Shabbat Services are every Friday night at 7:30 pm Saturday morning at 10 am followed by Torah Study
The High Holy Days are upon us! For security reasons, a card of admission will be required for all services. If you have not already received your card, please call the Temple office (941-755-4900) to request a card.
We look forward to greeting you and wishing you
EREV ROSH HASHANAH— WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20, 6 PM
ROSH HASHANAH DAY—THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 10 AMfollowed by Tashlich
KOL NIDRE— FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 6 PM YOM KIPPUR DAY—SATURDAY, SEPT. 30th, 10 AM with YIZKOR
EREV ROSH HASHANAH— WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20, 8 PM
ROSH HASHANAH DAY-THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 12:15 PMfollowed by Tashlich
KOL NIDRE—FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 8 PM
YOM KIPPUR DAY—SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 12:15 PM with YIZKOR
YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON SERVICE—TORAH SERVICE AND NEILAH 5 PM, (One Service)
Break- the-fast following Neilah Service will be a wonderful buffet meal. $15 PP FOR MEMBERS, $20 PP FOR NON-MEMBERS RSVP and pre-payment required
* Note: some "B admission cards were sent out with the wrong times on the card, the actual times for B are listed above.
Parking: if you have trouble finding a parking spot, parking will be available on the grass as well as in the Peridia Office Park. Parking is not allowed on the street on Peridia Blvd!
A NEW BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Rabbi Sternfield has prepared a new Yizkor service, which now will be included within the Yizkor Book of Remembrance. The book will be more than a list of names. It will be our prayerbook for the Yizkor service. We believe that our new Book of Remembrance will add much significance to this time-honored Yom Kippur tradition.
Including the names of loved ones for Yizkor, and making a donation in their memory, is a lovely time-honored tradition by which we, the living, honor the dead. We ask members and guests to send us the names of those dear ones they wish to have recited during the Yizkor service. All of these names will be printed in the new Yizkor prayer book.
Please provide the necessary information (form will be e-mailed separately) about those whom you wish to be remembered to the Temple office. All information and payments must be in the TBE office by Thursday, 9/14. The donation requested is $10 for the first individual name, $8 for each additional individual name. If you are honoring both parents, an $18 donation is requested (names will be listed separately). No names will be included without the donation
“News and Views” By Rabbi Michael Sternfield
Soon the High Holy Days will be upon us. 5778. Just writing this number takes my breath away. (as does 2017). Has it been a year already? Where has the time gone?
Although the Holy Days almost always fall in September, for rabbis this season actually begins in early summer when the vast majority of rabbis begin thinking about and composing our sermons. As one rabbi put it, the Holy Days are the World Series of Judaism. All of us, whether we are neophytes or veterans, feel similar trepidations. Naturally, all of us want to do well. But what does that mean, actually? It may mean the temporary (very temporary!) high that comes from sensing a palpable buzz in the congregation at the conclusion of the sermon. For many, just looking out and not seeing too many congregants snoozing or with dazed expressions on their faces is sufficient.
I cannot claim to be immune to that need. But of much greater importance is that I deliver messages that strike a resonant chord, that have the possibility of raising consciousness, perhaps even of deepening commitment to our precious Jewish heritage. What I mean is that I hope to make a difference. It has never bothered me that there may be some who disagree with what I express. Actually, I enjoy knowing that there has been disagreement because it means that they were listening, and reacting. Frankly, what I like least of all after a service is when various people, meaning well, people say: “That was a nice sermon.”
You may be thinking: After so many years, doesn’t the rabbi just dust off his old sermons and give them again? No, I do not. Of course, I draw on old materials and time honored themes, but no two years are alike. Nor am I the same as I was last year.
And neither are you! The times change, our personal circumstances change. Life has taken unexpected and sometimes undesired turns. I have often speculated that, at this time of year, all those who intend to observe the Holy Days should take it upon themselves the challenge of writing their own sermon, as a reflection on where they have been, what has affected them, what is most concerning them, and where they hope to go in the year to come. As you prepare for the upcoming sacred season, give that a little thought. What would you want to convey, perhaps to others, perhaps only to yourself? It is a worthy challenge that is guaranteed to make your High Holy Days more compelling.
L’shanah tovah, wishing you and those dear to you and good year, of health, of fulfillment and of peace.
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 members:
Anna Bever Robert Powell Bayla Koulton
and welcoming back:
Linda and Craig Hoffman!
Message from the President Dr. Robyn Spirtas
Shalom Temple family and friends,
We have been busy getting ready for our High Holy Days; the new year, the start of Hebrew school and the time to see our snowbirds again. I am very excited about having our services in our new home. This will be Rabbi Sternfield's second year with us and I know that he will provide beautiful services and words of wisdom. Cantor Alan and Cantorial Soloist, Deborah Suta will delight us with their voices and we have two musicians coming. All in all it should be a very special Holiday.
Many people have been involved in making this wonderful event successful. A special thank you to Kate Richmond for the incredible amount of work she has done, her dedication to the congregation and her attention to detail. Kate, you are so appreciated.
Many people are working hard to bring you special programs and events. The ladies in the kitchen deserve a special round of applause for all the work they do every week, to those that help with set up and clean up and to those who work in the office and behind the scenes. We had a visitor comment on how amazing it was that we run this entire Synagogue on volunteers. I told him that we are a small but mighty, dedicated group of wonderful people. So to my Temple family. I am proud to be part of this congregation.
