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.


Jeff Beller, President

On March 21st twenty one men and women headed out to Tampa Bay Downs to spend a delightful afternoon watching the races & partaking of a fabulous buffet.  Thanks to Gil Daniels for arranging this great event.

Our March 28th General Meeting offered a change of pace from our usual speaker with the showing of Mel Brooks’ hilarious comedy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights .  Lunch was prepared by Beth Israel’s own Sharon Privitera & featured a choice of either cheese or vegetable lasagna (or both), salad & garlic bread.  What a great way to spend the afternoon!  Good fun, good food & good friends!!

Upcoming plans for April include a fantastic Bagels & Discovery on April 15th featuring Tony Belmont from the National Comedy Hall of Fame with a not-to-be-missed multi-media presentation.  As part of his program, Tony will award prizes to those who can answer his trivia questions.  

Following Tony, on April 25th, we’re proud to present LTC William Morrow, USA (Ret) whose military background has him well-equipped to tell us of the history of our Army Rangers.  Food for the luncheon will feature wraps from Publix. 

Flyers for both April events will be sent out shortly.

The next Men’s Club Board Meeting will be held on April 4th where plans for our May 23rd General Meeting will be finalized. 




Spotlight on Sisterhood

Rochelle Lafer, President

By the time you read this article Passover will be upon us.  This year our Women’s Seder actually falls out during the Passover holiday.  This doesn’t happen very often, but it makes our program very special.  I hope that you are (or were) able to celebrate this unique Seder, tailored especially for women, with all of us.

The next Women of Faith program will be held on Monday, April 16th at 10:00am at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.  The Church is located at 1239 W Del Webb Blvd.  They have asked that we provide a count of the people planning on attending the program.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the social hall or you can call me at (813) 938-3824 to let me know you will be joining us. Beth Israel always has a wonderful presence at these events.

We will finish off our program year with the annual closing brunch and installation of officers on Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00am.  This is always a wonderful Sisterhood gathering and I look forward to seeing many of you there.  More information about this program will be sent out in April.

Happy spring to you all and to our snowbirds heading back to the north safe travels and come back soon.

May we go from strength to strength.






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


04.22.2018 03:00 - 05:00
Special Movie and refreshments
04.24.2018 09:30 - 11:00
Sisterhood Board Meeting
04.24.2018 01:30 - 03:00
Continuing Hebrew
04.25.2018 12:00 - 02:00
Men's Club Membership Meeting
04.26.2018 01:30 - 03:00
Biblical Hebrew Grammar
04.26.2018 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
04.27.2018 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services
04.28.2018 10:00 - 12:00
Morning Shabbat Service
04.28.2018 12:00 - 01:00
Torah Study
05.01.2018 11:00 - 01:00
Sisterhood Brunch Closing