An application form for membership may be found HERE and printed, filled out and mailed.
An application form for membership may be found HERE and printed, filled out and mailed.
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Joanne 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.
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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HIGH HOLY DAY APPEAL PLEDGE CARD
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CONTRIBUTING TO TEMPLE FUNDS:
Contributions to any of the Temple Beth Israel Funds are welcomed and appreciated. Contributing to Temple Funds is a meaningful way to show appreciation or to mark a significant event. It is vital to insure the continuity, growth and vitality of this Congregation. L’Dor V’Dor
Endowed Funds – not available at this time.
MEMBERSHIP, PAYMENT AND CONTRIBUTIONS
New member dues
High Holy Day Appeal
DIRECTED GIVING FUNDS
This is the list of the funds which were set up to help ensure that your donations are used in the area of your choice. When making contributions to Beth Israel, the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, whether it be for a yahrzeit, a mitzvah, or for any other reason, please specify the fund (or funds) to which you would like your donation directed. Undesignated donations will go to the general operating fund.
General Operating Fund for a wide variety of operating needs
Maintenance and Improvement Fund for ongoing temple maintenance and improvements
Furman/Lee Family Memorial/Rabbi Fund for the generation of income to defray Rabbi’s expenses
Rabbi’s Dedicated Fund
Hardship Fund to quietly help individuals in need of assistance
Cantor Fund for the generation of income to defray the cantor’s expenses
Jane Fishman Kitchen Fund for kitchen improvements
President’s Discretionary Fund for assistance of community and individual needs
Arthur & Selma Pellegrino Stained Glass Window Fund for the addition of stained glass windows to the Henry Gibson social hall
Chaplain Education Fund for providing educational opportunities
Scholar-in-Residence Fund to bring visiting scholars to the Temple as an educational benefit to the membership.
Caring Committee Shiva Fund
Micki Groper Music Fund for music, musical programs and related items
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund allows the Rabbi to provide congregational and individual assistance and benefit the community
Yahrzeit – Made in memory of loved ones on the anniversaries of their death.
Memorial plaques A beautiful bronze plaque in the sanctuary commemorates the passing of a loved one and provides annual yahrzeit notices and perpetual reading of the name each year. Cost to member ($275.00) cost to non-member ($325.00)
Bricks at meditation garden ($100.00) Buy a brick in honor or memory of a loved one.
Tree of life mark a simcha – the birth of a child, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, an anniversary, or any special event
Prayer books ($36.00) To sponsor endowment of a prayer book for use in the Sanctuary.
Chair plaques: ($75.00) To dedicate a seat with your own family name, in honor of a relative or friend, in memory of a loved one who has passed away, or whatever is your inspiration.
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