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Office Hours:

Mon & Tues: 10am-2pm, Wed & Thurs: 2pm- 5pm,     Fri: 10am - 12pm

Hours subject to change without notice. 
We encourage you to call first without an appointment.

Yom Sheini, 2 Tammuz 5777

Welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom!

Celebrating 25 years of Jewish Community in Brandon! We are a URJ affiliated synagogue and encourage you to come see what we are all about!

Second Annual CBS Retreat

Our Second Annual CBS Retreat in March 2015 was another great success! A wonderful day of fellowship in the great outdoors!

Chanukah Celebration

Each year we celebrate Chanukah with a community Chanukiot lighting. The joy in children young and old at the beautiful, glowing menorahs is a special part of Chaunkah for our community!

Sounding Shofar

Our youth fully participate in all Jewish holidays. Each year students 'audition' to sound shofar during Rosh HaShanah.

Special Guest Philip Gans

Rabbi Torop and Past President Hank Mart with Mr. Gans, a Holocaust survivor, who spoke to a standing room only crowd as part of our Yom HaShoah program. Each year we host multiple guest speakers and scholars-in-residence to provide in-depth, personal learning experiences.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation allows our teens to develop their own Jewish identities and strengthen their bonds with Jewish friends – all while having fun!

Fun for Torah Tots!

Our preschool program is called “Gan Shalom – We Help Your Children Grow”. It includes Sunday morning activities with the rabbi, special craft and holiday projects, brief Shabbat services just for our young members with songs, stories and instruments, pot luck dinners and family discussions.

Dancing with the Torah!

We love to celebrate all the joy and beauty of our traditions together as a community.

B'nai Mitzvah

As a small congregation, we are able to make each child’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah an occasion of meaning, emphasizing Jewish values of learning(Torah), worship(avodah) and deeds of kindness(gemilut chasadim). We believe that B’nai Mitzvah is an important event for the entire family and we welcome all kinds of families to take this important journey with their children.

Contemporary Issues

   A Practical Exploration of the Customs of Death and Mourning

Session 1: What to do When a Loved One Dies – A Conversation at Segal Funeral Home

Sunday, Nov. 13, 10:00am

 

All of us will experience the death of a loved one and often times it is difficult to know what to do.  This series will take place both in the temple and in the community and will help us practically prepare for these difficult moments.

Watch for Sessions 2 & 3What to do at Shiva and an Exploration of the Beth Shalom Cemeteries

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   Israel in the Spotlight:  The Presbyterian Church confronts the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Movement with Special Guest, Michael Gizzi

Thursday, Nov. 10 – 7:00pm

Many of the national church organizations have brought resolutions asking their national assemblies to approve boycotting and divesting from companies that do business with Israel.  This program will allow us to discuss this disturbing trend with a church leader actively confronting these issues.

Michael Gizzi is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an active member of Presbyterians for Middle East Peace. A political scientist and professor of criminal justice at Illinois State University, Gizzi is actively involved in research on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

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    From Scubi Jew to BDS - Engaging the College Students of Today- Rabbi Ed Rosenthal

Sunday, Feb. 12, 4:00pm

Featured Speaker: Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Executive Director, Hillels of the Suncoast

 

The next generation of Jews wrestles with Jewish identity in new and different ways from their parents.  Rabbi Rosenthal has years of experience working with college students and will share insights about everything from confronting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement on campus to modern explorations of spirituality in unique underwater programs.

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    Branches on the Same Tree:  Understanding our Christian Neighbors

Thursday, Mar. 9, 7:00pm

Featured Speaker: Father Kevin Warner, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Sun City

 

An evening of dialogue and discussion on issues of faith and exploration of the questions that challenge us as Jews and Christians.

    Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – A Year Long Conversation

 

iEngage is an exciting program designed by the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem to stimulate meaningful, knowledgeable dialogue about Israel.  Drawing upon leading scholars and thinkers, the iEngage program will help participants dive deeply into fundamental questions about the Jewish homeland.  The iEngage Project is working to generate a conversation that will celebrate Israel for what it is and, more importantly, for what it will become.

The year-long program will include twelve stand-alone sessions spread out throughout the year. The first three sessions are listed below.


Session 1: Talking About Israel: Foundations for a Values Discourse

Tuesday, Aug. 16th, 7:00pm

This discourse explores the range of attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict across the Jewish world, emphasizing the different values and moral claims that lie behind each core position along the spectrum.

Session 2: The Current Discourse: Living with Difference

Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 7:00pm

This session examines pluralism, tolerance, and diversity and their reflection in Jewish sources to gain an understanding of the ways in which Jewish communities can accommodate difference and develop strategies of acceptance and belonging.

Session 3: The Israel We Imagine

Tuesday, Oct. 18th

This session addresses the most essential narratives and assumptions that the Jewish community holds about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Don't forget!

Update your contact info with your Temple!

CBS Brotherhood Event, July 1st

Tampa Jewish Singles, The Art of The Brick exhibit, July 9th, 4pm

Page Turners, July 17th, 6-7pm

 Contact the Temple Office for further detail on any of these opportunities!