Mercaz Dahan Center for Jewish Life and Learning

Welcome to the Mercaz Dahan Center of Jewish Life and Learning at Beth Tfiloh. We look forward to another outstanding year of Jewish programming. Please use the resources on this page for the most current information about upcoming programs and events. For more information, feel free to contact our office at mercaz@btfiloh.org or 410-413-2321.

Mercaz News
12/3, Naftali Bennett Coming to Beth Tfiloh
By Rabbi Jonathan Gross

On Thursday, December 3rd at 8 pm, one of the most important politicians in Israel will be hosted by the Mercaz Dahan Center in Beth Tfiloh's Dahan Sanctuary.
Mercaz Photo Gallery
CHALLAH-LUYA: Challah Baking for Shabbat
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Published: 11/17/2015
Walk the Bible Israel Trip: Jan 5-14, 2016
Rabbi Gross and I are pleased to announce that we have put together a phenomenal WALK THE BIBLE Israel trip full of experiences you’ve never had before!

We will be learning about and touring the sites of some of the Bible’s most iconic scenes. There will also be a day dedicated to volunteer work. We will have the privilege of touring during the week with Rabbi Dov Lipman, former Knesset member and recent guest at Beth Tfiloh for our Penn Lecture, as well as spending Shabbat with him and his family. He will give us his unique perspective on political, cultural, and social issues that Israel is dealing with, paying particular attention to the religious/secular divide.

The trip includes first class accommodations at Jerusalem’s luxurious and centrally located Inbal Hotel, Israeli cultural experiences, fine dining, and some free time to visit friends and relatives.

  • Tuesday, January 5, Depart from the USA, Flight on Your Own
  • Meet at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 6th to Walk to Dinner
  • Closing Banquet on Wednesday night January 13th
  • Thursday, January 14, Depart from Tel Aviv, Flight on Your Own
  • Cost: $3,300 not including airfare, minimum of 20 participants needed
Let us know as soon as possible if you want to participate by contacting us at mercaz@btfiloh.org / 410-413-2306.

Because of the great interest of visiting Israel now during this time of need we are optimistic that we will exceed our minimum in the next two weeks. That said, hold off on booking plane tickets at this time. We will you keep you posted over the next week on enrollment, flight options, as well as group transportation to and from Newark airport.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to traveling with you.

Rabbi Jonathan Gross
Sandy Vogel

Advanced Adult Learning Programs at Beth Tfiloh
by D. Leibowitz
Consider joining one of our premier Adult Learning programs which meet weekly from October to May. Choose from our Monday morning BT in the AM program or the Wednesday evening Yaffe Scholars program.

The Seymour Yaffe Scholars Program

Entering its 15th year, this evening program is designed for both men and women who want to delve into Jewish text study. The program meets on Wednesday evenings for dinner and a 1 1/2 hour seminar with many top-notch Jewish scholars from Baltimore as well as from around the United States and Israel. This year's topic will focus on Responsa That Changed the World. The Yaffe Scholars participants will have the privilege of studying with top-notch Jewish scholars such as Rabbis Mitchell Wohlberg, Chai Posner, Jonathan Gross, Nissan Antine, Steven Exler, Moshe Goldfeder, Susan Grossman, Moshe Hauer, Nathaniel Helfgot, Menachem Leibtag, Binyomin Marwick, Andrew Rosenblatt, Avraham Shmidman, Ross Singer, Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Mrs. Laura Shaw Frank and Ms. Jennifer Grayson.  

Registration in this program provides participants the option of attending the Monday morning BT in the AM program for no additional charge!

Yaffe Scholars Information Packet              Online Registration

BT in the AM
Open to Jewish men and women from all backgrounds and learning levels, this popular Monday morning program consists of three one-hour sessions with a choice of ouotstanding classes. Attend one, two or all three time slots and choose one class in each time period to attend for the year. Discounted rates for couples are available. Participation in this program provides participants the option of attending the Wednesday evening Mercaz Fall Semester as well as other weekly and monthly classes for no additional charge! 

9 am
Connecting the Haftorah with the Weekly Parsha, presented by talented Beth Tfiloh staff
Are We Coming or Going? The Present Dilemma for Europe's Jews, Dr. Lester Vogel

10 am
Moments That Matter and Make Us What We Are, Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg / Mrs. Zipora Schorr
Israel & the Media, Mr. Phil Jacobs (former editor of The Baltimore Jewish Times)

11 am
Art as Copmmentary, Ms. Rachel Levitt-Klein
Rabbis Talking about Rabbis Talking about ... Everything, Rabbi Chai Posner / Rabbi Jonathan Gross

BT in the AM - Women    BT in the AM - Men*
*All men’s courses discounted this year 

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Upcoming Events
BT in the AM
9:00 AM
Advance registration requested. Fees.
Location: Tuvin Library & Tuvin Hall
Contact: Sandy Vogel
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"Best of" Talmud Class
7:00 PM
Meets weekly / No charge / Advance Registration Requested.
Location: Spector Board Room
Contact: Sand Vogel
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CHALLAH-LUYA: Challah Baking for Shabbat
7:00 PM
Learn to bake challah like a pro! Choose to take all four sessions or individually. Join Mrs. Zipora Schorr, BT's Director of Education, to learn the basics of making challah dough.
Location: Tuvin Assembly Hall
Contact: Sandy Vogel
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Yaffe Scholars - An Advanced Jewish Learning Program
6:30 PM
Advance registration requested. Fees.
Location: Tuvin Library
Contact: Sandy Vogel
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The Larry Katz Downtown Lunch & Learn
12:00 PM
Meeets monthly / Advance registration requested / Fee
Location: Off Site
Contact: Sandy Vogel
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