Shalom and Welcome!
Beth Israel Sisterhood, an arm of Beth Israel, The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, welcomes Jewish women in the congregation and community at large.
Sisterhood’s purpose is to strengthen Jewish consciousness by cultivating social interaction, encouraging social services, offering religious education, supporting activities that benefit the Congregation and promoting closer fellowship among its members.
Why Join us?
Sisterhood welcomes your wisdom, your friendship, and your love for Judaism. Use your time with Sisterhood to delight in your Jewish heritage, connect with women you already know and make new friends. Annual dues $18.00 for members of Beth Israel, $54.00 for non-members.
Sisterhood women support the Beth Israel Congregation and each other with a variety of spiritual, education and social activities:
Ø Scheduled monthly meetings and events
(Click here for Calendar)
Ø Coordination of weekly Oneg Shabbat after Friday evening services
Ø Sponsorship of annual Sisterhood Shabbat services
Ø Operation of the Judaica Shop located in the Synagogue lobby
Ø Contributions to Beth Israel operational expenses
Ø Hand-on help and fund to augment special Temple projects
Ø Bimah flowers for holidays
Ø Oversee Beth Israel’s library (Click here for Library)
Sisterhood Board of Directors 2018-2019
President Rochelle Lafer
Acting V.P. Membership Nina Malinak
V.P. Programming Sharon Privitera
Recording Secretary Judy Zirofsky
Corresponding Secretary Nancy Binder
Treasurer Diane Posner
Member-at-Large Barbara Nova
Publicity Marion Sharkey
Onegs Lyn Safian
Past President Sandra Hurwitz
Judaica Shop Joy Rosen, Addie Unterlack
Rochelle Lafer, President
One of the things our Sisterhood members sometimes wonder about is what happens to the money we collect for dues, programming and the Judaica Shop during the year? This month I would like to give you a look into how Beth Israel Sisterhood helps to support our Temple.
Shortly after my husband William and I moved to Sun City Center in October of 2011 we joined the Temple. It wasn’t long before I found myself on the Sisterhood Board as Programming Vice President. At that time Rabbi Phil led Friday night services twice a month, and Cantor Sam led services twice a month at Beth Israel. Fast forward a few years and Rabbi Carla, our “part-time” Rabbi arrived on the scene. The Rabbi needed an office in order to meet with people privately and have a place to call her own. The Rabbi’s office was furnished with money provided by Sisterhood.
Each year Sisterhood provides approximately $1000 to help pay for the kitchen help for the Friday night onegs, pays for the bimah flowers for the High Holy Days, pays ½ the cost of the movie license for the Temple (which allows us to show films to the congregation) and covers the cost of shiva platters when needed.
Since I have joined the Sisterhood Board we have helped to cover the cost of: the new High Holy Day prayer books, the purchase of new Chumashim, the shades to block off the kitchen, the purchase of the new chairs in the sanctuary and for the last two years we helped to underwrite the Temple Passover Seder.
With our major donation to the Temple this year we will be covering the cost of having the floor in the entrance redone so that those with walkers and wheelchairs will have a smooth surface as they enter the building. We will also be purchasing a new cover to be used for the Torah lectern for the High Holy Days as our current cover is in need of replacement.
Sisterhood is truly an arm of the Temple and we are delighted that we are in a position to be able to contribute financially, as well as physically, to our wonderful Temple.
May we go from strength to strength.