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

November 2017
Temple Beth El Bradenton

5150 Peridia Blvd E  BRADENTON, FL 34203


Shabbat Services are every Friday night at 7:30 pm
Saturday morning at 10 am followed by  Torah Study

 “News and Views”
By  Rabbi Michael Sternfield  

Far too much has been written about the President’s condolence calls to families of U.S. servicemen who were killed in Niger. It would be wrong to comment on the actual words supposedly spoken. However, in a much broader sense, all of us have occasion to offer our condolences to families or friends in times of bereavement. These are invariably delicate situations when even the most heartfelt words unintentionally increase pain. Even after all these years, I still find these calls and visits to be difficult.  I cannot even imagine how tough it must be for every President to call the loved ones who have died in the service of our nation. This is the best advice that all of us would do well to heed. “Don’t talk. Just listen.” It is not what we say to the mourner; it is our presence that matters. Those of us who have experienced loss remember all to well various the well-meaning comments that stung rather than offering solace. Here are a few of the unfortunate supposedly comforting words I have heard over the years.  “At least he didn’t suffer . . .” “She lived a long life.” “I know just how you feel.” (No. You don’t.) “Time heals all wounds.” or “Time brings healing.”


A simple silent embrace conveys far more than even the most eloquent words. So what can we say that will help and not hurt? Judaism advises us well. In the house of mourning, say little but sit in silence with the bereaved. The words of our tradition are still the best: “May his/her memory be a blessing.” Far be it for me to offer advice to a President. But if I could, it would be the same counsel that I offer to ordinary people and that I try to follow. Especially when we have not known the deceased, simply ask: “What would you like for me to know about him/her?” Then just listen, not only with your ears, but with your heart.” This is the essence of “rachmanus,” simple compassion.

Before I conclude, here are two absoulute “don’ts”- Never leave a voicemail message.

Never send a sympathy note via the Internet! In fact, don’t even send a personal email. Especially, never use any of the manufactured electronic messages that we just download. They are as useless as the e-greeting cards that we sometimes receive on our birthdays. If the occasion is not worth the price of a postage stamp, then how sincere could it really be? The same applies many times over to sympathy notes. Times of bereavement can be blessings in disguise. We always recall those we had hoped to hear from but who failed to show up or connect personally. But far more important, we never forget those who were there for us and who listened with their hearts. These are the times when we learn who are real friends are.

Shalom, 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
The Rabbi would like to organize a thanksgiving dinner  

for any of our members who are going to be on their own. Please call the Rabbi personally (312-320-5538) or email (Rabbimps@yahoo.com)


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 Staci Rosenstein   

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!
Please help us welcome our newest members:
         Michael Loewy and Susan Kurtin
Deena Wegner

Message from the President 
Dr. Robyn Spirtas
Shalom Temple family and friends, 

The High Holidays were amazing in my opinion. Everyone worked so hard to make it a success and it was well worth it. What a great turnout we had! The services were all meaningful and beautifully done. It is so wonderful to be in our own beautiful sanctuary. The Temple board, men's club, Sisterhood, ritual committee and others are working hard to keep the momentum up. We have many wonderful events planned for the coming months that we hope you will join us for. We are striving to make TBE a place of community as well as prayer. Our Hebrew school has begun and we had three great kids attending. We are making plans for our best Downtown Chanukah and Family Menorah Lighting Chanukah ever. Please stay involved with us, we are a family! 

Your TBE President,

Robyn Spirtas

* Please come to the special congregational meeting on Sunday, Nov 5th at the temple. 4:30 pm to vote on an important item regarding absentee ballots. We need your vote! 

* Interested in helping your temple family? We need someone in the office from 9:30 - noon on Wednesday to answer phones, check mail, etc. Can you volunteer?

