Temple Beth El  
Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch  
5150 Peridia Blvd East, Bradenton, Fl. 34203

October 2018

Temple Beth El Bradenton
5150 Peridia Blvd E. BRADENTON, FL 34203

TBEBradentonfl@yahoo.com     941-755-4900

Shabbat Services are every Friday night at 7:30 pm ( 7 pm starting Oct 5th)

Saturday morning at 10 am followed by Torah Study 

"News and Views”
By  Rabbi Michael Sternfield  


This is my traditional “kudos” column following the High Holy Days. Although the rabbi is always front and center, the truth is that the real credit belongs to those who make everything go smoothly.

So, in no particular order, let me express my deep gratitude to Kate Richmond who went over every last detail of service participants and logistics, and also handled the bewildering array of requests for High Holy Days cards Thanks to the marvelous

Sisterhood ladies, Florence, Susie, Beverly, Marlena, and Bayla who cooked, baked, prepared and served the scrumptious break-the-fast. Thanks to Neil and Sandy Clark, Ron Eisman, Mike Lowey, Bob Hadesman, Neil Spirtas and Howard Hammerman for making sure that there was seating for everyone. As always, Neil and Sandy contributed above and beyond, as did our mystery donors. A big shout out to Jean Ellis, our eagle-eyed proofreader for getting all the names in the Book of Remembrance as perfect as humanly possible. Thanks to our ushers too and to our President Robyn Spirtas for keeping everything on track.   I am especially appreciative to our chazan emeritus Alan Cohn and soloist Rosalie Leon for making our services so musically appealing. A special thank you to Emily, Bailey and Jess for helping so much at the conclusion of the Break-the-Fast and putting everything back in order for the church, without even being asked.

Finally, thanks to all of our members, not only for showing up, but for helping make our guests and visitors feel welcome and included. If inadvertently I left anyone out, I apologize. 

This was an especially High Holy Days experience for me. I am most grateful.

Deborah joins me in wishing you, your dear ones and friends, a good and healthy New Year. May God enable each of us to make our highest hopes become real, our most worthy aspirations to be fulfilled.

לשׁנה טובה תכתיבו

Rabbi Michael P. Sternfield



Rabbi Sternfield is available to meet with you for counseling, guidance or to discuss issues or concerns. He is also available for Jewish and interfaith weddings; funerals and memorial services, and other life cycle events.

Call the temple to make an appointment. 941-755-4900

Message from the President 
Dr. Robyn Spirtas

Shalom Temple family and friends,

 Our High Holy Day Services were moving, spiritual and uplifting. For those of you that attended, we thank you. For those of you that did not, we hope you will consider joining us next year. For everyone, we at Temple Beth El wish you a Happy New Year. I want to personally thank, Rabbi Sternfield for his wonderful sermons, his dedication and his efforts to make the High Holy Days a success. To Kate Richmond, our Ritual Chair for keeping track of all the rsvps, for putting her entire heart and soul into make our services amazing. I also need to recognize, all the people who ushered and greeted people, the ladies who cooked and worked in the kitchen for break-fast, to Jean Ellis who worked diligently on the Yizkor book, to our new membership manager, Helen Hammerman for all her efforts in getting a beautiful membership table set up. To Stephanie Metcalf-Clark for doing all the childcare. There are so many people that helped make this Holiday season such a wonderful success. Temple Beth El is a special place with loving, giving people and we hope that we can always be here for you. 

Your TBE President,

Robyn Spirtas


Membership in a synagogue represents a commitment to the community. It means that you are involved in keeping Jewish life alive and seeing it continue to the next generation. It also gives you a framework of giving and contributing to the Shul, and it means that you are a partner in supporting the financial needs of the Synagogue which we are all part of. If you are interested in joining Temple Beth El Bradenton, please contact our membership chair, Helen Hammerman   


“It is everyone’s responsibility to help our congregation grow. There are two things that everyone can do. First, invite your Jewish (and interfaith) friends and neighbors to a Friday night or Saturday service or special event and accompany them. Second, send their names to me at helenwh33@gmail.com or call 410-726-4980. We all want to see Temple Beth El grow and thrive. We are ready to expand our congregation and share it. You can help us to grow. It’s easy. As Membership Chair, I promise that I will follow up with your guests to show them that we care. So, let’s give back to the place that loves us and let’s love it back. Let’s share our little space of Jewish delight and help grow our Temple membership. To paraphrase a famous quote: “Ask not what your Temple can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Temple.” I have an answer. Help us grow. It’s up to you”.  - Helen Hammerman 

Welcome to our new members!


Dick Solyn

Julie Moser.
Gerald Ronkin & Nora Nelson

Please help us get to know them! Will you be our next new member?

