About Beth Israel the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center

templeOur congregation, Beth Israel, The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, was founded in 1982 to serve the Jewish population in the Sun City Center, Florida area.

We are a member of the Union for Reform Judiasm.Our approach combines an openness to new forms of religious expression with a strengthening of ties to traditional forms. In our worship, we use Hebrew and English as well as singing to encourage the full participation of the congregation.

The members of the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center bring to our congregation a wide variety of Jewish traditions and experiences with a goal of making everyone welcome as we draw upon the diversity of our backgrounds to enrich the Jewishness of all.

MEN'S CLUB REPORT

Stephen Levine, President 

 

A sincere thank you to the entire Men’s Club and the Congregation as we come to the end of our regular “season.” Our last Bagels and Discovery with Dr. Susan MacManus as the guest speaker was our fourth sell out. Previously we had a speaker on Genetic Diseases, Retired Chief Jane Castor, and the ADL as presenters. We also had two very successful “open to everyone” meetings with John Romano and Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, beside our regular member meetings. By showing your support for us we are able to give back to the Temple, both financially and physically. Everyone wins. Thank you. 

We are currently preparing our 5776-5777 (2016-2017) calendar. To help you get started you might want to begin reserving the following dates when we’ll be needing your help: Ushers for Rosh Hashanah, October 2, 3, 4; Yom Kippur, October 11,12; building our Sukkah October 14. Obviously more information will follow during the summer. 

As The Tempos put it so nicely in 1959 (oy a long time ago) except for May 25th  and regular attendance at Services, “I’ll See You In September.” 

 

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Spotlight on Sisterhood

ROCHELLE LAFER, PRESIDENT

Beth Israel Sisterhood certainly finished off our program year with a bang! It was wonderful to see almost 70 women come together to celebrate the end of a great program year. Mazal tov to Program Vice President Erica Leino, Corresponding Secretary Nancy Binder and Treasurer Diane Posner on being installed for a two year term on the executive board. Remaining on the executive board will be Membership Vice President Nina Malinak, Recording Secretary Judy Zirofsky and I will continue as President. I look forward to another outstanding year with this amazing group of women at the helm. 

I would be remiss if I did not mention the remaining members of our board who do so much to keep Sisterhood functioning so well. Cyrille Cobe chairs the Library Committee that keeps our books organized and offers monthly programs on books and films. Lyn Safian makes sure that we have an oneg each Shabbat evening after services (and does the buying when necessary). Marion Sharkey is our publicity chair and does an amazing job making sure all our events are publicized in the local papers. Nina Malinak doubles as our photographer to record all that happens in Sisterhood in photos. Joy Rosen and Addie Unterlack have taken over the stewardship of our gift shop from Sandy Goldstein who held this position for the past 8 years. They have big shoes to fill but I am sure they will shop well for all our gifting needs! Barbara Nova serves as Director at Large and fills in wherever needed. You can usually find Barbara in the kitchen. The last member of our Board is Past President Sandra Hurwitz. I am so grateful to have Sandra there as a mentor. It is this remarkable group of women who make me look so good. We are all so fortunate to have these wonderful people in our midst. 

If you missed the Sisterhood closing brunch you missed a terrific program. The installation done by Delyse Axinn was lovely and the brunch that followed was quite a spread. Thanks to all of you who helped to provide the delicious food that filled the table. It was a tough day for dieters with the amazing chocolate raspberry layer cake for dessert. 

Your Sisterhood board will be working over the summer to ensure that we have an exciting program for the coming year. Dues notices and the program for 2016-2017 should be in the mail in July. I look forward to another great year with all of you. 

May we go from strength to strength 

Rochelle 

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Social Action

Beth Israel has a very active Social Action Committee.

 

I want to go on record to personally thank the entire Beth Israel membership who have donated not only their time, effort but generosity in making the 2015 calendar year most successful.

Beth Israel has partnered with several organizations in supporting Sun City Center and the surrounding communities by donating the following: school supplies to Wimauma Elementary School to families that were unable to purchase needed supplies for their youngsters to enable them to become successful in a classroom situation. The collection amassed a whopping number of book binders, reams of lined writing paper, book bags, 15 boxes of HB pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erases and rulers, etc.

We collected 86 grocery bags of food during our Yom Kippur food collection effort that was distributed to needy families – among which were baby food items of various kinds, etc.

Recently in supporting the Sun City Center Campaign Against Human Trafficking – Beth Israel collected 167 packs of pocket size Kleenex Tissues and 44 Hand Sanitizer dispensers.

We are still collecting tin can pull tabs (box is located in the lobby of Beth Israel) that will go directly to the Shiners’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Starting off the 2016 calendar year our membership will provide needed assistance to support the Rotary Club’s “Meals for Hope.” The date was set for January 16th – more information will follow sometime in December, 2015. With 36 volunteers thus far we should be proud of our immense community support.

With the soon approaching cold winter season…we will provide hot meals to those individuals that show up to the shelter in the Wimauma area. If interested in providing a hot meal that in most cases total of 10 individuals…please contact Harv Berman at Hberman42@verizon.net providing telephone and email information.

Lastly, Beth Israel in conjunction with Metropolitan Ministries will provide support on the first Wednesday of the following months (February, April, June, and August 2016) providing the following: setting up and taking down tables, cleaning eating areas, and serving food to those who come in for a single hot meal.

In closing I want to again thank allfor your support to Sun City Cener and surrounding communities

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Unique Beth Israel

Library - Visit our category of books on line and latest library news by clicking here.

Judaica shop – Browse some of our items  and hours of operation here

Special Programs and Events

Bnot Torah 

A Night of Comedy

Jewish Film Festival Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM

The Magic Men

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Rochelle Lafer on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2015.  Read more about this honor here.

Dedication of the Betty Kleinman Library Shelf and Kleinman Mosaic – January 18, 2013

Rummage Sale – March 17, 2015  Read more

Rededication of the Temple - Celebrating 25 years – March 3, 2013  Read More

 

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