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

In the first week of September, all current Men's Club members (95) will receive a renewal notice, to be completed and returned with an $18 check for annual dues. This notice will also include a few questions concerning program and activity interest. At the same time, a separate mailing will also be sent to Beth Israel male members, who are not active Men's Club members, asking them to consider joining our club.

The Men's Club has also volunteered to coordinate the scheduling of ushers for the High Holy Days. When the request does go out, please offer your time, as best you can. Thank you.

In the upcoming months, we will be sharing with you, our 2014-2015 program calendar. But here are some program dates in the very near future. You may want to pencil these in now, on your calendar.

Wednesday, October 15th, at 12:00 PM - Membership meeting

Program and menu information to follow later this month

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.

Wednesday, November 19th, at 12:00 PM – Annual Membership meeting

At this meeting, the membership will elect three new Directors. More information on the slate of nominees and the balance of the agenda will be distributed in October. This will also be our paid-up members' luncheon.










Spotlight on Sisterhood


Welcome to September and the beginning of our High Holy Day season. We hope to see many of you during this month and wish everyone a healthy and happy new year.

Sisterhood will begin our program year next month. By now you should have all received your calendar and dues statement. If you have not yet sent in your dues, I urge you to do so. Our paid member luncheon will be held November 11 and all dues must be paid by the October meeting in order to attend the luncheon. It is very important that you make sure we have your current mailing address, phone number, and email address so that you will receive important information throughout the year.

Our opening meeting in October will feature speakers from the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking. The presentation will include some of the girls who have been rescued. The meeting will begin at 1:00 in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. You are welcome to bring guests as this is a serious issue in the Tampa Bay Area and may be of interest to many.

Sandy Abramson is busy restocking our gift shop and plans to hold a Chanukah bazaar during our November luncheon. The gift shop and library are open the third Monday of each month from 10:00 until 12:00. You may also call Sandy for an appointment.

You may see some improvements to the landscape in front of the Temple. Sisterhood has donated $1000 so that this may be accomplished as soon as possible. These funds are made possible due to the success of our Judaica shop.

Library programs have been planned and will take place on the third Monday of each month. Refer to the Library column for details. The library fund is growing. If you wish to donate, checks should be made out to Beth Israel Sisterhood and mailed to Arlene Cohen.

A special thank you to Rochelle Lafer and her program committee. I feel we have a great line-up of programs for
the coming year.

Thank you also to Larry and Lynnette Martasin for their
generous contribution of the Bima flowers for the High Holy Day services.

La Shana T'ova,




















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 A Night of Comedy

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


7:30pm Sep.19.2014 - 9:30pm Sep.19.2014
Shabbat Services


Sep.20.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Morning Shabbat Service


Sep.20.2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Torah Study


Sep.23.2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Sisterhood Board Meeting


Sep.23.2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hebrew 101


Sep.23.2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bnai Torah Class


Sep.24.2014 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Erev Rosh Hashannah Dinner


7:00pm Sep.24.2014 - 8:00pm Sep.24.2014
Erev Rosh Hashannah Service


Sep.25.2014 10:00am - 3:00pm
1st Day Rosh Hashannah


Sep.26.2014 10:00am - 2:00pm
2nd Day Rosh Hashannah Service