Today is January 18, 2020 -
Temple Beth Israel of Sunrise is Broward’s oldest Conservative Synagogue and has been serving the Jewish community of South Florida for over 50 years.
Temple Beth Israel practices Conservative Judaism and strives to enhance the cultural, educational, religious, and spiritual needs of its multi-generational, multicultural members. The Congregation is dedicated to Jewish traditions, customs, values, and culture and to making Judaism more meaningful in a super family-friendly atmosphere.
We are located in Sunrise and offer regular religious services, youth and adult education, holiday celebrations, and special events.
Our congregation dates back to 1966 when we were called the “Fort Lauderdale Jewish Center”. Conservative Jews gathered there for our High Holiday services.
On October 31, 1971 ground breaking commenced on our brand new location at 7100 Oakland Park Blvd. and our name was officially changed to Temple Beth Israel.
Through the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the early part of the 2000’s the temple enjoyed a very large and vibrant congregation that held one of the largest Jewish Preschools in Broward County.
During this time TBI was the it place for Conservative life in Broward county hosting all kinds of events including having Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak speak and dine with us.
However, as our congregants moved further West we decided to do the same. The building at 7100 was put up for sale at the height of the market and eventually sold. During this time we resided at a location on Sunrise Blvd. and Nob Hill and the Plantation JCC while the search and construction of our current location was underway.
On August 16, 2010 we held our ribbon-cutting ceremony under the leadership of Rabbi Marcelo Bater and moved into our current location just off NW 136th Avenue in Sunrise, FL and just down the street from IKEA.
We kiddingly refer to the time between leaving 7100 Oakland Park Blvd. and operating in our 481 Sawgrass Corporate Pkwy building – as our time of “wandering the desert for 40 years”.
However, now that we’re home and under the fine leadership of Rabbi Epelbaum, we look forward to the next 50 years of life for Temple Beth Israel and invite you and your families along for the journey!