We welcome you to the only Reform Jewish congregation in Ocala, Florida that is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
Our congregation was founded in 1977 by a group of men and women who had the desire to bring Jewish meaning into their lives through an active and caring community. We strive
to provide the kind of worship services, Jewish education for children and adults, and a variety of programs and activities which create a thriving and vibrant community.
As in many small congregations we enjoy the advantage of creating a feeling of an extended family for our members. We have celebrated together and have supported each other in difficult times. We have studied together over the years and have sung and
danced and “eaten a lot of good Jewish food.”
We invite you to visit us and join our joyous community.
Since acquiring our "home" in 1977, we've added a social hall, kitchen, rabbi's office, temple office and expanded our sanctuary. To better serve our growing membership we doubled the size of our social hall in 2004. We have the second oldest Jewish cemetery in the State of Florida.
Over the years many rabbis served Temple Beth Shalom. Among them were Rabbi Max Weiss, Rabbi Max Selinger, Rabbi Morrison Bial, Rabbi Herbert Rose and Rabbi Aaron Koplin. Rabbi Bial, of blessed memory, along with Rabbi Haskell Bernat were our interim rabbis from 1997 through 2001. Since these exceptional gentlemen were both into their retirement, we went looking for a resident spiritual leader who would join our family. Rabbi/Cantor Samuel Dov Berman was our full-time clergy/spiritual leader from 2001 through 2008. Our current rabbinical leader is Rabbi Ze'ev Harari.
From I-75, take Exit 352 and go east on Hwy. 40 (Silver Springs Blvd.). Proceed 4.5 miles and turn left on N.E. 8th Ave. (at the Walgreen’s). Go 8 blocks north to N.E. 11 St. Turn right to the parking lot on N.E. 11 St. The Temple is on the corner of N.E. 8 Ave. and N.E. 11 St.
Ocala is a rare gem of a city. Richly mounted in the rolling hills of Marion County - just off Interstate 75 -- you and your family are bound to fall in love with the dazzling variety of beauty in Ocala and Central Florida -- just as we did.
View this "Slideshow Tour of Ocala" narrated by WOCA personalities Robin and The Giant. Ocala is the "Horse Capital of the World." The pace is a bit slower, the residents polite and patient; there is an exquisite charm to the area, unique to Florida. In Marion County you drive down scenic roads, and view rolling hills, open spaces and expansive horse farms. What a grand place to choose to live, all the amenities of a city with all the charm and freshness of the countryside on your doorstep.
You will fall under the spell of this delightful way of life and decide to stay. Here is your opportunity to see what being out of the rat race really means. While there is growth, Ocalans are trying hard to safeguard their rural peace and tranquility. Please consider relocating as a part-time or permanent resident and become a valued member of Temple Beth Shalom, ready to take part in all that it offers. You will have an opportunity to experience everything that makes Ocala/Marion County great and different.
Congregants have relocated here from all over the States and Canada for our wonderful, safe way of life. Young or young at heart, our vibrant mix of housing options, from single-family homes to 55+ communities, to luxurious ranch and farm estates means that you have fair-priced options in your choice of lifestyles. This most beautiful county is ideal for families wanting a wonderful area to raise children safely, or couples planning for retirement. Marion County has excellent school systems, both public and private. You can read more about our great community at Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce , Ocala Magazine, Ocala.com, Ocala Style magazine, or The Star-Banner and South Marion Citizen newspapers.
Here you will find one of the largest civic theaters in the state, as well as the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra. We have a gem in the Appleton Museum of Art located right near Silver Springs Amusement Park and Wild Waters. Home to E-One and Taylor Bean, our county's industry is technology-based, and features clean industries, plus our world famous horse farms. HeathBrook and On Top of the World, the Colonnades are both opening up town centers. Dillards and many other fine restaurants and businesses are looking forward to calling Marion County, home. Fresh air, blue skies and 3 seasons delight the residents.
Ocala has two new state-of-the-art high schools, Forest and West Marion, which hosts a school of the arts. Locally there are state and private colleges. We are within an hour of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, where there is a chair in Jewish studies, a Hillel, plus an outstanding library available for research.
Healthcare and Hospital options are plentiful and highly rated. From Assisted living communities to nursing homes, you are assured of quality care. Veteran's can feel secure that their needs are being met. Regionally there are wonderful centers such as the Moffat Cancer Institute, with a branch locally. The Mayo Clinic and Shands Teaching Hospital are close by and maintain excellent standards of care.
Just a short drive and you can be experiencing the amenities of the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Gainesville. You can easily take advantage of many theme parks, theatre, symphony, museums and sporting events. In St. Petersburg, you will find the Salvador Dali Museum and a Holocaust Museum.
Join us in expanding our vibrant Jewish congregation, become part of our future, serve as a link to future Jewish generations. With your membership and active participation we will continue to thrive and flourish with excellent services and programming. We reach out to all of you, Jewish, Intermarried or those looking for answers in Judaism to come and involve yourself, as we grow into the future in Ocala/Marion County, Florida. Contact the Temple Office with any questions at all.Top of Page
Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Led in both English and Hebrew. Family- and community-inclusive.
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