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

November 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 7:00 pm

Saturday morning at 10 am followed by Torah Study 

"News and Views”
By  Rabbi Michael Sternfield  


Dear Beth El friends,

April 27, 1994 is a date that won’t mean much to you. For me, however, this was one of the most dramatic and historic days in my life. I was serving as the rabbi of Temple David in Durban, South Africa. It was Election Day. This was the first election in post-apartheid South Africa. It was also the first time than non-white South Africans had the right to vote. Black African people, including the man soon to be President, Nelson Mandela, had ever cast a ballot before. The lines were immense, with people of every color and persuasion waiting patiently for hours so that they could cast their vote. Hardly anyone complained about the long wait. To vote for the first time ever was, for most, the fulfillment of a dream most had never imagined possible. No wonder that so many voters left the ballot booth with tear-filled eyes and shouts of jubilation.

Here we are poised on the eve of our midterm national election. Without the drama of electing a new president, voter turn-out is usually anemic, around 40% at best. Invariably I look back to 1994 and can only wonder: Don’t those who sit it out without voting have any appreciation of what a blessing it is to live in a country where voting is not a privilege, but a right?

I also recall countless times and places in our history when Jews were not afforded the benefit of citizenship let alone the right to vote. From the very outset of American history, Jews here have had both. We take it for granted today. However, it was hardly ever that way in times and places past. Even now, there are many countries where Jews can vote but it doesn’t matter because the outcome is predetermined.


Not so with November 6, 2018.  By nearly all accounts, this election may be the most historic midterm in our nation’s history. To stay home on Election Day (unless you voted early by mail) would be to squander this precious right. Our Jewish ancestors would not understand such abstinence. Nor would those who stood in long lines on April 24, 1994, including Nelson Mandela, of blessed memory, comprehend why anyone would forgo such a precious blessing.


I must add only this: those who do not exercise their right to vote in this or any other election have nothing to complain about if the outcome is not to their liking.




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 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!


Gerald Ronkin & Nora Nelson
Laura and Larry Lev

David and Inez Gutman
Stephanie Kozmits with  Maddox, Ava and Evan
Brian Lipka

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

Sunday Afternoon Coffee for New and Prospective Members. If you became a member of Temple Beth El within the last 6 months or if you would just like to find out more about joining our synagogue family, please come and schmooze with us. If you are a seasoned member of our congregation, please bring a prospective member. Meet Rabbi Sternfield and Cantor Bard. Sunday, December 2, 4:00 pm. Families are welcome. RSVP to helenwh33@gmail.com, 410-726-4980 or the TBE office 941-755-4900.  Include no. of guests. Held at Helen's home, near Honore and Lockwood Ridge Rd. Just 8 minutes (3.6 mi.) from Temple Beth El

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!

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

Membership is up! We have had a steady stream of new members over the last few months and it is so exciting to watch TBE grow. We continue to offer interesting programs and events. Hebrew school has started and we now have 5 students. We are also going into "season". Welcome back to our Seasonal members! We will be offering a new member and potential new member coffee at the home of our Membership Chair, Helen Hammerman and hope to make many people feel our passion for TBE and we have a new policy for college students. All in all the growth has been wonderful.

Here is the new policy at Temple Beth El: Calling all full time college and graduate students that would like to join the congregation... If you are a full time student 25 or under, you can belong to the synagogue for just $25 per year, yes per year! Go to www.templebethelbradenton.com  for more info or call the TBE office at 941-755-4900 and leave your name and phone number to give to our Membership Chair, Helen Hammerman. 

Hope to see you soon! 

Your TBE President,

Robyn Spirtas

TBE Special Events:

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. Cost: $13 TBE members $15 Guests. No charge for kids under 10!

Wednesday, October 31st, 11:00 a.m. 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, Sisterhood President at 941-747-2423 or sign up at the temple or call the office to sign up. 

Friday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. Veterans Day Shabbat! A tribute to all who have served.
Friday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. Shabbat Thanksgiving featuring our Congregational Choir with Albert Rosenstein on guitar. Psalms and Songs of Praise and Gratitude with the TBE Choir. This will be a wonderful evening.

