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

August 2018

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  


Dear Beth El friends,


Although the 2016 Election now seems like ancient history, just about all of us remember Larry David’s Saturday Night Live impersonations of Bernie Sanders. It was always uncanny, so spot-on that you swear they could be related. 


Well, it turns out they are. The Seinfeld creator learned as much on the PBS series Finding Your Roots, the celebrity genealogy series that aired an episode centered around David several months ago. As hilarious as that revelation was, Larry was considerably less delighted to learn that he had an ancestor in the Confederacy who had been a slave owner. I mention this because there has been a heightened interest in genealogy thanks to readily available DNA testing and other accessible genealogy sites. In fact, recently I sent my son a DNA testing kit as a birthday present and he recently informed me that ours are definitely Jewish. I was much relieved!


With these scientific and other resources available for research, if you are curious, you can learn a lot. I am very much in favor of Jewish people learning more about their roots. 90% of all American Jews are of Eastern European descent, the vast majority having arrived in the U.S. via Ellis Island.


Overwhelmingly, our family histories can be traced back to the shtetls and ghettos of Russia and Poland, to places and times long forgotten by most Jews today. Their daily lives of hardship, poverty and vicious anti-Semitism that our ancestors endured, for us, is beyond comprehension, as is the anxiety and consternation they faced in leaving everything they knew for a life they hoped desperately would be better for themselves and, far more important, for their children, grandchildren and far beyond... for us.


Enhanced knowledge of our past is especially valuable to help us understand more fully how indebted we are to those who came before us. We stand high in the shoulders of those who preceded us. 


This is a debt that can only be repaid by remaining committed to the Jewish heritage to which they bound themselves for countless centuries, often at their own peril. For Jews in our own time and place to sluff off Jewish tradition,  observances and loyalties almost as casually as one discards an old worn out pair of shoes shows callous disregard for the unimaginable sacrifices of those who preceded us. 


We are living lives of which they could not even dream. When I hear someone say that he/she is “Jew-ish” or “culturally Jewish,” I can imagine our ancestors weeping. We owe them so much more than a fleeting occasional nod to our heritage., The very least that we can do to repay our debt and to honor their memory is by keeping the faith.



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!
Welcome to our new members!
Mitch Rubinstein and Marcia Blacksin

Bonnie Krasik

Helen and Howard Hammerman
Diana Tully

Please help us get to know them!

Message from the President 
Dr. Robyn Spirtas

Shalom Temple family and friends,  


We have had a wonderful summer so far. Jonathan Torres' Bar Mitzvah was one of the highlights! We are so proud of him. He did an amazing job and it was lovely to have his entire extended family with us. His sister participated by playing the flute at the service and Johnathan did just a spectacular job. 






Our Family night at Scarpino's Italian Restaurant was lovely! Everyone had a great time.


Going forward, plans are well under way for High Holy Days so look for your HHD packet in the mail.  I also want to give a shout out to one of our newest members, Diana Tully for volunteering to help out with publicizing events. Thank you Diana. 


Your TBE President,
Robyn Spirtas



Sunday, August 5th at 4:00 p.m. - TBE Open House!
If you are not yet a member of TBE, bring a friend and join us at
the Temple on August 5th. The Temple will be open from 4:00 -5:30 pm. See the Synagogue, meet the Rabbi and Cantor, meet our Hebrew School teacher, "Miss Susie". Say hello to some of our board members and congregants! Light refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, August 15th, 6:30 p.m. -
International Film Series with Falafel dinner! Join us for a delicious Israeli dinner and the film “The Jewish Cardinal,” the amazing story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jews who maintained his identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. $13 members, $15 guests Please RSVP by calling the temple office 941- 755-4900 or by signing up in the temple lobby, by Monday August 13th.

Friday, August 17th at 7:30 p.m. Torah Service. 

Once a month, we have a Friday night Torah reading. A special Shabbat evening of shared study and learning. This is the Shabbat where we take the Torah out of the Ark and read from the Torah. 

Friday, August 24th, 7:30 p.m.  Sermon-in-Song 

Cantor Bard and the congregational choir. "L'Shana Tovah! A Prelude to the Days of Awe".

Saturday, Sept 1st, 7:30 p.m. Pot Luck dinner & Selichot Service. We will have a beautiful Family Pot Luck dinner and then recite Selichot prayers to prepare for the High Holy Days (Bring a dish to share -fish, vegetarian or dairy. No meat or desserts please). We will also convert the Torah covers to white during this evening in preparation for the upcoming Holiday. Join us! Call the temple to RSVP 941-755-4900

Wednesday, Sept, 5th 6 p.m.
Sisterhood sponsored Dinner and a show! Join us at Panda Chinese Buffet on Manatee Ave for a scrumptious dinner followed by the show “Becoming Dr. Ruth” at the Manatee Players (small theatre). Everyone is invited. *Tickets are $27 pp. It is open seating, so make sure that you buy your tickets in advance! Get tickets by calling the theatre 941-748-5875, by going to the Ticket Office or by purchasing online:www.manateeperformingartscenter.com. Please let us know if you are joining us so we have a count. Call the TBE Office.

We are a family and would like you to join us at or all events. Shabbat Services start at 7:30 pm on Friday night and 10:00 am on Shabbat morning. 

