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

April 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

Happy Passover from the TBE Family to your Family..


"News and Views”
By  Rabbi Michael Sternfield  

This month, Jewish people throughout the world will join in celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948.  By every historical standard, the State of Israel is a very young country, established in the wake of the greatest tragedy ever to befall our people, and against a backdrop of unabated hostility that continues to this very day. Just consider what Israel has accomplished in an incredibly short span of years! Having received and absorbed diverse Jewish populations for the 4 corners of the earth, Israel today is home to 43% of the world’s Jews. Israel has multiple institutions of higher learning, flourishing arts and culture, an economy that is robust based almost entirely upon ingenuity and brainpower. Furthermore, it has the means to defend itself against all who can only dream of destroying it.

Yes, Israel has many problems. It is not perfect. There are many, sadly including too many fellow Jews, who are quick to point out Israel’s imperfections. Personally, I do not have much tolerance for this point of view. So many judge Israel by standards that they are unwilling to apply to themselves, which reeks of hypocrisy.

A little historical perspective is worthwhile. In 1846, the United States celebrated its 70th birthday. At that time, our country had nearly 4 million slaves and was on the verge of the Civil War that tore our nation apart. Even today, 242 years since its founding, our country is dealing with the aftermath of America’s original sin with the scourge of racism and seemingly intractable poverty that continues to prevent far too many African Americans from achieving full equality and opportunity. We are a nation of vast resources and yet there are millions living in abject poverty.

I write this not to castigate our country but simply to state: Who are we to judge? America is one of the most enlightened of nations and we are far from perfection. Many of Israel’s most vocal critics, particularly the nations who vote for every anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations have pathetic records concerning human rights. Without question, Israel is held to an unrealistically higher standard than practically every other country.

Nevertheless, Israel will not be deterred. It will continue to grow, to develop and thrive, against all odds. The critics will continue to express their feigned moral indignation but Israel will not flinch. I am certain that, in time, Israel will achieve peace with the Muslim world. In time, Israel will find a way successfully to deal with the vexing issue of to coming to a fair and humane resolution of the Palestinian issue. Until then, we who so greatly admire and appreciate Israel for all that it has achieved for all that its existence means to Jewish people everywhere, I am certain, will remain steadfast in our support for Israel. This is our responsibility and this is our blessing.

In 1896, Theodore Herzl published a short book in which he outlined his vision for a Jewish State. On the occasion of Israel’s 70th anniversary, we would do well to remind ourselves of the magnitude and courage of his prophetic vision. In Der Judenstaat he wrote:

"I believe that a wondrous generation of Jews will spring into existence. The Maccabees will rise again…. The Jews who wish for a State will have it. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own homes. The world will be freed by our liberty, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there to accomplish for our own welfare, will react powerfully and beneficially for the good of humanity... The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind”

"I consider the Jewish question neither a social nor a religious one, even though it sometimes takes these and other forms…."We are a people—one people.”

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!

Message from the President 
Dr. Robyn Spirtas
Shalom Temple family and friends,

It has been a great joy to have Cantor Deborah Bard join us. She has already been a great asset to our congregation and we are very happy to have her. I know she will bring much excitement to our Shul. Our Italian night dinner fundraiser was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and to all those that participated. We are sold out for Passover. 126 people will join us this Friday at IMG Country Club for Seder. We are excited to have such a big crowd and so many new faces joining us! TBE is dedicated to keeping the Jewish Community of Manatee County alive and thriving. If you have not been to services in a while, please join us. Our services are in both English and Hebrew and have a lot of music and singing. This month we have some special Shabbat services planned. We are a wonderful group of loving people. Call me if you have any questions.

Your TBE President,

Robyn Spirtas

TBE Shabbat Services and Special Events:
Friday, April 6th: "Welcome to TBE Cantor Bard" Shabbat Service  7:30 pm
Saturday, April 7th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am 

Tuesday, April 10th: Congregational Choir rehearsal and planning 7:00 pm

Friday, April 13th: Yom Hashoah Erev Shabbat Service  7:30 pm
Saturday, April 14th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am 

Wednesday, April 18th: International Film Series "The Band's Visit" and dinner,
prepared by Rabbi Sternfield. $10 members $13 guests 6:30 pm

Friday, April 20th: Israeli Independence Day Erev Sabbat Torah Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 21st: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am 

Friday, April 27th: Family Erev Sabbat Service with the Shabbat Live Band 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 28th: Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 am          
Sunday, April 29th: TBE Annual Congregational meeting 4 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

♫  ♫  ♫  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! Our very first rehearsal, planning and nosh (of course) will be on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Temple sanctuary.

