Beth El Life

Monthly Bulletin of Temple Beth El Congregation

July 2023 | Tammuz - Av 5783

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Upcoming Shabbat Worship

  • Friday July 7, 4:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat at Azalea Trace
  • Friday July 7, 6:00 pm: Shabbat Worship and Dinner
  • Friday July 14, 6:00 pm: Shabbat Worship and Dinner
  • Friday July 21, 6:00 pm: Shabbat Worship and Dinner - Board Installation Shabbat
  • Friday July 28, 6:00 pm: Shabbat Worship and Dinner - Shabbat of Awareness

Temple Membership Database Update

In our continuing efforts to strengthen our Kehilla Kedosha - our holy community, Temple Beth El is undertaking an update of our membership database.

Please complete the web form below to ensure we have up to date contact information for you and your family, as well as birthdays, anniversary, and yahrzeit dates. The form is very simple to fill in and should only take a few minutes to complete. We kindly ask that you submit your information by Friday, July 7.

If you have any questions or would like to provide this information by phone, please contact the Temple office at 850-438-3321 ext. 2 during regular business hours.

Click Here to Complete Member Information Form

Join us on Saturday July 15 at Temple Beth El for Tot Shabbat, featuring Shabbat Songs, Playtime, Snacks and more!

Friends and families of children ages 0 - 6 are welcome.

Click below to RSVP.


As stewards of the congregation, members of the Temple Beth El Board of Directors have accepted a sacred responsibility.

Join us on Friday July 21 at 6:00pm for a special Board Installation Shabbat as we honor, bless, and install the 2023-2024 Temple Beth El Board of Directors.

During the covered-dish dinner following services, we will toast the success of the newly installed board.

Shabbat of Awareness: The Bias Inside Us

Prior to services on Friday, July 28, join Temple Beth El friends at the Pensacola Mess Hall as we participate in the touring Smithsonian Exhibit: The Bias Inside Us. The exhibit is designed to raise awareness about the science and history of bias and what we can do about it. This topic will be especially timely only days after Tisha B’Av, the date on which Jewish tradition teaches the Second Temple was destroyed as a result of baseless hatred.

Following the exhibit, we will make the short drive to Temple Beth El for Shabbat Worship, beginning at approximately 6:00 pm. After services, join us in the Max L. Bear Auditorium for a covered-dish dinner.

If you are planning to attend the Bias Inside Us Exhibit, please register below.

Program & Exhibit: 5:00 p.m. The Pensacola Mess Hall, 418 E. Wright St.

Worship & Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Temple Beth El

Register Here

B’nai Mitzvah of Isaac and Lillian Haims

Please join me in celebrating the B’nai Mitzvah of my children, Isaac and Lillian Haims, on August 5th, 2023 at 10 am. Additionally, it is the 70th anniversary of their grandfather’s (Marshall Minster) bar mitzvah. We are beyond overjoyed that this amazing simcha is being celebrated.


Both children will be attending Navarre High School in the fall. Isaac is going into his junior year standing in the top 10 of his graduating class. He is interested in writing and math. At school (and indeed everywhere), he is well-loved, admired, and sought out. His Bar Mitzvah project was serving as a camp counselor for Dream Street - a camp for kids with severe disabilities. His compassion, dedication, and belief in others helped him excel in this difficult task to the point where the camp leaders begged him to return next year. Donations in his name can be made here: Dream Street


Lillian is entering high school next year, but as many who know her can attest, she is wise beyond her years. Lillian is a committed member of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus and had the opportunity to sing with the Pensacola Opera last year! If you get a chance, definitely catch one of her performances as her stage presence is truly mesmerizing. Lilly’s compassion and empathy reaches beyond humans so as to include the animals in our world. As such, her bat mitzvah project was volunteering at and collecting donations for S.O.C.K.S. Donations in her name can be made here: S.O.C.K.S.


Marshall (Papa) will be traveling from Las Vegas, NV with his wife, Phyllis (Bubbe), and will be reading the Haftarah during the ceremony. 

Temple Beth El's 2nd annual Jews Who Cook will be held on Saturday August 12.

If you are interested in cooking, please contact Terry Gross.

Blues and Jews Mississippi Road Trip

Join us October 21-24 as Temple member and Mississippi native, Jody Schlessinger, leads participants on an exploration of the Jewish and musical heritage of the Magnolia State. The trip promises to be a “remix” of our memorable 2015 Temple trip, in addition to new stops and sites!

Details are coming soon, but for more information please contact Jody Schlessinger.

TBE Community Corner:

Look what we've been up to!

Tot Shabbat

TBE Youth at Jacob's Camp

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

Bruce Pelton

Andrew Rothfedder

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