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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.

STAFF - click a name or picture to contact them!

 

JENN MANGOLD
RABBI


MICHAEL TOROP
RABBI EMERITUS 
 


dan berman
Director of education &
family Programming


KENDRA CLUCK
Marketing MANAGER 


tracy nash
bookkeeper/registrar


Tovah feld
executive assistant to rabbi

 

SARAH GOTLIEB
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


TARA O'DONNELL
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER DIRECTOR 


 

Ardra Green
ECC ASSISTANT
Director


mARC TUCKER
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR


Bobby Gerry
Maintenance team


Jeff Rairdon
Maintenance team

OUR CANTORIAL SOLOISTS

BARBARA MAZER

Barbara Mazer is a classically trained soloist, songleader and educator, and has been leading music in synagogues and summer camps since 1993. During the day Barbara is a Business Development Executive for Adage Technologies, which provides digital marketing services for the arts and culture sector. She is also the Gulf Coast community leader for Momentum. Most importantly, she is the happy mom of two wonderful children.

 

JOYCE LIU

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.

 

Locate us

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

727-347-6136

 

Facilities

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).

     

     

Thu, September 29 2022 4 Tishrei 5783