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     There are an infinite number of ways to participate in synagogue life. Members of Temple Beth Sholom plan our programs and make activities happen with the support of our fantastic staff. Our children and teenagers discover a wide variety of meaningful and fun activities though our youth groups, while our adult congregants enjoy camaraderie in the Sisterhood or Men’s Club or general TBS events. In addition, many of our members volunteer their valuable time for worthy causes with energy and enthusiasm. Temple Beth Sholom depends on the many talents of our congregants and we welcome your involvement. We welcome new faces and encourage you to explore our programs- there is truly something for everyone!

General Programs

Mah Jongg, Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A game of skill, calculation, strategy and chance. Snacks are provided. New players are always welcome! TBS Members, $2; Non-members, $3

Idelson Library Book Review, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969)

December 5, 2018, 1:15 pm

This fascinating book, by Arlo Haskell, tells the dramatic story of the Jewish community of Key West, from the town’s founding through its post-war boom. It includes stories of Jewish sailors, religious leaders, smugglers, cigar makers, tavern owners, Cuban independence supporters, and activists who helped smuggle European Jewish refugees into the United States from nearby Cuba. This entertaining and authoritative book brings to life a history that has long been forgotten. Reviewed by Jane Greenfield. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Idelson Library Film Matinee, The Sturgeon Queens 

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 1:15 pm

The Sturgeon Queens, a “delectable” documentary about the famed lox and herring emporium, Russ and Daughters, a staple on New York’s Lower East Side for 100 years. The film traces four generations of the Jewish immigrant family that created and continue to run the store today. Famous devoted customers are interviewed, including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Morley Safer, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. (2014; 52 minutes) Ronnie Riceburg will lead a question & answer session after the movie. Refreshments, including popcorn, are provided courtesy of the Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club. Suggested donation - $3, Members; $5, Non-members

Continuing Education Programs

A Cup of Joe & the Five Books of Mo, Tuesdays, 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Join Rabbi Werbow as the java and Torah discussion flow while personal meaning is found through an exploration of rabbinic texts relating to the weekly parasha.

Beginning Conversational Hebrew Class, Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Start speaking modern Hebrew from day one! This class is taught by Cheryl Cohen.

Yiddish Reading Circle (Leyen Kreis), Tuesdays, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us as we read original Yiddish literature. Reading knowledge of Yiddish is essential.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class, Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Many people, for various reasons, did not celebrate becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at age 13. Join this class as we travel this journey together!

Conversational Hebrew Class(Chug Ivri), Thursdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

If you are interested in keeping up your spoken Hebrew skills, this ongoing informal study group is for you!

Lunch and Learn, Experiencing Jewish Music, with Cantor Neil Newman

Thursdays, December 6, 13 & 20, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Cantor Neil Newman as we enjoy the melodies of our people for this interactive exploration through the ages, from Cantillation to Choral music and Israeli song, with Toby Simon accompanying on the piano. Bring your dairy bagged lunch. Coffee, tea and water are provided. No charge for TBS members. $5/Non-members.

Sisterhood Programs

Annual Membership Brunch

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:00 am

Everyone is encouraged to join us for this brunch and discussion, as we explore the holiday of Tu B'Shevat, how it is celebrated, and the music for this special day!

Torah Fund Day of Study & Tribute

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

10:00 am Registration, Study & Discussion

12:00 pm Lunch & Tribute

Join us as we honor Sandra Hanan as the Light of Torah, with Rabbi Miriam Weisel as the keynote speaker, as we explore "Atid", the future of Conservative Judaism.

Sophisticated Ladies Celebrate the Arts - Lunch, Fashion, & Entertainment

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Join us for our annual fashion show, featuring lunch catered by Michael's on East and fashion by Foxy Lady!

Men's Club Programs

Men's Club Breakfast Lecture, Homeless, but not Hopeless

Sunday, December 9, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Peter Fleischmann, JFCS Client Services Officer, and Lieutenant Richie Schwieterman, SPD Homeless Unit Officer, and hear about the tremendous Homeless Outreach Team efforts of the Sarasota Police Department, in cooperation with Jewish Family and Children's Service caseworkers. $5/person, breakfast included. Youth are free.

Men's Club Breakfast Lecture

Guilty until Proven Innocent: Righting Wrongful Convictions in Florida

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join the Temple Beth Sholom Men's Club and Sisterhood as they welcome Mr. Seth Miller, Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Florida and the President of the Innocence Network, a consortium of more than seventy innocence organizations across the United States and abroad, as he discusses wrongful convictions in our state. $5/person, breakfast included. Youth are free.

Youth Programs

Escape Room Sarasota

Sunday, December 16, 2018 

2:00 pm Chalutzim

3:30 pm Kadima

Calling all Chalutzim & Kadima youth to join us for this exciting Escape Room event, "The Detective!"

Tue, December 11 2018 3 Tevet 5779