TBE Shabbat Services and Special Events:
Friday November 3rd: Erev Shabbat Service  7:30 pm
Saturday, November 4th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am 
Sunday, November  5th: Special congregational meeting 4:30 pm

Wednesday, November 8th: International Film Series  5:30 pm  *Note new time!!    
Friday, November 10th: Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 11th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am

Monday, November 13th: TBE Chanukah Painting Party 2-4 pm
Wednesday, November 15th: Sisterhood Fashion Show
Wednesday, November 15th: 92nd Street Y on Demand! 7:00 pm
Friday, November 17th: Shabbat Live! Musical Shabbat & TORAH service  7:30 pm
Saturday, November 18th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am

Saturday, November 18th: Havdalah 5:30 pm 
Sunday, November 19th: Men's Club sponsored trip to the Holocaust Museum
11 am          
Friday, November 24th: Erev Shabbat TORAH service  7:30 pm
Saturday, November 25th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am

Wednesday, November 29th: TBE Board Meeting       

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

 Men's Club News
The Men at TBE had a wonderful "Men's Club Shabbat"
Thank you all who participated. 


Join us for the Temple Beth El Men’s Club trip to
The Holocaust Museum 
Sunday, November 19th

The tour starts at 11:00 am. For those that wish to car pool and for those that are willing to drive please contact Neil Clark at 795-8922 as we will meet at the Temple at 10 am. Whether you are car pooling or meeting us at the museum you must RSVP to Neil at home or the temple by November 10th. The museum requires that we call them 1 week before with the number of people attending so that they know how many docent(s) to have. Cost will be $9 pp (18 + in age) if we have 15 attendees -$10 if less than 15 attendees, $7 pp (under the age of 18) Payable at the door of the museum. This trip is open to all – members, guests, families, friends. 

Sunday, Dec. 10th - 9:30 am Men's Club meeting and breakfast at Fiona's

Sunday, Jan. 21st - Men's Club speaker (further information to follow - open to the congregation)

Sunday, Feb. 18th - 9:30 am meeting at breakfast at Fiona's

Friday, Feb. 23rd - Men's Club to meet for dinner prior to services (time and location TBA)

Sunday, March 4th - 4 pm Annual Men's Club Purim Celebration - celebrating "Israel at 70"

Sunday, April 15th - Men's Club meeting and trip to a baseball Game

Sunday, May 13th - Men' Club Mother's Day Brunch

We hope you will join us for an exciting year with the TBE Men's Club.


Neil Clark, Men's Club President

 Shares from Sisterhood

 Upcoming Event!  Cabaret Musical Fashion Show

Time: 11:15 a.m. – 2:15 pm  Topaz Fashion Outlet

1870 University Parkway, Sarasota
(intersection of SR 301 and University, 
suite 1850, southwest corner on University)

First 13 registrants ONLY may attend!

To Register:  Must call synagogue (Tues-Thurs am only) and have your name

 and phone # put onto list. You will be notified if you are NOT going to attend. 

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. Once again the kitchen will present opportunities for volunteering either during weekly services or monthly events like the film night or Havdalah.  The Co-Presidents will be seeking help from membership for other events as well.  Presently there is an opening for a Secretary for Sisterhood, so if anyone wishes to have the easiest job of any within  the entire TBE, this is it!  Just make yourself known to either Jean or Marilyn, and feel free to direct questions to either of them as well.  Both Jean and Marilyn welcome any ideas for speakers at our luncheons, or other ideas for monthly meetings.  Do not hesitate to send email or phone either one.  Jean may be reached at 941-747-2423 and Marilyn at 352-530-7725. Jean's email is          weaverjean@verizon.net and Marilyn's is marilyn.steinberg7@gmail.com

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. 


 Our Hebrew & Religious school is an interactive, hands-on teaching experience. We are currently 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. 


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 or for your questions. 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 or RSVP to an event 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 -


All Oneg requests must be registered through the Temple Office, and be placed in the special notebook requesting Onegs with the specific information regarding donor and memorial or honor persons' names spelled out carefully.  Money for the Oneg or the entire Shabbat MUST be paid to Sisterhood TBE prior to the date of the Oneg, UNLESS prior arrangements are made to pay at another time. Call Marilyn Steinberg if there are any questions:  352-530-7725

Special Events 

The TBE 50's Sock Hop was wonderful! Thank you to the Sponsors: 

Snackworks  www.snackworksinc.com

Lisa and Josh Leuchter


American Air Conditioning Cleaning and Restoration 
www.acrforyou.com  941-739-9731 

Veritas! Pest Management
www.veritaspestmanagement.com 941-301-5596

The Blessing Bags Project

www.theblessingbagsproject.org  941-720-1720


S.W.A.T. Networking
wwwswatnetworking.com   941-962-0884

Everyone had so much fun!


