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Temple will take on '50s feel with concert, sock hop

Hula Hoops, poodle skirts and the Twist will be part of the ambience at Temple Beth David Jewish Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 15. The synagogue is sponsoring a Back to the '50s Concert and Sock Hop in order to replenish its dwindling building expansion fund.

The Belairs will provide the music.

"The Belairs play in local clubs and play strictly '50s music. I saw them performing in Bobby Socks Restaurant and got the idea for this event," said Sheila Friedman, who is in charge of ticket sales. So far, about 125 tickets have been sold, she said.

"The band will play for about three hours, allowing time for breaks. During the breaks, we will have contests, such as a Twisting contest," Friedman said.

Guests are invited to dress up for the festivities. Prizes for the best '50s costume will be awarded.

Money raised will be put in the building expansion fund, which is being used to pay for additions to the synagogue.

"We are in the process of expanding the building," she said. "We are adding a sanctuary and offices."

Synagogue members broke ground for the project April 6. The project is expected to be completed early next month.

The synagogue has sponsored other fund-raisers, including one that featured big band music. Friedman said tickets have been selling well.

Refreshments will be served, and donations are $10 per person. The event is open to the public.

"Everyone is welcome, not just members of the synagogue," Friedman said. The center is at 13833 Linden Drive in Spring Hill. To reserve tickets or to learn more, call Friedman at 686-3175 or Gloria at (813) 869-8434.