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.

MEN'S CLUB REPORT

Stephen Levine, President 

If you don’t think being President of our Men’s Club is a tough job take a look at what I looked like before I took the post. Oy vey.

 

OK, just kidding. It might seem like a cliché but it truly was an honor and privilege to serve all of our Men’s Club members and the entire Beth Israel family. And certainly all of the success we seemed to have had these last two years can be placed squarely on the shoulders of my Board, Harvey Berman, Steve Blesofsky, Bob Conti, Gil Daniels, Neil Raphael, and Ralph Shaw. They did all of the heavy lifting, came early and stayed late, set the tables, counted the bagels, and made the coffee. Our outstanding speakers enticed the congregation to attend our meetings.

 

Many more of you showed up to shop for the food, move tables, cut the lox, build the Sukkah, take down the Sukkah, usher, and many times with your spouses. I’d name names, but as some of you could relate, I might omit one in my attempt to name all and I just don’t want to do that. So a very big thank you to all that helped. I will surely miss giving my spellbinding announcements at Shabbat Services every so often, including my occasional malapropos and sharing the Rabbi’s Bimah water with my finger, but we move on.

 

Next year’s Board is a group of outstanding members with Steve Blesofsky, Bob Conti, Gil Daniels, and Ralph Shaw, staying on, and new members Jeff Beller, President, Bob Whiteman and Sam Zians. They will do a great job.

 

Going forward don’t forget our upcoming events: Friday evening January 13, 2017, the Men’s Club will be leading the service and hosting the Oneg. Harvey Berman will be looking for volunteers to participate. This would be a great Mitzvah for you.

 

Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s only NFL Hall of Fame voter last year , will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Be sure to reserve this date.

 

Please watch the Temple Bulletin Board for any updates to our calendar for 2017.

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Spotlight on Sisterhood

ROCHELLE LAFER, PRESIDENT

A huge thank you to Erica Leino and Nancy Binder and their wonderful committee for putting together another great Hanukkah party. Once again this event was sold out. A special thank you to Cantor Glenn Groper for helping with the Hanukkah sing-along.

With Hanukkah coming at the end of December, our next Sisterhood program follows close behind it. Come and join us on Tuesday, January 3rd for what should be a terrific musical program. It will feature the Geritol Gents and the Metamucil Moms, part of the Kings Point Chorus Shows 2 Go Program. Our own Hilde & Steve Klein will be a part of this enjoyable afternoon. The program begins at 1 pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall and as always, refreshments will be served.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, our annual Sisterhood Shabbat will be held on Friday, February 17th at 7:30 pm. Once again I will be looking for volunteers to take part in the Friday night service, which will be run entirely by members of Sisterhood. There will be parts available in both English and Hebrew. If participating in the service is not your thing, we will also be providing the Oneg and can use your help with donations for that. Feel free to send me an e-mail and let me know how you would like to help.

A happy, healthy 2017 to you all.


May we go from strength to strength

Rochelle 

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Social Action

Social Action Committee
Upcoming Activities
Harvey (Harv) Berman (Chair)

 

Beth Israel’s membership once again will continue to support the Metropolitan Ministries’ (MM) efforts “Feeding the Hungry” during the remaining calendar months ending in December 2016. The group’s efforts have been very successful in this endeavor and have gotten several accolades from the MM staff because of our involvement during each function. My sincere thanks go out to the following folks that have come forward to support this effort: Cyrille and Bob Cobe, Nancy Binder, Bob Rogin and Nancy Nova. If I have left you off this list I apologize and also thank you for your help.


With the High Holy Day’s that will soon be upon us – Beth Israel will once again collect non-perishable food items to include baby food and diapers, etc. to support those needy families in the Sun City Center and surrounding communities. Last year we collected 84 large bags of food that was delivered to “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and it is hoped that we will be able to surpass this number and collect at least 100 bags. It is very difficult understand that in our country families are going without because of rising cost of food and medicine -- and thus have to make very difficult decisions as to what direction to go – buy food, medicine and even the simplest of clothing items. So in the next several months as “we” all go into our favorite food stores, I urge you all to make a conscious decision and start putting away items that will best meet the needs of those families

 

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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 Class of 2015

Bnai Torah  Class of 2017

A Night of Comedy

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Joanne Sudman on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2016.  Read more about this honor here.

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

Rummage Sale –  Read more

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

 

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