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April 2017|Nisan/Iyar 5777

See page 5 for FUN, Creative Ways to Jazz Up Your Seder!



Welcome Lynn!

We are excited to welcome Lynn Miller, Temple’s new Executive Assistant! Lynn is a new resident of St. Petersburg, hailing from the Virginia cold (& happy to join us in the warm sunshine state!) She is a graduate of Georgetown University & holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. She was previously employed as an administrator for the National Apartment Association & worked at Georgetown University’s Biology department in Washington, DC. Her hobbies include cycling, gardening, music (playing the organ/piano at her church), hiking, swimming & body surfing....yes, she loves the beach! Lynn is the proud mom of daughter, Rebecca (Scott) & son, Andrew (Michelle). Most importantly, she is the “Mimi” to four spunky & sweet grandchildren, Thomas, Harper, Clara & Pierson. Lynn is looking forward to immersing herself into all aspects of Temple life & encourages all of you to stop by & say hello!

Family Friendly Fun Shabbat Splitting of the Sea Shabbat with 3rd Grade Friday, April 14 Kabbalat HaSiddur Service Sunset Beach Pavilion & Dairy Potluck Dinner 8000 W Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, 33706 Friday, April 7 6:30 pm Service (Sanctuary) 7:15 pm Potluck Dinner (Social Hall)

Join us for our monthly Family Friendly Fun Shabbat where 3rd grade Religious School students will be presented with their own Mishkan T’filah Siddur & help lead the service. Dairy Potluck dinner will follow. RSVP & sign-up to bring a dairy dish to share at

A Beach Shabbat...with a splash!

6:30 pm Pre-Neg (Fruit & Cheese & “Kosher for Passover” Tam-Tams!) 7:00 pm Service on the Beach (Wear shorts or a bathing suit so you can get your feet wet!) For the Shabbat during Passover, join us at Sunset Pavilion on Treasure Island for a unique off-site service. We will celebrate the miracle of the “splitting of the sea” that enabled the Israelites to escape to freedom, we will recreate the experience in song & prayer...and a little bit of wading in the water too! **Parking passes will be available when you arrive at the Pavilion.





...And Friday Night Live! Featuring the jammin’ jews, who are “bringin’ the energy, deliverin’ the prayer” every month. To learn more about the jammin’ jews, visit their website at

“Seeds of Peace & Equality”

A Special Erev Shabbat Service for Yom Ha’Atzmaut & Oneg Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm Service (Sanctuary) followed by an Israel Ice Cream Map Oneg (Founders Hall)

Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the State of Israel through prayer, song & poetry. We will reflect on the miracle that is the State of Israel & express our hopes for a future characterized by our core values of Peace & Equality for all. Followed by A Truly Unique Experiential Oneg! Be a builder of Israel ... by making an “Ice Cream Map” to enjoy the sweetness of our homeland! Dairy products & ice cream, in particular, are part of Israel’s oldest industries. This is one Oneg you will not want to miss!

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Operation Afikomen NOTES Food Drive 2017 This year our food drive will be from March 1st – April 10th. With your generous support, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services semi-annual communitywide food drive will meet the needs of those we serve who are hungry.

The following are the most needed non-perishable items: 

Canned fruits

Canned tuna, salmon, sardines

Hearty soups and mixes, such as Progresso and Healthy Choice

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Pasta and canned pasta sauces

Rice, Vegetarian beans

Cereal and powdered milk

Sugar-free and low-sodium items

Gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart, Publix or Speedway to support our “Chicken for Shabbat” perishable food program

Drop off locations: 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, 33760 For further information, please contact Gail Allen, Family Support Services Coordinator, at 727-479-1806, or As it says in Leviticus 19:9-10, “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap all the way to the edges of your field or gather the gleaning of your harvest...but leave them for the poor and the stranger.”





Try these Creative, FUN Ways to Celebrate Passover Seder! Temple Beth-El’s Annual Passover Second Night Seder Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 pm Seats are limited! For information & to check availability, visit Share the story of Passover through a

lens! This magically themed Haggadah may be purchased online through

Celebrate Passover with Social Justice themed Haggadot!

Haggadot themes include environmental, LGBT, modern slavery, Earth Day, Labor Day & more! For more information, visit


offers different Haggadahs & activities in 300 different languages. It does an excellent job covering the four questions of Seder! Visit for details.

