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 


We’ll be distributing our renewal notice for 2015-16 shortly. Dues are still $18. The following trips were discussed at the last Board meeting: an excursion to the Vintage Pinball Museum in Largo; the world-class baseball “Little Cooperstown” exhibit, (over 4,800 pieces of memorabilia) at the St. Petersburg Museum of History; a tour of the Port of Tampa; a Lightning game; Tampa Bay Downs for some horse racing, etc. Maybe you have recommendations for other road trips or “stay at home” luncheon speakers. What is your preference? Please let us know if any of the above trips interest you, and of course we will be looking forward to your ideas also. This is your organization and your Board would like to keep it lively and interesting with things you would like to do.                  

Wednesday, October 14 will be our first members’ meeting of the season and AAA Travel Group will be presenting various special deals, services, and programs they offer. Sunday, October 25 will be our first Bagels and Discovery. Please reserve the date. We have Board Meetings scheduled for October 7 and November 4. November 18 is our annual Business and Election meeting including our paid up membership lunch.   December 4 will be the Men’s Club Service and Oneg. Please plan on attending. December 13 is the Sisterhood and Men’s Club Taste of Chanukah Party. Come enjoy some great latkes, jelly donuts, and fun.    

Stephen Levine


Spotlight on Sisterhood


The High Holy Days are now behind us and we begin to move into the regular schedule of meetings and classes that fill our Temple. Before I share with you what is in store at our first Sisterhood meeting, I would like to take this opportunity to offer some thanks on behalf of Sisterhood to a group of incredibly hard working people.

To Rabbi Carla Freedman and Sandy and Sam Zians for all the hours they devoted to making sure that we all had meaningful and enjoyable services in spite of the last minute crisis, a huge thank you. I can only imagine how many extra hours were spent making sure that all went smoothly.

To the Men’s Club who undertook the job of finding ushers to fill all of our services and made sure that the services were not disturbed by people coming and going, our sincere thanks for a job well done.

Beth Israel Sisterhood will begin our program year with a wonderful Victorian Tea on Tuesday, October 13th at 1 pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall at the Temple. This should be a very special treat for all of us, with lots of tea, homemade goodies to go with it, and a presentation by Marylyn Butcher on traditional Victorian teas. This is your chance to get out your hat and gloves, dust off your china teacup and join your friends at Sisterhood in a unique afternoon of fun and camaraderie.   Marylyn will be providing take-home programs for all attendees so please make sure you RSVP to Barbara Grossman by October 1st. She can be reached at Sisterhoodevents@jcscc.org or by phone at 813-938-3531.

Just a reminder that in order to attend the Sisterhood Paid-up Luncheon in November you must have your dues paid by the October meeting. If you have not already sent your check to Nina Malinak, you can bring it along to the October meeting. Please make sure if there is any change in your contact information that Nina has the new information.

I look forward to seeing you all at our opening meeting on October 13th.

May we go from strength to strength.



Social Action

Beth Israel has a very active Social Action Committee.


Alzheimer Walk in Sun City Center 

On October 17, 2015 there will be an Alzheimer Walk to support needed research in combating this horrific deadly silent disease that affects millions of people in some way or another. Since October 17th falls on a Saturday, Beth Israel cannot participate formally as a team because it is Shabbat – this will not preclude individuals (if they want) to take on this social action function. If you are interested in participating please email me at Hberman42@verizon.net and I will create a Social Action List in the name of Beth Israel and forward to the appropriate individual(s). The walk will begin at 10:00am beginning at the Methodist Church and continue north to the Freedom Plaza Na-ture Trail to Golfview Terrace area where a bus will be waiting to return those to their vehicles. My understanding is that there is no fee to participate but I’m sure that donations would be gladly accepted. 


Coupons in Support of Our Military 

In an effort to support our military troops in country and overseas – Beth Israel through its Social Action Committee is collecting coupons (food, health products, etc.) to assist in reducing costs of needed sundries. In the lobby of Beth Israel under the table where our badges are located is a small basket - place those coupons in it. Please cut the coupons apart to assist in separating later on before mailing to the appropriate agency. Many thanks in advance. 


Rotary Club Food Drive 

In February 2016, the Rotary Club will once again hold a Food Drive effort (packaging dry food items) to distribute to needy fami-lies in and around the Sun City area. In the past, our membership has volunteered their time and effort by assisting in this food drive. Please make a notation on your calendar and reserve time to participate in February. Later this year, I will send out more information regarding this communal activity and forward names to Bob Rubin. 


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

Jewish Film Festival Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM

The Magic Men

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Nina Malinak on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2014.  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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