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Mercaz Adult Education 2021-22

Join Beth Tfiloh's Mercaz Dahan Center for Jewish Life and Learning for another year of adult education programming. Expand your intellectual horizons with lectures and classes from your favorite leaders and teachers.

For this year, all Mercaz classes will be offered both in person and via Zoom.

Click here to register for the 2021-22 Mercaz Adult Education classes.

Weekly Learning

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  • BT in the AM

    Mondays, October 11-May 23
    Class 1: 9:15-10:15 am – Personalities in Tanach
    Presenter: Chana Slavaticki
    Chana Slavaticki
    Meet the complex and colorful personalities whose stories are described in the books of Yehoshua (Joshua), Shoftim (Judges) and Shmuel (Samuel) and answer questions such as: What made Yehoshua an outstanding leader? Was Rachav pious or practical? How could Yiftach sacrifice his own daughter? What was the secret to Shimshon’s strength? We will use the text and commentaries to uncover the underlying motives of these figures and others, explore the consequences of the choices they made, and identify relevant messages for our lives today.

    Class 2: 10:20-11:20 am – Beth Tfiloh: Feeling at Home in Shul
    Presenters: Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, Dr. Zipora Schorr, and Rabbi Chai Posner
    Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg Dr. Zipora Schorr Rabbi Chai Posner
    As we enter Beth Tfiloh’s historic centennial year, we will reflect on the name’s literal meaning: A House of Prayer. We will explore topics in tefila and what it means for us individually and collectively. What are the mechanics of prayer? Do our prayers really make a difference? How can we find personal relevance in the words of the Siddur? This course will help you tap into your deepest self and touch your heart and soul.

    Class 3: 11:25 am-12:25 pm – Torah M'tzion – Torah with an Israeli Twist
    Presenters: Shani and Matan Shefler
    Shani and Matan Shefler
    Join our new Israeli shlichim Shani and Matan Shefler for a deep dive into the parshah to find a special connection to Eretz Yisrael. Expand your Hebrew vocabulary with conversational words or expressions that are linked to each Torah portion. Participants of this course can also be a part of the Aliyot Project – a program that will have volunteers share brief overviews of the Torah reading on Shabbat between the aliyot.
  • Yaffe Scholars Centennial Style: An Exploration of Beth Tfiloh's Timeless Values

    Wednesdays, November 17-May 25, 7-8:15 pm
    This year’s Yaffe Scholars course will highlight Beth Tfiloh’s seven core values: joyful inspiration, meaningful practice, inclusiveness, Jewish learning, Israel and peoplehood, community, and generations. Together, we will delve into each value for several sessions using an array of textual sources from classical and contemporary commentators. You’ll gain practical tools on how to live life in sync with these values. The classes will be taught by an outstanding lineup of Beth Tfiloh clergy, Judaics faculty and guest presenters.

    View the course descriptions for Yaffe Scholars' Session 1 here
  • Ask Rabbi Yoggev

    Mondays, October 11-May 23, 7-8 pm
    Rabbi Dr. Eli Yoggev
    Join Rabbi Dr. Yoggev for stimulating discussions on Tanach, mitzvot, halacha, Jewish philosophy and much more. Our source-text will be Ask Rabbi Jack, which will be taught in an informal conversational format. As we move through the book, topic by topic, you will have the opportunity to ask Rabbi Yoggev all of your tough questions and learn new insights. This class is free of charge. Contact eyoggev@btfiloh.org to sign up.

    Participate via Zoom here: https://bit.ly/ASKRY
    Purchase your copy of Ask Rabbi Jack here

Monthly Learning

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  • Moms and Midrash: Refining Our Relationships

    Monthly, November 1-May 16, 8:15-9:30 pm
    Facilitated by Chana Slavaticki
    Carve some meaningful “me time” out of your busy schedule to engage in reflective Torah study with fellow moms of preschool kids and Chana Slavaticki on topics related to spirituality and personal growth. This year’s focus is on enhancing our relationships with those closest to us: Ourselves, Hashem, our spouses, our parents/in-laws, our children, and our community. Contact mercaz@btfiloh.org to be added to the email list or call (410) 413-2321.
  • Mercaz Monthly Clubs

