Beth El Life

Monthly Bulletin of Temple Beth El Congregation

May 2024 | Nissan - Iyar 5784

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

May Shabbat Worship

Friday, May 3 | 6:00 pm

Shabbat and Confirmation Service: Worship and Dinner (see below for details)

Friday, May 10 | 7:00 pm

Shabbat Worship

Friday, May 17 | 6:00 pm

Shabbat Under the Stars: Home of Rodney and Kricket Rich (see below for details)

Saturday, May 18 | 10:00 am

Shabbat Morning Worship and Bat Mitzvah of Maya Fleekop (see below for details)

Friday, May 24 | 6:00 pm

Shabbat Worship and Dinner

Friday, May 31 | 6:00 pm

Shabbat Worship and Dinner

Learning Opportunities

Torah Study - Book of Daniel

Saturday, May 4 | 9:30 am

Join us at Temple Beth El or via Zoom as we continue our study of the Book of Daniel. The latest authored book to be included in the Hebrew Bible, Daniel utilizes vivid imagery and stories to convey a distinct understanding of history. Learners of all levels and experience are welcome. Bagels and schmear will be served. For more information contact Rabbi Joel.

Torah on Tap

Tuesday, May 7 | 5:00 pm

Join us at Odd Colony Brewery (260 N Palafox St) for friendship, libations and learning. This month’s topic will be: What Should We Remember When We Remember the Holocaust?

Temple Beth El's Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on

Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30 pm.

All congregants are encouraged to attend the annual meeting to stay informed, vote on critical matters, and be part of the decision-making process that shapes the future of our community.

Important topics will include: finance review and 2024-2025 Annual Budget adoption, ratification and approval of new Board Members, Individual/Committee Reports and more.

We look forward to your presence and participation!

Upcoming Events

Confirmation Service

and Celebration

Friday, May 3

6:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate and honor this year's Confirmation Class with a special Shabbat service planned and led by our High School students.

Following service a covered-dish dinner will be held in the Max L. Bear Auditorium. 

Mazel Tov to this year's confirmands: Yael Fleekop, Erica Friedland, Andrew Nettles, and Ellie Nissim.


Saturday, May 4

6:00 pm

Temple Beth El Sisterhood presents our second annual sock-hop: BeatleJews!

Enjoy groovy food, a cash bar, music from the 60s, a silent auction and more!

Cost is $20 and costumes are encouraged. See below for more information, or RSVP today.

More Info

Temple Beth El

Cemetery Cleanup

Sunday, May 5

9:00 am - Noon

Start Sunday with a mitzvah by joining us for the seasonal cleanup of the Temple Beth El cemetery. We will be focusing on monument cleaning. If possible, please bring work gloves and gardening tools. No experience is necessary. There will be a role for everyone!

For more information contact Terry Gross at 850-449-1762.

Yom HaShoah

Monday, May 6

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Pensacola Jewish Federation presents a very special Holocaust Memorial Day program, featuring Journey to Freedom, the documentary chronicling the 2023 journey of families saved from Nazis by Sousa Mendes. Special guest Corinne Zimmerman Maginsky will share her experience with us.

Light refreshments will be served. Please see below for more information.

Yom HaShoah

Torah on Tap

Tuesday, May 7

5:00 pm

Enjoy friendship, libations and learning at Odd Colony Brewery (click for directions).

This month's topic will be: What Should We Remember When We Remember the Holocaust?

Schmoozing starts at 5:00 pm, and learning will begin at 5:30. For more information, contact Rabbi Joel.

Cafe Israel

Monday, May 9

6:00 pm

Join our Shlicha, Mia Slonimski, and her parents at Pcola Bistro for a very special Cafe Israel!

The program, From Trauma to Hope, will discuss "Operation Iron Swords" from a psychologist's point of view.

Dinner (cash only) begins at 6:00 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30. Click below for additional details.

Cafe Israel

Maya Fleekop Bat Mitzvah

My name is Maya Fleekop and I will become Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 18. I am currently in 7th grade at Gulf Breeze Middle School. My favorite subjects are ELA and Math. I enjoy dance and recently started taking tennis lessons. I also love to read and FaceTime my Jacobs Camp friends.

