House of Worship Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Temple Beth Israel is located in Bay Isles

House of Worship

On December 2, 1979, a small number of Jewish families met in a living room to light the spark that would kindle the light of Judaism on Longboat Key. That light would grow and become Temple Beth Israel. With the guidance of retired Rabbi Albert Shulman of South Bend Indiana, the group met first in homes and then in the community room of the Coast Savings Bank, now Sun Trust Bank, just down the street from our present location on Bay Isles Road.

As our numbers grew, we moved to the social hall of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Gulf of Mexico Drive. We soon needed a rabbi to fulfill the needs of a growing congregation and invited Rabbi Philip Frankel, Rabbi Emeritus of Lansing Michigan, to be our rabbi five months each year.

In 1985, the time had come to erect our own home. The generosity of our members exceeded expectations and our new synagogue was built without any future encumbrances.

In 2001, we again expanded our facilities, to provide even more meeting and activity rooms to satisfy the needs of our committees and classes. The Gift Shop expanded again, as did the Choir Room.

A series of Rabbis lead the congregation up to August 1, 2016, when Rabbi Stephen L. Sniderman became our current, spiritual leader. The congregation is supported by Bay Isles residents, with 60% of the membership living in Bay Isles.

Temple Beth Israel is a vibrant community with many Social, Cultural, and Educational Programs that keep the membership engaged, up to date, and learning. We congratulate them!


About Sara Sinaiko

Sara Sinaiko is thrilled to be the Publisher of LBK Isles Life, believing that it represents a panoply of her life experience and skills.Sara has an entrepreneurial edge and calls upon her early career on Wall Street where she advised C-Suite Executives on Investment Banking options in the Public and Private Markets, her exposure to Philanthropic Organizations as a CEO and Executive Director, and her experience in Marketing Consulting. She also has lived and worked in Paris, France and Venice, Italy to pursue her love of fine art and culture.Ownership of the N2 Publishing Franchise for Bay Isles on Longboat Key, gives Sara the opportunity to turn the neighborhood into a community. Meeting the residents of Bay Isles and bringing them together to share stories and events makes it an exciting and varied professional challenge.For businesses that want to develop meaningful relationships with the residents of Bay Isles, there is no better way to reach them than through a Marketing Partnership with LBK Isles Life. It is a three pronged approach: Feature Stories, Events, and monthly Print Ads.Reach a most desirable Target Market in Sarasota/Manatee Counties - BAY ISLES on LONGBOAT KEYLBK isles life, is a monthly, lifestyle magazineOur Readers are well educated, discerning, maintain high levels of discretionary income, and have buying power. They are active, socially responsible, involved in local philanthropy as volunteers, and some serve on the Board of Directors of the most important nonprofits in the region, such as Save Our Seabirds, Mote Marine, The Sarasota Community Foundation, The Pines Senior Living & Rehab Center, The Selby Library Foundation, and they fully support our thriving Art & Culture Scene.They are C-Suite Executives, Business Owners, Renowned Academics, and Re-invented Retirees. Many own more than one residence, travel frequently, enjoy extended family and love their pets. They play golf, tennis, are boaters and walkers, enjoying the “good life” in Bay Isles.Contact Sara Sinaiko for Marketing Rates and Terms

Leave a Comment

Please enter an e-mail address