TBE Members: Don't forget that you may pay your dues by credit card Please call the Temple office (941-755-4900) for more information!

A Special Note

To All My Wonderful HHD Ushers - Thank you so much for giving of your time and ushering. You all were the smiling faces and kind words that welcomed all to our temple for the High Holy Day. I know it got a little hectic at times but you all handled it all with smiles and grace.

Again, thank you all.

Sandy Clark
Immediate Past President




Friday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m. Family Shabbat Sukkot. Our Oneg Shabbat with be held in the Sukkah.

Friday, October 5th, 5:30 pm -  Simchat Torah Shabbat. We will have a beautiful “pot luck ‘meal together and then a Shabbat Simchat Torah Service. Our Band will be playing! Cantor Bard will chant the Torah. We will be rolling out the Torah Scroll for all to see. Join us! Bring a dish to share: fish, vegetarian or dairy. No meat, kugels or desserts please!  Shabbat service starts at 7:00 pm. Please note that 7:00 p.m. will be our new time for Friday night Services.

Saturday, October 20th, 4:00 pm or 05:30 pm  - Havdalah Pot Luck 

This will be a special Havdalah. We will be discussing the film and the real life story of "The Jewish Cardinal". This is the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. If you have not seen the film, come at 4:00 pm to watch the film. Otherwise, join us for a beautiful Family Pot Luck dinner, (Bring a dish to share -fish, vegetarian or dairy. No meat or desserts please) at 5:30 pm. After dinner, we will light the Havdalah Candle, say a prayer or two and then have a lively discussion on the life of Jean-Marie.

Sunday, Oct 21st at 2:00 pm Men’s Club Speaker!
Accountant Todd Loid will be presenting new tax laws for 2019. It is not too late to make changes to your finances to take advantage of tax savings! Come hear Todd speak. Free and open to all. Bring friends!

Sunday, October 28th at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and a Movie. 4:30 pm. Join us for a wonderful evening! Rabbi Sternfield will be preparing a Mexican meal (not spicy!) and we will see the Pixar musical film “Coco”. The date coincides with Día De Los Muertos. The film is about the Mexican traditions of the afterlife, and how they remember and “connect” with dear ones on this special day. The comparison to Jewish rituals of remembrance e.g. yahrzeit, yizkor and cemeteries will be worthwhile to discuss and reflect upon. This will be a fun night for all! Cost: $13 TBE members $15 Guests. No charge for kids under 10!

Saturday, October 29th, 5:30 pm - Havdalah! This will be a special Havdalah. We will be discussing the film "The Jewish Cardinal". This is the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism and later joining the priesthood. If you have not seen the film, come at 4:00 p.m. to watch the film. Otherwise, join us for a Family Pot Luck dinner, (Bring a dish to share -fish, vegetarian or dairy. No meat or desserts please) at 5:30 pm. After dinner, we will observe Havdalah and then have a lively discussion on the life of Cardinal Lustiger.

Wednesday, October 31st, 11:00am Sisterhood outing to Topaz. Topaz is a fashion boutique with wonderful clothing. The owner, Suzette is having entertainment and a fashion show. Please call Jean Ellis, Sisterhood President at 941-747-2423 or sign up at the temple or call the office to sign up. Put this on your calendar please.

Friday, November 9th, 7:00 pm -Veterans Day Shabbat! Special program scheduled.

Friday, November 16th, 7:00 pm Special Erev Shabbat! Torah Service with the TBE Choir. "A Prelude to Thanksgiving" with Psalms and Songs of Praise and Gratitude with the TBE Choir.

Friday, November 23rd, 7:00 pm Family Erev Shabbat. Join us for our fun and lively children and family friendly Erev Shabbat. All young people will be incorporated into the service, as Rabbi Sternfield and Cantor Bard form a warm service for all. The evening will end with a wonderful Oneg provided by the TBE Sisterhood. Open to the community. 

Watch for details and mark your calendar for our Family Chanukah Menorah Lighting – Friday, December 7th at 7:00 pm and our Community Chanukah at Summerfield Park – Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm!

We are a family and would like you to join us at or all events.
Shabbat Services start at 7:00 pm (starting on October 5th!) on Friday night
and 10:00 am on Shabbat morning.

There's more! Check out ALL the TBE EVENTS and details on the website- view in either list or calendar view.  AND print for your records!!  www.templebethelbradenton.com

♫  ♫  ♫  Music  ♫  ♫  ♫


“Those who sing, pray twice.” (Talmud)

Voice! The gift we all possess! If you love to sing (more or less on pitch) and have a musical ear in ensemble, then the congregational choir is for you! For more information: please contact Cantor Bard (773-484-8149)

 Men's Club News



Join us! Sunday, Oct 21st at 2:00 pm for a Men’s Club Speaker! Accountant Todd Loid will be presenting new tax laws for 2019. It is not too late to make changes to your finances to take advantage of tax savings! Come hear Todd speak. Free and open to all. Bring friends!

