Name: Beth Israel, the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center
Address: 1115 Del Webb Blvd E, Sun City Center, FL 33573
Denominational affiliation: Reform
Member units (households): 300-500
What percentage of members are older than 50? At least 90% is older than fifty, as it’s in a retirement community
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? I’d say 50 every Friday, 20 every other Saturday.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Hour and a half, plus the oneg afterwards
Shabbat dress code: Business casual
Daily services? No
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes! Oneg afterwards
Language of service: Mix of both Hebrew and English, pretty evenly
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: No, but we accept children of all ages during regular services
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes! We have ramps, hearing aid connected mics, a wheelchair elevator going to the bima, and service dog friend seating. We also move seats around for wheelchair bound members
Are services streamed online? No
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No, though her written sermons can be requested via email.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? Unknown.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Yes and yes
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, completely egalitarian, including encouraging men to light Shabbat candles.
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