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Rochelle Lafer was honored on December 3, 2015, when she received the 2015 Bobbe Karpay Woman of Distinction award.

Rochelle has been an active member of Beth Israel since moving to Sun City Center in the fall of 2011 and currently serves as Sisterhood president. She has also been a member of the ritual committee and ways and means committee since 2012. Rochelle served as Sisterhood programming vice president from 2012-2015. In addition to her involvement with Beth Israel, Rochelle has been active with the Chai Chapter of Hadassah. She served as secretary from the creation of the chapter until 2014 and currently is the vice president of education. Rochelle has been the secretary on the board of directors of the Oakley Green Condominium Association since January of 2014.

While teaching at the Spence-Van Etten Central School, she served as president of the Teacher’s Association from 1978 to 1981. From 1972 to 1982 Rochelle was an instructor for the Ithaca Dog Training Club and coordinated the Tompkins County 4-H grooming and handling program. She served on the Board of Directors of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America from 1975-1977, and was show chairman for the national specialty show in 1976.

Rochelle was involved with the Jewish Community Center of Broome County, New York, serving as chairman of the preschool renovation committee from 1989 to 1991 and as a member of the capital campaign committee in 1992. While her four children attended Hillel Academy of Broome County, Rochelle was president of the PTF from 1992-1997, chairman of the board of education, a member of the board of trustees, and co-chairman of the journal fundraising campaign for ten years. In 2003 she was awarded the A.M. Pierson Memorial Award, the school’s most prestigious award. At Temple Israel of Vestal, New York, Rochelle served on the board of education and as a trustee. Rochelle and her husband William have been married for 33 years and have four children.




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


01.24.2018 12:00 - 02:00
Men's Club Membership Meeting
01.25.2018 01:30 - 02:30
Biblical Hebrew
01.25.2018 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
01.26.2018 07:30 - 09:30
Men's Club Shabbat
01.27.2018 10:00 - 12:00
Morning Shabbat Service
01.27.2018 12:00 - 01:00
Torah Study
01.28.2018 02:00 - 02:30
Entertainment: Just Twistin Hay
01.30.2018 01:30 - 02:30
Continuing Hebrew
02.01.2018 01:30 - 02:30
Biblical Hebrew
02.01.2018 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study