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

March 2018

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

Special Exciting News!

We have a new Cantor!

Cantor Deborah Bard is an extremely accomplished Cantor. She has sung roles in professional theater in Chicago and New York. Her "Holiday Songs Kids Love to Sing" is a best-selling recording of Jewish music for children. She has served as cantor and music director at the historic K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. She is a very special individual and has an amazing voice! She also happens to be Rabbi Sternfield’s wife! She will be here for Purim and the following Shabbat and then here for good on Passover! On April 6th, join us for a beautiful Shabbat service with an official "Welcome to TBE" to Cantor Bard along with the closing of Passover including Yizkor. 7:30 pm at the Temple. We are so blessed to have this amazing woman join out congregation! 



"News and Views”
By  Rabbi Michael Sternfield  


Since his retirement five years ago, the world has heard very little from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Recently, writing in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, he capitalized the word “Casa” to refer to his heavenly home. “I am on a pilgrimage toward Home.”

 Judaism has a rather different and admittedly ambiguous view of the meaning of “Home.” Whether reward or punishment, or reunion, awaits us in Olam HaBa is a matter of conjecture more than of conviction. So, I will not dwell on that. I was more taken by the phrase “preparing for…” How do we understand the meaning of preparation? In Ecclesiastes 9:8, we read: “Let your garments always be white.” This exhortation seems to be an allusion to the shrouds used in traditional Jewish burial, as if to say, we never can know which day will be our last. Therefore we must do our best not to leave until tomorrow too much unfinished business, lest that tomorrow never comes. Others have written: “Live every day as if it is your last.” Rabbi Eleazer, in the Pirkei Avot, wrote “Repent one day before you die,” the inference being self-evident.

I prefer the way Steve Jobs put it in an address to Stanford graduates in 2005: When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like this: “If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you'll be right. It made an impression on me and since then…every morning I look in the mirror and ask myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I will be doing today? And when the answer is ‘no’ too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

As many of us have found ourselves, unexpectedly, I must add, in the final chapters of our lives, these wise statements have taken on greater urgency.  It is not so much a matter of the proverbial “bucket list” as it is a question of how we wish to leave things whenever our time comes. What Benedict XVI means by preparing, I would surmise, has much to do with prayer and introspection. That, of course, is appropriate for all of us, of any age.

There are many who regard retirement as our time for coasting. Certainly, all who have worked hard for so many years to provide for themselves and their families have earned the reward of more leisurely living for as long as they are blessed with good health and vigor.

Nevertheless, I would hope that most of us would have the wisdom to recognize that these precious years are the time not only for us to be free of the daily grind, but to have the time to do what gives us our greatest fulfillment. It may be simply spending time with dear ones and friends. But there can be more: the opportunities to derive joy and satisfaction from performing mitzvot. Whenever I visit hospitals, I encounter the volunteers who perform a variety of needed functions. I can always sense their happiness. The same can be said of those who volunteer time tutoring children, caring for animals at shelters, delivering meals-on-wheels. I also include those precious souls who are the heart of our congregation, who roll up their sleeves often, solely to keep the Temple vibrant. The possibilities are endless. Volunteering may not everyone’s cup of tea, but you may not know this until you give it a try. In our faith, “preparing for home” means living fully in the here-and-now while we still have the energy to do so, and leaving the rest to God.

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!


TBE Shabbat Services and Special Events:

Friday, March 2nd: Purim Shabbat Service   7:30 pm

Saturday, March 3rd: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am 


Friday, March 9th: Erev Shabbat Service  7:30 pm

Saturday, March 10th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am 


Saturday, March 10th: Italian Dinner Fundraiser at TBE 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 14th: International Film Series "Rue Mandar" and dinner,
prepared by Rabbi Sternfield. $10 members $13 guests 6:30 pm * Note new time


Friday, March 16th: Erev Sabbat Torah Service 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 17th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am 


Wednesday, March 21st: 92nd St Y Lecture " On David Ben Gurion: Father of Modern Israel. 7:00 pm. No charge


Friday, March 23rd: Family Erev Sabbat Service with the Shabbat Live Band 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 24th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am          


Friday, March 30th: Passover Seder at IMG 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 31st: 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


The Men's Club of TBE had a wonderful. entertaining speaker on Sunday, February 18th- Author, Howard Hammerman. Everyone had a great time.


Our next project is sponsoring the Italian Dinner Fundraiser with the sisterhood. It is going to be an amazing evening with delicious home made food, an accordion player, live and silent auctions and more! Please join us!


And Mark your calendar -Sunday, May 13th - Men' Club Mother's Day Brunch


We hope you will join us for all of the TBE Men's Club events.


Neil Clark, Men's Club President

 Shares from Sisterhood

Sisterhood will be helping out with the Italian night dinner. Making desserts among other things. We hope everyone will come to the event.


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. 




Religious School is proceeding nicely. We have started our annual Fund Raising event, making kosher-for-Pesach Barton's Chocolates available to all. There are other confections also for sale, as well as some non-food handy kitchen and home gadgets. The three religious school kids will be selling, and a past student, Mallory Rosenstein is also selling the Bartons. 

Now through March 10th. You can help support our Hebrew school children. Order some Barton’s Passover chocolates online! Go to www.misschocolate.com and order chocolates or home decor, gifts, cookie dough, popcorn, candies and more or just make a donation. Seller # is 965163. The kids appreciate it!!  


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Additionally, We're planning a Model Seder for the students on March 25!

