Men’s Club

The Men’s Club of Beth Israel

The Men’s Club is an arm of Beth Israel. The purpose of this organization is to strengthen Jewish consciousness by cultivating social interaction, encouraging social services, offering religious education, supp

Sorting activities that benefit the Congregation and promoting closer fellowship among its members. We welcome Jewish men in the congregation and community at large.

Men’s Club men support the Beth Israel congregation and each other with a variety of spiritual, educational, and social activities:

     * Scheduled monthly meetings and events (Click here for Calendar)

     * Sponsorship of an annual Men’s Club Shabbat service

     * Contributions to Beth Israel operational expenses

     * Hands-on help and funds to augment special temple projects


Annual dues are $18 (Chai).




Stephen Tabin, President

                         Executive VP

Ed Blecher, VP Membership

Steve Blesofsky, VP Programming

Steve Morris, VP At-Large

Paul Grossman, Secretary

                                                                       Rich Hoffing, Treasurer

December 2023

Greetings to the members of the Men’s Club, our Sisterhood, and all of the members of our Beth Israel family.

Our latest Men’s Club Luncheon was held in the Social Hall on Wednesday, November 29th at 12 noon. It was a PaidUp Luncheon for only members of the Men’s club. Sharon Privitera cooked a fantastic meal that included her famous home-cooked lasagna (both cheese and veggie), with salad, garlic bread, soda, water, and desserts. A good number of
our members enjoyed the great meal and socializing. We would like to thank all of the new members who joined us. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU IS EXTENDED TO
SHARON PRIVITERA for her very delicious home-cooked lasagna with all of the trimmings. A business meeting to elect new Board Members also took place.

On Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm, the Sisterhood and Men’s Club are hosting the Annual Hanukkah Party in our Social Hall. In addition to the other fun activities, we invite you to participate outside, where the Men’s Club will dedicate a plaque on the base of our Temple’s Menorah. This plaque will be dedicated in the memory of our great friend, Bernie Katz, who was the main Men’s Club Board member behind the acquisition of our outside Menorah. We hope that you will join us at our Sisterhood/Men’s Club Hanukkah Party on
December 10th. Please refer to the flyer on page 11 of this issue.

On Sunday, December 17th, we invite all of you to attend the Temple’s Annual Meeting in the sanctuary, where we will hear the proposed budget, updates from the chairs of all of the Temple committees, followed by elections to the Temple Board.

Due to term limits, Rochelle Lafer is serving her last few days as President of
Beth Israel. The Men’s Club Board would like to thank Rochelle Lafer for all of her years as president, her hard work, her involvement in all of the activities of the Temple, her compassion, and her friendship. I am sure we will continue to see Rochelle participating in many more events.

The Men’s Club hopes to see you on Sunday, December 24th at 2:00 pm to enjoy Bob Alper, a Rabbi/Stand-Up Comedian, in our Temple. Even better, join us at the Meet & Greet at 1:00 pm when we get a chance to meet Rabbi Alper and enjoy some wine and cheese.

I know all of our Tampa Bay Rays baseball fans will be looking forward to our next famous Bagels & Discovery scheduled for Sunday, January 14th. We are excited to bring you our fantastic Tampa Bay Rays announcers Neil Solondz and Andy Freed. We hope to celebrate with guests wearing Rays and/or other teams’ sports paraphernalia at the event. You will again be able to enjoy “creating your own bagel bundle”, with all of the goodies we had at
our last B&D. However, it is too soon to send in your checks. Look for the Bagels & Discovery flyer to be emailed to all congregants as well as all Men’s Club members around the middle of December. Save the date!

The Men’s Club Board joins me in wishing you a wonderful Hanukkah. We hope that it brings great joy and happy visits with friends and family.


Stay Safe and Stay Healthy,