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celebrating rabbi michael torop's retirement

About Us

open community creates engaging & diverse jewish pathways

Located in St. Petersburg on Florida's beautiful west coast, Temple Beth-El is a Reform Jewish congregation that has served this area since 1928 and is focused on strengthening relationships and making connections. We are a welcoming Reform community for Jewish and interfaith households to experience an uplifting and joyful sense of belonging as we seek to connect our members with each other and the greater community and world around us.

Brotherhood Co-Presidents:

Lewis Kroll & Steve Jenkins 

STAFF - click a name or picture to contact them!



Bridget Siegel-Fultz
director of youth engagement


Marketing MANAGER 

tracy nash

Tovah feld
executive assistant to rabbi

cantor pamela siskin
director of pastoral care

randi nash-ortiz
Director of
early childhood education

dan berman
Director of education &
family Programming


Bobby Gerry
Maintenance team

Jeff Rairdon
Maintenance team



Barbara Mazer is a classically trained soloist, music teacher and choir director.  She has been a song leader and Cantorial Soloist since 1993. She has served a dozen Reform congregations and Jewish Community Centers in Nashville, St. Louis, Columbus, Tampa, Clearwater & St. Petersburg. During the day Barbara works for The Florida Orchestra, focusing on development and strategic planning, and more importantly, is the proud mom of two wonderful children!



Joyce S. Liu hails from a long line of Chinese musicians (her paternal grandfather was a Pekingese opera singer and her maternal grandmother a piano and voice teacher).  Joyce S. Liu recognizes the depth and value of “L’dor Vador” - that we pass on our heritage and legacy from one generation to the next.  She is honored to be a “klei kodesh” - a holy vessel - as she shares music with her favorite congregation.


Our community is absolutely incredible here at Temple Beth-El. What an amazing year it has been...full of highs and lows, joys and challenges, uncertainty, strength, comfort and support. Together, we stand strong. Together, we will conquer what the future holds. Take a few minutes and let's remember together what an incredible community we have...


Locate us

Temple Beth-El
400 Pasadena Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33707




The Temple Beth-El we currently occupy was built in the early 60's by architect, Morris Lapidus, a Miami based architect who designed The Fontainebleau, Eden Roc Hotels, and other iconic 50's and 60's buildings now symbolic of Florida's history. His work is now considered historically significant and is known for whimsical details like curved glass walls and nonlinear shapes (much like you will find in our main sanctuary.)  The sanctuary seats 350 worshippers, while the rest of our site includes a large social hall for simchas and congregational events (seating 270 for dinner and 450 for performances), a library (seating 80) and the Founder's Hall, a youth, education and programming center built in 2001 (seating 80 in our all purpose room, 100 in the courtyard outside the Founder's Hall, 100 outside the all purpose room, and 25 in the Founder's Hall Foyer).



Wed, June 23 2021 13 Tammuz 5781