Made it Myself Haggadah

Perfect for kids! This “Made it Myself Haggadah” let’s you personalize your own Seder story. Visit to download yours today!





Highlighted Events Jewish Meditation Group

Every Tuesday, 6:30 pm (BEEFY Lounge) No Meditation on April 11 Guided meditation group with Jewish themes for spiritual development. This group is great for those seeking to enhance their relationship with God. Spend time discussing Jewish works that inspire a focused meditation.

Shabbat Morning Worship & Torah Study

Saturday, April 1 (Learner’s Shabbat w/ 5th Grade) 8, 15, 22 & 29 (APR) A contemporary liturgy & music service with an extended, interactive Torah study & discussion of the weekly portion.

Brotherhood Schmooze

Sunday, April 2, 9, 23 & 30 9:00 am - Noon (Social Hall) Families are invited to hangout & relax while children attend religious school classes. Enjoy a bagel & a cup of coffee while you read the Sunday paper!

Daystar Lunch Making

Sunday, April 2, 9:30 am (Social Hall) Join us to help fill lunch bags for Daystar Life Center! For more information, contact Paula Haemmerle at (727) 254-6436.

Upcoming Family Promise Dates April 2-9 (Temple Beth-El) Temple Beth-El is the only Jewish congregation in a network of congregations that temporarily houses homeless families. Volunteers are always needed & welcome, but must be trained prior to hosting. For more information & to volunteer, contact Judy at

Sisterhood Mah Jongg

Sunday, April 2, 9, & 23 10:00 am (Social Hall) Do you want to learn to play Mah Jongg or teach others how? Join the ladies of Temple Beth-El for a Sunday morning Mah Jongg Series. Please bring your Mah Jongg set! Cards are required to play & may be purchased at the Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop.

L’Chaim Luncheon

Thursday, April 6, Noon- 2:00 pm (Library) Guest Speaker: Beth Gelman, Executive Director at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Bring your own lunch (free!) or let us order it for you ($15 per person). Includes choice of a sandwich: roasted turkey, tuna salad or Mediterranean veggie. RSVP by April 3 to (727) 347-6136.

Religious School’s 9th Grade Car Wash

Sunday, April 9, 9:00 am (Temple Beth-El) Get your car washed & help those in need! Donations beginning at $5 for a full car wash! Our 9th grade Religious School class is focused on Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, & emphasizing the values of giving & charity. Knowing that many Holocaust survivors in Israel live in heartbreaking loneliness & constant sorrow (some in great need for mental & physical care) including living below the poverty line, they have decided to help! Their goal is to send all raised money to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel, a leading organization that aids Holocaust survivors in Israel. Our 9th graders truly believe they can make a change! Come & show them that together, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! For more information, visit

iEngage Project

“Jewish Values & the Israeli & Palestinian Conflict” Thursday, April 13, 20 & 27, 7:00 pm (APR) For more information, visit Classes run through May.





Highlighted Events Women’s Spirituality Group

2017 Women of Distinction Event

Sunday, April 16, 9:45 am (Library) Join other women in the congregation for these inspirational quarterly gatherings. For more information, email Sharon Johnson-Levy at

Sunday, April 30th 2:00 - 4:00 pm Ruth Eckerd Hall

7th Day Pesach Morning Services with Yizkor

Sponsored by

Monday, April 17, 10:00 am (Sanctuary) Yizkor Services are part of our yearly cycle of the festivals when we honor the memory of our loved ones (not only on Yom Kippur, but also on the three pilgrimage festivals - Sukkot, Pesach & Shavuot). For those who are still in the first year of mourning the loss of a loved one, participating in a Yizkor service can be a source of comfort & healing as we mourn. Additionally, all those who remember loved ones who died over the years often appreciate the meaningfulness of these services. Please join us for a collaborative joint Yizkor service with congregants of Temple B’nai Israel.

Shabbat Wonder

As a Jewish community, we continue to honor the women who have shown outstanding commitment & service to Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Since its inception in 2002, the Women of Distinction celebration has brought together dynamic women whose volunteer leadership exemplifies the mission of their respective organizations. Through their efforts these organizations embody the Jewish directive of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am (Sanctuary) Wonderful ways to celebrate Shabbat & Jewish Festivals for young children (ages 0-5) & their families! The goal of Shabbat Wonder is to create & foster community among families with young children, while introducing them to Judaism in an engaging, developmentally appropriate way. Children are invited to participate in a fun, music filled service with Rabbi Michael Torop followed by engaging activities, play time & snacks. EVERYONE is welcome!

