Page 1

January 2017|Kislev/Shevat 5777 44th Annual Art Festival Beth-El January 28, 29 & 30, 2017

Come See New Artists with Exciting New Work! See details on pages 4-6



Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations The St. Petersburg Interfaith Association presents The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service

Sunday, January 15, 4:00 pm Christ Gospel Church 2512 22nd Ave S St. Petersburg, FL 33712

WE’RE PRAYING WITH OUR FEET! Join TEMPLE BETH-EL at the 32nd Annual MLK Day Parade. We are proud to once again show Temple Beth-El’s commitment to making Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream a reality in our community.

Monday, January 16, 2017 9:45 am – 1:00 pm The Parade begins at 11:00 am Meet us near the entrance to the parking lot at Tropicana Field Parade Staging Area at 9:45 am Fight hatred and prejudice and show our neighbors you care! Bring your friends and family and join the largest MLK Day Parade in the Southeast SHOFAR BLOWERS NEEDED! Wake up our community to promote justice! Do you have a convertible or pick-up truck? Vehicles needed too! RSVP to Kate Dalley at or please call the Temple office at (727) 347-6136





Kivun Chadash: A NEW Direction for Youth & Education It takes a village! We need your ideas and feedback to create innovative Jewish learning for kids and their families at Temple Beth-El.

Join us for Our Focus Group! Sunday, January 8 at 9:45 am (Teacher’s Lounge & Sanctuary)

Are your children excited to come to Temple and learn at Religious School?

We want to hear your voice!

Any and all ideas are welcome!

What new ideas do YOU have as a parent to engage and educate our kids? Share them with us!!

We need YOU to shape the future of how Temple Beth-El engages our younger generations!

Share your hopes and dreams for Jewish education and youth engagement at Temple Beth-El. Email This is anonymous - our consultant will give your ideas to the Kivun Chadash Task Force with your name taken off. Please RSVP to Stacy Conroy at or Debbie Allen at ALL are welcome – you do not have to be a religious school parent to attend! (727) 347 - 6136





DON’T MISS IT! It’s almost time for the... 44th Annual Art Festival Beth-El January 28, 29 & 30, 2017 Calling all Volunteers! The Art Festival is completely volunteer-managed. We need help selling art during the show, managing the front and back doors on Saturday night, running sales slips, docents for the art, selling raffle tickets, selling/wrapping/ cashiering in the Boutique and the check-out room, answering phones and checking in the art the week before the show. Without volunteers, we cannot have an art show! Please call Laura Horwitz at (727) 421-5262. The Art Festival offers a wide range of artistic mediums, from glass and ceramics to fine jewelry. Our Main Gallery features exquisite exhibits from a variety of new artists. In the Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor you will find a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints. A large Outdoor Sculpture Garden features an assortment of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. The Boutique gallery offers fine art at moderate prices. A yearly tradition continues, as Art Festival Beth-El celebrates selected work of talented young artists from around Pinellas County’s high schools. The Art Festival awards scholarship money to the schools of the winning students.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? Saturday, January 28th

Here’s the Schedule...

1 - 4 pm

Purchase Award Reception An exclusive early preview for Purchase Award Patrons. The Saturday afternoon event is special for those who have given $500 and above to the Art Festival Beth-El.

6 - 10 pm

Gala Reception and Art Preview The Gala and Art Preview is free of charge for our Purchase Award Patrons ($500 and above) Sponsors ($250) and Benefactors ($150). Those interested in previewing the art, dining amid the diverse art exhibits from a wide-variety of gourmet food stations provided by the Boyz in the Hood and Carrabba’s, and enjoying an evening with friends can attend for only $25.

7-10 pm

Donors Cocktail Reception- Donors who have given/will give a $25 donation (either paid in advance or at the door) allows you to attend the Saturday evening cocktail reception.

(Note all money given as Purchase Award Patrons, Sponsors, and Benefactors are applicable toward Art purchase. If you are interested, please contact the Temple Office by January 10th) or visit





THE SCHEDULE Continued... Sunday, January 29th 10 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm

New Artis • Na tiona ts with E xcitin lly ce • Cri leb g ti • Int cally accla rated gla New Wo ri s rk! i • Ret guing scu med pain s artists ters lptor urn o sa fh • Ren ewed onored f nd ceram a ic Bout ique vorite arti ists Galle sts ry

Free Admission Avenue of Shops A two-day sale of fun art, jewelry, and crafts, located in the courtyard Sunday is a perfect time for those families who want to look, shop and eat! Sunday of the Art Festival is a great opportunity to support the Temple and BEEFY as well. Visit the BEEFY Café for homemade treats, fruits and grab n’ go snacks.