Susie Konicov,

Morah (Teacher) 


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 -


Special Events 


Italian Dinner March 10thImage may contain: food

“Buon Appetito! Now that’s Italian!” A Men's Club / Sisterhood ITALIAN DINNER. SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH AT 6 PM, A VERY SPECIAL FUNDRAISER- WONDERFUL FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT, LIVE AUCTION, SILENT AUCTION, GOOD FRIENDS. Anthony Smrke, an accordion player will play Italian and Jewish music! OPEN TO ALL. COME AND BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Bring your favorite wine!
   $25 PP MEMBERS/ $30 PP GUESTS. For reservations and more information please call the temple office at 941-755-4900. This event is held at the temple.

This event is our major fundraiser for the year.

Please take out an ad in our journal. 



International Film Festival March 14th

This month’s film is the French comedy “Rue Mandar”.  Set in Paris the film deals with siblings dealing with the death of their beloved Polish immigrant mother.  Sisters Emma and Rosemonde and their brother Charles, are obliged to deal with the personal and physical aftereffects, which include the cozy, old fashioned flat where she lived.  Rabbi Michael Sternfield, our resident chef, will provide us with a wonderful dinner related to the film -Wednesday, March 14th

"Rue Mandar" The menu is: 

A French Bistro Dinner

Pâté de fois de poulet au cognac avec crostinis (Jacques Pépin)

Salade Caesar (Mark Bittman)

Coq au vin (Jacques Pépin)

Pommes de terre Dauphinoise (Julia Child)

Haricots Verts

Le Dessert: Tarte Tatin (Martha Stewart)

:30 pm * Note new time          

RSVP by calling the temple office 941-755-4900. $10 members $13 Guests


92nd St Y Series March 21


Watch the amazing podcast, On David Ben Gurion: Father of Modern Israel. David Ben-Gurion cast an enormous shadow across his world, and his legacy in the Middle East and beyond continues to be hotly debated to this day. There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon and founder of modern Israel, but this new biography by eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira is the first to get to the core of the complex man who would become the face of a new nation. She’s joined by The New Yorker’s David Remnick and Steven Zipperstein, a professor of Jewish culture and history at Stanford, to discuss Ben-Gurion’s remarkable impact on the world. Wednesday, March 21st 7:00 pm. No charge 




Passover March 30

Join us for a traditional meal of Matzoh Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish, Chicken or Brisket, tzimmes and so much more! Including a flourless chocolate cake that is divine. The service will be led by Rabbi Michael Sternfield and Cantor Deborah Bard. 6 PM at IMG ACADEMY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB. 4350 EL CONQUISTADOR PARKWAY

        $25;  5 & UNDER FREE)


RSVP by clicking here! Temple Beth El Passover Seder or by going to the events page on the temple website www.templebethelbradenton.com


(If you are mailing in your check, please send in with your meal choices: chicken, vegetarian or brisket and who you would like to sit with, no later than March 22nd to Temple Beth El Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, 5150 Peridia Blvd E, Bradenton, Fl. 34203.)

 For questions or concerns, contact Sandy Clark, event coordinator 941-713-0938 or the Temple Office 941-755-4900


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. 




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
Alan Cohn

Susie Konicov



Dr. Robyn Spirtas
Ron Eiseman

Neil Spirtas
Bayla Kolton
Staci Rosenstein 
Sandy Clark




Katherine Richmond 
Susie Konicov 


Staci Rosenstein
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 March 2nd & 3rd

Jean Ellis IMO Montague Ellis

Ishmael Baal-Shem IMO Howard Drusin

Marlena Johnsky IMO Marcella Johnsky

Itay Seith IMO Carnot Earl Rumph


Services March 9th & 10th

Judy Rothauser IMO Elizabeth Rothauser

Robert Hadesman IMO Donald Hadesman

Pearl Friedman IMO Richard Scharfman

Eunice Bruton IMO Lewis Harris

Stephanie Peshak IMO Dorothy Kemelhar


Services March 16th & 17th

Judie Littell IMO Arthur Littell

Robyn Spirtas IMO George Elkin

Florence Shulman IMO Henry Shur

Jean Ellis IMO Morris Levy

Robert Hadesman IMO Natalie Hadesman

Susie Konicov IMO Louise Weinberg


Services March 23rd & 24th

Anna Lee Bever IMO Jacob Neiman

Eunice Bruton IMO Morris Harris

Beverly Hurowitz IMO Hattie Hurowitz

David Klain IMO Benjamin Klain

Jean Ellis IMO Valerie Lipman


Services March 30th & 31st

Jean Ellis IMO Lynn Abowitz

Judie Littell IMO Isadore Rabinowitz

Karen Knoell IMO Roger Knoell

Sandy Clark IMO Goldie Solomon


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. 




Patti Dolan
Bayla Kolton

Judie Littell
Marlena Johnsky

Fern Goldberg
David Meier
Gary Konicov





Sandy and Nail Clark IMO Chuck Rubin
Susie Konicov IMO Dr. Werner Weinberg

Sandy and Nail Clark IMO Paul Clark

Eunice Bruton IMO John Bruton

Madre Rubin IMO Chuck Rubin

Jean Ellis IMO Montaque Ellis






Marlena Johnsky
Jean Ellis


Rabbi's Discretionary Fund





TBE Men's Club
Jean Ellis
TBE Sisterhood
Marelna Johnsky
Susie Konicov
Bayla Kolton


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.



2    Jean Shames

3    Sheri Weiss

10    Judie Littell

11    Roger Danziger

19    Stephanie Metcalf-Clark

22    Robert Hadesman

24    Mallory Rosenstein

26    Brian Weiss

28    Alicia Torres


Robbie & Jolyn Taylor

17 Ray & Sharon Carlson

22 Irv & Cindi Zamikoff



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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