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 Activities.

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

Current News

Rochelle Lafer, President

October 2018

As I write this article we are in the middle of the High Holy Days and will soon celebrate the festival of Sukkot. Many thanks to Rabbi Carla and Cantor Glenn for providing us with such wonderful services that are both spiritual and meaningful. I can only imagine the hours that were spent together in creating what looks so easy to us. Special thanks go to Janet Corin and Sandy Zians, our Temple Ritual Co-Directors for organizing all the honors, keeping the menus straight and making sure that we all had the right books at the right time. Tables got moved out and chairs were rearranged.

Tables were moved back in for Shabbat and then it all happened again for Yom Kippur. It truly takes a village to make our services happen. We are fortunate to have so many people who step up to help. Thanks to all of you.

The Sisterhood Sukkah Decorating Party is scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd at 10am. Come and join us on the driveway leading out of the Temple to hang garlands, fruits and other decorations and have a fun morning. Feel free to bring along anything that you think might add to the charm of our Sukkah. Just keep in mind that this is the rainy season!

Following Sukkot we will move on to our opening meeting of the 2018-2019 season. Sharon Privitera and Diana Raphael have a Fabulous Fall Fashion Show planned for us on Tuesday, October 9th at 1:00 pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Please RSVP by Oct. 3rd to Sharon at 813-260-3815 or to Diana at 813-938-4409 or e-mail If you would like to bake something or help set-up or clean up Sharon or Diana would love to hear from you.

Our Paid-Up Members Luncheon will be on Tuesday, November 13th. This will be a wonderful lunch with musical entertainment. Please remember your membership dues for the 2018-2019 season must be paid by the October meeting to come to the Paid-Up Luncheon. If you have not yet paid your dues, please send them to Nina Malinak at 2424 Kensington Greens Drive, Sun City Center, Fl. 33573. Dues for Temple members are $18 and for non-members are $54.

I look forward to seeing lots of you in the Sukkah on Sunday, September 23rd and at our opening meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9th.

May we go from strength to strength.


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