Beth El Life

Monthly Bulletin of Temple Beth El Congregation

March 2024 | Adar I - Adar II 5784

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

March Shabbat Worship

Friday, March 1 | 4:00 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat at Azalea Trace

Friday, March 1 | 6:00 pm

Shabbat Worship and Dinner featuring participation by our SJL 1st and 2nd Grade Class

Friday, March 8 | 7:00 pm

Shabbat Worship

Friday March 15 | 6:15 pm

Sip into Shabbat - Wine & Cheese at 6:15 pm, Worship begins at 7:00 pm

Friday March 22| 7:00 pm

Shabbat Purim Worship, Megillah Reading and Celebration

Friday March 29 | 7:00 pm

Shabbat Worship

Learning Opportunities

Torah Study - Book of Daniel

Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, March 16 | 9:30 am

Join us at Temple Beth El or via Zoom as we begin 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, March 5 | 5:00 pm

Join us at Odd Colony Brewery (260 N Palafox St) for friendship, libations and learning. This month’s topic will be: Fertility Treatments and Jewish Values.

Israel - A Quick Overview of a Long History

Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 pm

During this two part mini-course, Rabbi Joel will offer an overview of the events, wars, and decisions that shaped the history of the Modern State of Israel as well as the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts. Rabbi Joel will also share resources for those wishing to dive deeper into the history as well as sources for following current events. For more information or to RSVP contact Rabbi Joel.

Yahrzeit Observance

To standardize practice with the majority of Reform congregations, and to encourage home observance, Temple Beth El will begin reading the names of deceased loved ones on the Shabbat before their yahrzeit is to be observed. To ease this transition in practice, throughout March names will be read on both the Shabbat before and after the yahrzeit date.

Please contact Rabbi Joel with any questions at 850-438-3321 ext 2 or


For those wishing to observe a yahrzeit at home, white memorial candles are available for purchase at the Temple Beth El Gift Shop.

The Pensacola Jewish Community has been invited to join friends from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans on a solidarity mission to Israel later this month.

For more information and to register, click here:

Another Successful Poker Tournament!

Temple Beth El's Annual Poker Tournament saw fierce competition among 75 players, with a notable presence of 10 women showcasing their skills.

The final table featured familiar faces from TBE, including Chuck Lisner, who secured a commendable 6th position, and Andrew Jurnovoy, claiming 3rd place. Chris Roney, spouse of two-time champion Jenny Roney, clinched an impressive 2nd place, yet it was Brandon Pheabus of Team Gross who emerged victorious, seizing the coveted top spot.

Special thanks to everyone who helped to make this year's tournament our best ever, and an unforgettable experience for all involved!

Oneg Sponsors Needed!

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.

Upcoming Events

Tot Shabbat

Saturday, March 2

9:00 am

Families with children 0-6 are invited to join us for a morning of kid-friendly fun featuring Shabbat songs, playtime, snacks, and more! 

To RSVP contact Andrea Fleekop.

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Torah on Tap

Tuesday, March 5

5:00 pm

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

This month's topic will be Fertility Treatments and Jewish Values.

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

Temple Beth El at the Theater: "13"

Saturday, March 16

7:30 pm

Join friends from Temple Beth El for a performance of Pensacola Little Theater’s upcoming presentation of “13.”

This Broadway style musical tells the story of Evan Goldman’s attempt to navigate his parents' divorce, upcoming bar mitzvah, the middle school social scene, and perhaps most difficult, adjusting to life in small town Indiana following his childhood in New York City.

Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the PLT Box Office at 850-432-2042. Use code “Bar Mitzvah” for $3 off.

Sisterhood Evening Event

Wednesday, March 20

5:30 pm

The entire congregation is invited to join us for a special Jewish Antiques Roadshow! Bring in any items or artifacts from your home to be appraised by Elodie Cardon Estate Sales & Appraisals.

The fun will begin at 5:30 with heavy appetizers, beer, wine, soda and desserts. Entrance fee: $20.

Click here for more information. Please RSVP by March 16.


Cafe Israel

Monday, March 25

6:00 pm

Join our Shlicha, Mia Slonimski, at Pcola Bistro for another fun and informative Cafe Israel!

Dinner (cash only) begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by Mia's presentation at 6:30. 

Additional details will be coming soon, and for more information please reach out to Cindy Gross.

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Chai Discussion Group

Thursday, March 28

12:00 pm

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

For more information, please reach out to Cindy Gross.

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

Sisterhood Luncheon featuring Dan Lovelock

Shabbat Worship featuring SJL Middle School Students

Temple Beth El Poker Tournament

Cafe Israel

School for Jewish Living

Chai Discussion Group

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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