Monday, January 30th 10 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 11am

Free Admission Avenue of the Shops Becca McCoy, performing “The Hits of Rosemary Clooney” This free, special event of local entertainment will delight audiences of all ages and will be performed in the Sanctuary.

12:30 pm

Gourmet Luncheon A lovely catered lunch for those who make reservations with their $20 check. This lunch sells out every year so send in your reservations early with the form below.

2 pm

Docent Tour of the Art Festival Enjoy a free tour of the show given by experienced docents with information and insight into the artists and their work. Meet at the Main Entrance into the Rothman Family Social Hall.

-------------------------------------------------------------------Reservations required for the Monday Luncheon – RSVP by January 26th We CANNOT accept reservations over the phone. Your check for $20 is your reservation. Name______________________________________Phone____________________ Seating Request________________________________________________ Mail this form and your check to: Temple Beth-El 400 Pasadena Ave S. St. Petersburg, FL 33707

(727) 347 - 6136









Six Professors. One Morning.

Sunday Morning University Sunday, January 22, 2017

9:45 am - 1:00 pm Congregation B’nai Israel 300 58th Street North - St. Petersburg


Register today! Visit us online at for course listings, professor bios and lunch options or call CBI at 727-381-4900 for more information. $18 includes 2 classes, lunch & all materials


because knowledge is power

Joint Adult Studies Event, Congregation B’nai Israel & Temple Beth El





Highlighted Events Jewish Meditation Group

Every Tuesday, 6:30 pm (BEEFY Lounge) *Early Childhood Center Classroom on January 10, 17 & 24 No Meditation on January 31 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.

iEngage Project

Tuesday, January 3 & 10 7:00 pm (Temple B’nai Israel) Join Rabbi Treiser (this fall/winter) and Rabbi Torop (in the spring) for the iEngage project, where we respond to growing feelings of disenchantment & disinterest toward Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide by creating a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. Visit for more information.

L’Chaim Luncheon

Thursday, January 5 12 Noon - 2:00 pm (Library) Join us while Rabbi Michael Torop discusses his Sabbatical journey. Bring your own lunch (free!), or let us order it for you ($15 per person). Includes choice of sandwich: roasted turkey, tuna salad or Mediterranean veggie. RSVP by January 3 at (727) 347-6136 or email Angela at Upcoming L’Chaim Luncheon Dates Please note, there will be no Luncheon in February! Thursday, March 2 Guest Speaker: Tom Rose, a retired professor and new Temple Beth-El member will talk about his activism in the sixties, including his participation with Highlander Folk School, The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC or SNICK), The Congress Of Racial Equality(CORE), Students For A Democratic Society(SDS) and other groups trying to make the world a better place.

Shabbat Morning Worship & Torah Study

Saturday, January 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Sanctuary) A temporary liturgy & music service with an extended, interactive Torah study & discussion of the weekly portion.

Brotherhood Schmooze

Sunday, January 8, 9:00 am - 12 Noon (Social Hall) Families are invited to hangout & relax while children attend religious school classes. Enjoy a bagel and a cup of coffee while you read the Sunday paper!

Daystar Lunch Making

Sunday, January 8, 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.

Family Friendly Fun Shabbat with 5th Grade Participation & Dairy Potluck Dinner

Celebrate with the Entire Family & Friends Too! Friday, January 13, Services at 6:30 pm (Sanctuary) Dairy Potluck Dinner at 7:15 pm (Social Hall) To parents of young children...relax! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel like you have to supress those wiggles at Temple Beth-El. We need those wiggles (& even giggles) to have a Family Shabbat! RSVP to bring your meal contribution at

Torah on Tap

Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Green Bench Brewing Co, 1133 Baum Ave N, St Petersburg, 33705) Have a drink or a nosh & let a little Torah flow from the tap in wide-ranging conversations with Rabbi Michael Torop. Especially for young professionals, Gen X, Gen Y & Millenials...single or married...with or without kids...but must be 21 or older to attend! T H E




Highlighted Events Friday Night Live! Erev Shabbat Service & Oneg

Friday, January 21, 7:30 pm (Sanctuary) Guest sermon with Tom Rose about the Civil Rights movement Unique Shabbat experience 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

Shabbat Wonder

Saturday, January 21, 9:30 am (Location TBD - Stay tuned!) Wonderful ways to celebrate Shabbat & Jewish Festivals for young children (ages 0-5) and their families! The goal of Shabbat Woonder 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!

