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Until further notice, all services will be live-streamed through Zoom and/or Facebook Live. Please see our EVENTS page for more details.

updates to programs & events

In order to keep our environment sanitized, our building is currently not open. Please call our Temple office at (727) 347-6136 or email for questions Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Until further notice, all services will be live-streamed through various platforms.

march 2021 digital scroll newsletter


february 2021 events


Purim is the original gift giving holiday! Board members & staff will be at TBE handing out
Mishloach Minot bags (includes adult & kids gifts!) to our members in their vehicles and
taking bags of canned goods from our members for the William & Sally Israel Food Pantry Needs.
Pick up your bag and drop off canned food gifts for others!


Due to popular demand, the registration for this event has been extended to 2/25! 
Click the image above to register for this event. 

This is the socially distant, collaborative event of the season! Join your TBE & TBI family on a driving scavenger hunt all around Pinellas County. Register with a team name to get your
Mischloach Manot (gift bag) and materials to have a successful race (including car decorating tools!). Register now to find out more information as your journey will be full of detours, selfie stops, yields, roadblocks, U-turns and fast forwards. You can conquer this race on your own in your vehicle or with your family pod as a team! Join us all together at the end of the race at TBI to honk our horns in celebration!

The race will begin at Temple Beth-El at 9:30am and will end around 12:45pm at
Temple B'nai Israel. Registration is required before February 24.


Registration is required and interested participants should be able to commit to most, if not all meetings.
Click the image above to register for this event before February 24.

This is a unique opportunity to have a book group discussion in collaboration with Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and Temple Beth-El to discuss How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi,
facilitated by Hillary Van Dyke, Equity Conversationalist.

Members from each congregation who register for this book study will be reading designated chapters each week followed by a very open, honest, and deep discussion in both large and small groups via Zoom.

Registration is required for this event before 5pm on March 2. Click the image above to register for this event.

By adapting to the times, we are offering a "taste of things to come." Fiore will present a brief
Zoom program followed by a Q&A. When we are able to gather again in person, we will provide a full 
experience with Mark Fiore at Temple Beth-El.

Mark Fiore is an American political cartoonist specializing in Flash-animated editorial cartoons.
The Wall Street Journal called him "the undisputed guru of the form."

Registration is required for this event. Click the image above to register for this event.

Jackie Cappiello grew up in Queens, NYC. She has been a journalist for most of her life, covering the UN for the Associated Press; Head of the Vienna News Division for the Herald Tribune and was head of the Editorial Division for the daily paper, The Financial Post, headquartered in Toronto. She lived in Vienna writing and covering stories regarding the role of the Four Powers (a treaty written after the First World War agreed to by USA, Japan, France and the UK – in an effort to prevent further wars between the nations) in Vienna and Berlin after the Second World War.  She has held key journalistic positions in Miami, Ontario, Pelee Island, Kingston, Austria and New York City, often using her teaching skills to help other aspiring journalists.

Jackie has been a member of Temple Beth-El since 2005, and was one of the founders of Congregation Or Hadash in Newmarket. She has suffered great loss in her life with the deaths of both her daughters,
but for the past ten years, until his death (just a few weeks ago) Jim Roberts (of blessed memory),
has been her partner and her true love.

Registration is required for this event before Friday, March 12. Click the image above to register for this event.

Ben Franklin meets Pirkei Avot is an invitation for adult learners to engage, discuss and debate
in a powerful dialogue about Benjamin Franklin's "13 virtues" alongside selected teachings from
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Sages). Pirkei Avot explores similar Jewish and American values, such as the
nature of justice, the importance of sincerity, or the impact of humility.

In this 3-week continuing education journey with Rabbi Michael Torop, we will explore Ben Franklin's and
the 2nd Century rabbis' shared goal that a person should strive for "moral perfection" even while each understood the reality of our human limitations.

A Zoom Meeting ID & Password is required for this event. CLICK HERE or on the image above to
email Cantor Pamela Siskin for access information before February 15. 

Steve Hurwitz is a spry 62.5 plus year old, who is a 20-year member of TBE, privileged to have taught
religious school, mostly 8th grade for 10 years, and served a term on the Board. Steve was an undergraduate at American University in Washington, D.C. and went to Law school at the University of Florida.
His professional career has focused on child welfare, from adoption, to foster care to child abuse and
so much more. Steve's current position is Chief Legal Officer for the Safe Children Coalition, Inc., the community-based care entity that does the child welfare work for the State of Florida in Manatee,
Sarasota, and DeSoto counties. His presentation will be an overview of the child welfare world in our state,
with a focus on cross-over kids (kids who commit law violations and also are in the care of the state,
removed from family) and the challenges they present.

