What do I do if ...

What to do if there is illness in the family

Please let us know if a family member or fellow congregant is ill or hospitalized by contacting the synagogue office at (941) 955-8121. Our clergy try to visit members and their close relatives in the hospital and healing prayers from the bimah will be recited.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about our We Care Committee.

What to do if a death occurs

When a loved one dies please call our congregational phone number, 941-955-8121. There is an emergency number available twenty-four hours a day. The rabbi will be notified and speak to you promptly about making the proper arrangements. We also recommend that you might consider making pre-arrangements in which case the clergy will be pleased to assist you. Our synagogue prides itself on being extremely sensitive and caring at these times of great need.

  • CLICK HERE to get information about Temple Beth Sholom’s Cemetery.
  • CLICK HERE to find out about the preparation of the deceased by Chevra Kadisha.

What to do if you want to get married

If you are getting married, contact the office at (941) 955-8121 to arrange contact with the clergy.

What to do if you are expecting a baby boy

Contact the temple office at (941) 955-8121. He will help you with naming, prepare for the Brit Milah, and help you determine if a Pidyon HaBen is required.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about circumcision and pidyon ha’ben related to the birth of a baby boy.

What to do if you are expecting a baby girl

Contact the temple office at (941) 955-8121. He will assist you with naming and making arrangements for a baby naming.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about baby-naming ceremonies related to the birth of a baby girl.

What to do if you want to book an event at TBS

Contact the office at (941) 955-8121.

  • CLICK HERE to get information about catering, special events, and room rentals.

What to do if you are choosing schools for your children

Temple Beth Sholom Schools is a private day school in Sarasota County, Florida, for children 4 months through eighth grade. The Director of these schools and can be reached at (941) 552-2770.

The Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School offers a religious school program for temple members. Students in grades K-7 attend on Sunday mornings. Please call the Paver Religious School office at (941) 552-2780.

  • CLICK HERE to get information about the Temple Beth Sholom Day Schools for Baby Play through 8th Grade.
  • CLICK HERE to get information about the Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School.

What to do if you want to make your house kosher

Before doing anything with your dishes or utensils, start by ridding your house of all non-kosher products: meat, processed items, baked goods, etc. Check your cupboards, freezer, refrigerator and storage areas. Gradually use up everything you have in the house that is not certified kosher (including spices, mixes, etc) and replace them with certified kosher items.

As you use up your non-kosher items and replenish with certified kosher products, begin simultaneously to get used to kosher preparation and presentation. Begin separating milk and meat products.

After everything in the house is kosher and you are comfortable with kosher style, you are ready to kasher your utensils and dishes. Contact the temple office with any questions.

What to do if you need to find out a Jewish calendar date

  • CLICK HERE to see the Hebrew Date Calendar Converter.

What to do if you want to convert to Judaism

Contact the temple office to set up a meeting to discuss what is involved.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about converting to Judaism.

What to do if you are moving into a new house

A mezuzah is a piece of parchment placed inside a decorative case, inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah. These verses comprise the Jewish prayer "Shema Yisrael", beginning with the phrase: "Listen, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One."

A mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe of Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to inscribe the words of the Shema "on the doorposts of your house." Many families place a mezuzah on the front door only, but observant Jews affix one on every doorway in the home apart from bathrooms, as well as closets too small to qualify as rooms. The parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe who has undergone many years of meticulous training, and the verses are written in black indelible ink with a special quill pen. The parchment is then rolled up and placed inside the case.

What to do if you have a question not listed here

If it is a religious or counseling matter, our clergy are happy to answer any of your questions at any time. If it is an operational question and a staff person would be more appropriate, please contact the Main Office at (941) 955-8121.


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1050 South Tuttle Avenue
Sarasota, FL  34237
 Office: 941.955.8121
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