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 

On April 9th we held our last Bagels & Discovery of the season. It was very well attended & we’re grateful to Mr. Tony (Abraham) Esposito who enlightened us with a brief history of the Panama Canal, how it’s organized, its importance to worldwide shipping & the results of its multi-year reconstruction & improvement. His Power Point presentation showed us the Ca-nal’s new configuration as well as its effects on the Port of Tampa.

Our Membership Meeting on April 26th will feature Dr. Anthony Infante of Florida Orthopaedic Institute who will let us know about the latest advances in orthopedic surgery of the knee, hip & shoulder. Because the topic should be of in-terest to everyone, the Men’s Club has again opened the meeting to all congregants. As a special treat, lunch that day will feature the BBQ skills of Pop’s Que (our Men’s Club’s own Dick Marshall) grilling his heart out for us with a choice of beef, chicken or veggie burgers. We encourage everyone to "come on down."

The last Membership Meeting before the summer break will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 12 noon. It’ll be something really special: Beth Israel’s own "umpire of the year," Fred Levine, has been umpiring baseball from Little League all the way up to the professional level for over 35 years. He’ll have much to tell us about what it takes to be an umpire as well as his experiences on a typical game day. This is one meeting our members won’t want to miss!!



Spotlight on Sisterhood


Almost 80 women attended the Women’s Seder held on Tuesday, April 4th. What a wonderful event it was with music provided by Cantor Diane Krasnick and Sandra Hurwitz leading the Seder. A huge thank you to Sandra, who chaired this program, and Erica Leino, our Program Vice President, for all their work in putting this together. To the wonderful women who set tables, plated gefilte fish, put together the seder plates, made the charoset, created and passed out names tags and did any number of other jobs – we couldn’t have done it without you. Last, but certainly not least, to all of you who came to celebrate with us this is what Sisterhood is all about!

Our Sisterhood program year is quickly coming to a close. It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by. We will finish up the season with our annual Installation of Officers and Closing Brunch. Join us on Tuesday, May 2nd as we celebrate our new (and continuing) officers and enjoy a wonderful dairy brunch.

Being installed for a two year term will be Rochelle Lafer as President, Deborah Boyarsky as Membership Vice President and Judy Zirofsky as Recording Secretary. Remaining on the Executive Board for another year will be Erica Leino as Programming Vice President, Nancy Binder as Corresponding Secretary and Diane Posner as Treasurer.

Following the Installation of Officers we will have our Closing Brunch. This will be a dairy brunch including coffee, tea and our always popular Mimosas. We will finish off the meal with a wonderful cake for dessert prepared once again by Nanette. The cost for this program is $7. Please send your $7 payment made out to Beth Israel Sisterhood to Sharon Privitera at 16148 Amethyst Key Drive, Wimauma, Fl. 33598. Reservations are due by April 24, 2017.

If you would like to help provide food for the brunch, please contact Sharon Privitera at 813-260-3815.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 2nd for another wonderful afternoon of Sisterhood.

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



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05.07.2017 04:00 - 06:00


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