Delyse Axinn 2007-2008
Delyse has been active within Beth Israel for eleven years and is beginning her third two-year term as president of the congregation. She also has served as director of communications, teaches adult Hebrew classes, and is the founder of a monthly healing service at the temple. Delyse is involved in the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center as head of grants and she developed a course on Judaism for the Community Church College. She also served on the program committee for the Union of Reform Judaism’s South East Council Biennial in 2006. Delyse husband Richard, have three children and three grandchildren.
Marlene Spiegal exudes kindness, generosity and commitment in all that she does. She has been a proud and happy member of Beth Israel of Sun City Center since 2010. Marlene never backs down from a task asked of her and she performs that task with grace. Marlene’s quiet leadership embraces all who work with her. Over the last four years she has taken a number of leadership positions including co-chair of the Membership Committee, recording secretary of Sisterhood, a member of the Board of Directors and she also is an active participant on their fundraising committee.
With a passion for singing and community involvement, Marlene has participated in the choir at all previous temple affiliations, and currently is a choir member of the Yom Hashoah Choir of Sun City Center.
Marlene has not only volunteered for Jewish causes and organizations; she has been a Jewish educator for over 30 years teaching religious and Hebrew school and Jewish curriculum at Jewish day schools. She has also held directorship positions at JCC’s outside of Florida within their day camp and early learning education programs. Locally Marlene is a former Lead Teacher at the Tampa JCC Preschool North.
Marlene and her husband Paul have two children, Seth and Sheri, and four grandchildren.
Barbara Nova Woman of Distinction 2018
Barbara is the consummate volunteer for Beth Israel of Sun City Center; no task is too big or small for her to say, “I can do that.” She co-chairs their successful rummage sale, sits on the Board of Directors as a Member at Large and the Social Action Chair, and represents the congregation in various social activity in the community. Barbara shares her “New York” gusto with everyone she meets and cheers up a room with her infectious laugh.
In her role as Social Action Chair, she fosters their committee’s partnership with St. Andrews Church, Metropolitan Ministry and Meals on Wheels, serving lunch to the hungry each Wednesday, collecting food for the local food bank at the Guadalupe Church and delivering meals to those in need. Barbara is also Director at Large for the Sisterhood Board of Directors. Outside of her synagogue involvement she volunteers with the Senior Friendship Organization, helping fourth graders prepare for FCAT testing and has worked with homeless veterans at Turning Points in Bradenton. Her involvements are vast and varied, but one of her most rewarding involvements is her weekly visitation with a 57-year-old woman with Multiple Sclerosis at a local nursing home.
Barbara believes that the Hewlitt-East Rockaway Jewish Center has the most profound influence her life as a single parent and now her involvement with the synagogue has been the best part of her retirement. She is the proud mom of one daughter, Jodi, and grandmother of two, Lexi and Emily, and has a loving significant other of 14 years, Barry Friedman.
VETERAN’S SHABBAT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019
Front row: Don Zion (USN), Ed Berkun (USAF), Helen McAninch (RAF), David Seitzman (USA), Joe Graff (USM), Ralph Shaw (BA), Bob Michelson (USA), Joe Sheff* (USN), Lou Einhorn (USAAF), Fred Levine (USA), Sam Zians(USA), Jon Gamson (USN)
Back Row: Harvey Berman (USA), Marvin Lutzker (USA), Marvin Silverman (Nat’l Guard), Jerry Goldschalger (USAF), Peter Sobel, (USN) Les Rapkin (USA), Joel Danzig (USA), Bernie Mogul (USA), Ram Meyhaus (IDF), Lloyd Leshin (USN), Michelle Atkins Schaeffer (USA), Dan Barwick (USN), William Schaeffer (USAF), Seymour Lichtenthal (USN)
*World War II
On Sunday, June 2, 2019 Beth Israel honored our members who are nonagenarians. (90 this year or older.)
Front Row: Dorothy Kemp, Shirley Bergman, Dianne Greenwald, Marianne Finke, Ida Grimm, Nelson Grimm
Second Row: Frances Sheff, Lou Einhorn, Joe Sheff, Joe Graff, Ann Graff
Back Row: David Seitzman, Herb Cashvan, Brad Braddy, Bernie Cohen
Not Present: Abraham Cohen,Paul and Tess Silverman, Bob and Lil Solin
Beth Israel Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center
Original Painting by Congregant Harvey Berman
Beth Israel Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center has a unique role as a lively and energetic community for seniors in South Hillsborough County, Florida. The congregation is dedicated to promoting the fundamental and enduring principles of Judaism and ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people. Our mission is to enable our members to develop a relationship with God through communal worship, study of Torah, and educational opportunities.
All of our members have come here from somewhere else, and we all know what it is like to be new in the area. We extend audacious hospitality to welcome newcomers and help them feel at home in our congregation. We are an extended family to our members and provide support in both happy and sad times.
Our legacy donors are individuals just like you who want to ensure that there is always a place for members of our community to explore their Judaism and nourish their souls. Join us in guaranteeing that our congregation survives for the next generation and beyond.
Wealth lasts a lifetime, legacy lasts forever.