Haggadah Give Away!

Our Haggadah Give Away are still available until all of them have new homes. Stop by the temple office during normal business hours (M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) to obtain the copies you’d like for your home Pesach Seders.

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We are proud to announce Temple Beth-El’s Woman of Distinction honoree

Raida Goldman!





Mazel Tov! April Birthdays 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30

Paula Vieillet Cynthia Forst, Chana Pascual, Carl Rubinsky Edward Woodson Shanna Godonis, Michael Halprin, Terri Miller, Gail Schneider Kyra Badger James Frishe, Marshall Reissman, Frances Schamarock, Gladys Schutz Gelareh Asayesh, Edwin Hart, Mikhail Khavin, Jacob Mandell, Asher Bloom Jean Diamond, Halina Herman, Sarah Prawer, Steven Weinstein Will Conroy, Fay Fuldauer, Ted Siegel Fagl Oxman Diann Stern Claire Kassewitz Danielle Kirschbaum, Martin Segal Debbie Allen, Michael Lane, James Soble Alan Kapell, Emie Sekeres Hannah Joslyn, Lina Miller Summer Ford, Rachel Ford, Robert Rosen Roy Chesis Gavin Peltz, Connor Peltz, Elaine Wides Elizabeth Forman, Mike Shapiro Tovah Johnston, Ilene Weinstein John Gross Jonathan Fuldauer, Toby Schuster Andrew Levy, Joel Prawer, Adam Solo Sheila Berner, Karen Rosenthal, Tiger Seth Jed Cohen, Geoffrey Gross, Jenna Slutzky, Stuart Packer Budd Bugatch, Arnold Orlick Sierra Brave, Marjorie Dosik, Judy Gouze, Sheldon Wykell Abbie Grant, Montana Kroll, Kevin Lane, Jerry Rawicki

April Anniversaries 3 4 5 6 8 13 14 15 25

Heather & Jeff Goodis Carol & Mike Einstein, Rebecca & Jeff Horowitz, Jan & Craig Sher Mandy & David Blum Barbara & Greg Hedge Rebecca & Scott Barancik Lisa & Marc Jacobson Patty & Stuart Packer Pamela & Jeffrey DiAngelo Shanna & Bryan Glazer

Lisa (Berg) Kingsley & Bill Kingsley – Who celebrated their wedding aboard a pirate ship on March 4, 2017. Lisa is the mother of Jasmine Bell. Nina Greenberg & Hannah Joslyn - Who won first place in the district together at National History Day. Bonnie & Mike Lurie – Who welcomed their third daughter, Josephine Vivian Lurie, into the world on February 23, 2017. Proud sisters are Julianne & Avery Lurie; Proud grandparents are Mrs. Vivian & Dr. Edward Lurie. Healy Slakman- Who was accepted into the Rabbinical School at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. Hal Hershkowitz- Who is receiving the Montefiore Society’s Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment to the financial health of the Jewish community throughout his career. If you have exciting news to share, we want to know! Email





We mourn the loss of Jonni Hartman Rogers – Mother of Terri HartmanFootnick (Al Footnick) & Lisa Hartman Black (Clint Black); grandmother of Colleen Hartman Bearden (Todd), Cole Hartman (Tiffany), Dr. Nachum Roman Footnick (Ali) and Lily Black; & great grandmother of Landry Bearden, Dagny Hartman, Batya & Gavi Footnick, who passed away on February 14, 2017. Donna Soskin – Mother of Wendi Soskin & grandmother of Sydney Soskin who passed away on February 17, 2017.

... my parents planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me.” -The Talmud Ta'anit 23a

Jay Class – Husband of Marion Class who passed away on February 24, 2017.

*Obituaries from February 15, 2017 through March 15, 2017.

Temple Beth-El’s Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Proceeds benefit Temple Beth-El’s Children Open Wednesdays 3:00 - 6:00 pm Fridays 6:15 - 7:30 pm (or one hour before services) or by appointment

Please consider a gift for Temple Beth-El’s legacy by contributing to our Endowment. You can give today, in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy.

