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 

 

As our programming comes to a close for the season, although I might be considered a little prejudiced, I think we had a pretty good year. There were six informational meetings, an insurance meeting, a Tampa Bay Lightning meeting (and hopefully the next Stanley Cup Champions) presented by the man who was their General Manager when they last won the Stanley Cup, the Ameriprise Luncheon, a presentation on researching public records presented by the sole researcher on a team that won a Pulitzer Prize, an informational meeting on DUI, and a AAA Travel Meeting that will happen after this note has been printed. 

We had four very successful Bagels and Discovery Meetings, all of which were complete sell-outs: Dr. MacManus, Rabbi Aiello, The Kern Singers, and Captain Kapusta. 

We built the Sukkah; an amazing feat unto itself, coordinated and arranged for ushers for the High Holidays, assisted with set up and take down for the rummage sale, and along with Sisterhood covered the cost of additional needed Festival Prayer Books. 

I might be redundant in recognizing the Men’s Club Board but I believe they do deserve a curtain call for all of their hard work. As the cliché goes, they walk the talk. Stephen Blesofsky, Bob Conti, Gil Daniels, Neil Raphael, Ralph Shaw, and David Unterlack. 

We still are attempting to put one more activity together for the summer so stay tuned. The thought right now is for an afternoon Rays game but if you have other ideas or suggestions just let me know. Maybe a Bucs game next season; three of their home opponents are the Giants, the Cowboys, and da Bears. 

Enjoy the summer and watch out, pretty soon we’ll be looking for volunteers to help usher and build the Sukkah again, 5776 is coming up fast. 

Stephen Levine 

mensclub@jcscc.org

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Spotlight on Sisterhood

ROCHELLE LAFER, PRESIDENT

 Before I begin, let me once again publicly thank Sandra Hurwitz for so ably steering the Beth Israel Sisterhood for the past four years. She will be a hard act to follow. 

I am truly honored to take over the reins as President of Beth Israel Sisterhood. Anyone who knows me knows that my heart is inside this building. Since moving to Sun City Center about   3 1/2 years ago I have spent many hours going to worship services, classes, programs and meetings within its walls. But a building is only a place. It is what happens inside it, and the people who are there that makes it so special. This is truly a special place, with an amazing group of people. I am counting on all of you to help make the next two years even better than the last. Everyone can help somewhere. Can you bring something to a meeting for refreshments? How about helping set up or clean up? Can you make some phone calls? Come and join the fun this fall when we decorate the Sukkah or come and help us take them down. Sisterhood has something for everyone. Cyrille Cobe is always looking for people to help with the library. 

Please let me know how you would like to help. 

Your Sisterhood Board, along with the Program Committee, will be working hard over the summer to provide you with a year of wonderful activities we can all enjoy. Dues notices, along with the 2015-2016 program, will be sent out in July. Please send in your dues in a timely manner. 

I will do my best to continue to make Sisterhood an exciting, vibrant organization that supports our Temple. Please join me. 

May we go from strength to strength. 

Rochelle

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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

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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 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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