our beautiful sanctuary and for IN PERSON learning in our Religious School.

COVID Safety Policy: Wearing a mask inside our building is now optional; full vaccination is required. See TBC COVID Safety Policy.

Check out our News and Chailites page and our Events Calendar for information on how upcoming services and events.

Temple B’nai Chaim is a modern Reform congregation inspired by over 3000 years of tradition.  We believe in a living Judaism compatible with contemporary science, historical understanding, and ethical sensibilities, and which reflects everyday reality and is refined by it.  We are a member congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism.  Interested in finding out more about membership?  Send email to membership@templebnaichaim.org to contact us or call 203-544-8695.
We welcome all Jews, their partners and families regardless of background.  We affirm the equality between men and women, members of all ages, races, physical conditions, and sexual orientations.  News and announcements are in our Chailites / Email Archive and on our Facebook page

In the Spotlight!

Annual Community Softball Game & Potluck Picnic at Jensen Field – All are Welcome! 

Please join us for a family-friendly Softball game, potluck picnic, lawn games, a live DJ, and popsicles! You will have a chance to meet our Clergy, Cantor Harriet Dunkerley, various members of TBC Faculty and Leadership and get to know many members of the community. You can play in the softball game, play a few lawn games and/or enjoy some good food while you spectate and dance from the bleachers or from your own chairs and blankets! All are welcome to attend this fabulous event at no charge!  Register Now!

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Upcoming Events

  1. 19 Aug

    DIY Shabbat

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. 26 Aug

    Welcoming Shabbat Together

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. 02 Sep

    DIY Shabbat

    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. 07 Sep


From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Weaving Together Formal and Lived Jewish Education

Weaving Together Formal and Lived Jewish Education jemerman August 16, 2022

I'm a self-proclaimed book worm. Since I could read, my default setting has been to research anything new at the library before implementing it. However, adulthood has taught me that some of the best lessons are learned after acting and truly living, which is why Rabbi Yanklowitz's perspective so resonates with me. Even so, I always start new adventures by studying.

Why Pray?

Why Pray? jemerman August 11, 2022

The reality is, one never knows whether someone else is suffering from an acute illness. A broken leg is obvious; a broken spirit, not so much. Many of us contend with invisible illnesses, whether physical, such as Multiple Sclerosis or chronic migraines; or mental, like anxiety or schizophrenia.

The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge

The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge sdolgov August 9, 2022

Lifelong learning, however, can be easier said than done. For many, as they enter adulthood, with its competing demands and obligations, setting aside time for learning – and especially for Jewish learning – can be challenging indeed.

One of the Greatest Love Stories of My Life

One of the Greatest Love Stories of My Life sdolgov August 9, 2022

On this Tu B’Av, may we all seek out those people who are on our team through despair and delight, who can forgive and seek forgiveness, who see us for who we truly are and support us on the journey to becoming whoever we will someday be. And if your Valentine’s Day candy stash has run out, send those you love a note of sweetness and gratitude instead. Happy Tu B’Av!