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.


Paul Grossman, President

Let me start off your reading, with another reminder that the $18 annual membership dues, for the Men’s Club are now due. If you have already sent in your check, thank you. If not, don’t procrastinate, send it in now. Payable to Beth Israel Men’s Club & mailed to Beth Israel Men’s Club; PO Box 5203; Sun City Cen- ter, FL 33571-5203.

On behalf of the Men’s Club, I offer my thanks for a job well done to those who participated in erecting the sukkah, repacking the High Holy Day prayer books, and returning the social hall to its normal con- figuration, on Sunday, October 5th. All of this was done in perhaps a record setting 1 hour & 20 minutes. Those who participated were Harvey Ber- man, Steve Blesofsky, Gil Daniels, Sam Greenberg, Stephen Klein, Fred Levine, Charles Margulies, Da- vid Markowitz, Dick Marshall, Rey & Joseph Munoz, Sharon Privitera, Ralph Shaw, Paul Spiegal, & Bob Whiteman.

Our upcoming planned events are as follows:

Wednesday, November 19th, at 12:00 PM – Annual Membership meeting

At this meeting, the membership will elect three new Directors. The nominating committee has presented the following slate of nominees to fill three director positions; Gil Daniels, Neil Raphael, and Dave Unter- lack. The successful nominees will join current direc- tors Steve Blesofsky, Bob Conti, Stephen Levine, and Ralph Shaw to serve as your men’s Club

Board of Directors, for the upcoming year. My sincere thanks to all those I served with these past few years as a member of your Board and a well deserved thank you to Ronnie Boyarsky for his dedication to the MC Board and its membership

This will also be our paid-up members’ luncheon. At the time of writing this article, the menu had not been finalized, but you would have received the infor- mation by e-mail.

Sunday, December 28th, at 10:30 AM – Bagels & Discovery

Our featured speaker will be Rabbi Barbara Aiello, who will address the question “I am Italian but could I be Jewish too?”, as well as other fascinating ques- tions. Pre-payment of $8 per person is required and your check is your reservation. Please mail your checks to: Beth Israel Men’s Club; PO Box 5203; Sun City Center, FL 33571-5203. We are ex- pecting a full house, so don’t wait.

Have a wonderful November. Paul


Spotlight on Sisterhood



Our 2014-2015 season opened with an eye-opening program presented by the Campaign Against Human Trafficking. Our speakers were Sally Dittman, president of the South Shore Area Campaign, Joan Kramer, who chairs the Sun City Center Campaign, and Kelly Murphy who is in charge of victim services with the FBI. Also speaking were Connie Rose and Crystal Valerig, survivors of sex trafficking. This is a serious problem in our local area. Many of the girls are rescued in the Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma area.

Sisterhood members donated combs and pens, items much needed to supply emergency bags given to those rescued. Joan assured us we will have other opportunities to provide items in the future.

Many thanks to those who were able to help decorate the Sukkah: Debbie Boyarsky, Ronnie Neckes, Rochelle Lowenthal, Nina Malinak, Robin Kitzmiller and Barbara Nova. It looked very festive. Thank you, Ronnie for the fragrant broom. Not only did it look nice, but it smelled good too. Watch for photos, thanks to Nina Malinak.

Our annual paid member luncheon will be November 11 at 12:00 NOON. Our board has a delicious menu planned and thanks to Barbara Grossman, you will be pleasantly entertained. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO PAID MEMBERS BUT A RESERVATION IS A MUST. Call or e mail Debbie Boyarsky prior to No- vember 4th to make your reservation. (813-938-5011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Sandy Abramson will have a Chanukah bazaar, including a clearance table, before and after the luncheon.


Social Action

Beth Israel has a very active Social Action Committee. A review of completed and/or ongoing projects are listed below:

Holiday Food and Clothing Drive for Tampa JFCS.

Angel Paws – donations of bags of dog or cat food and kitty litter for distribution to seniors experiencing difficulty providing for their animals.

Thank Israeli Soldiers – donations of chapstick, M&M's, $1-$2 and a short note placed in a plastic zip log bag These will be taken to Israel around the 20th of January and distributed by Lee Merrill Davidson and Danny Seigle of Package from Home.

Meals on Wheels – Beth Israel provides drivers for the month of January

Cooks a meal on a monthly basis for the Sun City Center Emergency Squad

Liaison to the Sun City Center Core Group Against Human Trafficking. Are you aware that Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. The average age of children being forced into prostitution is age 12.

Support of Imakolee tomato pickers

Coupons for military families

Mitzvah Day January 20, 2013

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 A Night of Comedy

Jewish Film Festival Tuesday March 25th at 7:00 PM  Hunting Elephants 

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Sandra Hurwitz on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2013.  Read more about this honor here.

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

Rummage Sale – February 9 - 11, 2014  Read more

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


Upcoming Events at Beth Israel


7:30pm Oct.24.2014 - 9:30pm Oct.24.2014
Shabbat Services


Oct.26.2014 10:30am - 2:00pm
Men's Club Bagels & discovery


Oct.28.2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Sisterhood Board Meeting


7:30pm Oct.31.2014 - 9:30pm Oct.31.2014
Shabbat Services


Nov.04.2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hebrew 101


Nov.04.2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bnai Torah Class


Nov.05.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Men's Club Board meeting


Nov.05.2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Life Cycle Workshop I


Nov.06.2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Beginning Hebrew


Nov.06.2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Bible Study