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.
Sandy Zians is our special volunteer. Sandy and husband Sam were members of Beth Israel for four months when they stepped up and took on the responsibilities of Ritual Co-Directors. Sam retired after 2 years and Sandy continued with all of the duties of the Director.
It comes as no surprise if you “know” Sandy Zians that she jumped right into volunteering. She has always been a volunteer even when she was teaching special needs children in the Youngstown schools for 32 years and typical children for 8. She continues to share her love of education and children by substituting in our local schools. She volunteered in her congregation in Youngstown, Ohio and became the President. She and Sam gave their time to the American Cancer Society by working on the Relay for Life and chairing the Annual Cattle Barons Ball, a major fundraiser for ACS.
Sandy has always said that Beth Israel is her home. She has made homentaschen for our Purim celebration since she arrived. Her kugels are well known at the pot luck meals as are her pastries. Sandy does not know how to say NO. When we needed someone to handle the Yahrzeit lists she said “I will”. Little did she know it was a yeoman’s job to update the files, but she doesn’t quit easily. William Shakespeare wrote: “although she be but little she is fierce”; he must have had a premonition as to the character of Sandy Zians.
Congratulations Sandy for being Beth Israel’s Special Volunteer.
Sandy has been active in Jewish life for over 50 years. She was involved in many organizations in various capacities in Youngstown, Ohio prior to her family’s relocation to Tampa three years ago. She served as President of the local and district Hadassah chapter, was a board member of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish society, serving as Chairman of the Relay for Life and Co-chair of the American Cancer Center Cattle Barron’s Ball.
At the age of 60, Sandy became a Bat Mitzvah and within her synagogue, El Emeth Temple, served as President from 2012-2014 and Funds Vice President of the Sisterhood.
After moving to Tampa, she immediately assumed the position of Ritual Co-chair alongside her husband Sam. She organizes religious activities with grace and charm and is an asset to the Sisterhood and synagogue. Sandra and her husband have four children and six grandchildren.
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