315 North 13th Street - Leesburg, FL - 352-326-3692


Congregation Beth Sholom 2020 Highlights

  • Membership
    • Welcomed 6 new and 1 returning members this year
  • Tzedakah
    • Supported the Leesburg Food Bank with $938 in cash donations, 243 pounds of food (thru March), and lots of clothing and small home appliances.
  • Religious Services, Observances, and Festivities – all via Zoom since July
    • High Holiday Services, including Slichot, and Tashlich, via Zoom
    • Two Shabbat services most months including special services for Purim, Shavuot, Tu B’Shevat, new members, board recognition, and patriotic holidays
    • Bat Mitzvot of Sydney Cullen and Lexi Scholl
    • Special Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Allen and Zoriy Zinger – via Zoom as well
  • Oneg and Kiddush Sponsors – chaired by Anita Sherman
    • Gloria Blankenship in honor of the yahrzeit of her father, Joseph Selsky
    • Roz Weinrich in celebration of the Bat Mitzvah of Sydney Cullen
    • Henrietta Lubin in memory of her mother
    • John & Rosalie Scholl in celebration of Lexi Scholl’s Bat Mitzvah

As of Friday March 13th, we cancelled all future services in the Synagogue due to the pandemic

  • Sisterhood was established early in 2019 by Dee Marcus.
    • Currently 35 members
      Sisterhood provided the refreshments for last year’s annual meeting
    • Organized the Tu B’Shevat Sedar with Marsha Stemerman as leader
    • Spot Light Charity Event was held last January to benefit the Leesburg Humane Society
    • Ongoing Charitable Activities during COVID 19
      • Sisterhood Cookbook – chaired by Dorothy Strauss
      • Knitty Gritty Crafters – Beverly Meyers is the organizer of this group that is making hats for cancer patients
      • St. Jude’s Chldren’s Ranch – collecting cards
      • Contact of Members as a Check in – Edith Freiwith is the chair
  • Men’s Club was begun in late 2019 by Ben Solotoroff and they have 15 members
    • Goal – Strengthen & growth of members in the Synagogue, Community and Jewish Life
    • At the Jan 2020 Meeting officers were elected (Ben Solotoroff -President, David Litwack – Vice President, Bob Marcus – Treasurer and Arthur Lubin Corresponding Secretary)
  • Building and Grounds – Regular Annual Maintenance
  • Annual congregational meeting and monthly board meetings – Held by Zoom since April
  • Education
    • Rabbi’s Roundtable – now being held virtually via Zoom
    • Adult Hebrew Class taught by Dr. Marnell LaRoe Hayes – cancelled after March 13th
    • 4 week ‘Exploring Judaism’ class taught by Marsha Stemerman – cancelled after March 13th
  • Fundraising
    • ‘Honey from the Heart’ Rosh Hashanah Greetings Program chaired by Diane Weinbaum
    • Mah Jongg Cards chaired by Andrea and Burt Kraft
    • Book of Remembrance
    • Yahrzeit plaques
    • Shofar Ads
    • Donations – cards in honor or memory, Book Fund, General Fund
    • Springtime Appeal
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Leesburg Food Bank – we continue to support the Food Bank financially. Some of our members volunteer weekly (Board member Barry Wright and his wife Cookie as well as member Francine Rizzotto)

  • Publicity
    • Daily Sun ads run from Mid-January through Mid-March
    • Press releases for most services, Rabbi’s Roundtable, submitted to Orlando Sentinel, Daily Sun, Daily Commercial, and Jewish Heritage
    • Stories in the Orlando Sentinel, Daily Sun, and Daily Commercial about various holiday observances and activities
    • The Shofar newsletter
    • Talk of the Villages website