DSCN0950 SmallJoanne 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

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