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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend a service at Congregation Beth Shalom?

Yes! We welcome visitors at our Shabbat services, which are held Friday nights at 7:45 PM.  Saturday services are only held at this time for B'nei Mitzvah and other life cycle events.  Check our calendar for an exact Saturday schedule.

How many members does Congregation Beth Shalom have?

Founded in 1990, we currently have over 130 member families.  We are the largest Jewish congregation in Eastern Hillsborough County.

Can I visit the temple for a tour?

We are happy to show you our temple building.  Please contact the temple office (813-681-6547) or send an email request to the temple administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to make arrangements.


Is there flexibility with membership financial commitment?

There are several different categories of membership available to meet individual needs.  Please see our Membership page for more detailed information.  No one is ever denied membership due to financial hardship.

Do membership fees include religious school tuition?

Religious school tuition is a separate fee from membership fees. This fee helps support the salaries of  the professional religious school teaching staff, and supplies and materials.

What do my membership fees pay for?

Membership fees cover all of our operational costs: building maintenance and utilities - keeping the lights on and making things go, as they say.  They also provide the salaries for our Rabbi, Cantorial Soloist, Religious School Directors, the Temple Administrator and the Temple Bookkeeper, as well as for all the tools and supplies of a living synagogue ranging from prayerbooks to paper goods and newsletters to office supplies.

Are your doors open to interfaith families?

Absolutely! We welcome and recognize that Jewish families are diverse in many ways.  In addition to interfaith families, we welcome single parent families, as well as lesbian and gay Jews and their families. Congregation Beth Shalom seeks to be a warm and inclusive Jewish home to all individuals seeking meaningful Jewish life in today's world.

How do I join Congregation Beth Shalom?

For membership applications, contact our Administrator (813-681-6547, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or our Membership Chair (813-988-8193, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  You can also download a membership application from this site under the application tab.

What's the best way to get involved as a member?

You could start the process by attending services.  Then, sample some Adult Education programs; or, join a Chavurah group; perhaps, identify a committee you would like to serve on, or attend a Board meeting, which are always open to members.  Read our monthly The Kibbitzer newsletter (on line or on paper), the weekly eNews, and visit the web site regularly.  If you are not receving either of our regular communiques please contact the Temple Office to sign up. Both The Kibbitzer and the eNews are available to members and non-members.  Schedule a meeting with Rabbi Torop or the Membership Chair or our CBS President and ask, "How can I become more involved in synagogue life?

Don't forget!

Update your contact info with your Temple!

Selichot Service, Sept. 16th, 7:00pm

Page Turners, Sept. 18th, 6:00pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service, Sept. 20th, 8:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Service, Sept. 21, 10:00am

Rosh Hashanah Family Service, Sept. 21st, 4:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Service, Sept. 22, 10:00am

Pancake Brunch, Sept. 22nd, 12:00pm

Parents Night Out, Sept. 23rd, 5:00pm

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

 

 

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