Erev Shabbat Service of the Trees & Oneg

Friday, January 27, 6:00 pm (at the home of Mary Jo & David Baras) Join us and celebrate the upcoming Tu B’Shevat Festival! Please bring a veggie dish or dairy appetizer to share. Check upcoming E-scroll’s for the location address.

Important Dates

See full Calendar of Events on Back Cover & details throughout the Mailer! Sunday, January 1

No Religious School (Winter Break)

Monday, January 2 Temple Office Closed All Day (New Year’s) Tuesday, January 3 Early Childhood Center Resumes from Winter Break Sunday, January 15 No Religious School MLK Day Monday, January 16 Temple Office Closed All Day (MLK Day) MLK Parade see pg 2 January 28, 29 & 30 44th Annual Art Festival Beth-El Sunday, January 29

No Religious School

Harvey Morgenstein Mitzvah Day

February 12, 2017 Join Temple Beth-El for our annual day of service as we give back to our community through various projects! Visit for details & project sign-up.

2017 Collections - Please bring a contribution to one or more of the following: Clothes to Kids Blessing Bags Items needed: Children’s new underwear Items needed: Personal items such as hotel soaps, shampoo, & socks, & gently used clothes. conditioner, body wash, Band-Aids, combs, dental floss, travel size toothpaste, tooth brushes, hand sanitizers & more!

(727) 347 - 6136





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

We have an assorment of beautiful Judaica gifts! Whether you’re shopping for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or another special occasion, we have the perfect gift for your loved ones! Looking for something specific? We can help! Proceeds benefit Temple Beth-El’s Children Come Schmooze with us! Contact Toby (727) 531-1680 or Helen (727) 828-9956

(727) 347 - 6136

Camp Registration & Scholarship Applications are Now Open & Available for All Ages! For a full list of URJ Camps and to sign-up for Camp Registration, visit

Through the generosity of our Temple Brotherhood, Sisterhood & private donors who fund the Youdovin Camp Scholarship Fund, Temple Beth-El has been able to consistently provide scholarships to the members of our congregation who need financial assistance in order to attend URJ Camp Coleman in North Georgia, or to participate in a Reform Youth Movement’s summer in Israel program. For a scholarship form, contact Angela at or (727) 347-6136 for your information packet which will include: • Scholarship Policies & Procedures • Temple Beth-El Scholarship Application (Deadline to is January 31) • Jewish Federation’s Covenant Fund, visit




(727) 347 - 6136






Mazel Tov! January Birthdays 1 2 3 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31

Jon Rosenbluth, Eric Rascoe, Marvin Susskind, Ellen Revit David Delrahim, Donna Engel Judith Alstadter, Marcie Gottesman Beverly Mitlin, Roger Cohen, Amanda Chase Ann Bregman-Rascoe Harriet Easton, Ester Milchan, David Samuelson, Jay Kaminsky, Debra Faust Alan Levine, Bonnie Lurie Sue Froid, Joe Sterensis, Meryl Blackman Charles Simmons Lois Pardoll, Marlena Sinclair Rachael Bardach Eleanor Whiteside, Judy Chesis Diane Peltz, Pam Sekeres, Robert Alston, Pat Bonilla Courtney Landry, Jared Abelman Michael Krassner Pearl Wallach Betty Morgenstein, Kate Dalley, Bruce Nissen Malcolm Berko, Pam Nobel, Simson Unterberger Victoria Elliot, Guy DiBenedetto Benjamin Schick Lisa Cohen, Charlene Wygodski Randi Nash-Ortiz Heather Goodis, Leslie Stoloff Bridges, Morton Hess, Meredith Gaunce, Wendy Soskin Margie Jacobs Elaine Glass Lita Friedman Therese Wisoff, Julia Stepelton

(727) 347 - 6136

January Anniversaries 3 6 9 16 17 19 25 26 29

Karen & Andrew Hertzfeld, Shane & Gerald Davis Sondra & Howard Fink Csilla Farkas & Benjamin Gilbert Elana & Matt Gootson Camille Fine & Brett Schlifstein Yali & Stephen Maisel Janey & John Graham Rita & Richard Gram Mary Swan & Michael Bonnett, Judy & Roy Appelbaum

Dr. Leslie Roth & Kevin Powers who celebrated their wedding on November 12, 2016. Dr. Leslie Roth is the daugher of Irv & Gloria Roth.

