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.


Stephen Levine, President 

 We had 18 expert handicappers attend our outing to Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack last month.

Everyone had a great time and many “invested wisely” and brought home winnings. We’ll be sure to schedule a return trip next season.

I’ll have to wait until the next issue to write about Dr. Susan MacManus’ Bagels and Discovery presentation, which is a complete sell out.

We now have 95 members.

We are also looking into an outing to attend a Rays baseball game. Stay tuned for more information.

It is almost that time of year when Neil Raphael, our Executive Vice President, will begin looking for members to serve on his nominating committee for new Board Members and for members who would volunteer to serve as Board Members. Many of you are always there when we need a hand, but we need that extra effort of Board management so we may continue to run a successful organization. Please contact Neil if you would like to serve, in any capacity.


Spotlight on Sisterhood


If you missed the Sisterhood Women’s Seder you missed out on a wonderful afternoon. A huge thank you to Sandra Hurwitz, Erica Leino and their amazing committee of women who did an outstanding job of making this a most memorable event. From the women who set the tables, plated fish, put together seder plates, created and passed out name tags, helped to provide the necessary foods, did the shopping and helped to clean up afterwards this truly was a group effort.

Our final event of the season is coming up on Tuesday, May 3rd at 11 am in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. At that time we will celebrate our Installation of Officers and Closing Brunch. Join us as we install Erica Leino as Programming Vice President, Nancy Binder as Corresponding Secretary and Diane Posner as Treasurer. Remaining on the Board of Directors for one more year are Rochelle Lafer as President, Nina Malinak as Membership Vice President and Judy Zirofsky as Recording Secretary.

Following the Installation of Officers we will have our closing brunch. This will be a dairy brunch including coffee, tea and mimosas and ending with a delicious cake once again made by Nanette. The cost to attend this program is $5. Please send your $5 payment made out to Beth Israel Sisterhood to Rochelle Lafer, 2247 Oakley Green Drive, Sun City Center, Fl. 33573. Reservations are due by April 25, 2016.

If you would like to help provide the food for the brunch, please contact Rochelle Lafer at sisterhood@jcscc.org


I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 3rd for another wonderful afternoon together.

May we go from strength to strength



Social Action

Beth Israel has a very active Social Action Committee.


I want to go on record to personally thank the entire Beth Israel membership who have donated not only their time, effort but generosity in making the 2015 calendar year most successful.

Beth Israel has partnered with several organizations in supporting Sun City Center and the surrounding communities by donating the following: school supplies to Wimauma Elementary School to families that were unable to purchase needed supplies for their youngsters to enable them to become successful in a classroom situation. The collection amassed a whopping number of book binders, reams of lined writing paper, book bags, 15 boxes of HB pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erases and rulers, etc.

We collected 86 grocery bags of food during our Yom Kippur food collection effort that was distributed to needy families – among which were baby food items of various kinds, etc.

Recently in supporting the Sun City Center Campaign Against Human Trafficking – Beth Israel collected 167 packs of pocket size Kleenex Tissues and 44 Hand Sanitizer dispensers.

We are still collecting tin can pull tabs (box is located in the lobby of Beth Israel) that will go directly to the Shiners’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Starting off the 2016 calendar year our membership will provide needed assistance to support the Rotary Club’s “Meals for Hope.” The date was set for January 16th – more information will follow sometime in December, 2015. With 36 volunteers thus far we should be proud of our immense community support.

With the soon approaching cold winter season…we will provide hot meals to those individuals that show up to the shelter in the Wimauma area. If interested in providing a hot meal that in most cases total of 10 individuals…please contact Harv Berman at Hberman42@verizon.net providing telephone and email information.

Lastly, Beth Israel in conjunction with Metropolitan Ministries will provide support on the first Wednesday of the following months (February, April, June, and August 2016) providing the following: setting up and taking down tables, cleaning eating areas, and serving food to those who come in for a single hot meal.

In closing I want to again thank allfor your support to Sun City Cener and surrounding communities


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 Rochelle Lafer on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2015.  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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