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

As we begin our new program and membership year, here are some highlights to look for. Later this month, all current Men's Club members (95) will receive a renewal notice, to be completed and returned with an $18 check for annual dues. This notice will also include a few questions concerning program and activity interest. A separate mailing will also be sent to Beth Israel male members, who are not active Men's Club members, asking them to consider joining our club.

In the upcoming months, we will be sharing with you, our 2014-2015 program calendar. But here are some program
dates in the very near future. You may want to pencil these in now, on your calendar.

Wednesday, October 15th, at 12:00 PM - Membership meeting

Program and menu information to follow in September

Sunday, October 26th, at 10:30 AM – Bagels & Discovery

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Susan McManus, Professor of Political Science, at USF. In this election year, we will look forward to her view of the political landscape.

Stay tuned for more specific information and RSVP details.

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

At this meeting, the membership will elect three new Directors. More information on the slate of nominees and the balance of the agenda will be distributed in October.

Until we meet, have a safe summer and stay well.










Spotlight on Sisterhood


Volunteers are paid in six figures... S-M-I-L-E-S.
Gayla LeMaire

I decided to write this month about the Interfaith Social Action Council. I recently had the privilege of presenting certificates of appreciation to the volunteers in the Boutique Department of the Nearly New Shop. If you are not familiar with this shop, it is basically a thrift shop located behind the Bon Worth store in the Sun City Plaza. They are open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8 until noon. (Summer hours – Sat only). This shop generates enough revenue to give away thousands of dollars each year in grants and scholarships within the South
Shore area. They have one paid employee who manages the shop which is then staffed by dedicated volunteers. These volunteers are in the shop, not only when open to the public, but several days each week to sort and price items for sale.

The Council is made up of representatives from nine houses of worship in Sun City Center. It began in 1971 and to date, has been the benefactor of more than two million dollars from sales of donated items. Its mission is to benefit the lives of individuals and organizations as well as develop an understanding among all races, religions and cultures within the Greater Sun City Center area.

I have served on the board and the scholarship committee for several years and it has been a very rewarding experience. Those representing our congregation are Arlene Cohen, Jacqueline Schindler, Lyn Safian, Joan Cohen, Beverly Noehren, and myself.

I encourage all of you to visit the shop as they have many very nice items for sale. They also need donations so next time you are cleaning out a closet, keep them in mind. If you think you would like to serve as a representative, please let me know as changes often occur and new people are needed. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month from September through May at one of the houses of worship. Our turn to host the meeting will be February and during that month volunteers will also be needed to place signs around the plaza to direct people
to the Nearly New Shop. I can be reached at 813-634-4444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 



















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

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 Jul.25.2014 - 9:30pm Jul.25.2014
Shabbat Services


Jul.26.2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Shabbat Morning Service


Jul.26.2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Torah Study


Jul.29.2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hebrew 101


Jul.29.2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bnai Torah Class


Jul.31.2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Torah Study


7:30pm Aug.01.2014 - 9:30pm Aug.01.2014
Shabbat Services


Aug.05.2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hebrew 101


Aug.05.2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bnai Torah Class


Aug.07.2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Torah Study