- 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
Start your new year off by reconnecting with those who have passed on. We'll be meeting at TBS Cemetery (901 Circus Boulevard) at 11 am on October 6th.
Challah is a Jewish staple and is especially enjoyed on Shabbat. This recipe is courtesy of My Jewish Learning.
Dissolve the yeast in the water with 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Beat well and leave 10 minutes, until it froths.
In a very large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Then add the salt, sugar, and oil and beat again. Add the frothy yeast mixture and beat well. Now add the flour gradually, and just enough to make a soft dough that holds together, mixing well, first with a large spoon, then working it in with your hands. Knead vigorously for about 15 minutes, until it is very smooth and elastic, adding flour if the dough is too sticky. Pour a little oil in the bowl and turn the dough, so that it is greased all over. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place to rise for 2‑3 hours, or until it has doubled in bulk. Punch the dough down and knead again, then divide into four pieces to make 4 loaves.
To make round challah: Take 1 piece of dough, roll it between your palms, and pull it out into a long fat rope about 18 inches (46 cm) long and 2 inches (5 cm) thick – a little fatter at one end. Take the fatter end and put it in the middle of an oiled baking sheet, then coil the rest of the rope around it like a snail. Continue with the remaining 3 pieces.
To make braided challah with 3 strands: Divide 1 piece of the dough into 3. Roll each piece between your palms and pull into long thin ropes about 18 inches (46 cm) long and 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) wide. Pinch 1 end of all the strands together and plait them: bring the rope on the right over the middle one, then bring the one on the left over it and continue to the end. Pinch the ends together and tuck them under the loaf. You may find it, easier to begin plaiting in the middle of the 3 strands and plait towards the 2 ends. Continue with the remaining 3 pieces.
Place the 4 loaves on well‑oiled baking sheets, leaving plenty of room for them to expand, then leave to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk. Now brush gently with the beaten egg yolks or if you want to sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds, brush first with the whole beaten egg (the seeds stick better if the white is there too). Bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven for 30‑40 minutes or until the loaves are beautifully golden-brown. They are done if they sound hollow when you tap the bottoms.
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 Social Action. There are also many more opportunities. The Temple 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 aid in finding what is important to you.
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 spiritually 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