April bring showers, flowers, & PASSOVER! Have you stopped by the shop to see the beautiful Seder plates from Israel? Or the honey apple dishes? If there is something special you are looking for we can special order it for you. Contact: Toby (727) 531-1680 or Helen (727) 828-9956

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Contact Sarah Gotlieb for more information at (727) 347-6136. Contact Sarah Gotlieb for more info at (727) 347-6136 .




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Registration Deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017 (727) 347 - 6136





Camp Jenny Meals to Go! Pickup on May 12th

After Family Friendly Fun Shabbat on May 12th, BEEFY will be selling take home Shabbat meals to benefit Camp Jenny, our NFTY Regions’ Mitzvah Corps project, giving children from inner-city Atlanta the opportunity to receive the love of big “brothers and sisters,” three nutritious meals a day, & encouragement for the future. Held at URJ Camp Coleman every Memorial Day weekend, participants enjoy activities such as hiking in the mountains, water play, ziplining, arts & crafts, & a variety of sports & team building activities, all facilitated & led by NFTY teens. Meals may be picked up any time during the day on May 12th or in the evening after services.

Our take home dairy meals will include:

A delicious entree

Cost per Meal

Small $18

(feeds 2-3 people)

(ready to put in the oven!)

Salad Dessert Challah ...prepared by our BEEFY teens & volunteers!

Large $36

(feeds 4-6 people)

Our goal is to raise $500 dollars—the cost to send 1 child, all expenses paid to Camp Jenny.

COMING SOON! Stay tuned for details & an online pre-order form on the homepage of our website,





In the Community

Yom HaShoah Commemoration Monday, April 24, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm, The Florida Holocaust Museum 55 5th St S, St Petersburg, FL 33701

Join us for a commemorative ceremony & candle lighting by Holocaust Survivors in observance of Yom HaShoah. This year’s commemoration will include free Museum admission from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm & the reading of Holocaust victims’ names throughout the day. There will be a Holocaust Survivor talk at 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm. The day will culminate with a service by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis & Tampa Rabbinical Association at 5:30 pm followed by a special program. Free & open to the public. For more information contact The Florida Holocaust Museum at (727) 820-0100 or visit

FAST Nehemiah Action

Monday, April 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Tropicana Field 1 Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Join us & 3,000 other concerned Pinellas County residents for our Nehemiah Action, where we hold elected officials accountable to make the necessary changes to improve the quality ot life for Pinellas County residents. As a result, for all of us! To get involved, contact Karen Berman at (727) 244-2872. Pre-action tailgate party begins at 5:30 pm for the Temple Beth-El Justice Network & Action Participants. BYO food & join us for a spirited gathering to energize our network. Look for us in Lot 6, as close to the rotunda entrance as possible (note: arriving early will help you beat the traffic arriving later at the Trop!)

Will You be Able to Solve Our Mystery?

Temple Beth-El’s history has been compiled into eight, 4” blue binders. We are missing two of them. These binders cover the years 1926-1949 & 1950-1959. These were borrowed from the Archive Room several years ago & were never returned. If you used them, or know someone who might have used them, please let the Temple office know.

If you’re able to return them, we’ll be happy to pick them up! Much of the information in the binders is original & irreplaceable. Please think hard, & help us solve the mystery!

Thank you! Elaine Wides (727) 430-7884

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Todah Rabah (Thank You) Brotherhood Fund

Rabbis Discretionary Fund

Dahlia Barancik, by Debbie & Mickey Heilweil

Rabbi Michael Torop, by Dahlia Barancik Rabbi Michael Torop, by Judy Ciurczak

Bertha M. Jerzy Fund

In honor of

In honor of

In memory of

Morris & Rose Mitchell, by Marjorie Mitchell

Cynthia Adler Early Childhood Center Fund In honor of

Josephine Vivian Lurie, by Linda & Jack Goldfarb

In appreciation of

Rayna Reissman, by Marcy Dambowic In memory of Abraham J Pardoll, by Helene & Allen Allweiss Jonni Hartman Rogers, by Toby Schuster Jonni Hartman Rogers, by Herb & Nan White Sonya Miller, by Jennifer & Robert Sternberg Sonya Miller, by Dav & Glenn Mosby LouAnne Allen, by Debbie & Mike Allen Allan Nye, by Debbie & Brent Sembler

