In the beginning there were about 18 Jewish Families scattered throughout the “C” section of Palm Coast. Joe & Pauline Zlotshewer had received word that their home was ready. Dave and Anita Barber thought it would be a “mitzvah” to welcome the Zlotshewers and introduce them to the other Jewish families. The date was July 15, 1973. While munching on home-baked goodies at the Barber’s, a voice was heard asking, “Why don’t we start a Synagogue? We have more than enough for a minyan.”
Bert Goldstein, founding President of Temple Beth Shalom, Phil Sessak, Second President and David Siegel, Third President, shared the podium Friday evening on March 14, 1980 and conducted the first Sabbath service for Temple Beth Shalom in the new Temple on Wellington Drive. Fourth President, Manny Zuckerman, was out of the state. Attended by more than 110 people, the children of the Sunday school class sang a special song in honor of the current President Jack Newman and his wife, Ruth.
Thinking back to 1982 when Natalie Sprung arrived in Palm Coast in her 90th year, she promptly joined the Temple Board have voted it down several times because they felt they were not ready. Immediately upon receiving this information, Natalie, undaunted, proceeded to draft a note to be read from the Bima on Friday night: “There will be a steering committee meeting for Sisterhood at Natalie Sprung’s home on Tuesday at 12:30, Luncheon will be served.” Fourteen women attended. Natalie became President Pro-tem. Four months later Ethel Romaner became first President… And so Sisterhood was launched into a highly successful and profitable arm of Temple Beth Shalom.
Men’s Club History
In the fall of 1995 a small group of men met in the Temple for the formal Temple members and at the same time be dedicated to helping to enhance the Temple treasury through volunteers to form an
administrative executive staff and a complete board of trustees. It wasn’t long before many activities were organized and put into operation. Among them were breakfasts with interesting speakers that
were open to the public, spaghetti dinners with movie nights, and even a men’s fashion show and dinner. In the short time that the Men’s Club has been in existence, it has raised over $10,000.00. for the Temple.
Goldstein, began in 1975 with 13 Jewish liturgical, folk, and Our original choir, led by Faye Goldstein, began in 1975 with 13 Jewish liturgical, folk, and secular music. The first concert was presented at services on Friday, March 19,1976, to highlight Jewish Music Month. Entertainment was also provided on other occasions. The choir resumed in 1981, again under the direction of Faye Goldstein. In 1996 Marge Palmer took up the baton and our choir enhance services every third Friday. Religious School for youngsters began in 1976. Instruction by lay teachers and professionals in Hebrew, customs, and traditions has been continuous. By 1982 there were 10 children and by 1985, 15! In the early days we were indeed fortunate to have David Siegel and Howard Selman supplement the education program with Bar and Bat Mitzvah training until Rabbi Lev joined us in 1987. On December 26,1990 our youth Group received its charter from the United Synagogue of America.A few of the activities the children participated in were: a trip to Baseball and Boardwalk, the Circus, Purim Festivals at Temple Israel in Daytona, shows at the Daytona Playhouse, a hay ride sponsored by Federation, lots of car washes, video/ pizza parties and ” A night at the Bijou” at our Temple.Hebrew school continues today, led by Rabbi/Cantor Zev Sonnenstein, helping the older children with Hebrew, discussions, and Bar & Bat Mitzvah preparation.