- Our Synagogue
Temple Beth Sholom is a vibrant, full-service egalitarian congregation. Our kehillah (community) values congregational diversity and encourages a mix of innovation and tradition by providing uplifting experiences. 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.
As of Thursday, November 10, 2022, Temple Beth Sholom no longer requires individuals to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the building. Temple Beth Sholom will keep our current "Mask Only" sections in the Chapel and Sanctuary for those who need this level of comfort.
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2023 Passover Seder
Warm – Interactive - Musical
Catered by Michael's on East
Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 5:30 pm
Reservations are now Closed. Thank you to those who registered, we look forward to you joining us for a traditional Passover dinner surrounded by friends and family with Seder lead by Rabbi Stuart Altshuler & Cantor Matt Austerklein.
Questions? Please contact the TBS office at 941.955.8121
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, Dr. Stuart Altshuler, 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 Altshuler'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
If you’re a member of this temple, you could be on zoom programs every day all day. I have to pick which ones to join. At this rate I will know more Judaism than I ever knew I could.
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
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
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
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
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