Some extra Pesach Seder Fun. If you will be joining us for the Seder and would like to help lead some of the traditional songs, please contact Cantor Bard.

For more information: please contact Cantor Bard (773-484-8149)

 Men's Club News
The Men of TBE will meet at Theresa's restaurant on Sunday, April 15th for great laughs, great discussion and a short meeting on future Men's Club Events.


The Italian Dinner event was a huge success both monetarily and fun. The food prepared by the Men's Club (Ron Eiseman and Neil Clark) the Sisterhood and Rabbi Sternfield was delicious.. Special thank you to Neil Spirtas, Mike Loewy, Beverly Safron, Kate Richmond, Jean Ellis, Sandy Clark and Karen Knoell for set up and clean up.The dessert table prepared by Karen Knoell, Florence Shulman, Bayla Kolton and Rabbi Sternfield rivaled any done by professional caterers and the entertainment was fantastic. Special thanks to Sheri Weiss who helped Sandy Clark with the wonderful auction and raffle. The accordionist played both Italian and Jewish music and we were serenaded by Cantor DB and Cantor Alan with music from Italian operas. Everyone enjoyed the silent auction and "Chinese auction" and bid on everything. Kudos to all that helped - cooked - baked - set up - cleaned up and all that enjoyed a wonderful evening to benefit Temple Beth El.

And Mark your calendar -Sunday, May 13th - Men' Club Mother's Day Brunch, 2 pm at TBE

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


Neil Clark, Men's Club President

 Shares from Sisterhood

Our purpose this past month was to work with the Men's Club to prepare the temple for the Italian Dinner and fund raiser.  Men's Club prepared the entree with Neil Clark being the chief chef, and bought the  table settings.  Sisterhood made desserts, set tables, and generally assisted where needed. Thanks to Bayla Kolton, Florence Shulman, Marlena Johnsky and Susie Konicov.  I hope I have not left anyone out - if so my apologies.  It was BYOB dinner and it seemed that people had enough to drink.  Many thanks to Karen Knoell who donated  salad and garlic bread (and probably some other things too!). Thank you to Rabbi Sternfield who made a delicious chicken dish and cannolis. Thanks to Kate Richmond for lugging tables and then putting them away with help from the men.  The fund raiser was great fun, and our thanks to Sandy Clark for her hard work, even after spine surgery and a tooth extraction!  I cannot thank the Sisterhood enough for pitching in like they did.  We may be small in number but we are mighty in purpose!

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. 


Our students are steadily moving forward in learning the Hebrew letters, and reading real words with the letters they have learned. They are, at the same time, learning to write those letters in the block form. Our Bar Mitzvah boy has started learning his Torah portion with Rabbi, and the  prayers, with Miss Susie. On Sunday, March 25th, Rabbi and Cantor Bard held our annual children's Model Seder. The children attended and took part, and had a fun time. It was a lovely Seder, with lots of grape juice (!) and singing, chatter, interesting Pesach facts from Rabbi, and Ruach* from DB! We also had two guests, former student Mallory, and hope-that-she-becomes-a-student, Abby (now called LA). * spirit, wind. In this case, Spirit.
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 

Special evening celebrating Israel's 70th Birthday!

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Join us on Wednesday, April 18th for our International Film Series. We will be having a delicious Israeli meal prepared by our very own, Rabbi Sternfield and showing the film "The Band's Visit". This is what was said on IMDb... In an ocean of predictable movies, "The Band's Visit" is an island of bliss. When you see the advertising about the story of an Egyptian police band getting lost in Israel, you're likely to roll the film instantly in your mind - conflict, hatred, perhaps some awkward humor, and a forced bit or two of vague optimism about the future. Forget all that, it's some other movie. This one is free and clear of anything set, routine, obvious, predictable. "The Band's Visit" is about people - mostly awkward, all real, well- and ill-behaved in turn - and not about agenda, ideology, politics. It's an unsentimental "people movie", enormously likable, a treasurehouse of humanism.

