Long story short
How it all began in North Port …In the early ’70’s a number of Jewish families from the colder northern regions would come to Warm Mineral Springs in the North Port area, to spend the winter season. Upon the notification of the death of a brother of one of these visitors, the man gathered a group of men to say Kaddish. More people started to stay in the warmer climate year round … and these founding families went about building a home for their congregation.
As time passed, the decision to follow the practices of the Conservative movement and adopt the name Temple Beth El, was a natural progression.Today, this small, but effective congregation observes Holy days and festivals throughout the year. The standing committees (Ritual, Membership, Fundraising and House) are made up of dedicated and vibrant volunteers. This Jewish center prides itself on being warm, welcoming, inclusive egalitarian, nurturing and supportive. Congregants come from all parts of the world and have various backgrounds.
The active new residents of South Sarasota and North Charlotte counties find Temple Beth El North Port Jewish center an affordable and friendly congregation that values the experience that each person brings. The synergy of new residents and existing members will carry the founders dreams for the temple well onto the 21st Century.
Cantor Rick Berlin
The board of directors have established a relationship with Cantor Richard Berlin, who has agreed to conduct occasional Shabbat and other services for the temple. It is expected that Cantor Rick, as he likes to be called, will conduct Shabbat services at the temple twice a month, as well as assist our membership with various life cycle events.
The Cantor is a graduate of the H.L. Miller School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000. As an ASCAP music publisher and composer, he continues to create new liturgical works which are performed by many colleges and synagogue choirs. Cantor Rick has performed for many Jewish organizations, synagogues and at Cantors Assembly National Conventions.
Our members look forward to resumption of regular Shabbat services and particularly to Cantor Rick’s leadership at the time.
Rabbi Hannah Laner
Returns again this year to lead our congregation in joy-filled, welcoming, engaging and meaningful Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services.
She has served enthusiastically as a spiritual leader, cantorial soloist, and professional Jewish educator in the U.S. and Canada for over twenty-five years. In the 1990s she created and lead Children and Family Services, Junior Congregation, and All Ages Participatory Shabbat Services in Boulder, Colorado.
Rabbi Hannah infuses learning with a passionate love of Torah and tradition. She ignites a spark in children and adults alike and is the winner of many awards for innovation and creativity in Jewish education, including the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. As an ordained Maggidah (Jewish Storyteller), she enjoys sharing the wisdom of Jewish tradition through stories. She loves officiating life-cycle celebrations and works closely with individuals, couples, and families to co-create personal, meaningful ceremonies that weave Jewish tradition with their own unique self-expression. Rabbi Hannah welcomes Jews of all backgrounds, interfaith couples, and enjoys reaching out to nonaffiliated Jews.
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Our Website Committee
The following members of our congregation deserve a mention for their efforts regarding our new website. They also provide valuable services as elected officers of Temple Beth El.
Joined in 2007 and has been President of Temple Beth El, North Port since 2011.
Has been a member of Temple Beth El, North Port since 2007 and is presently the Treasurer and oversees office functions.
Dick Gortz currently holds the position of Vice President of Temple Beth El, North Port. For the last two years, he has also been active as House Chairman.