- Our Synagogue
Temple Beth Sholom is a vibrant full-service egalitarian congregation. We are proud of how each member brings their own story to our diverse community. We welcome those who have a multi-generational history at our congregation, those new to the city or Temple Beth Sholom - people of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking a Jewish community - a place to call home
* Your health is of the utmost importance. Due to the Coronavirus, services are now livestream only using Zoom.
Here is information for joining the Zoom gatherings. This can be done by computer or by phone.
By computer, all you have to do is click on the link (https://zoom.us/j/7934924820) and follow prompts to join the meeting. No account is necessary.
By phone you dial 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592 and then, when prompted, dial the Meeting ID#. 7934924820
We will be live-streaming our Shabbat Services:
Friday at 6:30 pm & Saturday at 10:00 am
We will be Live-streaming for Passover Services & Passover Seder:
Passover Day 1 - Thursday, April 9, 10 am—12 pm
Passover Seder - Thursday, April 9, 6:00-9:00 pm
Passover Day 2 - Friday, April 10, 10 am—12 pm
Passover Day 7 - Wednesday, April 15, 10 am –12 pm
Passover Day 8 - Thursday, April 16, 10 am –12 pm with Yizkor ~ 11:00 am
The full schedule can be found on our Facebook page @templebethsholomfl. All events and programs have been suspended until further notice. Please contact the office for the most up-to-date information.
Wednesday, April 8, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, at the west end of the building (curved drive with roof overhang). The kitchen will bring your order out to your car. Adults $68, Youth non-members $36, TBS…
* This is a Jewish Federation sponsored event * Sunday, April 26 Beatrice Friedman Theater The Larry & Mary Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life 582 Mcintosh Road, Sarasota Free event C…
March 20-21 and May 8-9 No charge or registration needed Temple Beth Sholom (1050 S. Tamiami Trail) Cantor Howard Dardashti (this past year’s Yom Kippur Chazzan) returns to lead our Shab…
As we are all seeing, events and activities are being postponed all around the community and throughout the country. Here at Beth Sholom we are postponing a number of our programs and cancelling others. As of this weekend (and until further notice), all programming is cancelled or postponed. We will share more information of rescheduled events when it is available.
In Judaism, we each strike a balance in our prayer services between Keva and Kavana. Keva is the structure of the prayers and the desire to fulfill certain obligations. Kavana is our mindfulness, intentionality, and soulfulness. At TBS we emphasize both of these which leads to lengthy services (no value judgment – just the facts). Beginning this Shabbat, we will focus and adapt both of these. We will pare down our services to include the essential elements and we will move through them somewhat expeditiously. You may ask if we are doing this, why would we still hold services? Our mission is to connect people with each other, with the Divine, and with our tradition. We need to continue with this mission as much as we can, even in these trying times. People need community and can be strengthened when continuing with their rituals of prayer. It is important for us to be mindful of the virus and the possible passing of it but it is also important for us to give access to the things we most value.
That being said, we have made adjustments to our services. Everyone entering the building will be asked to use hand sanitizer, ample space will be provided to be 6 feet away from others, Saturday morning services will be shorter, there will be no Oneg/Kiddish, and the Torah will process directly from the Ark/Bimah to the reader’s table without processing through the congregation.
During these times of upheaval and of possible seclusion, we want to be thoughtful of how we can continue to connect to those in our community. The following was written by
Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea in Los Angeles and I think it is an important sentiment:
"Every hand we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physical place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”
To this end, I want to be sure that we are supporting those in our community during these times when we are not getting together physically. If you are in need of a contact by the synagogue, please fill out this form. And, if you are able to help support someone, please fill it out as well. Click here for the form. If anyone has an urgent need, please feel free to call me at 412.901.4922.
Rabbi Michael Werbow
We understand that finding the right synagogue is important. Here are just a few reasons that we believe you should join us. Whether you join us for services, Lunch & Learn, yoga, or mah jongg, we look forward to meeting & welcoming you. If you'd like to find out more for yourself, stop by or contact us!
Walk into Temple Beth Sholom, and you will instantly feel welcome. Our community prides itself on being diverse and meeting people where they are. Being part of our kehillah, we will celebrate with and support you during every stage of life. You can also get involved by joining a class such as yoga, a club such as Men's Club, volunteer, or join a committee such as the social action committee. There are also many more opportunities. TBS is a place that you can call home.
With the myriad of programs and events we offer, there truly is something for everyone. Whether you are interested in the Torah, Israel, Hebrew, contemporary Jewish issues, history, or
anything in between, we probably have it. We are dedicated to continuing education and learning together.
Our Rabbi, Michael Werbow, is sure to spark inspiration. Our services are uplifting and steeped in tradition yet are also applicable to our everyday lives.
Tikkun Olam or "repairing the world" (i.e. social action) has always been important in the Jewish faith. TBS continually works with the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center through donation
drives. We work with All Faiths Food Bank as well and deliver casseroles to the Salvation Army. TBS supports Family Promise as well in providing assistance to homeless families. Reach out to
our social action committee for more ways to get involved.
We are proud partners of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism as well as The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Additionally, we are part of "Dalet" which is a consortium of several synagogues of all denominations in the area. We collaborate with each of these groups to achieve a tight-knit Jewish community.
Temple Beth Sholom is a safe place to explore your identity. Rabbi Werbow's door is always open to discuss Jewish thought or life in general. Our mix of services, programs, and events are sure to aid you in finding something of interest.
TBS has an incredible number of extraordinarily talented members – from ritual to business to programming to financial to social action to fund-raising. We all contribute, according to our interests and abilities. Plus, we are supported and led by an involved and caring Rabbi. Aristotle was correct: “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
- Stan Mitchell
My wife and I have been members of Temple Beth Sholom for the past 41 years. Two of our favorite parts of TBS are Rabbi Michael Werbow and the friendliness of the congregation. We both volunteer and I am on the board of the Mens Club. We also just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with the temple.
- Ted Probst
Though I hadn’t pursued any form of Judaism since my son made his Bar Mitzvah (He is now 31!), walking into the synagogue reawakened my soul. The smell of the siddurs, the tallitot hanging on pegs, I was brought back to my youth and all that is Jewish.
It is important to note, I did not join immediately. I tried a few shuls on for size. After attending my first Shabbat service, I noticed I wasn’t being rushed by tag-wearing couples assigned to sit with potentially new members reminiscent of a cult-like atmosphere. Instead I was welcomed by everyone I met, yet I was given space to experience the spirituality and totality of all that is good.
TBS is my refuge for prayer, reacquainting myself with G-d, and learning Torah. I am home.
- Cate Blank
By the time I moved to Sarasota with my husband, Steve, in 2004, I had lived in many places and belonged to many synagogues. It was only three years later that I walked into Temple Beth Sholom to say Kaddish for Steve with Joan Braude by my side.
I started to teach in the Hebrew school and attend Shabbat services regularly. I still volunteer in the Day School. I had my Bat Mitzvah on the bimah and recently celebrated my 80th birthday in the social hall with my three children around me. I may have belonged to many synagogues in the past but, Temple Beth Sholom is truly my home.
- Esta Snider
Temple Beth Sholom kind of rescued me.
The folks here embraced me and allowed me to become part of this community.
I love the programs, dinners, events - all of it and all of them!
- Linda Sack
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