About Beth Israel the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center

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OUR CONGREGATION


Beth Israel, the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center (and environs) is a lively and energetic community of more than 330 individual members, all of whom are committed to maintaining an active Jewish presence in our area.

The synagogue began in 1982, and occupies its own home at 1115 East Del Webb Blvd. We hold weekly Shabbat evening services on Fridays at 7:30 pm, and Shabbat morning services, followed by a Kiddush pot luck lunch and then Torah study, on the 2nd and 4th Shabbatot of the secular month.

Our worship style is egalitarian, with a lot of singing. Because our members come from backgrounds in Judaism ranging from none at all to Orthodox, our practices combine traditional observances with more contemporary liturgies. We use all the most recent prayerbooks of the Reform movement.

We also offer an assortment of classes which reflect the interests and needs of our congregants. These range from Beginners’ Hebrew to Continuing Hebrew, Bible Study, Jewish History, Worship 101, An Introduction to Christianity for Jews, Bnai Torah classes and other topics as requested.

Our congregation supports various tzedakah projects in the community and outside, such as Meals On Wheels each January, and collections on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico. We participate in the lay Interfaith Council which supports the Nearly New Shop in town, and our rabbi is actively involved with other local clergy to promote interfaith understanding and co-operation.

Our modest building houses a very busy community, with worship services, classes, and programs of all sorts, sponsored by our Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Program Committee and Library Program.

All of our members have come here from somewhere else, so we all know what it is like to be new in the area, and therefore we work very consciously to welcome newcomers and help them to feel at home in the community and in the congregation.

Come and meet us!

 

MEN'S CLUB REPORT

Jeff Beller, President

On March 21st twenty one men and women headed out to Tampa Bay Downs to spend a delightful afternoon watching the races & partaking of a fabulous buffet.  Thanks to Gil Daniels for arranging this great event.

Our March 28th General Meeting offered a change of pace from our usual speaker with the showing of Mel Brooks’ hilarious comedy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights .  Lunch was prepared by Beth Israel’s own Sharon Privitera & featured a choice of either cheese or vegetable lasagna (or both), salad & garlic bread.  What a great way to spend the afternoon!  Good fun, good food & good friends!!

Upcoming plans for April include a fantastic Bagels & Discovery on April 15th featuring Tony Belmont from the National Comedy Hall of Fame with a not-to-be-missed multi-media presentation.  As part of his program, Tony will award prizes to those who can answer his trivia questions.  

Following Tony, on April 25th, we’re proud to present LTC William Morrow, USA (Ret) whose military background has him well-equipped to tell us of the history of our Army Rangers.  Food for the luncheon will feature wraps from Publix. 

Flyers for both April events will be sent out shortly.

The next Men’s Club Board Meeting will be held on April 4th where plans for our May 23rd General Meeting will be finalized. 

Shalom! 

 

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Spotlight on Sisterhood

Rochelle Lafer, President

By the time you read this article Passover will be upon us.  This year our Women’s Seder actually falls out during the Passover holiday.  This doesn’t happen very often, but it makes our program very special.  I hope that you are (or were) able to celebrate this unique Seder, tailored especially for women, with all of us.

The next Women of Faith program will be held on Monday, April 16th at 10:00am at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.  The Church is located at 1239 W Del Webb Blvd.  They have asked that we provide a count of the people planning on attending the program.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the social hall or you can call me at (813) 938-3824 to let me know you will be joining us. Beth Israel always has a wonderful presence at these events.

We will finish off our program year with the annual closing brunch and installation of officers on Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00am.  This is always a wonderful Sisterhood gathering and I look forward to seeing many of you there.  More information about this program will be sent out in April.

Happy spring to you all and to our snowbirds heading back to the north safe travels and come back soon.

May we go from strength to strength.

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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 Sandy Zians on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2017.  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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19Apr
04.19.2018 01:30 - 03:00
Biblical Hebrew Grammar
19Apr
04.19.2018 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
20Apr
04.20.2018 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services
22Apr
04.22.2018 03:00 - 05:00
Special Movie and refreshments
24Apr
04.24.2018 09:30 - 11:00
Sisterhood Board Meeting
24Apr
04.24.2018 01:30 - 03:00
Continuing Hebrew
25Apr
04.25.2018 12:00 - 02:00
Men's Club Membership Meeting
26Apr
04.26.2018 01:30 - 03:00
Biblical Hebrew Grammar
26Apr
04.26.2018 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
27Apr
04.27.2018 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services