Expand and deepen your knowledge through courses rich with ideas and text study. Enrollment is open to men and women from all backgrounds and learning levels. This premier Jewish learning program consists of three sessions with a choice of outstanding classes.
2019: September 9, 16, 23; October 28; November 4, 11, 18, 25; December 2, 9, 16
2020: January 13, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 2, 9,16, 23, 30; April 20, 27; May 4, 11 (luncheon), 18 (preview)
Fee required; contact Mercaz for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-413-2321
9:15 – 10:15 am
Heartstrings and Soul-Stirrings - Text Based Study of Ketuvim (Writings)
Join us on a rollercoaster of human emotions as we struggle with adversity in the book of Iyov (Job), are love-struck in the book of Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs), and communicate with G-d through it all in the book of Tehillim (Psalms).
Chana Slavaticki is the director of Mercaz and teaches Judaic Studies at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School
10:20 – 11:20 am
Coping with Today Through the Words of Yesterday
Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg (Sept.-Dec.), Dr. Zipora Schorr (Jan.-Mar.), and Rabbi Chai Posner (Mar.-May)
If you’re curious about how Jewish tradition provides guidance for modern issues we face today, then this course is for you. We will focus on religious, social, and lifecycle issues, and glean from traditional and contemporary Jewish texts to address topics such as birth, abortion, organ donation, family dynamics, homosexuality, immigration, gun control, healthcare, animal rights, prayer in the modern world, and interfaith dialogue.
Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg is the spiritual leader of Beth Tfiloh Congregation. Dr. Zipora Schorr is the Director of Education of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. Rabbi Chai Posner is a member of the Rabbinic team.
11:25 am – 12:25 pm
Jewish Philosophers in Dialogue
Rabbi Dr. Eli Yoggev
Compare choice texts of four pairs of Jewish thinkers over the generations, and analyze the effects of their philosophies on the current Jewish denominational landscape. The pairs include: Maimonides and Rabbi Judah Halevi; Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, and Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook; Rabbi Avi Weiss and Rabbi Shimon Gershon Rosenberg; Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Each pair will be compared and contrasted with the others, with a focus on the practical takeaways.
Rabbi Dr. Eli Yoggev is a member of the Beth Tfiloh rabbinic team, and teaches Judaic Studies at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School.
Concerned about the 24-hour news cycle? Wait five minutes and the news is sure to change. BT in the AM’s Current Events for Adults class will follow the news and issues of interest in our media, whether your source is digital media, social media, cable news or and old reliable newspaper delivered to your front door. With our nation’s political process heading towards the season of debates, caucuses and primaries, not to mention elections in Israel, there will be an abundance of news to discuss and debate. Please join us for spirited conversation.
Phil Jacobs teaches Jewish History at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School and is former Executive Editor of the “Baltimore Jewish Times.”