Welcome to Our Temple
Beth Israel, the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center (and environs) is a lively and energetic community of more than 330 individual members, all of whom are committed to maintaining an active Jewish presence in our area.
The synagogue began in 1982, and occupies its own home at 1115 East Del Webb Blvd. We hold weekly Shabbat evening services on Fridays at 7:30 pm, and Shabbat morning services, followed by a Kiddush pot luck lunch and then Torah study, on the 2nd and 4th Shabbatot of the secular month.
Our worship style is egalitarian, with a lot of singing. Because our members come from backgrounds in Judaism ranging from none at all to Orthodox, our practices combine traditional observances with more contemporary liturgies. We use all the most recent prayerbooks of the Reform movement.
We also offer an assortment of classes which reflect the interests and needs of our congregants. These range from Beginners’ Hebrew to Continuing Hebrew, Bible Study, Jewish History, Worship 101, An Introduction to Christianity for Jews, Bnai Torah classes and other topics as requested.
Our congregation supports various tzedakah projects in the community and outside, such as Meals On Wheels each January, and collections on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico. We participate in the lay Interfaith Council which supports the Nearly New Shop in town, and our rabbi is actively involved with other local clergy to promote interfaith understanding and co-operation.
Our modest building houses a very busy community, with worship services, classes, and programs of all sorts, sponsored by our Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Program Committee and Library Program.
All of our members have come here from somewhere else, so we all know what it is like to be new in the area, and therefore we work very consciously to welcome newcomers and help them to feel at home in the community and in the congregation. Come and meet us!
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In this difficult time of isolation, it is hard to remember that you are really not alone. But, as a member of Beth Israel SCC, that is certainly true…you are not alone.
The leadership of the congregation has organized a variety of phone calls, just to be in touch with our “family”. And our Sisterhood and Men’s Club have also reached out to their members. These calls will be made again and again, to convey the warm connection we all have with our temple.
We have begun to experiment with doing classes and services via such platforms as Zoom, and our tech team has been mastering the behind-the-scenes work it takes to mount these.
In the coming weeks, you can expect a weekly Shabbat evening experience on Fridays, a Passover seder on April 8, and classes on Thursdays and maybe even on Tuesdays. We hope to offer Torah study as well, perhaps on Shabbat afternoon.
A few congregants have offered their services if people need grocery shopping done, or prescriptions picked up; if you need that or some other kind of help, please let our rabbi know, and she will put you in touch with someone who can help.
And please watch for emails with specific information for all we will be doing over these next weeks. Check our website as well, for updates and other important details.
As this process drags on, keep in mind that the sun is still shining, the birds are still singing, and we have each other. We may be keeping our physical distance right now, but our spiritual and emotional connection is strong, and it will see us though this strange experience.
Our temple building is waiting for us to return, and return we surely will. In the meantime, we are demonstrating that a congregation is not about a building but rather about its people. And Beth Israel’s people are the best.