Welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom
Shalom and welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom! We are an active, vibrant congregation, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, offering meaningful and engaging services and programs for the Jewish community in Clearwater Florida and the entire Tampa Bay area.
Our members join together in prayer, song, learning & the celebration of life-cycle events in a true feeling of community. Our congregants value Jewish learning, spiritual worship, service to the community and support for the State of Israel. Membership opportunities are available for every lifestyle. We welcome your participation and look forward to your involvement.
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Not So Sterling by Rabbi David
The same year that the State of Israel came into being, George Orwell wrote a book about what government surveillance might look like in the year 1984. We have come a long way from that imagination to the current reality of our own National Security Agency. In our state of insecurity, the government has its eye on the nation, and in this age of computers and cell phones, our activities can be monitored to the moment.
In the private sector, everyone who has paid for an item with a credit card, given an e-mail address or phone number to a merchant or vendor, has a numerical consumer ID that enables advertisers to solicit you according to your buying trends. When Edward Snowden recently asked Vladimir Putin about the practices of the NSA, he simply said that he was envious that he didn't have that kind of money to devote to domestic surveillance.
- Barbara and Steve Shepard on the marriage of their son, Adam, to Sarah Smilow
- Batya and Elian Bar-Av on the birth of their twin granddaughters, Hannah and Ella
- Rachel and Marc Blatt, daughter and son-in-law of Renee and Alan Feinman, on graduating from the Ziegler Rabbinic Seminary and becoming ordained Rabbis.
- Joshua Slone, son of Eileen Jacobs and Dr. Sherman Slone, on his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania
- Riley Michaels on earning the rank of Eagle Scout
Youth Group Update
Introducing the new CLUSY 2014-2015 Board! Mazel tov and much success in the coming year!
- President David Siegel
- Exec./Religious Education/Israel Affairs Tymber Wolf
- Membership/Kadima Harrison Smajovits
- Programming/SATO Erica Sager
- Communication Lauren Marsh
How to Make Your Online Payments
We are pleased to announce that you can now make donations, contributions and payments to the synagogue ONLINE using our secure PAYPAL account. The PayPal button is currently located at the very bottom of this website. Todah Rabah and thank you for your patience!
Update: We now accept American Express in addition to MasterCard, Visa and Discover. As of April 1, 2014, Beth Shalom will charge a 2.5% credit card processing fee for each credit card charge.
A Prayer for Safety
May G-d protect you, your loved ones, and all of the Nation of Israel.
How I Became a Pioneer for Women’s Equality at my Synagogue
Although my 13th birthday was in August of 1974, I became bat mitzvah in June of that year because my parents didn’t want me to worry about studying while at Camp Ramah in the Poconos over the summer.
Let’s start with a little historical context.
A little more than 10 years earlier, Betty Freidan wrote The Feminine Mystique, which took on cultural gender roles, workforce regulations, government discrimination, and everyday sexism that left women subjugated at home, at church, in the workforce, in educational institutions, and in the eyes of the government.
In 1969, women were admitted to my alma mater, Yale College, for the first time (I started there 10 years later). June 1972 saw two significant events for women. The first was the passing of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972. Most people think Title IX only affects women in sports, but it protects people from discrimination based on sex in all education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The second event that year was the ordination of Sally Pries and as the first female rabbi by the Reform Jewish Movement. By 1973, the women’s liberation movement was running strong, with the January Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade and Billie Jean King’s defeat of Bobby Riggs in September’s “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match.
Ethel Honigman Religious School News
Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers for another successful year! Have a safe and wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you all in August!
B’nai Mitzvah Class Project Announcement
The upcoming B'nai Mitzvah group's class project is collecting pop tabs from all soda cans to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg, FL. The tabs are collected and recycled and the proceeds go directly to the Ronald McDonald House families. Our contribution of the pop tabs will help a family in need of assistance with travel costs, clothing, and hygiene items or in some cases the costs associated with the death of a child. By collecting these tabs, our class will be helping both the environment and the families at the same time. We will have collection buckets throughout the Shul during the summer and upcoming year. The more that we can collect, with help from the community, means the more we can help the children and their families who come to the Ronald McDonald House in our area.
Thank you from our class,
Benjamin Harris, Coby Hirschfield, Cole Smith, Kobe Litov, Madeline Abrams, Rachel Lenett, Sam Hoffman
Lifecycle Teacher and Mitzvah Project Coordinator, Ms. Leslie Tinson
Mi Sheberach: Prayer for Healing
Mi Sheberach Avoteinu
Mekor Habrachah L'Imoteinu
May the source of strength
Who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage
To make our lives a blessing
And let us say, Amen
Mi Sheberach Avoteinu
Mekor Habrachah L'Imoteinu
Bless those in need of healing
With a Refuah Sh'leimah
The renewal of body
The renewal of spirit
And let us say, Amen.
Lyrics and words by Debbie Friedman
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