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.


Stephen Levine, President 


On behalf of the Men’s Club, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year, L’Shana Tova!!

We would like to thank the 21 members of the congregation, (both men and women) who volunteered for the very important role of ushers. All of us will benefit from their efforts during services and please be sure to thank them for their hard work as they greet you and direct you to your seats.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 14th, 9:30 AM to help build our Sukkah!! We have the tools; we just need you, your support, good humor, and smiling faces.

Very important date change: our first Bagels and Discovery will be held Sunday, October 9. We had the unique opportunity to get Lesley Mace, Sr. Economic and Financial Education Specialist from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to be our speaker. Based on the upcoming election, the state of the US and global economy, the current state of our markets and the impact the Federal Reserve has on all of these, we expect a very interesting presentation.

Our next regular meeting will be October 26 with Captain Charlie Conner from Fish Tales Charter. That is also quite a catch. Details on both events will follow very shortly



Spotlight on Sisterhood


Welcome home to many of our snowbirds who have returned to Sun City Center in time to join us for the High Holy Days. I think we are all in for a treat with our new member Cantor Glenn Groper joining Rabbi Carla on the bimah for the High Holy Days. On behalf of the Beth Israel Sisterhood Board of Directors we wish you all a happy and healthy 5777.

As most of you are aware, our opening Sisterhood meeting is Tuesday, September 27th at 1pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Joy Rosen and Addie Unterlack, our new gift shop "supershoppers" will have some of the new purchases on display from their summer shopping spree. Come and support the Sisterhood Gift Shop and help Joy and Addie continue to shop for us.

If you would like to join us for the Paid-up Members Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 1st, your Sisterhood dues must be paid by the September meeting. Please send your check to Nina Malinak at 2424 Kensington Greens Drive, Sun City Center, Fl 33573.

Following the close of the High Holy Days, we move into the holiday of Sukkot. The Men’s Club will be organizing the building of the Sukkah on Friday, October 14th. Sisterhood will decorate the Sukkah the morning of Sunday, October 16th. Come and join us for a fun morning of hanging garlands, fruits (no not real ones!) and all manner of decorations on the Beth Israel Sukkah. No prior experience is necessary. We provide on the job training! We will gather at 10 am on the driveway going out of the Temple.

I look forward to seeing many of you during the High Holy Days and wishing you a Shana Tova in person.

May we go from strength to strength



Social Action

Social Action Committee
Upcoming Activities
Harvey (Harv) Berman (Chair)


Beth Israel’s membership once again will continue to support the Metropolitan Ministries’ (MM) efforts “Feeding the Hungry” during the remaining calendar months ending in December 2016. The group’s efforts have been very successful in this endeavor and have gotten several accolades from the MM staff because of our involvement during each function. My sincere thanks go out to the following folks that have come forward to support this effort: Cyrille and Bob Cobe, Nancy Binder, Bob Rogin and Nancy Nova. If I have left you off this list I apologize and also thank you for your help.

With the High Holy Day’s that will soon be upon us – Beth Israel will once again collect non-perishable food items to include baby food and diapers, etc. to support those needy families in the Sun City Center and surrounding communities. Last year we collected 84 large bags of food that was delivered to “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and it is hoped that we will be able to surpass this number and collect at least 100 bags. It is very difficult understand that in our country families are going without because of rising cost of food and medicine -- and thus have to make very difficult decisions as to what direction to go – buy food, medicine and even the simplest of clothing items. So in the next several months as “we” all go into our favorite food stores, I urge you all to make a conscious decision and start putting away items that will best meet the needs of those families



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

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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