International Film Festival
Join us as we have dinner together and then watch a film…Dinner will be prepared by our resident chef, Rabbi Michael Sternfield. This meal will be "west side deli" ! $10 pp. 

Wednesday, November 8th: "Zelig" with Woody Allen and Mia Farrow
 5:30 pm  
Please note new time!

 RSVP by going to www.templebethelbradenton.com/event
or by calling the temple office 941-755-4900.
All RSVP's must be in by Monday, November 6th.


TBE Chanukah Painting party!

Join us for a unique Chanukah Party on 11/13/2017 from 2:00 to 4:00PM at Painting with a Twist, 8736 E State Rd 70 Bradenton, FL 34202. Located in Ranch Lake Plaza (Goodwill Plaza). We will be painting a beautiful sparkle Menorah that you will get to keep. Bring wine if you like! Teens welcome too. $25.00 per person. Register online by clicking here: www.paintingwithatwist.com/ or contact by contacting PWAT  (941) 777-4750



New at Temple Beth El! 

        Broadcasts of 92nd Street Y presentations and conversations by some of the foremost Jewish people and prominent Israeli leaders of our time.


 Wednesday, November 15th - 7:00 pm
US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Baden Ginsburg
in Conversation with Charlie Rose

Light refreshments provided - no charge

Our next Havdalah will be on Saturday, November 18th at 5:30 pm.

This will be a musical Havdalah
Scheduled musicians are young (HS aged) talented musicians. Do not miss this!! 
Pot luck. Bring a dairy OR meat dish to share.


Movie "Denial" followed by 92nd St podcast
with Debbie Lipstadt-Wed Dec 6th 5:00 pm

Family Chanukah Menorah Lighting - Friday, Dec 15th 7:30 pm

Downtown Chanukah - Monday, Dec 18th at Riverwalk 6:00 pm




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. 

Cantorial Soloist 
Cantor, Emeritus  
Religious Education Director  

Executive Board
Exec. Vice President 
Immediate Past President 

Board Members

Publicity  & Social Media 

Men's Club 

Board Members at Large            
Michael Sternfield
Deborah Suta
Alan Cohn
Susie Konicov

Dr. Robyn Spirtas
Ron Eiseman
Neil Spirtas
Marilyn Steinberg
Staci Rosenstein 
Sandy Clark

Katherine Richmond 
Susie Konicov 

Staci Rosenstein
Marilyn Steinberg/Jean Ellis   
Neil Clark

Irv Zamikoff  
Mark Steinberg                


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 November 3rd & 4th

Sharon Carlson IMO Edward Ger

Dr. Sophie Reiner IMO Dr. Otto Schorr


Services November 10th & 11th

Linda & Dr. Craig Hoffman IMO Mae Samson


Services November 17th & 18th    

Arnold Klein IMO Shirley Klein

Robert Powell IMO Albert Marcado

Sandy Clark IMO Helen Kleinman

Susie Konicov IMO Hanna Weinberg

Dr. Lois Gerber IMO Dr. Murray Gerber



Services November 24th & 25th

Paul Stah   IMO Robert Reeves

Sandy Clark IMO Anna Kleinman

Linda Hoffman IMO Ruby R. Samson

Florence Shulman IMO Leonard S. Shulman


Services December 1st & 2nd

Alex & Iris Intrator IMO Rita Sweet

Lionel Friedman IMO Rose Friedman

Dr. Robyn Spirtas IMO Flora Elkin

Please see our Temple supporter, Jay Givarz at Fidelity Bank
for all your mortgage needs.


Joy Yelin


Marlena Johnsky


David Meier


Marlena Johnsky
Jean Ellis

Thank you to all who made Kol Nidre/High Holiday Donations
and Yizkor book donations. 

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.



2       Robyn Spirtas

3       Sandy Clark

3       Jordin and Jack Karubian  (2009)

8       Pearl Friedman

8       Jerry Koff

16     Joshua Leuchter

18     Lisa Leuchter

20     Betty Klein

20     Judy Alpert

25     Cindi Zamikoff

25     Dara Jean Karubian (2007)

26     Linda Hoffman

27     Shana Danziger



24        Linda & Craig Hoffman

29            Marv & Marion Howard

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.  

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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