“To be part of a community, to shape it, and to strengthen it is the most urgent, the most vital obligation facing the Jewish individual.” – Elie Wiesel
Congregation Beth Shalom welcomes and invites you to become a member. Your presence, involvement and membership dues are all ways of committing yourself to our synagogue community.
Congregation Beth Shalom is the spiritual home and Jewish center for more than 230 families and individuals of all ages who join together in prayer, song, and the celebration of life-cycle events with a true feeling of community. Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, it is located in Clearwater, Florida just south of Gulf to Bay Boulevard on S. Belcher Road.
We are fortunate to have two uniquely talented spiritual leaders. Our Senior Rabbi is Rabbi David Weizman, who joined our synagogue in 2002. His wife, Rabbi Danielle Upbin, began serving the congregation as Associate Rabbi in 2004. Although they divide some responsibilities, they jointly lead the congregation in prayer, in teaching, and in guiding our members through life cycle events.
Enjoy Our Services
Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Shalom are held at 6:30 p.m. every Friday, and at 9:00 a.m. every Sabbath morning. Our spirit-filled services include a blend of traditional and innovative prayers, drawing upon classic liturgical melodies as well as Hassidic style niggunim. Although the shared text is Siddur Sim Shalom, often the Rabbis infuse the service with alternative modes of prayer, including chanting and the use of silence. Post-B’nai Mitzvah students are encouraged to read Torah, Haftorah, and Megillah on Purim, a tradition indicative of the importance of youth in our congregation. Children are invited onto the bima to participate in selected prayers. B’nai Mitzvah celebrations are communal events. A full Kiddush luncheon prepared by congregants is enjoyed weekly after services.
Weekday minyan is held on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. followed by a light breakfast after the service.
Shabbat Minyanairre’s Club (grades 2-6), and Tot Shabbat (ages 6 months to 6 years) are held monthly. Please see our calendar page for specific days and times. Child-care, which is available during all prayer services and some other synagogue functions, are held in our newly renovated Bubbe and Zayde Playspace.
There are many opportunities to participate in our synagogue.
The CBS Sisterhood is part of The Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Among its many projects is Torah Fund, which lends financial support to the Jewish Theological Seminary. The Sisterhood runs the synagogue’s Judaica gift shop, prepares and distributes Mishloach Manot baskets for Purim and helps run the Annual Women’s Seder for Passover.
The synagogue’s Men’s Club, also known as The A-Men, is a vibrant multi-generational group working together to support and promote prayer, service and brotherhood. Their stimulating religious and social programs seek to better its members, the synagogue and the community.
Our youth are also encouraged to participate in the synagogue. High school students are invited to join the United Synagogue Youth (USY) Group. Children in grades six through eight are involved in the Kadima youth program. Both groups are extremely active and take part in sub-regional, regional, and national conventions. At a more local level students coordinate and plan monthly activities, which incorporate social, religious and community service ideals.
The Ethel Honigman Religious School at Congregation Beth Shalom complies with the standards of United Synagogue and meets on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings, with a requirement for attendance at Shabbat services. Pre-K – first grade students meet on Sundays only. Family activities are incorporated in the religious school curriculum for enhanced learning.
During the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year the student meets individually with Rabbi David and/or Mrs. Lily Lucey for more intensive study and cantillation lessons. The Bet Mem Club, which includes the students approaching their Bar or Bat Mitzvah and their parents, meets with the rabbis for a series of Lunch and Learn sessions on Shabbat after services. Rabbi Weizman meets with students to develop their speeches and explore relevant teachings of the Torah portion, while Lily Lucey teaches the candidates to chant their Torah and Haftorah portions, and lead selected prayers.
After seventh grade, students have the option to continue studying and socializing with other Jewish youth in the Hebrew High School, Senior Chai, which meets weekly.
We provide many opportunities to increase your knowledge of Judaism and its traditions. The synagogue offers a “Higher Learning” adult education series with different annual themes taught by lay leaders, our rabbis, and guest speakers. Classes include topics such as the study of Talmud, conversational Hebrew, discussion groups on current issues, cantillation for Haftorah and Torah, introduction to Judaism, exploration of prayer, and various other topics in Jewish studies. Rabbi David holds monthly Lunch & Learn sessions and our Rosh Hodesh women’s study group meets monthly in members’ homes.
Community Action and Support
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Hesed Committee reaches out to our members with acts of loving kindness, such as preparing meals in the homes of mourners, providing transportation to those in need, making phone calls to those who are homebound, organizing food drives, and making hospital visits.
Our annual Mitzvah Day is planned to include every one of our members, young and old, to help in agencies all over the county. We encourage members to practice “tikkun olam” not just on Mitzvah Day, but every day. In fact, Congregation Beth Shalom is “going green!” We are instituting more practices of wise purchasing, re-using, recycling, and reducing waste.
There are many opportunities to become involved at Congregation Beth Shalom. Volunteers are invited to help at events, in the office, in the kitchen or on our many committees.
Become a Member
Congregation Beth Shalom is a sacred community. As members, we seek to link arms, and to help one another through prayer, Tzedakah, learning, and celebration. We hope you will become a member, and that we will be a part of your life for many years to come. Our goal is for you to feel like a part of our family and to involve yourself. In order to become acquainted with membership services and our myriad of programs, please contact us by telephone or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November of 2007 we celebrated our “Jubilee” – fifty years as a congregation in Clearwater. Become part of our synagogue community and help us create our next fifty years of wonderful experiences.
For more information, contact our VP of Membership, Caren Evans at (727) 797-7867 or email email@example.com.
Congregation Beth Shalom
1325 South Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764
Telephone: (727) 531-1418 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org