Josephine Vivian Lurie, by Adam & Ali Curtis

L’Dor V’Dor General Endowment Fund In memory of

In memory of

Annie Wides, by Susan Burnett & James Frishe

E. Stan Salzer, by Neil Savage

General Operating Fund In honor of

Lew Krosner Leadership Fund

Stefani Margolis, by Ruth Shapiro & Ellen Dokton

In memory of

In memory of Jonni Hartman Rogers, by Jon & Sue Rosenbluth Sonya Miller, by Betsy & Leonard Englander

Irwin & Sonya Miller Family Building Fund In memory of

Sonya Miller, by Joanne & Joel Newberg by Karen Hart by Stephanie & Andrew Soss by Peter & Lois Pardoll by Shari & Herbert Green by Barbara & Joe Sterensis Judy Appelbaum, by Shari & Herbert Green Harriett Lieberman, by Shari & Herbert Green

Sonya Miller, by Renee Slone

Memorial Plaque Fund In memory of Harvey Bernstein, by Vicki Locklair

Sisterhood Fund In appreciation of

Toby Schuster, by Rebecca & Scott Barancik





Todah Rabah (Thank You) Social Action Fund In memory of

Bess Glitman, by Bonnie & Steve Traiman Jonni Hartman Rogers, by Betty Morgenstein Jonni Hartman Rogers, by Diann & Jeffrey Stern Charlotte Weintraub, by Diann & Jeffrey Stern Rhoda Jenkins, by Diann & Jeffrey Stern Harold D Sattin, by Rhonda & Robert Sattin Joseph Wilner, by Jack & Marilyn Frieman

Yahrzeit Fund In memory of

Herbert Newberg, by Joanne & Joel Newberg Herman Feit, by Betsy & Leonard Englander Barbara H Gilberg, by Elli Gilberg Max Davis, by Judy & Allan Davis Gilbert Turner, by Ellen Turner Rebecca Barbanell, by Milton Sirotta Bernyce Rossuck, by Ann & Jim Soble Jerome L Woodruff, by Michael Woodruff Robert David Olds, by Norman & Emily Rotenberg Louis Morris, by Sharlene Sakol Milton M. Simmons, by Charles & Faith Simmons Frances (Fayge) Olitzky, by Lee & Jayme Olitzky

Youdovin Camp Scholarship Fund In memory of

Abe Lee, by Sara & Ted Gastman

*Donations received from February 15, 2017 through March 15, 2017.

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Remembering Our Loved Ones Temple Beth-El offers you many ways to recognize the lives and accomplishments of friends and family. When bestowing this honor with a gift to the Temple, you are strengthening the ability of Temple Beth-El to continue to provide a welcoming Reform community for Jewish and interfaith households to experience an uplifting and joyful sense of belonging. To acknowledge a loved one, visit: or send their information and your payment to: Temple Beth-El 400 Pasadena Ave S St Petersburg, FL 33707



Calendar at a Glance

(Details inside on pages 4-7 & throughout the Mailer) Jewish Meditation Group Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm except for April 11th Saturday, April 1 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship Sunday, April 2 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:30 am Religious School 9:30 am Daystar Lunchmaking 10:00 am Sisterhood Mah Jongg Tuesday, April 4 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group Thursday, April 6 Noon L’Chaim Luncheon Friday, April 7 6:30 pm Family Friendly Fun Shabbat w/3rd Grade Saturday, April 8 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship & Shabbaton Sunday, April 9 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:30 am Religious School & Car Wash 10:00 am Sisterhood Mah Jongg

Monday, April 10 1:00 pm Temple Office Closed Evening First Night Seder (offsite) Tuesday, April 11 All Day Temple Office Closed 6:00 pm Second Night Seder Thursday, April 13 7:00 pm iEngage Project Friday, April 14 6:30 pm Splitting of the Sea Shabbat (offsite) Saturday, April 15 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship Sunday, April 16 9:30 am Religious School 9:45 am Women’s Spirituality Group Monday, April 17 All Day Temple Office Closed 10:00 am 7th Day of Pesach Yizkor Service

Thursday, April 20 7:00 pm iEngage Project Friday, April 21 7:30 pm Confirmation & Friday Night Live! Saturday, April 22 9:30 am Shabbat Wonder 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship Sunday, April 23 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:30 am Religious School 10:00 am Sisterhood Mah Jongg Thursday, April 27 7:00 pm iEngage Project Friday, April 28 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service & Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration & Oneg Sunday, April 30 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:30 am Religious School Noon Sunday Sababa 5:00 pm Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Event

April 2017 Mailer  
April 2017 Mailer