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

Last month, in Shalom News, Neil Raphael, our Executive Vice President, wrote the following:

"The Club needs 5 volunteers to form a committee that will present nominations for the 3 Director positions that will become vacant at the end of this year. Elections for these positions will take place at the November annual Meeting. If you want to be part of this important process of selecting the nominees please contact Neil Raphael, Executive VP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will chair this committee." So, again, if you have an interest in serving on this committee AND / OR ifyou have an interest in serving as a Director, please contact Neil soon.

I'm sure that the forty-two attendees at the Rays game, on May 21st, had a wonderful time. However, it was disappointing that we were unable to sell out the bus. At the Director's initial program planning meeting, we were not disheartened and will be exploring ways to make this type of event more appealing in the upcoming program year.

In the upcoming months, we will be sharing with you, our 2014-2015 program calendar. But here is one date, you may want to pencil in now, on your calendar.

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.










Spotlight on Sisterhood


Previously I wrote about heroic women of the Bible. I give you another example of a woman's role in our history. She was Noah's wife and is not named in the Bible, but she still played an important role in Jewish History.(The following information is from womeninthebible.net) This is the story of a woman with extraordinary patience, and extraordinary love for her husband. How else to explain the fact that she went along with a task that was preposterous, to say the least? Noah may have been nominal head of the family, but he could only have achieved what he did with the support of his family - and the leader of this family was his wife.

Noah was given specific instructions on how to build a gigantic boat, the Ark. Speed and destination were completely in the hands of God.

This is where the wife of Noah first appears. Somehow she was able to accept that this strange, crazy plan of her husband's was genuine and feasible. She must have been a woman of patience and vision, backing up her husband and convincing her sons and daughters-in-law to do the same.

Once the flood was over the four women of Noah's family faced a desolate world. Everything was destroyed. There was no home to return to, no neighbors to share the grief, no familiar customs to observe. The desolate world had to start again from scratch, and the hardship these women faced must have been extreme. Had they given in, succumbed to the disaster and refused to go on, God's plan would not have succeeded.

The main theme of this story is to trust in God, no matter what comes. God is watching and looking after you, even when it seems as if you are alone. Look after the earth. If we don't, Nature will be unleashed against us. If we are irresponsible and live only for today, we will be wiped out. Even one person or one family can make a difference. Never think you are unimportant in God's plan.


















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


Jul.21.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Library Committee Meeting


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


Jul.22.2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Sisterhood Board Meeting


Jul.22.2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bnai Torah Class


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 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bnai Torah Class


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


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