Thank you to all who participated and a special thank you to Irv and Cindi Zamikoff, the choir of the First United Methodist Church, Manatee Educational Television (METV),
the TBE Band and so many others.
Our Family Menorah Lighting Shabbat was moving and special. Thank you to all who attended.
“News and Views”
By Rabbi Michael Sternfield
President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to set in motion plans to relocate the U.S embassy from Tel Aviv has been received by a wide array and completely predictable response. Most recently, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the move, bya vote of 128-9, with 35 nations abstaining. Unfortunately, several key U.S. allies backed the resolution including the U.K., France, Italy, Japan and Germany.
At first, there were some demonstrations and outbursts, mostly in Arab countries. But all that has died down and no lives were lost. I sense that, despite condemnations by Muslim leaders, they realize that the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem is simply reality. After all, when President Sadat came to Israel forty years ago, in 1977, he spoke in Jerusalem at the Knesset.
On the other hand, virtually all Jewish and Evangelical Christian organizations in the U.S. praised the decision. At first, the Union for Reform Judaism called the decision ill-timed (as if any time would be a good time). That announcement undoubtedly was influenced by widespread disapproval of Trump by most Reform Jews. That was the wrong decision for the wrong reason. Fortunately, shortly thereafter, the URJ backtracked and lauded the decision, with URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs stating:
“By declaring formally U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, President Trump affirmed an age-old dream of the Jewish people. Now that the decision has been made, our Movement stands in solidarity with this recognition. Jerusalem is, in fact, the capital of Israel. That is how it should and must be. The President was correct in noting that a sovereign state is entitled to name its own capital. And his act of formal recognition was a powerful repudiation of the efforts of those who would promulgate the lie that Jewish attachment to key areas of Jerusalem is only a myth. And we stand, unified with Israel and Jews everywhere, in condemning violence in response to this decision.”
Virtually everyone, including Israel’s enemies, knows that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the State’s founding in 1948 and the spiritual center of Judaism for well over 3000 years. The only real issue is what constitutes Jerusalem and that remains a matter to be resolved in final status agreements, whenever that may occur, not soon. There is no reason why Jerusalem could not be the capital of two countries, should a Palestinian state emerge. that the U.S recognizes Israeli Jerusalem. Nothing the President said precludes that possibility.
So there we have it. Nothing has really changed. As it has been for so many years, the United States is Israel’s staunchest and most reliable ally, a commitment that enjoys overwhelming bi-partisan support even in these times of irreconcilable differences between the political parties.
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
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 member:
Message from the President Dr. Robyn Spirtas
Shalom Temple family and friends,
2018 looks bright for our little Shul. We have been getting many news faces and have even had a few new members. We plan on having another "new member/potential new member" Tea at the home of some of our founder members, Craig and Linda Hoffman to keep the momentum moving.
December was exciting and wonderful as we had both our downtown Chanukah event at the Riverwalk and our family menorah lighting at the Temple. Our TBE Shabbat Live band was extraordinary at both events. In January we will also start our "4th Friday" Family Shabbat service, where we incorporate children and teens into the service. It's a joy to see our young Jews involved in the service. Rabbi Michael's wife, Cantor Deborah Bard has been joining us more often and everyone seems to love it when she is here. We are looking forward to her moving to Florida around February! Our Hebrew school is going very well and we love having the children involved in learning. TBE will have a booth this year at the Israeli Shuk and Fair, so come out and see us.
Our big event- The TBE Annual Gala dinner dance is on Feb 3rd. It's a lovely event where we get dressed up and celebrate the success of TBE. Please consider taking out a journal ad and also coming to the event. We hope to see you at a service or a special event. Please join us. I hope you had a blessed holiday. Be safe on New Years Eve and I look forward to seeing you in 2018.
Your TBE President,
TBE Shabbat Services and Special Events:
Friday, January 5th: Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 6th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
Wednesday, January 10th: International Film Series "Loving Leah" and dinner,
prepared by Rabbi Sternfield. $10 members $13 guests 5:30 pm
Friday, January 12th: MLK Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 13th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
Sunday, January 14th: We Love Israel Shuk 12- 5 pm at the Jewish Federation
Wednesday, January 17th: Sisterhood Meeting at TBE 11:00 am
followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
Wednesday, January 17th: 92nd St Y Lecture "When Bad Things Happen to Good People - a conversation with Rabbi Harold Kushner" 7:00 pm. No charge
Friday, January 19th: Erev Sabbat Torah Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 20th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
Saturday, January 20th: Musical Pot-Luck Family Havdalah 5:30 pm
Friday, January 26th: FAMILY Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 27th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
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
Join us for the Temple Beth El Men’s Club
And Mark your calendar for all of our upcoming events!
