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.


Jeff Beller, President

Our last Membership Meeting before the summer break was held on May 24th & featured Beth Israel’s own Fred Levine regaling us with stories & details of his 35+ years of baseball umpiring. He told us about what it takes to be an umpire as well as many of his experiences on a typical game day. Beginning with Little League & Babe Ruth baseball, his career has taken him all the way through pro-level AAA ball & even into the Major Leagues.

Right now the Men’s Club Board is taking a well-earned break but, nonetheless, are preparing for the fall when we’ll resume our programming with a Membership Meeting on October 25th & a Bagels & Discovery on October 29th. Programs will be announced as plans are finalized.

In the meantime, we wish you all a wonderful, safe & pleasant summer.





Spotlight on Sisterhood


Welcome to September and our High Holy Day season. As we all begin to get ready for this very special time of year I look forward to seeing many of you as we join together in prayer. Once again we will have the pleasure of being led by Rabbi Carla Freedman and Cantor Glenn Groper, who have been working together for weeks to ensure a most meaningful series of Holy Day services. On behalf of the Beth Israel Sisterhood Board of Directors I would like to wish you all a healthy and a happy New Year.

Sisterhood begins our programming year in October and runs through May. Our annual paid-up member’s luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 14th. Please keep in mind that in order to attend the luncheon in November your Sisterhood dues must be paid by the October meeting. Don’t forget to return the form en-closed with the dues notice so that we have accurate information in order to get in touch with you.

Our opening meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 1pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Our speaker will be Rabbi Carla Freedman. More information about this meeting will follow shortly.

Joy Rosen and Addie Unterlack have been busy restocking the shelves of the Sisterhood gift shop for your buying pleasure. They will have a display at the October meeting but if you need something for the holidays give them a call and they will be happy to help you.

Cyrille Cobe and her library committee have put together a wonderful program of events for the coming year, alternating between films and book discussions. If you haven’t been to a library program consider joining them for a Monday morning gathering this season.

Lyn Safian is always happy to have new volunteers to sponsor a Friday night oneg. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the social hall and Lyn or I will be happy to walk you through all you need to know to make it happen. Celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or just being a part of the congregation with your Beth Israel family.

A huge thank you to the Program Committee and Board of Directors for the exciting programs scheduled for the coming season.

I look forward to another wonderful year



May we go from strength to strength.




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



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


08.24.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Biblical Hebrew
08.24.2017 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
08.25.2017 07:30 - 09:30
08.25.2017 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services
08.26.2017 10:00 - 12:00
Morning Shabbat Service
08.26.2017 12:00 - 01:00
Torah Study
08.27.2017 03:00 - 05:00
Havurah meeting
08.29.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Continuing Hebrew
08.31.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Biblical Hebrew