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.


Jeff Beller, President

Our last Membership Meeting before the summer break was held on May 24th & featured Beth Israel’s own Fred Levine regaling us with stories & details of his 35+ years of baseball umpiring. He told us about what it takes to be an umpire as well as many of his experiences on a typical game day. Beginning with Little League & Babe Ruth baseball, his career has taken him all the way through pro-level AAA ball & even into the Major Leagues.

Right now the Men’s Club Board is taking a well-earned break but, nonetheless, are preparing for the fall when we’ll resume our programming with a Membership Meeting on October 25th & a Bagels & Discovery on October 29th. Programs will be announced as plans are finalized.

In the meantime, we wish you all a wonderful, safe & pleasant summer.




Spotlight on Sisterhood


Greetings from Sisterhood. I hope you are enjoying the laid back months of summer, whether you are here in Sun City Center or out and about traveling far and wide.

As always, your Sisterhood Board and Program Committee have been busy putting together a wonderful set of programs for the coming year. You will find the 2017-2018 calendar of events in the Sisterhood mailing on its way to you soon. Also in that mailing is the dues statement for Sisterhood. You will notice that the dues for non-Temple members is now $54. Dues for Temple members remains at $18. Please send back your updated membership form with your dues (even if there are no changes) so that it can be put into the membership book. This will save our Membership Vice-President a lot of writing.

If you would like to get more involved in Sisterhood please get in touch with me at sisterhood@jcscc.org or call me at 813-938-3824. Our Program Vice-President Erica Leino would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved by helping to set up, clean up or provide refreshments for a meeting. Get in touch with Erica at 813-419-4358.

I look forward to seeing you all at our opening meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 1pm when our speaker will be our own Rabbi Carla Freedman.


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 Class of 2015

Bnai Torah  Class of 2017

A Night of Comedy

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Joanne Sudman on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2016.  Read more about this honor here.

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

Rummage Sale –  Read more

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


07.25.2017 09:30 - 11:00
Sisterhood Board Meeting
07.25.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Continuing Hebrew
07.26.2017 01:00 - 03:00
Canasta Class
07.27.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Biblical Hebrew
07.27.2017 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
07.28.2017 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services
07.28.2017 07:30 - 09:30
07.30.2017 11:00 - 01:00
Prospective Members brunch
07.31.2017 09:30 - 11:30
Executive Board Meeting