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.

MEN'S CLUB REPORT

Stephen Levine, President 

 Mr. Eric Ross an Associate Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League gave a very interesting and informative presentation at our last Bagels and Discovery. Again, we had a total sellout of 110 in attendance. Eric discussed such programs as their “Anti Bias Training” for schools, helping Hillel on college campuses, how the ADL works with the police regarding hate crimes, and so much more. Briefly he explained the significance of the numbers 14 and 88 for hate groups; 14 is shorthand for the 14 word slogan, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” and 88 stands for “Heil Hitler,” with H as the 8th letter of the alphabet. I would suggest if you would like more information visit www.adl.org.

On a more pleasant note, the Men’s Club presented Eric with a personal gift. He did not realize it was a dreidel until leaving and he broke out in a huge smile. He explained that his grandmother started him on a Dreidel collection and this would be his 121st!  

A ג“   Gimel” for everyone.

Don’t forget to check out the Men’s Club Calendar on the Temple Bulletin Board or Temple website for all of our upcoming events

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Spotlight on Sisterhood

ROCHELLE LAFER, PRESIDENT

On Tuesday, January 5th a group of 29 left Sun City Center on a trip to Ona, Florida. Within an hour we arrived at Solomon’s Castle, the home, galleries and workshop of artist Howard Solomon. The castle is filled with stained glass windows, metal sculptures of all shapes and sizes and amazing wooden pictures. After touring the castle we walked through the Boat in the Moat Restaurant (yes he really built a boat in a moat) to the Lily Light lighthouse where we had a lovely lunch (Howard’s daughter is the head chef). With time to enjoy the walking trails and the gift shop, we were back on the road to Sun City Center. A HUGE thank you to Sharon Privitera for setting up the trip and arranging for lunches for all of us.

Our next Sisterhood meeting will be Tuesday, February 2nd at 1 pm in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Michael Caruso from the Skin Cancer Centers Dermatology Associates. Living in Florida, skin cancer is something we all need to be aware of. Come and hear and see what you could be dealing with. This program is open to the public so feel free to bring along your friends and neighbors. As always, refreshment will be served.

Don’t forget to join us on Friday, January 29th for the Sisterhood Shabbat. The entire service will be led by members of our Sisterhood, and we always have a delicious oneg following that. What a wonderful way to begin Shabbat!

May we go from strength to strength,

Rochelle

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Social Action

Beth Israel has a very active Social Action Committee.

 

I want to go on record to personally thank the entire Beth Israel membership who have donated not only their time, effort but generosity in making the 2015 calendar year most successful.

Beth Israel has partnered with several organizations in supporting Sun City Center and the surrounding communities by donating the following: school supplies to Wimauma Elementary School to families that were unable to purchase needed supplies for their youngsters to enable them to become successful in a classroom situation. The collection amassed a whopping number of book binders, reams of lined writing paper, book bags, 15 boxes of HB pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erases and rulers, etc.

We collected 86 grocery bags of food during our Yom Kippur food collection effort that was distributed to needy families – among which were baby food items of various kinds, etc.

Recently in supporting the Sun City Center Campaign Against Human Trafficking – Beth Israel collected 167 packs of pocket size Kleenex Tissues and 44 Hand Sanitizer dispensers.

We are still collecting tin can pull tabs (box is located in the lobby of Beth Israel) that will go directly to the Shiners’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Starting off the 2016 calendar year our membership will provide needed assistance to support the Rotary Club’s “Meals for Hope.” The date was set for January 16th – more information will follow sometime in December, 2015. With 36 volunteers thus far we should be proud of our immense community support.

With the soon approaching cold winter season…we will provide hot meals to those individuals that show up to the shelter in the Wimauma area. If interested in providing a hot meal that in most cases total of 10 individuals…please contact Harv Berman at Hberman42@verizon.net providing telephone and email information.

Lastly, Beth Israel in conjunction with Metropolitan Ministries will provide support on the first Wednesday of the following months (February, April, June, and August 2016) providing the following: setting up and taking down tables, cleaning eating areas, and serving food to those who come in for a single hot meal.

In closing I want to again thank allfor your support to Sun City Cener and surrounding communities

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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 Rochelle Lafer on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2015.  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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