For my Bat Mitzvah Project I am organizing a “Summer Fun Drive” for students at Brentwood Elementary. I am collecting coloring books, art supplies, jump ropes, frisbees, and anything else you think would be fun for a kid over the summer. Items can be brought to the Temple through May 21.

I am looking forward to becoming a Bat Mitzvah and am thankful to all my teachers who helped me prepare. I hope you can share this special day with me and my family. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to

Shabbat Under the Stars

Friday, May 17

6:00 pm

Join us at the home of Rodney and Kricket Rich as we welcome Shabbat in the beautiful, natural sanctuary formed by the setting sun and sparkling waters of Pensacola Bay. The service, led by Rabbi Joel and Andrea Fleekop, will include a family-friendly story.

1 Beach Dr.

Gulf Breeze, FL

Following worship, join with friends for an al-fresco Shabbat dinner. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket, as well as a covered dish to share.

TBE Volunteers at Manna Food Bank

Tuesday, May 21

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Social Justice Committee as we sort and organize food donations from the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Manna relies on our support to make a difference in our community!

3030 North E St.

Pensacola, FL

To sign up, please click here or reach out to Deborah Buchalter.

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Chai Discussion Group

Thursday, May 30

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Join us at B'nai Israel for this month's Chai Discussion, facilitated by Terry Gross and Steve Nissim.

Additional information will be coming soon!

1829 N 9th Ave

Pensacola, FL 

Join Us in the Fight Against Hunger!

 The Social Justice Committee is excited to announce our annual collaboration with Manna Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Last year, this drive resulted in a remarkable 96,000 pounds of nonperishable food donations for our community.

This year's food drive is taking place on Saturday, May 11.

Look for a bag to be placed in your mailbox, fill it with your generous donations, and simply place it back in your mailbox for pickup.

Your contributions make a significant impact, and Manna Food Pantry relies on our support to sort, organize, and distribute these food items to those in need. Together, we can help make a difference in the lives of many. There are two ways you can participate:

  • Donate to the Food Drive: Fill the bag provided with nonperishable food items and leave it in your mailbox on Saturday, May 11 for pickup.

  • Volunteer at Manna Food Bank: Join our Temple Beth El team on Tuesday, May 21 to help sort and organize food donations. (See above for details)

For questions or to learn more, please reach out to me via phone or email.

Together, we can help make a difference in our community!

Warm regards,

Deborah Buchalter

TBE Social Justice Committee

Sponsoring an Oneg is a wonderful opportunity to honor someone's memory on their yahrzeit, celebrate an anniversary or birthday, thank someone special, or observe a special occasion that has meaning to you. No planning experience is required!

To sign up/inquire about available dates, contact Sydney McAbee.

Jews Who Cook - Informational Meeting

Wednesday, May 29 | 4:30 pm

Join us at Temple Beth El an hour before the Annual Congregational meeting, as we begin to plan this year's Jews Who Cook. For more information, please reach out to Terry Gross.

We're jumping with joy and gratitude for an incredibly generous donation from Marlene Sackheim!

This Passover, Marlene leaped into action and crafted hundreds of handmade frogs, which were given away as special keepsakes at our Seder. Marlene's creativity and generosity helped make the night one to remember.

From the bottom of our ponds, thank you Marlene for your toadally awesome contribution!

TBE Community Corner: Look what we've been up to!

Jazz Shabbat

School for Jewish Living

Women's Seder

Cafe Israel

SJL Chocolate Seder

Temple Seder

Passover Fun in the Kitchen!

Joel Fleekop, Rabbi

Danny Zimmern, President

Board of Directors:

Danny Zimmern, President

Brenton Goodman Vice President

Carol Rosenblatt, Treasurer

Alice Klein, Secretary

Steve Eilen, Past President

Renee Eilen, Sisterhood Co-President

Liz Broder, Sisterhood Co-President

Terry Gross, Brotherhood President

Andrea Fleekop, Director, School for Jewish Living

Board Members at Large:

Lewis Bear III

Ray Engel

Nichole Friedland

David Goldberg

Janet Kahn

Kym Lewis

John Macias

Bruce Pelton

Andrew Rothfedder

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