New Members The following people have recently joined our community. Please make them feel welcome! Allan & Pat Bonilla Joel & Darcie Kassewitz Audrey, 10 Claire, 9 Vivienne, 7





We mourn the loss of Joseph Jay Kushner – Uncle of Shoshana Shay and friend of Kate Fagan who passed away on December 4, 2016. Dr. Sharon A. Perlman-Frankel – Wife of Ron Frankel, Sister of Lauren (Mike z”l) and Robin P. (Robin W.), Mother of Jaymie (Tracy) and Meagen (Dom), grandmother of Jackson and Allison, Aunt of Mark (Danielle), Debbie (Tom), Stephen (Evonne), Eric and Michelle who passed away on December 11, 2016.

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:

... 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

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. or send their information and your payment to: Temple Beth-El 400 Pasadena Ave S St Petersburg, FL 33707 Contact Sarah Gotlieb for more information 347-6136. 347-6136 Contact Sarah Gotlieb for more infoat (727) at (727) .





Todah Rabah (Thank You) Bertha M. Jerzy Fund In memory of

Frank Broide, by Marjorie Mitchell Saul Whiteman, by Marjorie Mitchell

Ruth Dikman Adult Education Fund In memory of Nathan Kupperman, by Bonnie & Arthur Kupperman Mildred Greene, by Bonnie & Arthur Kupperman Pat O’Connell, by Bonnie & Arthur Kupperman

Cynthia Adler Early Childhood Center Fund

Sembler Library Fund

Anita Kots’ Sister, by Toby Schuster

The Sembler Family, by Al & Clay Battle

General Operating Fund

Sher Endowment Fund Match

In memory of

In honor of

Clifford Will’s 70th Birthday, by Rita & Richard Gram In memory of Bruce Lowitt’s Brother, by Phyllis & Saul Lowitt Stan Salzer, by Irwin Ayes by Carla & Mike Raab by Janice & Stephen Straske

Irwin & Sonya Miller Family Building Fund General donation

by Shari & Herbert Green

Prayer Book Fund In memory of

In honor of

In honor of

Will Conroy’s Conversion, by Helaine & Zucel Solc

Social Action Fund In memory of

Marjory Fab Frieman, by Susan Nigro Milton Ullman, by Bill & Sally Israel Sidney Konigsburg, by Robin Warren

Yahrzeit Fund In memory of

Laura Levine, by Helen Levine & Katee Tully In memory of Joyce Ripps, by Michael Woodruff Irwin Kaplan, by Edith Kaplan William & Anne Silver, by Peter & Lois Pardoll Ronald Sakol, by Lonnie & Richard Kiracofe

Henry Kaplan, by Raye Kaplan

*Donations received from November 15, 2016 through December 15, 2016.





The New Member Directories are in!

To save the Temple postage, consider dropping by the office to pick yours up! Upon request, we will mail your directory to you. To do so, please contact Lexi at



Calendar at a Glance

(Details inside on pages 8 - 9 & throughout Mailer)

Sunday, January 1 All Day No Religious School (Winter Break) Monday, January 2 All Day Temple Office Closed Tuesday, January 3 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group 7:00 pm iEngage (TBI) Thursday, January 5 Noon L’Chaim Luncheon w/Rabbi Torop Friday, January 6 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service & Oneg Saturday, January 7 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship & Torah Study Sunday, January 8 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:00 am KLDC Meeting 9:30 am Religious School 9:30 am Daystar Lunchmaking 9:45 am Kivun Chadash Focus Group Tuesday, January 10 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group 7:00 pm iEngage (TBI)

Friday, January 13 6:30 pm Family Friendly Fun Shabbat w/ 5th Grade & Potluck Dinner Saturday, January 14 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship & Torah Study Sunday, January 15 All Day No Religious School (MLK Day) 4:00 pm MLK Jr. Interfaith Service Monday, January 16 All Day Temple Office Closed 9:30 am MLK Jr. Day Parade Tuesday, January 17 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group Wednesday, January 18 6:00 pm Torah on Tap w/Rabbi Torop Friday, January 20 7:30 pm Friday Night Live! Erev Shabbat Service & Oneg

Saturday, January 21 9:30 am Shabbat Wonder 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship & Torah Study Sunday, January 22 9:30 am Religious School 9:30 am Sunday Morning University (CBI) Tuesday, January 24 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group Friday, January 27 6:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service of the Trees & Oneg Saturday, January 28 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship & Torah Study Saturday, January 28- 30 See Schedule 44th Annual Art Festival Beth-El Sunday, January 29 All Day No Religious School Friday, February 3 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service w/9th Grade & Oneg

See Holiday Closures on page 9

January 2017 Mailer  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you