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


High Holy Days are almost here. If you have not already received your HHD packet in the mail (USPS), please call the Temple office 941-755-4900. For reasons of security, cards of admission are required for all High Holy Days services. Even if you are a member or a regular HHD attendee, please call the Temple office to request your cards and tell us which services you are planning to attend. We are having single services this year and are anticipating a full house for the High Holy Days. Plan to arrive early to get the best seat. Seats may be held only until 10 minutes before the service begins.

High Holy Days Schedule

2018 /5779

Erev Rosh Hashanah---Sunday, September 9th,  7:00 p.m.                     

Rosh Hashanah Day---Monday, September 10th, 10:00 a.m.  Tashlich to follow

Kol Nidre---Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 p.m.                                                

Yom Kippur Day---Wednesday, September 19th, 10:00 a.m., Memorial Service at 12 noon.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service, 5 p.m.---Torah Service and Neilah (concluding service)

Break-the-fast at 6:15 p.m. following concluding services at the Temple. RSVP is required.


It is customary to make a donation to the synagogue for the High Holy Days. You may mail your check to the Temple or you may contribute online at www.templebethelbradenton.com. Follow the online instructions. Your financial support will make a great difference and is much appreciated.

Child Care

Care for your child, ages 3 to 6, will be available during Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning services starting at 10:30 am. Bring your children to services at 10 am. We will bring your children in to a secure place for a morning of fun until the end of services. This service is free of charge so that you may enjoy your High Holy Days, and of course a donation is always a way to show your appreciation.


 L’shanah tovah tikateivu

May you and your dear ones be inscribed

for a year of blessings, good health, and happiness.

♫  ♫  ♫  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


Hi all - hope you are having a wonderful summer. The Men's Club event for the summer was a trip to a Marauders Baseball game which was a huge success. It was open to the entire TBE family and 27 people attended.

Just an early reminder to set your calendar! Our first meeting for the upcoming year will be on Sunday, August 19th at 9:30 am at my home (4605 36th Avenue West). Come and enjoy bagels plus. Statements for the Men's Club went out this past month. I hope all the men of the TBE family will become part of this terrific arm of TBE as we do much to help our temple. 

Neil Clark, President

 Shares from Sisterhood

Please support your sisterhood! Sisterhood dues for the 2018/19 year are now due. $25.00 Please make checks payable to TBE sisterhood and send to 5150 Peridia Blvd East, Bradenton, Fl. 34203 or bring cash or check to the meeting.

We are using the Sisterhood meeting this month (August 29th) to join with the temple members to have dinner and go to see "Becoming Dr. Ruth" at the Manatee Performing Arts Theatre.  We are having dinner at the Panda Buffet at 6:00 pm.  Everyone is getting their own ticket from the Theatre.  You can buy your ticket on the telephone and pick it up at the Theatre on the night. Hope you all make it!  

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  

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       


Please note: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is happy to again offer "Need Based Religious School Scholarships". The cycle opens on July 1, 2018 and will close on September 20, 2018. Go to https://jfedsrq.org/religious-school



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. 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 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
Staci Rosenstein 
Sandy Clark


Katherine Richmond 
Susie Konicov 


Staci Rosenstein
Jean Ellis   
Neil Clark

Irv Zamikoff; Michael Loewy          

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.  


Celia Strickler IMO Dick Norris

Jean Ellis IMO David Levy

Neil & Sandy Clark IMO Jane Clark

Celia Strickler IMO Charles Stahl

Howard Hammerman IMO Thomas Hammerman

Anna Bever IMO Robert Bever



Helen Hammerman IMO Hilda Islovitz

Jean Ellis IMO Sarah Ellis

Paul Stahl IMO Charles Stahl



Jean Shames IMO Robert L. Dunn

Robyn Spirtas IMO David Rosenfeld

Sandy Clark IMO Golda Milch

Marlena Johnsky IMO Norman Harris

Bernice Kipnes IMO Bertha Schwarz


Linda Hoffman IMO Sam Samson

Arnold & Betty Klein IMO Howard Klein

Susan Koff IMO Beatrice Schiffman      
Robyn Spirts IMO Sadie Rosenfeld    
Robert Powell IMO Allegrie Freissner



Beverly Hurowitz IMO Tiby Breitstein

Barry Steiger IMO Ann Steiger

David Meier IMO David Meier
Bayla Kolton IMO Theodore Halasz                     

Susan Koff IMO Roberta Gordon

Call TBE member, 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. 

Eunice Bruton IMO of Jerry Shames
Ron and Robin Eiseman IMO
Benjamin Eiseman

Dorothy Mizzi IMO Isaac Abo

Jean Ellis IMO David Levy

Florence Shulman IMO Pearl Schwartz

Eunice Bruton IMO Annette Shames
Linda Hoffman IMO Molly Samson

Jean Shames IMO Annette Shames



Cantor Bard in appreciation of our Choir and Folk Ensemble


Ron and Robin Eiseman IMO Benjamin Eiseman



Barb Wagner

Gary Konicov



Diana Tully 


Jean Ellis

Sandy Clark


Barry Schneider


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.



16        Craig Hoffman

17        Mimi Givarz

17        Lev Klempner

22        Michelle Torres

25        Susan Kurtin

25        Mitch Rubinstein

27        Katherine Richmond

30         Paul Stahl





2             Pearl & Lionel Friedman

3             Jean & Barry Steiger
Neil & Robyn Spirtas



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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