    Wednesdays, November 17-May 25
    Class 1: 10-10:55 am – Book Club
    Zoom Option – Tuesdays, November 23-May 31, 7-8 pm
    Facilitated by Halaine Steinberg and other presenters
    Halaine Steinberg
    The Book Club will feature an impressive selection of books of Jewish interest, facilitated by Halaine Steinberg along with other presenters. This year’s book club offers two convenient meeting times, Tuesday evenings monthly on Zoom or Wednesday mornings monthly in person.
    Class 2: 11 am-12 pm – Current Events Club
    Facilitated by Phil Jacobs
    Phil Jacobs
    How does world Jewry emerge from the pandemic? How will the Biden Administration and Israel’s new government coalition work together? How will the rise in antisemitic acts impact US and European Jewish life? If it is news impacting the Jewish people in Israel or Washington, DC or Pikesville, the Mercaz Current Events Club will have it covered. Join veteran journalist Phil Jacobs for a lively, relevant discussion of news, media trends and influential opinions.

The Centennial Fall Lecture Series: Conversations with Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg

Wednesdays, October 20-November 10
During his tenure as Beth Tfiloh’s leader for the past 43 years, Rabbi Wohlberg focused much of his efforts on four subjects dear to his heart and the role of Judaism in the 21st century. Join us in four educational and entertaining evenings for a discussion on politics, Beth Tfiloh and the American Jewish community, Black/white relations, and the state of Israel. Each event will feature comments by our guest speaker, followed by a dialogue with Rabbi Wohlberg. Questions will be welcomed from the in-person audience.

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  • Senator Benjamin Cardin: The State of the Union

    Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 pm
    In person and livestreamed via Zoom
    Senator Benjamin Cardin
    6:30 pm: Hors d’oeuvres reception, Tuvin Patio
    7:30 pm: Program begins, Mintzes Theatre

    Whatever happened to bipartisanship? Is
    our country’s cultural divide tearing us
    apart? Has American support for Israel
    weakened? Can America remain a world

  • Stanley Z. Penn Memorial Lecture with Daniel Gordis

    Daniel Gordis: Israel and America... Divided We Stand
    Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 pm
    Zoom livestream only
    Daniel Gordis
    “Are we one?” Recent events indicate serious division between American Jewry and Israel. Can this be bridged? Are divisions inevitable in our approach to religion, democracy and the political situation? Beth Tfiloh alumnus Dr. Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President at Shalem College, will explain the fundamental differences in each country’s approach to issues ranging from democracy and history to religion and identity and explore how the world’s two largest Jewish communities can heal this rift to forge a path forward, together.

  • Rev. Terris King: Black and White – Our Past and Future

    Wednesday, November 3, 7:30 pm
    In person and livestreamed via Zoom
    Rabbi Wohlberg and Reverend Terris King
    An important discussion about the religious, political and cultural implications of Black/Jewish relations with Rev. Terris King, pastor of Liberty Grace Church. Dessert reception to follow on the Tuvin Patio.

  • Rabbi Chai Posner & Dr. Zipora Schorr: The Future of Beth Tfiloh & the American Jewish Community + BT Timeline Grand Opening

    Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 pm
    In person and livestreamed via Zoom
    Rabbi Chai PosnerDr. Zipora Schorr
    6:30 pm: Beth Tfiloh Centennial Timeline grand opening and outdoor hors d’oeuvres reception
    7:30 pm: Program begins, Mintzes Theatre and
    livestreamed via Zoom

    Walk through 100 years of Beth Tfiloh’s history at the grand opening of the Beth Tfiloh Centennial Timeline. Get the first glimpse of our multimedia historical timeline to view the many people and events that have shaped Beth Tfiloh’s history.

    Then, join Rabbi Wohlberg, Rabbi Posner and Dr. Schorr as they discuss questions such as: What changes lie ahead for our shul and school? Does Judaism have a future in America? Will Orthodoxy take over?


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  • Photo of Chana Slavaticki

    Chana Slavaticki 

    Director of Mercaz
  • Photo of Sheera Zaidman Shar

    Sheera Zaidman Shar 

    Mercaz Coordinator

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One of the leading Modern Orthodox synagogues in America, with a diverse membership, and an extensive offering of religious services, classes and year-round Jewish programming for all ages.