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

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Joanne has been dedicated to Beth Israel Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center for eleven years and currently serves as president, a position she has held since 2013. Previously, Joanne served as vice president from 2012-2013, recording secretary from 2010-2011 and ritual director from 2006-2010. In May 2015, she had her Bnot Torah with twelve other women. Since 2009, Joanne has created and organized the annual Community Yom Hashoa service in Sun City Center, including an interfaith choir. She also represents Beth Israel in an ongoing faith community project of bringing awareness of hunger to the community. The first event, a cabaret show, raised $11,000 and brought in 1,000 pounds of food for the local food pantries. Joanne and her husband have coordinated bi-annual community breakfasts which involve 130 volunteers cooking and serving breakfast to as many as 1,400 residents and their guests.

From 2005-2015, Joanne volunteered for the Straz Theatre in the retail department. Since 2006, Joanne has been an advisor to Simon’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in young athletes and children. The fund is named in memory of Joanne’s three-month-old grandson Simon who died during a nap. To date, the organization has given free heart screenings to over 13,000 individuals and found about 100 children who had undetected heart conditions. Simon’s Fund has also created a national registry that gathers data for qualified researchers.

Joanne was a speech-language pathologist for 43 years, primarily working in private practice and public schools. For 30 years she was involved in many organizations in the Cincinnati community. At Temple Beth Shalom, she was the religious school chair for four years, and sat on the board of directors for eight years. Joanne was president of the Council for Soviet Jewry from 1980-1984 and traveled to the Soviet Union in 1983 to meet and bring necessities to the refusniks. She worked on many committees at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and served as the chair of the Israel Program committee. In that capacity, she chaired the first community Yom Hazikaron event and traveled to Israel to hire the Shaliach for the community.

In 1989, Joanne chaired the 58th General Assembly for the Council of Jewish Federations where over 2,500 people attended. She also served on the Federation board for several years. Joanne was secretary for the OHIO CLUB from 2007-2013. Since 2006, she has served on the volunteer security patrol and is assistant team captain. She has also cooked for the all-volunteer emergency squad since 2011. Joanne and her husband Sam have been married for over 50 years. They have two children, four grandchildren, and one grandson of blessed memory.






















Jeff Beller, President

The High Holy Days as well as Sukkot have passed & we hope that the New Year brings all of you peace & good health.

On that note, I’d like to thank all of the men & women volunteers who gave of their time & efforts to help set up & take down the sukkah! Your hard work made the tasks both easier & more fun. You were great!

Our fall season is coming along nicely! The program for our upcoming October 25th Membership Meeting will be a DVD showing of Mel Brooks’ hilarious & irreverent comedy: History of the World-Part I, accompanied by a pizza & caesar salad feast. All Beth Israel men are invited at a pay-at-the-door cost of only $6.00 per per-son but an RSVP to is necessary.

The first Bagels & Discovery program is scheduled for October 29th & will feature Dr. Frank Slesnick on the topic: What is the Value of Life – From an Economic Perspective? This program is open to all Temple mem-bers at a cost of only $9.00 per person but, since space is limited & the topic so interesting, we suggest an early RSVP with an accompanying check.

Our annual Business Meeting with a paid-up members’ lunch & election of officers is scheduled for November 29th. All members are encouraged to attend. More details will follow.

Other events are in the planning stage & will be announced as they are confirmed.







Spotlight on Sisterhood

Rochelle Lafer, President

Our opening meeting for Sisterhood was a real treat. Sharon Privitera and her committee put together a refreshment table that was both beautiful on the eyes and delicious to eat. The program by Rabbi Carla Freedman was informative as well as entertaining. Thanks to all involved for starting our Sister-hood season on such a high note.

November is traditionally our paid-up members lunch. Janet Corin and Barbara Nova have been work-ing hard to put together a great lunch for all of our members who have paid their dues for the current year. Reservations for the November meeting must be made by Sunday, November 5th. Please con-tact Janet at 401-524-0847 or Barbara Nova at or sign up on the bulletin board in the Temple social hall. Don’t forget to put down your choice of sandwich (tuna, veggie or cheese). A wide variety of veggie toppings will be available to complete your sandwich. Wonderful pastries will fin-ish off the meal. Following lunch we will have a short movie. YOU MUST HAVE A RESERVATION TO ATTEND THE PAID-UP LUNCHEON.

As we gather to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving later this month we all have so much to be thank-ful for. I am so grateful to be a part of our incredible Temple family. From my house to yours I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with good food, good company and the blessings of peace.


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


10.24.2017 11:00 - 12:00
Women of Faith Meeting
10.24.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Continuing Hebrew
10.25.2017 10:00 - 11:00
Men's Club Board mtg
10.26.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Biblical Hebrew
10.26.2017 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
10.27.2017 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services
10.28.2017 10:00 - 12:00
Morning Shabbat Service
10.28.2017 12:00 - 01:00
Torah Study