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Your Support Is Vital To The Success of this New Adventure!

As many of you probably know The Longboat Key Education Center met its demise due to the Covid-19 pandemic during its 35th anniversary season. Every effort (loans, grants, Zoom) was made to sustain the school, but the financial strain was too great. The Longboat Key Education Center, located in the Centre Shops, was officially dissolved on June 1, 2021. Since the school’s inception in 1985 it had been committed to providing the community with a stimulating variety of excellent programs for adult enrichment, recreation, entertainment, and lifelong learning. Without your generosity, loyalty, and membership support the school never could have lasted so long and been so successful for 35 years! We will never forget your support with donations and donated credits last season which helped to provide the limited programming we were able to offer during the fall of 2020 and the winter/spring of 2021.

Despite The Longboat Key Education Center’s unfortunate dissolution, here is the truly remarkable miracle that has lifted the legendary phoenix to rise out of the ashes—a symbolic renewal and rebirth! Temple Beth Israel, located 2 miles south of the Centre Shops at 567 Bay Isles Road, has created The Education Center at Temple Beth Israel (TBI) thanks to the visionary brilliance of their executive director, Isaac Azerad. His plans for reimagining the Temple’s future now incorporate an education center at their beautiful facility, offering all the arts, culture, and educational programs that you enjoyed at The Longboat Key Education Center—and much more! This newly created education center is truly a win, win for the community! I have been hired on a five-year contract to be the education center’s program director and Charity and Carl Kurtyka will join me to help administrate and provide technical support, which they did so superbly at the LBK Ed Ctr. It is our greatest hope that we will have mostly in-person programs for 2021-2022, although we will also offer Zoom. I am planning a stellar season! Please note that The Education Center at TBI will be non-denominational.

The Education Center at Temple Beth Israel needs your membership support to keep the phoenix flying high! I have kept the membership pricing and levels the same as they had been at The Longboat Key Education Center for the last ten years, as well as all the great perks. Members of The Education Center at TBI will be given priority to the programs that require limited numbers of students in a classroom. 

Membership Has Its Advantages!

• MEMBERS GET FIRST CHOICE. Members receive a brochure by First Class Mail a full month before non-members.  This head start allows members to register early and almost always get first choice of popular programs. As I mentioned above, with limited class sizes this membership perk will serve you well! 

• MEMBERS PAY LESS. Members pay an average of $10 less than non-member prices for most programs. For the Full Series Lecture Series, members save $60! Memberships at the supporting level and above enjoy even more savings, as the enclosed application card explains. Temple Beth Israel is a not-for- profit organization as described in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 59-1970401. All membership contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

• MEMBERS GET CREDIT. Membership is also a form of cancellation insurance. Only members are entitled to apply for credit for withdrawals from programs they have registered for but cannot attend.


Your membership at Temple Beth Israel automatically designates you as a member of The Education Center at TBI at either the “individual” or “couple” membership level. We invite you to consider supporting our efforts further by upgrading your membership level for more benefits and perks as described on the application card enclosed.

Rest assured that most of The Longboat Key Education Center’s popular teachers and programs will be at The Education Center at Temple Beth Israel for the 2021-2022 season. I am also planning many exciting new programs with new presenters and fun events. Lecture Series 2022, Performing Arts Series, Live New Orleans Jazz nights with Kid Dutch and his fabulous musicians, Foreign Film Fest, Jewish/Israeli Film Festival, Winter Daytrip, and local field trips are all being scheduled (175 programs!). If you would like to inquire about a particular teacher, lecturer, performer, workshop leader or a program you have enjoyed in the past at The Longboat Key Education Center and hope will be in the lineup at the Temple, do not hesitate to call, 941-920-2967, or email me, Thank you for becoming a member of The Education Center at Temple Beth Israel. Members are the backbone of any not-for-profit organization! I look forward to seeing everyone at Temple Beth Israel.

Sincerely yours,
Susan Goldfarb
Education Program Director at Temple Beth Israel

P.S.  Dear Canadians and Europeans:  Due to the prohibitive cost of postage to Canada (and Europe), only those of you who  become Members will receive a brochure by mail. We sure hope to see our wonderful Canadians in 2021-2022!

Become a member today! 
Click here to use our online Membership Application Form.