Meet long-time Beth Tfiloh Congregation members Paula and Mike Pearl, who have celebrated many family occassions with the BT community.
New York native Mike Pearl joined Beth Tfiloh Congregation in 1970 to join his parents Curt and Brigitte, following his semester of studying abroad at Tel Aviv University. Once here, Mike graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and, subsequently, earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. The senior Pearls were already BT synagogue members; in fact, “Curt was a member of the selection committee which chose Rabbi Wohlberg,” Mike shares.
Paula is a “born-and-bred” Baltimorean who holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from University of Maryland, and is a certified adult nurse practitioner in oncology. She joined BT shortly after marrying Mike.
Today, the Pearls are enjoying their retirement. Paula was a nurse practitioner in oncology; Mike is a retired attorney-mediator. “We both love our family and friends, Israel and Yiddishkeit,” says Paula. They enjoy traveling to Philadelphia to hear their son, David, play music, and to spend time in New York with their daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and David Silverman, where they play with their “adorable grandkids, Max and Boaz.”
Beth Tfiloh has been an integral part of the Pearl family for many years, a place where they have celebrated many special occasions together. Their wedding, in March 1979, was one of the first officiated by Rabbi Wohlberg at BT; he later officiated at the Pidyon Haben ceremonies of both their son, David, and grandson, Max. Their children, David and Jennifer, obtained a Jewish education at BT, and David became a Bar Mitzvah here. Mike was an active member and officer in the BT Brotherhood. “We also just enjoy sitting and davening on a semi-regular basis next to our brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Marcia Pearl,” says Paula.
“We love that BT is a leading Modern Orthodox congregation, in name and deed, which staunchly supports Israel,” explains Mike. “We love its leadership, led by Rabbi Wohlberg, as well as his often brilliant sermons; we love the spirit and beautiful chazanus (cantorial singing) of Avi Albrecht; we also love the lifelong friends we’ve made at BT, as well as the adult education opportunities provided, such as BT in the AM and the Yaffe Scholars programs.”
The Pearls are especially looking forward to another special High Holiday season at BT, where they will daven with family and friends, listen to “the thought-provoking speeches of our rabbis, and participate in the beautiful joint Neilah service led by Hazzan Albrecht.