Going forward, we are looking into a trip to the art gallery at Raymond James Park, the Glass factory in St. Pete, the Big Cat Sanctuary and other events. Men's Club is also working with Rabbi on events for Chanukah. We will need volunteers to set up and break for all special events.

Respectfully submitted by, Neil Clark, President

I hope all the men of the TBE family will become part of this terrific arm of
TBE as we do much to help our temple.



 Shares from Sisterhood

Among the plans being considered for the coming year are cooking with the Rabbi, our annual Sisterhood Shabbat but with a twist, and of course, our Chocolate Oneg. Jean welcomes any ideas for speakers at our luncheons, or other ideas for monthly meetings.  Do not hesitate to send email or phone 941-747-2423  weaverjean@verizon.net 



Trip to "Topaz"! GREAT NEWS!  Suzette called me to tell me that she has a singer for our visit to Topaz on October 31 at 11:00 am.  She was a backup singer with Diana Ross - she was a Supreme - nominated for seven (7) Emmys is married to a Chasidic Jew, keeps Kosher, and sings Jewish songs too.  What a resume!  There is room for only 15 people, so don't get left out. All sales are Wholesale, and includes purses and scarves along with lovely cool clothes, perfect for Florida.   Call Jean 747-2423 to get on the list, or sign up at TBE, or  call the Temple office 755-4900.   Open to all.  We will go out to lunch after the program.


Please call me and sign up for this.  We cannot turn down a nice donation!
Topaz Design Group is located at: 1870 University Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34243


Hope to hear from you soon!   941-747-2423. Jean


Let the congregation share your joy or memory. Please consider sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat in celebration or remembrance

Friday: Challah and wine $25; food $25 both $50

Saturday: Challah and Wine for Sat. morning. $25

Entire Shabbat,  $75.00

Please make all checks payable to: Sisterhood, Temple Beth El

 Memorial Plots are available from Temple Beth El. Located in Palmetto, Florida, Skyway Memorial Gardens has been serving the residents of Manatee County since 1952. The tranquility of Skyway ensures a peaceful resting place for years to come. Call TBE for more info on the "Garden of Abraham".

Monthly payment plans now
available through TBE.



Please remember TBE in your will, 
there is no greater gift.   

A project of the Sisterhood is to feed the hungry. There is a food barrel in the foyer, waiting for your contribution. Please bring your nonperishable food items as often as possible. Hunger has no season.


  Yahrzeit Plaques  

Temple Beth El yahrzeit plaques are now available for purchase.  Purchase one for a loved one already deceased or purchase now for a future date. Plaques can be English and Hebrew or just English or just Hebrew. The cost is $250 per plaque.  Please make checks payable to Temple Beth El—with "yahrzeit plaque" noted on the check.  Call the temple office to request the order form




Our Hebrew & Religious school is an interactive, hands-on teaching experience. We have started enrolling children for both Religious and Hebrew School. If you are interested in registering your child for Religious school, please contact our Education Director, Susie Konicov, by calling the Temple office at 941-755-4900.   


Our school will begin on October 7. If you know an unaffiliated Jewish family with young children, who is looking for a shul, please tell them about us! We want to build our religious school and are looking for more students.  Thanks for being a link. Susie Konicov, Education Chair       



If you are interested in learning how to read Hebrew or are interested in a Beginner's Hebrew Conversation class, call Temple Beth El at 941-755-4900. Participants in the Conversation class must read Hebrew proficiently. 

 The Temple Office


The TBE office is available to you. We are typically open Tuesdays thru Thursday, 9:30 am - Noon. For Rabbi or Temple information or to RSVP for an event, please call the Temple office. 941-755-4900. The Office is located at Temple Beth El, 5150 Peridia Blvd E, Bradenton 34203. Please notate on your check what the monies are for ie: "donation", "dues". You can also find out information by going to www.templebethelbradenton.com/events       


Got pocket change? Remember Pushke money? Put your change each day in a ziplock bag, then bring the bag to the Temple as a donation. Every little bit helps! It is a great way to get the kids to contribute too!


“It is a Tree of Life to those who hold fast to it.” Proverbs 3:18  Purchasing a leaf (or leaves) on our Tree of Life, is a wonderful way to mark and sanctify precious life events, such as: B’nai Mitzvah, engagements, weddings, birth of a child or grandchild, birthdays, anniversaries, or any special occasion.  It is also a loving way to remember those who have gone before us. Call the TBE office for more info.