Sunday, Jan. 21st - Men's Club speaker 2 pm at TBE...
Open to all! Come hear Dr. Mathew Edlund, MD, MOH. His specialty is Psychiatry and Neurology with a practice in Sarasota. He researches rest, sleep, performance and public health.He has been called “The Rest Doctor”. He directs the Center for Circadian Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert on rest and sleep, biologic clocks, performance and regenerative health.Dr. Edlund has been on ABC and NBC talking about his book “The Power of Rest-Why sleep is not enough” In this book he shows how to use active rest and techniques most of which can be accomplished in 60 seconds to calm or revive you when exhausted.His other books, "The Body Clock Advantage", "Healthy Without Health Insurance: Protect Yourself","Psychological Time and Mental Health" and“Getting Healthy Now”. He is a former medical school professor at Brown University and University of Texas.
Sunday, Feb. 18th - stay tuned for info on another speaker!
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
We had a good meeting on 12/20, even though there were only five of us. We brainstormed some ideas for meetings, then went to Peridia Golf Club for lunch. We had a great time, and the food was very good.
On January 17 Sisterhood will be having lunch and then going to the Riverfront Theatre for a treat. There is a Guys & Dolls performance which includes several people we know. It is the Senior performance of the year! The tickets are $12 and we can car pool. BRING YOUR FRIENDS. The performance is at 2:00 pm though we have to be there by 1:30 pm. Call the Temple Office and sign up, I will get the tickets, payment in advance, please. If you have questions, leave a message at the office for me to give you a call. The lunch venue has not been decided yet.....More to follow!
In February, on the 21st, we will be having a bagel cooking program -- only 12 people can book up!! It will start at 9:00 am, and we will eat our bagels for lunch, cream cheese, jelly and egg salad (not all together!). The cost will be $5 per person, and we thank Karen Knoell for teaching us how to make them. Please call the office to reserve a place -- remember only 12 people! Jean Ellis, new President of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
HEBREW AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
Our Religious School students, Jonathon, Dara and Jordin, had a fun morning on Sunday, December 17th, making latkes with our own in-house latke maven, Neil Clark. With Rabbi Michael's Sufganiyot (jelly donuts- Israeli custom), and visiting father, David Karubian, we had a delicious, fun & learning experience. Warm Chanukah memories are made of this!
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
ADULT HEBREW CLASSES ARE BACK!
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 -
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. $10 members $13 Guests
Come find the Temple Beth El booth at the "We Love Israel Shuk and Fair" hosted by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Held at the Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Rd Sarasota. 12:00 - 5:00 pm. Join The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday at the We Love Israel Shuk: a place for gathering, shopping, tasting new Israeli treats, finding jewelry or Judaica or Holy Land items, and experiencing life like an Israeli! Traditional Israeli and Kosher foods will be served. There will be lots of entertainment - music, speakers and more! Children will have their own area with fun and games. Many local organizations will be represented - synagogues, Jewish and general community partners and many more! Bring your friends and family for a day of Israel fun! Admission is FREE
Wednesday, January 17th: 92nd St Y Lecture "When Bad Things Happen to Good People - a conversation with
Rabbi Harold Kushner" 7:00 pm. No charge
Come for a wonderful musical pot- luck Havdalah on Saturday, January 20th at 5:30 pm at the Temple. Bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share. We will have a young, talented musician performing for us and then have a small Havdalah service to welcome the new week....
TEMPLE BETH EL GALA/DINNER DANCE isSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd at 6 pm.HONORING "TEMPLE BETH EL; The PAST, The PRESENT and The FUTURE"
at IMG Golf & Country Club".
Dinner, Music, Dancing, Entertainment
Tickets are $55 per person/members
$60 per person/non members Dress: Semi-formal
This event is our major fundraiser for the year.
Please take out an ad in our journal. Your participation will help
Temple Beth El keep a presence within
the community for those in need.
