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 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
Rochelle Lafer, President
With the coming of May, Beth Israel Sisterhood comes to the end of our program year for this season. It has been a wonderful year with some amazing gatherings.
We began our year with the annual Sukkah decorating on October 2nd. Once the Men’s Club erected the Sukkah, the women took over to brighten it up. It really looked great by the time we were finished.
Our speaker for our opening meeting was Rabbi Carla Freedman who spoke to us on the topic of “Before Patriarchy?” It was a wonderful look at early Judaism from a women’s perspective.
November is our annual paid-up luncheon – a free lunch for all members who have paid their current dues. We were not disappointed by the lunch provided by Janet Corin and Barbara Nova or by the Par for the Chorus Barbershop Group who provided the entertainment.
December brought the Sisterhood/Men’s Club Hanukkah Party with potato latkes, jelly donuts and an afternoon of fun and music.
In January Mary Berg, the Community Relations Specialist for A Kid’s Place, enlightened us about this wonderful foster care facility for abused, neglected or abandoned children. We were able to send her back with bags full of body wash, laundry detergent and toys for the children.
February was a busy month with our Sisterhood Shabbat, followed the next week by two days of programs with Susan Weidman Schneider, the founder and editor of Lilith Magazine. In true Sisterhood fashion we ate, we listened and we enjoyed.
March presented us with a unique opportunity. Maggi Anton, author of the historical novels about Rashi’s daughters, was in Tampa to present a program on her latest book, Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What. Having had Maggie visit with our Sisterhood twice before (once in person, and once by Skype when she got stuck at the airport) she offered to come and speak with us again. As always, her program was enjoyed by all.
March also brought with it one of our Sisterhood field trips – this one to the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsey in Sarasota. If you haven’t been there, go. You can’t leave this place without a smile on your face.
April was our Women’s Seder, falling just a few days after the traditional seder nights. This timing doesn’t happen often but we had a wonderful turn-out to enjoy this special women’s event.
This brings us to May, and our Annual Closing Brunch & Installation of Officers. What an awesome way to finish off the year. (May 1st 11:00am-1:00pm)
I look forward to seeing you all again next season as we come back together for another wonderful year of Sisterhood.
May we go from strength to strength.