About Beth Israel the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center

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.


Jeff Beller, President


 First of all, I hope that you and your families are well and that Hurricane Irma wasn’t too unkind to you. My wife & I were lucky in that, except for our lights flickering off & on several times, our power remained on & we suffered no major damage. I hope you fared as well!!

The High Holy Days are almost here and my family & I, as well as the other members of our Men’s Club Board & their families, wish you & yours a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Programs for the next two Bagels & Discovery have been finalized. The first, on October 29th, will feature Frank Slesnick on the topic: What is the "Proper" Roll of Government in the Economic Health of the Country & How Does Health Care Fit into this Picture. On December 24th Steven Derfler, who was so interesting last year when he spoke about the Jews in Cuba, returns to Beth Israel with his subject this time: Coming to America: Jews The Immigrant Experience. Both gentlemen should provide us with very interesting programs.

A program for our upcoming October 25th Membership Meeting is in the works with, perhaps, a DVD showing of Mel Brooks’ hilarious, irreverent comedy: History of the World-Part I.


Other events are in the planning stage & will be announced as they are confirmed.



Spotlight on Sisterhood



The High Holy Days have once again come to a close. Thanks to all the wonderful members of our congregation who made this such a memorable time for all of us.

Next on our agenda is Sukkot. The Men’s Club will have their crew of builders at the Temple on Sunday morn-ing, October 1st to construct the Sukkah. On Monday, October 2nd at 10 am we will have our annual Sukkah decorating party on the driveway leading out of the Temple. Come and join us for the fun hanging garlands, fruits (no – not real ones!) and all manner of decorations on the Beth Israel sukkah. Never done this before. No problem – we provide on the job training! If you have any goodies that can be used outdoors, bring them along. We love donations.

Our opening Sisterhood meeting will be Tuesday, October 10th at 1 pm. Our speaker for this program will be Rabbi Carla Freedman. Rabbi Carla will speak on the topic of "Before Patriarchy????" Come join us for this interesting look into early Judaism. You may be surprised at what you hear.

Refreshments for this meeting are being coordinated by Sharon Privitera. If you have a wonderful fall dessert you would like to share please give Sharon a call at 260-3815 or e-mail her at sharon.privitera@yahoo.com. I’m sure she will be delighted to hear from you. She is also looking for help setting up or cleaning up after the meeting.

Our Gift Shop coordinators, Joy Rosen and Addie Unterlack, have been busy shopping this summer. They will have some of their new items on display at the October meeting. Come and buy some of the wonderful things they have for sale.

Finally, our Paid-Up Members Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at noon. In order to attend the luncheon your 2017-2018 dues must be paid by the October meeting. If you have not yet sent in your dues and information sheet, please send your check for $18 if you are a Temple member, or $54 if you do not belong to the Temple, to Deborah Boyarsky at 16322 Treasure Point Drive, Wimauma, Fl. 33598. You can also bring your check and information form to the October meeting to give to Debbie.


May we go from strength to strength.




Social Action

Social Action Committee
Upcoming Activities
Harvey (Harv) Berman (Chair)


Beth Israel’s membership once again will continue to support the Metropolitan Ministries’ (MM) efforts “Feeding the Hungry” during the remaining calendar months ending in December 2016. The group’s efforts have been very successful in this endeavor and have gotten several accolades from the MM staff because of our involvement during each function. My sincere thanks go out to the following folks that have come forward to support this effort: Cyrille and Bob Cobe, Nancy Binder, Bob Rogin and Nancy Nova. If I have left you off this list I apologize and also thank you for your help.

With the High Holy Day’s that will soon be upon us – Beth Israel will once again collect non-perishable food items to include baby food and diapers, etc. to support those needy families in the Sun City Center and surrounding communities. Last year we collected 84 large bags of food that was delivered to “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and it is hoped that we will be able to surpass this number and collect at least 100 bags. It is very difficult understand that in our country families are going without because of rising cost of food and medicine -- and thus have to make very difficult decisions as to what direction to go – buy food, medicine and even the simplest of clothing items. So in the next several months as “we” all go into our favorite food stores, I urge you all to make a conscious decision and start putting away items that will best meet the needs of those families



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 Class of 2015

Bnai Torah  Class of 2017

A Night of Comedy

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Joanne Sudman on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2016.  Read more about this honor here.

Dedication of the Betty Kleinman Library Shelf and Kleinman Mosaic – January 18, 2013

Rummage Sale –  Read more

Rededication of the Temple - Celebrating 25 years – March 3, 2013  Read More


07:30 09.20.2017 - 09:30 09.23.2017
09.22.2017 07:30 - 09:30
09.22.2017 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services
09.26.2017 09:30 - 11:00
Sisterhood Board Meeting
09.28.2017 09:30 - 12:00
Finance Committee Meeting
09.28.2017 01:30 - 02:30
Biblical Hebrew
09.28.2017 03:00 - 04:30
Bible Study
09.29.2017 07:30 - 09:30
Shabbat Services
09.29.2017 07:30 - 09:30
Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre