About Beth Israel the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center

templeOur congregation, Beth Israel, The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, was founded in 1982 to serve the Jewish population in the Sun City Center, Florida area.

We are a member of the Union for Reform Judiasm.Our approach combines an openness to new forms of religious expression with a strengthening of ties to traditional forms. In our worship, we use Hebrew and English as well as singing to encourage the full participation of the congregation.

The members of the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center bring to our congregation a wide variety of Jewish traditions and experiences with a goal of making everyone welcome as we draw upon the diversity of our backgrounds to enrich the Jewishness of all.


Stephen Levine, President 


We still need volunteers as Ushers for the High Holy Days. Any member of Beth Israel can volunteer. Please contact Gil Daniels at: gil1015@hotmail.com or me, stephenlevine08@gmail.com to reserve your time.

Below is the schedule. You’ll receive a badge, a reserved seat, (although there will be lots of standing) and most important, a Mitzvot.

 * Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday Oct 2nd, 6:30 PM

 * Rosh Hashanah – Day 1 – Monday Oct. 3rd, 9:00 AM until beginning of the Torah Service

 * Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - Beginning of Torah service until conclusion of service

 * Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - Evening Service: 6:45 PM until conclusion of service

 * Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - Tuesday Oct. 4th, 9:30 AM until Torah service

 * Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - Torah service until conclusion of service

 * Erev Yom Kippur /Kol Nidre – Tuesday Oct. 11th 6:30 PM until conclusion of service

 * Yom Kippur – Wednesday Oct 12th, 9:30 AM service until beginning of the Torah service

 * Yom Kippur, beginning of the Torah service until conclusion of AM service

 * Yom Kippur afternoon service 4:00 PM until conclusion of Yizkor service

 * After Yizkor service until the end of PM service

Friday morning October 14th is our scheduled date when we will be building our Sukkah. All the necessary tools will be provided. We just need your smiling faces, good humor and participation.

 Wednesday October 26th is our first scheduled Membership meeting and Sunday October 30th is our first scheduled Bagels and Discovery. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for all the details.



Spotlight on Sisterhood


Welcome to fall and what is traditionally the beginning of our busiest holiday season. This year the High Holy Days begin in October. As it happens all the holidays in October fall on a Tuesday. Because of that, the Sisterhood opening meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at 1 pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Our guest speaker will be Pennye Scheiber. Pennye has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching students to play the hammered dulcimer. This is an instrument that actually dates back to biblical times and we will have the opportunity to learn something about its’ history and hear it played. You don’t want to miss this unusual program!

Since there is no Sisterhood meeting in October, if you want to join us for the Paid-up Luncheon on Tuesday, November 1st please make sure that your dues are paid by the September 27th meeting. For members of the Temple the cost is $18. If you do not belong to the Temple, please send a check for $36.

The next meeting of the Women of Faith will be held on Thursday, September 8th at 10 am at St. John the Divine (next door to the Temple). Please join us as we gather with women from many of the houses of worship in the Sun City Center community. It is always a wonderful experience to be a part of these gatherings. Refreshments are served following the program.

Enjoy what is left of the summer, and I look forward to seeing you at our opening meeting on September 27th.

May we go from strength to strength



Social Action

Beth Israel has a very active Social Action Committee.


I want to go on record to personally thank the entire Beth Israel membership who have donated not only their time, effort but generosity in making the 2015 calendar year most successful.

Beth Israel has partnered with several organizations in supporting Sun City Center and the surrounding communities by donating the following: school supplies to Wimauma Elementary School to families that were unable to purchase needed supplies for their youngsters to enable them to become successful in a classroom situation. The collection amassed a whopping number of book binders, reams of lined writing paper, book bags, 15 boxes of HB pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erases and rulers, etc.

We collected 86 grocery bags of food during our Yom Kippur food collection effort that was distributed to needy families – among which were baby food items of various kinds, etc.

Recently in supporting the Sun City Center Campaign Against Human Trafficking – Beth Israel collected 167 packs of pocket size Kleenex Tissues and 44 Hand Sanitizer dispensers.

We are still collecting tin can pull tabs (box is located in the lobby of Beth Israel) that will go directly to the Shiners’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Starting off the 2016 calendar year our membership will provide needed assistance to support the Rotary Club’s “Meals for Hope.” The date was set for January 16th – more information will follow sometime in December, 2015. With 36 volunteers thus far we should be proud of our immense community support.

With the soon approaching cold winter season…we will provide hot meals to those individuals that show up to the shelter in the Wimauma area. If interested in providing a hot meal that in most cases total of 10 individuals…please contact Harv Berman at Hberman42@verizon.net providing telephone and email information.

Lastly, Beth Israel in conjunction with Metropolitan Ministries will provide support on the first Wednesday of the following months (February, April, June, and August 2016) providing the following: setting up and taking down tables, cleaning eating areas, and serving food to those who come in for a single hot meal.


Unique Beth Israel

Library - Visit our category of books on line and latest library news by clicking here.

Judaica shop – Browse some of our items  and hours of operation here

Special Programs and Events

Bnot Torah 

A Night of Comedy

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Rochelle Lafer on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2015.  Read more about this honor here.

Dedication of the Betty Kleinman Library Shelf and Kleinman Mosaic – January 18, 2013

Rummage Sale – March 17, 2015  Read more

Rededication of the Temple - Celebrating 25 years – March 3, 2013  Read More



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