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 had a really good fishing meeting last month with two Charter Captains presenting, Travis Yaeckel from Instinct Fishing Co. and Captain Joel Brandenburg from Ana Banana Fishing Company. To say the least they were knowledgeable, folksy, and easy to listen to and learn from. The one strange thing, although both had a great deal of fishing experience neither one had ever heard of or helped their Bubbe catch a carp in her bathtub to cook and serve for Passover. Guess that’s one that got away.

Our speaker for our December 14th meeting will be Deputy Jeffery E. Merry from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Keep Sunday, Dec. 18th open for our next Bagels and Discovery. Mr. Blesofsky is in the final stages of securing a rather interesting speaker. He has also been in contact with Lesley Mace from the Federal Reserve to schedule a new date. And don’t forget our Sisterhood-Men’s Club Chanukah Party on Sunday, Dec. 25th.

Friday evening January 13th 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, will be our guest speaker on Wednesday January 25th , 2017. Be sure to reserve this date.


Spotlight on Sisterhood


Beth Israel Sisterhood is off to a wonderful start this season. Our first two meetings were both very well attended and enjoyed by all. The next event will be the annual Sisterhood/Men’s Club Hanukkah Party. We will be gathering on Sunday, December 25 at 2 pm at the Henry Gibson Social Hall for an afternoon of potato latkes, jelly donut munchkins and fun. The cost for all this is only $7. Erica Leino will be taking reservations and payment for this event. Please keep in mind that the social hall can only accommodate a finite number of people. Reservations will be limited to members of the Temple, Sisterhood or Men’s Club and their partners and will be taken until we reach 96 people. If you want to ensure a place at the party please make your reservation (with $7 per person payment) early so you don’t get left out. Check the flyer in this issue of the Shalom News for contact information for Erica.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

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 

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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