About Beth Israel the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center

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OUR CONGREGATION


Beth Israel, the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center (and environs) is a lively and energetic community of more than 330 individual members, all of whom are committed to maintaining an active Jewish presence in our area.

The synagogue began in 1982, and occupies its own home at 1115 East Del Webb Blvd. We hold weekly Shabbat evening services on Fridays at 7:30 pm, and Shabbat morning services, followed by a Kiddush pot luck lunch and then Torah study, on the 2nd and 4th Shabbatot of the secular month.

Our worship style is egalitarian, with a lot of singing. Because our members come from backgrounds in Judaism ranging from none at all to Orthodox, our practices combine traditional observances with more contemporary liturgies. We use all the most recent prayerbooks of the Reform movement.

We also offer an assortment of classes which reflect the interests and needs of our congregants. These range from Beginners’ Hebrew to Continuing Hebrew, Bible Study, Jewish History, Worship 101, An Introduction to Christianity for Jews, Bnai Torah classes and other topics as requested.

Our congregation supports various tzedakah projects in the community and outside, such as Meals On Wheels each January, and collections on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico. We participate in the lay Interfaith Council which supports the Nearly New Shop in town, and our rabbi is actively involved with other local clergy to promote interfaith understanding and co-operation.

Our modest building houses a very busy community, with worship services, classes, and programs of all sorts, sponsored by our Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Program Committee and Library Program.

All of our members have come here from somewhere else, so we all know what it is like to be new in the area, and therefore we work very consciously to welcome newcomers and help them to feel at home in the community and in the congregation.

Come and meet us!

 

MEN'S CLUB REPORT

Jeff Beller, President

The Men’s Club opened its fall season with a bang last month! We had a blast at our October 25th Membership Meeting watching Mel Brooks’ hilarious & irreverent comedy: History of the World-Part I, accompanied by a pizza & caesar salad feast. The first Bagels & Discovery program was held a few days later with Dr. Frank Slesnick speaking on What is the Value of Life – From an Economic Perspective?

On November 29th we’ll hold our annual Business Meeting to elect our officers. This will be a paid-up members’ free lunch catered by Beth Israel’s own Betty Schare & her delicious desserts! As a no-longer-secret surprise, we’ll be proud to welcome Mr. Martin Fennelly, sports columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He’ll talk about the Bucs, the growth & development of Bucs QB Jameis Winston & about the kinds of tasks that Mr. Fennelly performs in his profession. All paid-up Men’s Club members & their guests are welcome & are encouraged to attend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight on Sisterhood

Rochelle Lafer, President

Once again Beth Israel Sisterhood has started the season off with some wonderful programs and the best is yet to come! December is the month we take a break from our regular meeting schedule to co-host the Sisterhood/Men’s Club Hanukkah Party. This year we will be celebrating Hanukkah on Sun-day, December 17th at 2pm in the Temple social hall. Join us for an afternoon of songs and fun and of course the ever popular potato latkes and jelly donuts.

Our Temple membership is growing faster than our space and as a result of this, reservations will be limited to members of the Temple, Sisterhood or Men’s Club and their partners. Reservations will be closed when we reach 96 people so if you want to ensure a place at this event please make your reser-vation (with $7 per person payment) early so you don’t get left out. Send your check made payable to Beth Israel Sisterhood to Marlene Hollander at 1004 El Rancho Drive, Sun City Center, Fl. 33573.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

May we go from strength to strength.

 

 

 

 

 

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Social Action

Social Action Committee
 Activities

 January - Meals on Wheels

Beth Israel is currently responsible for delivering Meals on Wheels during the month of January. The co-chairs of this committee begin to solicit drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels at the end of November. Two drivers are assigned each day to deliver in Kings Point and two drivers are assigned each day to deliver in Sun City Center. Two teams of back-up drivers are also solicited.

November - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

 All year

     Interfaith Learning 

    "Feeding the Hungry"  

            Beth Israel supports the Metropolitan Ministries efforts to feed the hungry at the St Andrews Church in Sun City        Center.    Beth Israel members volunteer along with other volunteers from area clubs and churches to serve meals on Wednesdays.

 

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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 Sandy Zians on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2017.  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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17Dec
12.17.2017
CHANUKAH
18Dec
12.18.2017
CHANUKAH
18Dec
18Dec
12.18.2017 10:00 - 12:00
Library Program
18Dec
12.18.2017 10:00 - 12:00
Beth Israel Gift Shop Open
19Dec
19Dec
12.19.2017
CHANUKAH
19Dec
12.19.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Continuing Hebrew
20Dec
12.20.2017
CHANUKAH
20Dec
12.20.2017 12:00 - 01:00
Men's Club Membership Mtg