Idalea has been involved with Beth Israel Congregation of Sun City Center for eleven years. She served as Program Chair from 2003-2009, and Board Member-at-Large in 2010. Idalea has initiated and chaired various programs for the congregation, including the annual Scholar in Residence program, Jewish Book Club, and “Movies and a Bissle Nosh” featuring Jewish-themed movies. She has been the song leader for the Women’s Seder since 2007. As Social Action Chair, Idalea has invigorated the congregation’s involvement in social action issues, such as human rights for tomato pickers, coupons for overseas military families, human trafficking, and feeding the hungry. Through her efforts, Beth Israel participated in and became one of the venues of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and Tampa Jewish Book Festival. She enlisted the cooperation of the Tampa Jewish Federation to provide transportation for Sun City Center residents to programs such as the 92nd Street Y series.

At Temple Emmanuel Baltimore, Idalea taught Sunday School and was the youth group founder and advisor from 1970-1982. She was President of Maryland Music Education for Kodaly. Idalea was Co-Founder and Director of the Children’s Chorus of Carroll County from 1984-2001, and performed at the White House Holiday Celebration in 1997. She also performed at Music Educators National Conference in 1998 and Carnegie Hall in 2001. Idalea was the music educator of vocal music for Carroll County Schools from 19783-1998. She was Homecoming Chair of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1990 and 1992 and served as President of the Peabody Conservatory of Music Alumni from 1993-1995. She was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce for Carrol County in 1997, and 125 of her fifth-grade students performed the National Anthem at Camden Yards in 1997.

Idalea was also the Corresponding Secretary of the South Shore Democratic club from 2006-2008. In addition to being a member of Beth Israel since 2001, Idalea was a member of Temple Emanuel in Baltimore from 1968-2003. Idalea and her husband, Robert have six children and eleven 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


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