Sunday, Dec 2nd at 4:00 pm. Afternoon Coffee for New and Prospective Members. If you became a member of Temple Beth El within the last 6 months or if you would just like to find out more about joining our synagogue family, please come and schmooze with us. If you are a seasoned member of our congregation, please bring a prospective member. Meet Rabbi Sternfield and Cantor Bard. Families are welcome. RSVP to helenwh33@gmail.com, 410-726-4980 or the TBE office 941-755-4900.  Include no. of guests. Held at Helen's home, near Honore and Lockwood Ridge Rd. Just 8 minutes (3.6 mi.) from Temple Beth El.
Friday, December 7th, 7:00 pm: Family Chanukah Shabbat and Menorah Lighting. Bring your favorite Menorah to light. This is a beautiful service that we do as a family! Sunday, December 9th, 6.00 p.m. Chanukah-in-the-Park. Let's celebrate Chanukah together! Come to Summerfield Park. Let's light the giant menorah, sing songs, listen to holiday music, say prayers and have a good time together. Refreshments and Latkes will be available. Bring a lawn chair and friends. Free and open to all. Sponsored by: Temple Beth El and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota -Manatee. Summerfield Park is located at 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, Florida 34202. Near State Rd 70 and Lakewood Ranch Blvd.


And join us for our 2nd annual "Jewish Christmas" on Dec 25th at 5:00 pm.
What else do Jews do on Christmas but eat Chinese food and watch a delightful movie! $13 members $15 Guests. This will be a great night of family and fun. We will be showing the movie "Up". Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama buddy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest boy named Russell. By tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets out to fulfill his dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to his late wife, Ellie.

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

There will be no meeting in November because I will be out of the country.


 Shares from Sisterhood

Our Sisterhood meeting at Topaz will take place on October 31st at 11:00 am.  The address is  1850 University Parkway, Suite 1870, Sarasota. It is on the  corner of 301 and University.  Suzette Rice is putting on entertainment for us, which sounds terrific.  Her clothes are very Florida - gauzy and light.  There is room for three more people.  Please give me a call at 941-747-2423 if you would like to come - even if you are not a Sisterhood member.  Only 15 maximum as it is a very small room. 


We have not arranged a meeting for November yet. Jean

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 


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  
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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 will be  enrolling children for both Religious and Hebrew School in August. 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 -


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 

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 November 2nd & 3rd

Arnold Klein IMO Shirley Klein

SERVICES November 9th & 10th

Sandy Clark IMO Helen Kleinman

Susie Konicov IMO Hanna Weinberg

Dr. Lois Gerber IMO Dr. Murray Gerber

SERVICES November 16th & 17th

Sandy Clark IMO Anna Kleinman

Florence Shulman IMO Leonard S. Shulman

Linda Hoffman IMO Ruby R. Samson

Alex & Iris Intrator IMO Rita Sweet

SERVICES November 23rd & 24th

Lionel Friedman IMO Rose Friedman

Jack & Bernice Kipnes IMO Bertha Schuman

Beverly Safron IMO Bertha Sohn

SERVICES Nov. 30th & December 1st

Anna Bever IMO Sam Berlin

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. 


From Jean Ellis - Happy Birthday to Jess Cadzilla


Bernice Kipnes IMO Bertha Schwartz
Betsy Leiberman IMO Samuel Leiberman

Susie Konicov IMO Rose Halberstadt
Celia Strickler IMO Nathaniel Strickler
David Meier IMO Karl Heinz Mai
Marlena Johnsky IMO Florence Harris



Bayla Kolton IMO of her Mother, Evalyne



Gary Konicov


Julie Rose


Marlena Johnsky


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

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.


    Robyn Spirtas

3              Sandy Clark

3        Jordin and Jack Karubian  (2009)

8              Pearl Friedman

8              Jerry Koff

16            Joshua Leuchter

17        Maddox Kozmits (2006)

18            Lisa Leuchter

20            Betty Klein

20            Judy Alpert

25            Cindi Zamikoff

25        Dara Jean Karubian (2007)

26             Linda Hoffman

27          Shana Danziger
30            Ava Kozmits  (2006)


24        Linda & Craig Hoffman

26        Helen and Howard Hammerman

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.   

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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