Jewish organizations in the community are asked to nominate a woman who exemplifies the mission of their organization through her leadership and commitment. Awarded annually the 'Women of Distinction' Program honors exemplary volunteerism and leadership.

Beth Israel Women of Distinction:

2007 - Delyse Axinn

2008 – Delyse Axinn

2009 – Marsha Marshall

2010 – Ellen Stein Z"L

2011– Cyrille Cobe

2012 – Idalea Rubin

2013 - Sandra Hurwitz

2014 - Nina Malinak

2015 - Rochelle Lafer

2016 - Joanne Sudman

2017 - Sandy Zians


DSCN1349 SmallSandy has been active in Jewish life for over 50 years. She was involved in many organizations in various capacities in Youngstown, Ohio prior to her family’s relocation to Tampa three years ago. She served as President of the local and district Hadassah chapter, was a board member of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish society, serving as Chairman of the Relay for Life and Co-chair of the American Cancer Center Cattle Barron’s Ball.

At the age of 60, Sandy became a Bat Mitzvah and within her synagogue, El Emeth Temple, served as President from 2012-2014 and Funds Vice President of the Sisterhood.

After moving to Tampa, she immediately assumed the position of Ritual Co-chair alongside her husband Sam. She organizes religious activities with grace and charm and is an assert to the Sisterhood and synagogue. Sandra and her husband have four children and six grandchildren.
























January 10, 2018  Worship 101 will attempt to answer questions about the what/why/when/where/how of Jewish worship. This class is for those who never learned these things, or for those who want to understand the practices of this congregation.
The class will be presented in one session of 2 hours’ duration, once only, in the (secular) new year.

January 28, 2018 Fund Raiser Just Twistin’ Hay Traditional and Original Celtic Music with a Twist! 

Come share the Spirit of Traditional Music from the Celtic Nations

Sun City Center Community Hall 2:00 p.m.

Tickets cost - $12.00. Tickets will be on sale beginning January 2nd. M-W-F at the kiosk. Call Ilene Unruch at 973-876-3513 or Paul Spiegal at 813-283-8010 for information.


February 13, 2018 Rummage Sale 9:00am to 2:00pm

Drop off at Social Hall:Soft Goods( clothing & linens )

          Sunday Feb. 4 10-1 Sunday Feb. 11 9-12   Monday Feb. 12 9-3

 Hard Goods(everything else)

         Sunday Feb. 11 9-1  Monday Feb. 12 9-3 only

February 28, 2018 Purim Schpiel  Check back often for more information

March 30, 2018 First Seder

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


03.24.2018 10:00 - 12:00
Morning Shabbat Service
03.24.2018 12:00 - 01:00
Torah Study
03.27.2018 09:30 - 11:00
Sisterhood Board Meeting
03.27.2018 01:30 - 02:30
Continuing Hebrew
03.28.2018 10:00 - 12:00
Choir Practice Yom Hashoa
03.28.2018 12:00 - 02:00
Men's Club Membership Meeting
03.29.2018 01:30 - 03:00
Biblical Hebrew
03.29.2018 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
03.30.2018 05:30 - 06:30
Shabbat Services
03.30.2018 06:00 - 08:00
Passover Seder