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.






















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









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.












Social Action

Social Action Committee

 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.



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


12.18.2017 10:00 - 12:00
Library Program
12.18.2017 10:00 - 12:00
Beth Israel Gift Shop Open
12.19.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Continuing Hebrew
12.20.2017 12:00 - 01:00
Men's Club Membership Mtg