"Visit" is a rare film, one that keeps running in your mind long after the band strikes up.

All this for just
$10 for members and $13 for guests 6:30 pm at the Temple.
This event celebrates Israel's 70th birthday and is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. (It is also Rabbi Sternfield's birthday!!)

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


Synagogue Council-  Day of Learning

April 29th at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee,
580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. 8:30am-12:30pm

8:30-9:15am Keynote Speaker - Dr. Steven Derfler  
Political Zionism and the Creation of the State

   Breakout Sessions

1st Session

9:30 -10:30 am  

Rabbi Anne Feibelman w/Maor Ben Arie Israeli Music over the past 70 years

Rabbi Jonathan Katz -    Place Names in Israel: The Fascinating Stories They Tell

Rabbi Aaron Koplin  -   The Diversity of Jewish Identity in Israel

Rabbi Howard Simon -    Times They Are Changing --Israel and Its Middle East Neighbors


10:30 -10:45 am - Q & A     10:30 -11:15am -  Break


2nd Session


11:15 -12:15 pm 


Rabbi Michael Werbow - Bring Us Together from the Four Corners of the Earth

Rabbi Steven Sniderman  -  To Be Determined

Rabbi Ed Weinsberg  -  The Mitzvah of Ransoming Captives-An Israeli Dilemma

Rabbi Michael Sternfield Religious Pluralism in Israel Today                                                            


12:15-12:30pm - Q & A


Pre-Registration Required for Conference and Breakout Sessions: Please contact Judith Zangwill @ jzangwill3912@comcast.net  or Phone: 941-488-8128  to register.

Suggested Donation: $8 Per Person -To be paid on day of event.  All donations will be given to Charity.


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 April 6th & 7th

Jean Ellis IMO Eve Pesk

Robert Powell IMO Rita Marccado

Robert Powell IMO Herbert Freissner

David Morgen IMo Aaron B. Cohen

Sandy Clark IMO Aaron Milch

Jack Kipnes IMO Harry Kipnes


Services April 13th & 14th

Jean Ellis IMO Rebecca Levy

Joe & Iras Roback IMO Phyllis Lavine

Judie Littell IMO Fannie Rabinowitz

Marlena Johnsky IMO Max Johnsky

Dr. Sophie Reiner IMO Dr. Abraham Reiner

Dr. Lois Gerber IMO Eli Gerber

Services April 20th & 21st

Neil Spirtas IMO Gert Spirtas

Beverly Safron IMO William Safron

Dr. Lois Gerber IMO Rebecca Gerber

Pearl Friedman IMO David Scharfman

Linda Hoffman IMO Bessie Slavin

Neil Clark IMO Jennie Clark

Dottie Mizzi IMO Rebecca Abo

Services April 27th & 28th

Beverly Safron IMO Thea Lehmann

Alan Cohn IMO Jack Cohn

Anna Lee Bever IMO Sarah Berlin


Services May 4th & 5th

Joe & Iras Roback IMO Lewis Lavine

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. 


Michael and Susan Kulbersh in honor of
Linda and Craig Hoffman's 50th wedding Anniversary


Betsy & Larry Lieberman IMO Lillian Lieberman
Joseph and Iras Roback IMO Gladys Roback
Jean Shames IMO Irving Shames


Karen Knoell IMO her husband, Dr. Roger Knoell
Judy Alpert IMO of her parents


David Meier
Gary Konicov
Fern Goldberg


Jean Ellis

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

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.

                                                                                         MAY BIRTHDAYS

1              Neil Clark

2              Ronald Adelson

8              Marlena Johnsky

8              Lionel Freedman  

14            Marv Howard

14            Amelia Rose Metcalf-Clark

21            Rebecca Hadesman

25            Robin Eiseman

31            Celia Strickler

                                                                                         MAY ANNIVERSARIES

4              Eli & Neva Lerner

9              Stephanie & Cliff Peshek

21            Andrew & Stephanie Clark

29            Albert & Staci Rosenstein

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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