5150 Peridia Blvd E Bradenton, FL 34203 (941)-755-4900 
TBEBradentonFL@yahoo.com Office hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 



Cantor Emeritus

Religious Education Director  


Executive Board
Exec. Vice President 
Immediate Past President 


Board Members


Community Affairs
Publicity & Social Media 

Men's Club 

Board Members at Large            


Michael Sternfield
Deborah Bard

Alan Cohn

Susie Konicov



Dr. Robyn Spirtas
Ron Eiseman

Neil Spirtas
Bayla Kolton
Sandy Clark




Katherine Richmond 
Susie Konicov 

We need you!

Helen Hammerman
Jean Ellis   
Neil Clark

Irv Zamikoff  

Michael Loewy          

We are looking for people to participate in a committee or help out at events.

Call the temple if interested.

Yahrzeit Information


It is customary to light a yahrzeit candle on the anniversary of a death. The candle is lit the evening before and burns for 24 hours. It is also a Jewish custom and part of the foundation of Judaism to perform an act of tzedakah or charity, to honor the memory of the deceased. To make a donation in the name of your loved one, go to www.templebethelbradenton.com or send your check to 5150 Peridia Blvd E, Bradenton, Fl. 34203

SERVICES October 5th & 6th

Michelle & Jose Torres IMO Helene Schneider

Susie Konicov IMO Rosa Halberstadt

Marlena Johnsky IMO Florence Harris

Anna Bever IMO Tewel Neiman

Alex Intrator IMO Henry Intrator


SERVICES October 12th & 13th

Anna Bever IMO Norma Neiman

Celia Strickler IMO Nathaniel Strickler

Paul Stahl IMO Helen Slater

Neil Spirtas IMO Marcia Spirtas Tomasovich

Bayla Kolton IMO Avalyne Halasz



SERVICES October 19th & 20th

David Meier IMO Karl Heinz Mai

Neil Clark IMO Isabel Paltiel

Dr. & Mrs. Gary Hare IMO Morton Hare
Ron Adelson IMO Julius Adelson

SERVICES October 26th & 27

Sharon Carlson IMO Edward Ger

Dr. Sophie Reiner IMO Dr. Otto Schorr


SERVICES November 2nd & 3rd

Arnold Klein IMO Shirley Klein


Call TBE member, Jay Givarz at Fidelity Bank for all your mortgage needs.




Thank you for supporting Temple Beth El with your donation. Please let us know if you would like your donation directed to a specific purpose. 

Sandy and Neil Cark – Violinist at Kol Nidre
David Morgan
Sophie Reiner


Jean Shames IMO James Dunn

Robyn Spirtas IMO of her Mother, Marcia Campbell

Jean Ellis IMO of her husband, Jonas Ellis

Jean Shames IMO Abe Shames

Marcia Blacksin and Mitch Rubenstein
Deborah Bard







Jessica Tobacman, Cantorial Soloist—
“In appreciation for your teaching and wise counsel”


Jean Ellis


Barry Schneider


 To make a donation, send checks payable to Temple Beth El, 5150 Peridia Blvd E, Bradenton, Fl. 34203

or go to www.templebethelbradenton.com/Donate

Please consider covering the credit card and technology fees for my donation(s) by adding 6% to my transaction, so that 100% of my donation goes to the organization.

Simcha Grams 


TBE sends Birthday, Anniversary, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and other celebration “Simcha-grams” to members in honor of their special day. This is a wonderful way to contribute to your Synagogue and to send your TBE family good wishes. This is also an easy way for our Synagogue to make extra money, so please take the time to fill this out. To have your name included in the congratulatory card, just print this form and circle those names you wish to be included on and enclose $2.00 per name.  A card will be mailed to those individuals prior to their special day.     
Names must be received at the office by the 20th of the month prior to the birthday or anniversary.




3              Sandra J. Gander

7              Marion Howard

13            Sydney Weiss

16            Jean Ellis

22            Kevin Rosenstein



13            Brian & Ruth Weiss
28            Neil & Sandy Clark




Your Name ____________________________________________  

How would you like your Signature on card? ________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________

# of Names Selected  @ $2.00 each  _________  Check total:______________________

In the memo area of your check write: Simcha Gram and send by the 20th of the month prior to the simcha month  to: Temple Beth El Attention: Simcha Gram, 5150 Peridia Blvd E. Bradenton, Fl  34203 
If we have somehow overlooked your Simcha or made an error in printing the date, please accept our apologies and call the temple office at 941-755-4900 so that we may update our records.   


Office: 941-755-4900  Address: 5150 Peridia Blvd East, Bradenton, Fl. 34205
www.templebethelbradenton.com; www.facebook.com/TBEBradenton

Temple Beth El Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is a 501(c) 3 is a non-profit organization. 
5150 Peridia Blvd East, Bradenton, Fl. 34203     TBEBradentonfl@yahoo.com

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