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 


Our last General Meeting featured Jay Feaster from The Tampa Bay Lightning. His presentation was captivating. Mr. Feaster gave us a look at the history of The Lightning and some insights into their owner Jeff Vinik and his outlook on the Tampa Bay community and his philanthropy. As a parting gift to The Men's Club and the entire Temple, Mr. Feaster provided us with our own unique discount code and special link that we can use to save between 15% and as much as 35% off individual game ticket prices on SELECT Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm games. Steve Blesofsky, our Programing VP, distributed this information to everyone last month.

IMPORTANT CALENDAR CHANGE and Reminders: The March 25th General Meeting has been cancelled.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 18 when we will be having our annual Ameriprise Luncheon. The event will take place at Renaissance with Ameriprise providing lunch at no cost. Look for an announcement with all of the appropriate details.

We are very honored to have Capt. Philip Kapusta, USN as our speaker at the next Bagels and Discovery, Sunday, April 12th at 10:30, AM. A very abbreviated bio; graduate of the US Navel Academy; leader of a SEAL Platoon; currently a strategic planner for US Special Opera-tion Command at MacDill AFB. Mark your calendars for this very special presentation.

Our next General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at noon.

It's not too late; The Board is still reviewing different programs and activities for our group; a trip to Tampa Bay Downs, a museum visit, "game night" type meeting, (canasta, poker, pinochle, Mexican train, etc.) a Rays game, a minor league game, and other opportunities. Please contact Gil Daniels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your comments and suggestions.

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Spotlight on Sisterhood


If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
Betty Reese

Those of you who attended our February meeting have heard this quote. It was completely appropriate for the work Charna Bogdany has done with the women who are serving time in prison. I am not intimating that Charna is "small", but as one woman, she has accomplished so much to improve the self-esteem of the women with whom she has come in contact. We were touched by the poems and stories these women had written.

Thank you to Barbara Grossman who chaired this program making sure we had everything set up properly and thank you to those who provided us with refreshments: Sandy Zeligman, Sandy Zion, Deborah Schwalm and Janet Corin.

Our March meeting will feature Debbie Brown, an Investiga-tor for the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency, who will provide us with the latest information to keep ourselves free from fraud. Debbie has presented a program to us in the past and was very well received so many of our members asked that we bring her back.

Last November women from all houses of worship in Sun City Center were invited to a "meet and greet" sponsored by United Community Church. It was decided that this event would be held quarterly. Beth Israel agreed to sponsor the event this quarter. The purpose of this is to meet women from other houses of worship. It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to make our mark in the community. Please try to attend on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 in our social hall. Rabbi Carla has agreed to speak. Those of us who attended in November had a very enjoyable experience.



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 Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM

The Magic Men

Woman of Distinction - Beth Israel congratulates Nina Malinak on her selection as Woman of Distinction 2014.  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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