After our morning presentation, our SAGE member Audrey Greenberg will invite a lively discussion
of our own experiences with adoption. Joining Audrey and the rest of us for a first hand account will be Audrey’s niece, Svetlana Lee Jacobs. Svetlana was adopted by Audrey’s sister from an orphanage
in Kazakhstan in 2003 when she was 12 years old. Her journey to the woman she is today makes for an unusual story. Svetlana will join our group via ZOOM from Moscow where she currently works and
lives near her biological family! All the stories we share will add to the rich and often complex accounts surrounding adoptions. Don’t miss this meeting!

Zoom access information will be provided in your Shabbat Weekend Connection on Friday, March 19. Friday service will also be streamed to our Livestream webpage, Facebook live and YouTube channel

Friday, March 19 - "What Am I Missing?" is a book in which Rabbi Joseph Edelheit invites us to ask questions about Jewish tradition's values and our lives. He provides us with six classic biblical figures who are each missing a defining characteristic of Jewish life, yet each of them remains essential to Jewish identity. Rabbi Edelheit will invite us to engage him in conversation as we ask our own questions about being human.


Saturday, March 20 - Following our spiritual and musical Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Torop, Rabbi Edelheit will guide us in considering whether Moses was a 'good enough' leader, as we begin the third book of the Torah. He will use a chapter from his book, "What Am I Missing? Questions About Being Human" in his leading this Torah Study.

Rabbi Joseph Edelheit Biography
Joseph A. Edelheit served as a rabbi in Reform synagogues for thirty years, earned a doctorate in Christian theology, and retired as an Emeritus Professor of Religious and Jewish Studies. He has served as a prison chaplain, on a Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, created a multi-faith orphanage in rural India for children with HIV/AIDS, and removed five swastikas constructed into the original 1931 facade of a Catholic cathedral in rural Minnesota. He has just been awarded by the Divinity School of the University of Chicago Alumnus of the Year, 2021, for his career work in interfaith dialogues. His daughter Eve and son-in-law Kit live in St. Petersburg and are newly affiliated with Temple Beth-El.

Registration is required for this event before Thursday, March 11. Click the image above to register for this event.

Come socialize with Mr. Dan and your friends and make some Passover characters from Paper Towel Rolls!
We'll create our own parting of the Red Sea in a fun and safe outdoor fashion!

Registration is required for this event before Wednesday, Mar. 24. Click the image above to register for this event.

With last month's weather cancellation, we are so excited to try again to open our campus at least once-a-month for a limited in-person, masked, socially safe, outdoor 30-minute Shabbat service! Our in-person Shabbat service will be limited to 25 worshippers total. Registration per "pod" will be required and is on a first-come-first-served basis. If all 25 spots are filled for the 6pm service, an additional in-person service will begin at 7pm for the next 25 registrants. You are not able to specify a time when registering and will be notified within the week before service so you can make plans to attend. We will have a waiting list in case there are cancellations. A COVID-19 Waiver and Symptoms Check will be required within 24 hours of arrival for each person. We ask that you bring your own chair, mask, water (if desired) and be prepared to have your temperature taken. Restrooms and water fountains will not be available during this time.

The LIVE service will still be streamed at 6pm for those on the waitlist or those who would like to continue to participate from the comfort of their home.

Click on the image above to order your Passover Seder Meal before 5pm on March 5.

Share an engaging and entertaining Zoom Passover Seder with your TBE community led by Rabbi Torop. Temple Beth-El has partnered with Nosh Catering and members can order your Seder meal at 50% off (on us) to enjoy during the Second Night Seder online.

Purchase your Seder meals online before 5pm on Friday, March 5 and pick up Friday, March 26.

A delivery option is available on a case-by-case basis for those who are unable to leave their homes. If you need food and are under a current financial struggle, please confidentially contact Rabbi through his Executive Assistant, Tovah Feld, at or (727) 347-6136 before March 5. 

Registration is required for this event. Click the image above to register for this event.


Registration is required for this event. Click the image above to register for this event.

We will have a Jewish trivia contest which promises to be loads of fun (and maybe even educational)! Feel free to make your own mocktail or enjoy your favorite adult beverage while playing the game! 

Registration is required for this event. Click the image above to register for this event.

After more than 40 years, women rabbis are no longer a unique phenomenon; rather,
they are part of the fabric of Jewish life. While noting the historic significance of women in the
rabbinate, there are still so many issues related to both the professional and personal lives of
female rabbis we need to explore.

Registration is required for this event. Click the image above to register for this event.

Sat, February 27 2021 15 Adar 5781