AD SIZE please check:
( ) Inside front or back cover $2,500
( ) Full page inside $1,500
( ) Half Page (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) $750
( ) Quarter page (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) $325
( ) Sixth page (4 1/4 x 3 1/2) $250
( ) Eighth page (business card size) $175
( ) Community Page - your name on list for $35 (TBE members)
CHECK $VISA/MASTER CARD/DISCOVER (Circle One)
Thank you for your support. If you would like a copy of our Tax Certificate,
please call Jean Ellis, 941-747-2423
ALL COPY AND PAYMENT MUST BE INTO TEMPLE BETH EL BY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018
See the last page of the newsletter for ticket info
Exec. Vice President
Immediate Past President
Publicity & Social Media
Board Members at Large
Dr. Robyn Spirtas
We are looking for people to participate in a committee or help out at events.
Call the temple if interested.
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 January 5th & 6th
Howard Millstein IMO Anna Millstein
Judie Littell IMO Mildred Littell
Joseph Roback IMO George Roback
Florence Shulman IMO Alice Shur
Itay Seith IMO Mary Earle Berry Rumph
Itay Seith IMO Rosina Christia Fortunato
Services for January 12th & 13th
Jean Steiger IMO Sophie Ostrov
Harold Millstein IMO Michael Millstein
David Morgen IMO Shepard Cohen
Dr. Sophie Reiner IMO Julius Reiner
Freda Koff IMO Gedalia Brodsky
Anna Bever IMO Ida Neiman
Services for January 19th & 20th
Eunice Bruton IMO Rebecca Harris
Arnold & Betty Klein IMO Max Klein
Alan Cohn IMO Helen Cohn
Beverly Safron & Sandy Clark IMO Nancy Buchalter
Judie Littell IMO Herbert Littell
Services for January 26th & 27th
Stephanie Peshak IMO Betty Saunders
Betty Hurowitz IMO Joe Hurowitz
Eunice Bruton IMO John Bruton
Neil & Sandy Clark IMO Paul Clark
Robert Hadesman IMO Donald Hadesman
Please see our Temple supporter, 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.
Joel Lifschutz - "In honor of Karen Knoell"
Sanford Danziger - "Festival of Lights"
In celebration of Linda and Craig Hoffman's 50th anniversary:
Lorraine $ Michael Poteet
Richard & Harriet Sills
Sheila Hatt & Stan Conrad
Jack Kipnes IMO Bertha Schuman
Susie Konicov IMO Rosa Haberstat and Hanna Weinberg
Linda and Craig Hoffman IMO Reuben Hoffman and Leo Samson
Linda and Craig Hoffman IMO Leo Samson
Judie Littell - IMO Anita Bard
SISTERHOOD - CHALLAH & ONEG
Arnie Klein in honor of his wife, Betty's 80th Birthday!
SIMCHA GRAM CARDS FOR BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY,
GET WELL, OR CONGRATULATIONS and SYMPATHY CARDS
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.
12Ishmael Baal Shem
(none on record)
Your Name ____________________________________________
How would you like your Signature on card? ________________________________________
# 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.
Dear Members and Friends: Below you will find the application for tickets to TEMPLE BETH EL’S 44th ANNIVERSARY GALA on Saturday February 3, 2018. It will be a wonderful evening with Dinner, Music and Dancing and Entertainment held at the IMG ACADEMY GOLF CLUB (4350 El Conquistador Parkway Bradenton) . Tickets are $55.00 per person for members and $60.00 per person for non members. Dress is semi-formal. Space is limited so please get your application and payment in quickly. The Board of Directors and the Gala Committee would like to welcome you and your guests to this wonderful event honoring TEMPLE BETH EL: The PAST, The PRESENT, The FUTURE Please don’t forget to mark on your application if you would like to be seated with anyone special (Maximum of 8 people/table) and send your dinner request with your application.
GUESTS I WOULD LIKE TO SIT WITH: _________________________________________________________________
CHECK: $_______________ or please circle one: VISA MASTER CARD
CC #:___________________________ EXP DATE; ___________V CODE________
Reservation is not secure without payment of tickets All tickets must be paid for by January 23, 2018 Please return application to: Temple Beth El, 5150 Peridia Blvd East Bradenton, Fl. 34203 att: Sandy Clark