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 

Happy 2017! This is my first column for Shalom News so let me introduce myself. I’m a retired corporate controller (the last 15 years with a Teamsters local in New York). My wife Susan & I moved down from Long Island 3 ½ years ago where I was a past president of The Suburban Temple Brotherhood (Men’s Club) in Wantagh &, later on, president of the Temple itself. I agreed to be president of the Beth Israel Men’s Club at our first Board Meeting when I realized what a great group of men I’d be working with. For me, it’ll be hard to step into the shoes of my predecessor, Stephen Levine, who’s become a great mentor to me.


The current Board consists of: Gil Daniels, Exec VP; Ralph Shaw, VP Membership; Steve Blesofsky, VP Programming; Sam Zians, VP At-Large; Bob Whiteman, Secretary; and, Bob Conti, Treasurer.


We’re working on a number of wonderful programs for February & March, not only for our Membership meetings but also for our Bagels & Discovery which are open to all. In the meantime, if you come across a speaker or program you think might be a great fit for the Men’s Club, let me know & I’ll pass the information along.


You can always check the Temple Bulletin Board or watch for flyers for upcoming events.




Spotlight on Sisterhood


As we watch the cold and snow creep across the country, and the snowbirds all come back south, this is the time of year when we really know why we live in Florida!

February is a busy month for Sisterhood. We begin the month with our regular meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 1:00pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Our guest speaker will be Sujith Idiculla, the pharmacy manager at Sun City Center Walgreens. His topic will be the dangers of food and drug interactions. Almost all of us at this age take one drug or another and need to be aware of what can happen when we mix certain drugs or foods together. Because this is such an important topic we are opening this meeting to the community at large. Feel free to bring your friends and neighbors and join us on February 7th. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Later in the month on Friday, February 17th we will celebrate our Sisterhood Shabbat. That evening members of Sisterhood will conduct the entire service (yes we will do the Torah reading) as well as provide the goodies for the Oneg. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful evening please let me know. There are readings in both Hebrew and English. If being part of the service is not your thing, how about helping out with the refreshments for the Oneg. Give me a call at 938-3824 or e-mail me at rlafer@gmail.com

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of Sisterhood.

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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