Temple Beth David is a vital, active Reform congregation that works ceaselessly to fulfill its goal of being a focal point of Jewish identity in Hernando County and the neighboring counties in Florida.
We are a welcoming presence for Jews from all traditions - Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Renewal and Orthodox - Jews by choice as well as interfaith families – indeed to all who come to worship with an open heart – providing Reform religious services, educating our young about Jewish traditions and liberal Jewish values with a firm commitment to the Reform belief of Tikkun Olam – improving and redeeming the world.
The roots of Temple Beth David were established in 1972 by a small group of Jews who lived in Hernando County, a small, rural county, with a population at that time of about 20,000, located about 40 miles north of Tampa.
Feeling the need to be connected to the Jewish community in a predominately non-Jewish area, they established a Jewish Social Club and met informally at the Senior Citizens Center and in the homes of members. Eventually the group incorporated as the Jewish Community Center of Hernando County. Still a social group, they wanted and needed religious services. This desire lead to holding Shabbat services one Friday a month. By 1980, a lay service leader was chosen. As the group grew, so did the desire for a permanent building and the desire to become a Temple oriented people.
After years of paper drives, bake sales and other fundraisers, an all-purpose building was constructed at our present site in 1986 and the Congregation was named Temple Beth David Jewish Center. By 1991, Temple Beth David was able to hire a part-time Rabbi. As the Congregation membership and programming grew, the need for a building expansion became apparent. The beautiful Forbes Family Sanctuary and additional office and meeting rooms were added and dedicated in 1998.
Now firmly rooted in Hernando County, Temple Beth David looks forward to an ever brighter future.