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Mercaz Lecture Series: Exploring Core BT Values

Celebrate Beth Tfiloh’s centennial year through an exploration of our core values in this lecture series presented by Mercaz. Our outstanding lineup of presenters will use an array of textual sources as well as classical and contemporary commentators to give you practical tools on how to live life in sync with the fundamental values of community, inclusiveness, and generational involvement.

These events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Whose Job IS It? Get Refusal and Communal Responsibility, with Keshet Starr, Esq.

Wednesday, January 5, 7-8:15 pm, Zoom only

Join the Mercaz Dahan Center for Jewish Life and Learning for an exploration of the intersection between get refusal and Jewish communities. What responsibility do communities bear in addressing the agunah issue? Can communities make a practical difference on this intractable issue? How can we find our own circle of engagement as laypeople, rather than activists?

Keshett Starr, Esq., CEO of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), will discuss her own path toward agunah advocacy, the common pitfalls communities make in navigating these situations, and where individuals can become change-makers.
 

Black & Jewish: “Otherness” in the Jewish Community

Wednesday, February 16, 7-8:15 pm, Zoom only 

What is it like being a Jew of color & convert in Orthodox Jewish communities? How do Black & Jewish identities intersect? What is our obligation to the “stranger” in Jewish tradition and how can we cultivate more sensitivity to those who are “strangers” in our community?

Join the Mercaz Dahan Center for Jewish Life and Learning to explore these questions through the lens of Jewish texts and personal experiences with Aaron Jordan (a Black, Jewish convert) and his wife, Talia, who have placed these questions at the center of their Jewish journeys.
 

Finding the Story: Adventures in Genealogy

Wednesday, March 23, 7-8:15 pm, Zoom only 

A simple Facebook post led Jennifer Mendelsohn to fall down the genealogy rabbit hole. She will detail how her genealogical and DNA sleuthing has helped reunite long lost family members, debunked decades-old family fairy tales (did you know no names were changed at Ellis Island?), and led to shocking, poignant, and sometimes hilarious revelations. She will share some tips on how you can get started on your own journey to your family's past.
 

Innovation Rooted in Tradition: Beth Tfiloh at 100

Wednesday, March 30, 7-8:15 pm, Zoom only 

As we celebrate Beth Tfiloh's centennial, we will reflect on the historical context that created the fertile soil in which Beth Tfiloh was able to grow and flourish. From nineteenth century Germany to early twenty-first century America, we will examine the historical circumstances that contributed to the development of Modern Orthodoxy in America, using Beth Tfiloh as our case study.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation
Roz & Marvin H. Weiner Family Campus | 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 | 410-486-1900 | mail@bethtfiloh.com
Celebrating the Joy of Judaism. Embracing all Jews.
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.