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 

I’ve been President of the Beth Israel Men’s Club for a little over two months now & must tell you what a pleasure it’s been to work with such a great Board and to meet for the first time so many of our membership.

January saw our annual Men’s Club Shabbat Service & Oneg. Thanks to Rabbi Carla, Harvey Berman & Sam Zians everything went off well. Later on that month our Membership Meeting featured Ira Kaufman, Radio broadcaster, Times columnist & voting member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. An excellent speaker, great pizza & a lot of camaraderie!

February was a busy month for us. Early on we had a successful Super Bowl Party at the Temple & a Day at the Races at Tampa Bay Downs. All who attended had a really good time. Thanks go out to Gil Daniels for setting up these two events. February’s Membership Meeting featured the showing of "The Very Funny World of Alan King" on VHS. Not an easy thing to find & hook up a VCR these days!! Dick Marshall & Bernie Katz did a great job in getting & setting up the equipment for us to use. Thanks, guys, I couldn’t have done this by myself! The Bagels & Discovery for February featured a representative from Hillsborough County’s Office of Emergency Management. Very interesting speaker on a varied range of subjects.

I really appreciate all of the men who work behind the scenes in getting speakers & preparing for our meetings & our Bagels & Discovery.

Thanks, too, to Alan & Ilene Freidel for donating to the Men’s Club an Epson Digital Projector & portable screen for the Men’s Club & Temple’s future use.

On March 22nd our Membership Meeting will feature a representative from Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning news fact-checking website operated by the Tampa Bay Times, & we’ll be opening this up to all Temple members. It should be a very interesting program considering the political times we live in. Following that, on March 29th, will be our an-nual Ameriprise luncheon, this year at the Plaza Club in Freedom Park.



Spotlight on Sisterhood


On March 7th Beth Israel Sisterhood will be on the road for a very special trip. We head south to Sarasota to visit Marie Selby Gardens and see a very unique exhibit entitled, "Marc Chagall, Flowers and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams." This is the first exhibit to pair paintings in a botanical garden setting.

It looks at the role of flowers and nature in Chagall’s work. The highlight of the exhibit is the 1937 painting "The Lovers," on loan from the Israel Museum. It is on display in the Christy Payne Man-sion.

The cost for admission and the guided tour is $25. Make checks payable to Beth Israel Sisterhood and contact Erica Leino as soon as possible if you would like to join us (eleino51@gmail.com) or call 419-4358). Space on the tour is limited. We will carpool from the Temple at 9:30am. Lunch will be available at the Selby House Café by Michael’s On East. Lunch selections average $10 or less and are at your own cost.

Our always popular Women’s Seder will be held on Tuesday, April 4th and we finish our program sea-son with the Installation of Officers and Closing Brunch on Tuesday, May 2nd. More information will follow on these events soon, but mark your calendar so you don’t miss them!

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



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