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

September 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  

Difficult as it is for me to comprehend, this will be my 48th year of conducting High Holy Days services. Early on, I used to regard this sacred season as the World Series of Judaism. Working diligently on my sermons throughout the summer, I felt the need to “hit it out of the park,” with the mistaken assumption that the congregants would be hanging on every sentence, that perhaps I could actually affect teshuvah, i.e. personal growth and renewal. I have long since abandoned this overly ambitious expectation. Not that I minimize the possibilities of the High Holy Days, only that, no matter how eloquent or insightful, every rabbi’s effectiveness is limited to circumstances beyond our control. Essentially, the High Holy Days “work” not as a consequence of what the worshipper takes away from the services, but rather what each person brings to the experience. For those who approach the season as the annual nod to God; as their annual obligation to renew their Jewish subscription, we will be pleased to welcome you and wish you L’shanah tovah. Of course we are glad you are there, but each person must decide whether he/she is coming with a mind and heart open to the possibilities or simply going through the motions.


Woody Allen once famously said: “90% of life is just showing up.” He may be right but my hope for each of us is the other 10%. I don’t think that I could keep doing this for 48 years if I did not believe at least in the possibility. So I offer for your consideration the following:

People change for two reasons, either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken.

Love is nothing without action. Trust is nothing without proof. Sorry is nothing without change.

When things change inside you, things change around you.

Never judge people by their past. People learn. People Change. People move on.

Never be defined by your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.

Deborah joins me in wishing you, your dear ones and friends, a good and healthy New Year. May God enable each of us to make our highest hopes become real, our most worthy aspirations to be fulfilled.

לשׁנה טובה תכתיבו

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
Dick Solyn
Please help us get to know them!
Will you be our next new member?

Staci Rosenstein has stepped down as Membership VP, we want to thank her for her service to TBE over the last several years. 

Message from the President 
Dr. Robyn Spirtas

Shalom Temple family and friends,  

Temple Beth El has been growing! We had a wonderful Open House and had quite a few new people attend. We all had a great time. I want to again thank Diana Tully - a new member for stepping in and helping with publicity. I also want to thank the TBE board and the volunteers as they are working hard to get everything ready for the High Holy Days. This year's services are going to be amazing and I am so looking forward to it. If you would be interested in being a "greeter", please let us know.  Cantor Bard has put a wonderful Choir together and it has added to our Shabbat services. She has also assembled a Live musical group and we now have folk ensemble Shabbats. We have so many upcoming events and things are really coming together. TBE is a very special congregation. We hope to see everyone at High Holy Day services. Please call for your cards of admission.

Your TBE President,
Robyn Spirtas


Saturday, Sept 1st, 6:00 pm. Selichot and Family Pot Luck dinner. We will have a beautiful 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 Holy Days.  Join us! Call the temple to RSVP 941-745-4900 or sign up in the lobby at the temple.

Wednesday September 5th, 6:00 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, get tickets by calling the theatre 941-748-5875, by going to the Ticket Office or by purchasing online: www.manateeperformingartscenter.com. Please let Jean know if you are joining us so we have a count.

High Holy Days Schedule

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

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

Shabbat Shuvah--Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.                     

Kol Nidre---Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 p.m.                                                        
Yom Kippur Day---Wednesday, September 19th, 10:00 a.m. Followed by Yizkor/Memorial service at 12 pm.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service, 5 p.m.---Torah Service and Neilah.

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

If you have not received a High Holy Day Packet,
please call the temple office to request one.
HHD donations accepted online at www.templebethelbradenton.com
or by mailing checks to the temple office

Friday, October 5, 5:30 pm -  Family Pot Luck Shabbat. We will have a beautiful meal together as a family and then have a special Shabbat & Simchat Torah Service. We will be opening the Torah Scroll for all to see. This is a beautiful Service. Join us! (Bring a dish to share -fish, vegetarian or dairy. No meat or desserts please).  Shabbat service starts at 7:00 pm. Please note this will be our new time for Friday night Services. Our Live Band will be playing.

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. Advanced registration required.

 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

Our first meeting for the upcoming year was on Sunday, August 19th at my home. There were 8 members in attendance and we had a productive meeting. We discussed past events and planned for the future. We will be planning the "That's Italian" spaghetti dinner and auction. This event was a huge success both in attendance and financially for the temple. We are also looking at guest speakers and the Men's club Shabbat.

Going forward, we are looking into a trip to the art gallery at Raymond James Park, the Glass factory in St. Pete, the Big Cat Sanctuary and other events. Men's Club is also working with Rabbi on events for Chanukah.
We will need volunteers to set up and break down for the HHD's - and for Sukkot

Respectfully submitted by, Neil Clark, President

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. 

 Shares from Sisterhood

Join us on September 5th 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 



I have had communication from Suzette at "Topaz".  She has invited us to come on October 31. She says she has a much better entertainment for us.  A time has yet to be set, but I would imagine our usual time of 11:00 am.  We can go out to lunch after the show.   She is making a good donation to Sisterhood, and asks that we have about 15 people present for the event.


Please call me and sign up for this.  We cannot turn down a nice donation! Topaz Design Group is located at: 1870 University Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34243


Hope to hear from you soon!   941-747-2423. Jean


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  
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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 have started 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.   

Our school will begin on October 7. Some of the Religious school children, past and present, have parts in our High Holy Day services. 

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 

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


Beverly Hurowitz IMO Tiby Breitstein

Barry Steiger IMO Ann Steiger



David Meier IMO Anneliese Mai

Bayla Kolton IMO Theodore Halasz

Susan Koff IMO Roberta Gordon

Lisa Leuchter IMO Elaine Roberts

David Karubian IMO Mike Karubian

Barry Schneider IMO Brenda Schneider

Itay Seith IMO Leone Sherrod Taylor Rumph

Robyn Spirtas IMO Marcia Campbell

Beverly Safron IMO Hugo Sohn

Dr. Lawrence Lieberman IMO Samuel Lieberman

Paul Stahl IMO Bertha Stahl


Jean Ellis IMO Jonas Ellis

Sandy Clark IMO Jacob Kleinman

Barry Steiger IMO Sue Steiger

Sophie Reiner IMO Mary Schorr

Eunice Bruton IMO Katherine McMahon

Freda Koff IMO David Koff

Dr. Brian Weiss IMO Pearl H. Weiss


Dr, Craig & Linda Hoffman IMO Mae Samson

Lisa Leuchter IMO Richard Roberts

Paul Stahl IMO Rita Lewandoski

Jean Shames IMO Abraham Shames

Eunice Bruton IMO Abraham Shames



Jean Shames IMO James W. Dunn

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. 


Jean Ellis IMO Sarah Ellis
Celia Strickler IMO Dick Norris
Barry Schneider IMO Brenda Schneider
Robyn Spirtas IMO Sadie and Dave Rosenfeld
Marlena Johnsky IMO Norman Harris


Jess Calzadilla in celebration of her birthday


Bayla Kolton IMO Edward Kolton


Gary Konicov



Jean Ellis

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

Please consider covering the credit card and technology fees for my donation(s) by adding 6% to my transaction, so that 100% of my donation goes to the organization.

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.


3        Joy Shames

11       Dick Solyn

16       Jay Givarz

29        Stephanie Peshek


5        Michelle & Jose Torres

30      Joshua & Lisa Leuchter


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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