Shalom and Welcome!

Beth Israel Sisterhood, an arm of Beth Israel, The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, welcomes Jewish women in the congregation and community at large.

Sisterhood’s purpose is to strengthen Jewish consciousness by cultivating social interaction, encouraging social services, offering religious education, supporting activities that benefit the Congregation and promoting closer fellowship among its members.

Why Join us?

Sisterhood welcomes your wisdom, your friendship, and your love for Judaism. Use your time with Sisterhood to delight in your Jewish heritage, connect with women you already know and make new friends. Annual dues $18.00 for members of Beth Israel, $36.00 for non-members.

Sisterhood Activities.

Sisterhood women support the Beth Israel Congregation and each other with a variety of spiritual, education and social activities:

      Ø Scheduled monthly meetings and events

(Click here for Calendar)

     Ø Coordination of weekly Oneg Shabbat after Friday evening services

     Ø Sponsorship of annual Sisterhood Shabbat services

     Ø Operation of the Judaica Shop located in the Synagogue lobby

     Ø Contributions to Beth Israel operational expenses

     Ø Hand-on help and fund to augment special Temple projects

     Ø Bimah flowers for holidays

       Ø Oversee Beth Israel’s library (Click here for Library)


Sisterhood Officers 2017-2018

President Rochelle Lafer

V.P. Membership Deborah Boyarsky

V.P. Programming Erica Leino

Recording Secretary Judy Zirofsky

Corresponding Secretary Nancy Binder

Treasurer Diane Posner

Member-at-Large Barbara Nova

Judaica Shop Joy Rosen, Addie Unterlack


Current News

Rochelle Lafer, President

A huge thank you to Erica Leino and Marlene Hollander and their wonderful committee (including the Men’s Club) for putting together another great Hanukkah party. We had a full house to enjoy the afternoon. A special thank you to Cantor Glenn Groper and his helpers for the terrific sing-along.

The next Sisterhood meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9th at 1pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Our speaker will be Mary Berg, the Community Relations Specialist for A Kid’s Place. Located in Tampa, A Kid’s Place is a unique non-profit organization providing foster care and a loving home for abused, neglected or abandoned children. When you join us for the meeting please consider bringing along one of the following to donated to this amazing place: body wash, laundry detergent pods or new baby dolls or action figures. As always, refreshments will be served.

Our annual Sisterhood Shabbat will be celebrated on Friday, February 2nd at 7:30pm. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful service please let me know. There are parts in Hebrew and English and we will be doing the Torah Reading as well (thanks to the first B’not Torah class with Rabbi Carla!). Send me an e-mail at or call me at 938-3824 to join the service and please let me know if you prefer Hebrew or English.

If being on the bimah is not your thing, we will also be providing the Oneg that evening. All manner of goodies are welcome. Just let me know what you would like to bring along.

Mark your calendar for a very special event in February. Susan Weidman Schneider, the editor of Lilith Magazine will be joining us for a 2-day event. On Monday afternoon, February 5th we will have a lecture and coffee hour open to the public. The cost for this program will be $5 per person. Monday evening we will have a salon (like a book club using an article from Lilith Magazine) for Sisterhood members. Our regular Sisterhood meeting on Tuesday, February 6th will feature a lunch and lecture for Sisterhood members only. More information will be out soon on this amazing event.

A happy, healthy 2018 to you all.

May we go from strength to strength.