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 - April 2014

Paul Grossman, President

As we approach the end of this program year, we still have two exciting events to share with you. They are:

Sunday, April 6th, at 10:30 AM – Bagels & Discovery

Our featured speaker will be Judy Martin, Director of Development and Community Outreach, St. Joseph's Hospital – South. Please join us and find out first hand what St. Joseph's Hospital has planned for the South Shore community. Ms. Martin will address such items as hospital overview, leadership, volunteer opportunities, and grand opening events. Our usual fare, of bagels, whitefish salad, smoked salmon is on the menu.

All members of Beth Israel Men's Club, Sisterhood, and congregation and their guests are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by April 2 nd to either Steve Blesofsky, 634-6013, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Stephen Levine, 260-3533. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The cost will be $7 per attendee, payable at the door.

Wednesday, May 21st, at 5:30 PM – Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland

We have arranged with the Rays organization, for a bus to meet us at the Temple, at 5:30 PM, provide Press Level seats (Section 215), and provide a food voucher worth $11; all for a cost to each attendee of $40. Space is limited to 54 participants (capacity of bus) and a check payable to "Beth Israel Men's Club" and mailed to Beth Israel Men's Club; PO Box 5203; Sun City Center, FL 33571-5203 is the only way to secure your reservation. Initially, reservations are limited to Men's Club members only, on a first come basis. So, if you're interested, mail that check.

In April, the Men's Club Board will begin the process of planning for next year's events & activities. We will do our best to at least match, if not surpass the enjoyable programs conducted this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on Sisterhood

SANDRA HURWITZ, PRESIDENT

Women have held positions of respect in Judaism since biblical times.

It is the merit of the Matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, which brought the redemption upon the people of Israel. It was their insistence on the continuity of family, which is the basis of the nation. Their coping with these painful hardships was considered a deed of loving-kindness. The acts of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah brought the revelation of God to their sons and daughters in the great miracle of the redemption from Egypt.

Miriam stands amidst the reeds that embrace the river's bank, still and quiet, watching from afar. She is the guardian of the promise all her people have yearned for, and she will not allow that promise to leave her sight. In her merit, we were redeemed from slavery. And in the merit of women of faith today, the entire world will be redeemed of its darkness.

Deborah was a great prophetess who served as a Judge of the Jewish people. When Israel was being attacked, the Jewish General Barak refused to wage war unless she joined him. She agreed and mobilized a huge army to defeat the enemy. She was also known for making the wicks for the torches in the Temple in order to encourage Torah learning. In the Bible she is called "Deborah, woman of torches," because this support of Torah is considered an even greater contribution to the future of the Jewish people than her military victories.

In traditional Judaism, women are for the most part seen as separate but equal. Women's obligations and responsibilities are different from men's, but no less important in fact, in some ways, women's responsibilities are considered more important. According to traditional Judaism, women are endowed with a greater degree of intuition, understanding and intelligence than men. It has been said that the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah were superior to the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) in prophecy. Women did not participate in the idolatry regarding the Golden Calf. Some traditional sources suggest that women are closer to G-d's ideal than men.

In the old world towns women took care of the family business

so their husbands could sit and study Talmud all day. If the family owned property, it was the woman who dealt with the tenants. However, even in Biblical days women were honored and respected, sought after and loved.

The Jewish home has kept our people alive through the ages. The collection of Jewish objects and observance of customs is what keeps Judaism alive. We add a link to the golden chain of tradition forged by our ancestors.

The rights of women in traditional Judaism are much greater than they were in the rest of Western civilization until the 20th century. Women had the right to buy, sell, and own property, and make their own contracts, rights which women in Western countries (including America) did not have until about 100 years ago.

There is no question that in traditional Judaism, the primary role of a woman is as wife and mother, keeper of the household. However, Judaism has great respect for the importance of that role and the spiritual influence that the woman has over her family.

Happy Passover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 sjhort 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

APR
15

Apr.15.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
First Day Passover morning service and Passover Second Seder evening

APR
16

Apr.16.2014
2nd Day Passover

APR
17

Apr.17.2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mah Johngg

APR
18

7:30pm Apr.18.2014 - 9:30pm Apr.18.2014
Shabbat Services

APR
19

Apr.19.2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Torah Study

APR
21

Apr.21.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Beth Israel Gift Shop Open

APR
22

Apr.22.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
8th Day Passover/ Yizkor Services

APR
25

7:30pm Apr.25.2014 - 9:30pm Apr.25.2014
Shabbat Services

APR
26

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

APR
26

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