Your TBE President
TBE Special events:
Friday, September 1st: Special Labor Day Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 2nd: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
Friday, September 8th: Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 9th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
Sunday, September 10th: First day of Religious School
Monday, September 11th: TBE Board Meeting 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 13th: International Film Series 6:30 pm
Friday, September 15th, 2017 Torah Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 16th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
Saturday, September 16th: Selichot Havdalah *special time 5:30 pm
Sunday, September 17th: Men's Club Breakfast 9:30 am
Wednesday, September 20th: Erev Rosh Hashanah 6:00 or 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 21th: Rosh Hashanah morning service 10:00 am or 12:15 pm
Friday, September 22nd: Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 23rd: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am
Friday, September 29th: Kol Nidre 6:00 or 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 30th: Yom Kippur morning service 10:00 am or 12:15 pm
Saturday, September 30th: Closing services and Break-Fast 5:00 pm
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
MENS CLUB NEWS
The first Men's club meeting will be on Sunday, Sept 17th at 9:30 am at the home of Neil Clark. Come and enjoy bagels and lox as we plan events for the year. Also, Just a reminder, please send in your dues.
Neil Clark, Men's Club President
Shares from Sisterhood
Sisterhood of TBE is pleased to announce a new co-President, Jean Ellis, who will be joining Marilyn Steinberg, and together they will lead Sisterhood for the coming 2017-2018 year. Jean has been a member of Temple Beth El since its early years when she and husband Jonas each had many roles in the running of the synagogue.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Marilyn's is email@example.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.
HEBREW AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 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.
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 class/s will meet on Tuesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 (Beginners) and 7:00 to 8:00 pm (Conversation). Class will start October 3. The cost is $50 per temple member (non-members: $60), and will consist of 8 classes. (Books are extra).
The Temple Office
The TBE office is available to you or for your questions. We are typically open Tuesdays thru Fridays, 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. You can also find out information or RSVP to an event by going to www.templebethelbradenton.com
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 I also a loving way to remember those who have gone before us. Call the TBE office for more info - 941-755-4900
We had a wonderful Havdalah in August! It was a Sing-Along with Rosalie Leon, a Jewish Music Specialist. Rosalie has been entertaining in the Sarasota area for over 20 years, performing Jewish-themed programs for synagogues, organizations, and private parties. The program included a singalong with her granddaughters, Bella and Catalina.
Our next Havdalah will be on Saturday, Sept 16th at 5:30 pm. This will be our Selichot Havdalah! You will not want to miss this. It will be a delicious dinner prepared by Rabbi Sternfield, an excellent movie called, "Arranged" followed by a Selichot service where we change the Torah covers to white in order to prepare for the High Holy Days.
"ARRANGED "centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common - not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages.
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. Mark your calendars!!
Please note new date!!
Wednesday, September 13th: "Nicky's Family" 6:30 pm
And get your tickets now for the "50's Sock Hop Fundraiser"!
You are invited to a 50’s SOCK HOP!! Tuesday, October 24th Renaissance on 9th7:30 pm
It's an old fashioned 50's Sock Hop Dance party. Join us for ice cream sundaes, coke floats, desserts, coffee, a cash bar and a lot of fun. Come in your favorite 50's outfit and dance the lindy, the stroll and more. Who wants to do the twist? Open to everyone!! Bring friends and neighbors. Best dressed contests, best dancing contests, raffles and so much more. Let's raise money together for the "Jewish Community of Manatee" (5013c)
Tickets are $28.00 pp or two for $50.00 in advance. (credit card fees apply) $30 pp at the door. Let's have a great time. Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205. Get your tickets now! www.templebethelbradenton.com/event-2635639
President Exec. Vice President Treasurer Secretary Membership Immediate Past President
Community Ritual Education Publicity & Social Media Membership Social Events Sisterhood Men's Club
Board Member at Large
Michael Sternfield Deborah Suta Alan Cohn
Dr. Robyn Spirtas Ron Eiseman
Neil Spirtas Marilyn Steinberg Stacie Rosenstein Sandy Clark
Katherine Richmond Susie Konicov Stephanie Peshek
Marilyn Steinberg/Jean Ellis Neil Clark
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 September 1 & 2
9/1 David Meier I.M.O Anneliese Mai
9/1 Susan Koff I.M.O Roberta Gordon
9/2 Lisa Leuchter I.M.O. Elaine Roberts
Services September 8 & 9
9/4 David Karubian I.M.O. Mike Karubian
9/5 Barry Schneider I.M.O. Brenda Schneider
9/6 Itay Seith I.M.O. Leone Sherrod Taylor Rumph
9/8 Robyn Spirtas I.M.O. Marcia Campbell
Services September 15 & 16
9/10 Barry Schneider I.M.O Ann Schneider
Services September 22 & 23
9/18 Paul Stahl I.M.O. Bertha Stahl
9/20 Jean Ellis I.M.O. Jonas Ellis
9/22 Craig & Linda Hoffman I.M.O. Lillian Hoffman
9/22 Lisa Leuchter I.M.O Richard Roberts
9/22 Neil & Sandy Clark I.M.O Jacob Kleinman
9/22 Barry Steiger I.M.O Sue Steiger
9/23 Sophie Reiner I.M.O Mary Schorr
9/23 Eunice Bruton I.M.O Katherine McMahon
9/23 Freda Koff I.M.O David Koff
Services September 29 & 30
9/26 Beverly Safron I.M.O Hugo Sohn
9/26 Brian & Ruthie Weiss I.M.O Pearl Weiss
Please see our Temple supporter, Jay Givarz at Fidelity Bank for all your mortgage needs.
Upon completion of a loan, Fidelity bank will give back to Temple Beth El!
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 Joy Shames
19 Micah Aaron Metcalf-Clark
29 Stephanie Peshek
30Joshua & Lisa Leuchter
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.
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