From Shabbat and holiday services and celebrations to social and volunteering opportunities, the Beth Tfiloh experience is like no other. We can’t wait to see you here! Here are all of the benefits included in BT Congregation membership for families with young children.
KIDS l ADULTS l FAMILY
FOR THE KIDS Shabbat and holiday services & programs
No one does Shabbat and holiday programs like BT. From weekly fun, interactive and age-appropriate Shabbat children’s services programs to entertaining yet meaningful holiday celebrations, Beth Tfiloh makes shul the place to be.
• Shabbat Babysitting
Ages birth-4, 10 am, Rynd Family Room
No sign up required. Parents can either drop off their children ages birth-4, or they may choose to stay with their child and wait for Cookie Minyan to begin.
• Preschool Cookie Minyan Ages birth to young 3's, 10:45 am, Rynd Family Room
Led by our beloved PreSchool teacher, Morah Marci Globerman, this service includes prayers, songs, dancing with the plush Torahs, stories and a Kiddush snack. Parents (or another adult) are welcome to stay with their child or join in adult services.
• Mini MinionAges 4 through kindergarten, Next to the Rynd Room
Drop off service with PS teacher, Jody Levey and teacher Becky Gordon that will involve more active and independent participation for the children. They will have the opportunity to learn prayers with like aged children and interact as the "older youngers." They will have age appropriate game and activities to make participation fun and encouraging. A special moving up ceremony will be held for the Kindergarten participants in the later part of the year as they join the Lower School Kid Cong.
• Middle School Girls' Shabbat Service
Grades 5-8, 10 am, Room 264
This girls-only service, led by Mrs. Amy Katz and Gal Yossef, includes a new approach to prayer, schmoozing about "girl stuff," learning about some of the amazing privileges of being a Jewish girl and woman, all topped off with a delicious weekly Kiddush.
• Middle Boys' School Minyan
Grades 5-8, 10 am, Room 265
Middle Schoolers have their own age-appropriate service that incorporates davening, games and a Kiddush snack.
• High Holy Day Services
BT offers a comprehensive schedule of services for kids of all ages during the High Holy Day season that makes this a meaningful time for all. Snacks and a light lunch are served for all pre-B’nei Mitzvah children on Yom Kippur so you can focus on your prayers.
> View the complete High Holy Days schedule
Jewish Learning and Living
• Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School
Give your children the best education available! Members enjoy a tuition discount at our acclaimed Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, recognized as one of the top independent schools in Maryland. BT students enjoy the advantages of BT’s award-winning Judaics and General studies dual-curriculum, plus a wide variety of arts and athletic activities.
• The Meir Program
The Meir Program was designed for children with language-based learning differences, in consultation with the Jemicy School. Specially-trained teachers will engage students’ interest using a multi-sensory approach to convey the beauty and joy of our Jewish tradition and inspire them to be proud and caring Jews.
• BT Camps
The BT ruach (spirit) and fun continue through the summer months! Sign your kids up for BT Camps so they can enjoy sports, arts, and nature at one of the most popular camps around… with special pricing for members!
> See how the BT spirit lasts all year-round at BT Camps!
Beth Tfiloh offers services and programs to meet your spiritual needs all week long. We offer a choice of Shabbat services with a number of “user-friendly” enhancements that make the Modern Orthodox service especially attractive to families with young children. The addition of a halachically-approved Tzomet sound system and increased participation by women are innovations which aim to expand the appeal of this special house of worship and make Beth Tfiloh’s service truly unique on the American Jewish scene.
Shabbat and Holiday Services, Programs and Classes
• Dahan Sanctuary Services
Dahan Sanctuary services provide a morning of high-spirited cantorial singing featuring the melodic baritone of Cantor Avi Albrecht, meaningful prayers and world-class sermons delivered by Rabbis Mitchell Wohlberg, Chai Posner, and Jonathan Gross.
• The BT Minyan
The Minyan service on Shabbat morning and holidays in the Epstein Chapel provides a less formal service in a more intimate setting to enable Beth Tfiloh to serve the broadest cross section of the Jewish community. This service appeals to those who enjoy a more intimate, participatory service with a unique blend of contemporary and traditional Judaism.
• Learn with Our Rabbis
At BT, we never take a day off from learning Torah!
> Before Saturday morning services, spend some time learning Torah with one of our rabbis. Delve into traditional texts and prepare for the Shabbat services.
> Every Shabbat afternoon our rabbis lead a stimulating hour of Torah study before Mincha. Topics range from Jewish thought to the weekly Parsha to Jewish law.
• Seudah Shelishit
Even the end of Shabbat is a special time at BT. Join your friends for a spirited meal with learning, singing...and food!
> View the Shabbat Services schedule
Jewish Learning and Living
• Be a Minyannaire!
Start your day off right each morning with Shacharit in the Epstein Chapel.
• Adult Jewish Learning
Expand your horizons at one of our many thought-provoking classes, with a variety of daily, weekly and monthly classes to choose from that bring Torah and Jewish living to life. Join a group class, hear world-class speakers, or engage in one-on-one chavrutah (partner) style learning sessions – whatever your skill level or interests, BT has a learning opportunity to meet your needs. (See the enclosed Program Guide for a complete schedule of this year’s learning opportunities.)
> View upcoming adult learning opportunities and programs
• High Holy Day Services
Through membership, you have the opportunity to purchase High Holy Day seats in one of our two religious services led by our dynamic rabbis. Families with both parents under the age of 35 receive complimentary High Holiday seats with membership.
> View complete High Holy day schedules and details
• Jewish Skill-Building
Our outstanding, friendly rabbis offer personalized, one-on-one learning to help you build your shul and davening skills, so that you will feel comfortable at all times in any service.
> Contact our clergy
• Community Building
events and programs offer you opportunities to members to engage in mitzvah project (in conjunction with BT Cares!), meet new friends, and participate in fun activities, including Bingo, Men’s Night Out, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and more!
• Leadership Opportunities
Beth Tfiloh offers a wide range of committees where you can share your expertise and vision, helping to better our community.
> Meet our synagogue leadership
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Make Shabbat and holidays family time! Your whole family will enjoy our welcoming Shabbat and holiday family programs throughout the year including Friday night Shabbat dinners, Shabbat pajama parties, and Havdalah programs.
• Shabbat ProgramsThroughout the year you will have the opportunity to sign up for special Shabbat dinners, lunches, and activities where your entire family will be sure to have a meaningful and fun time. These include Summer Shabbat Picnic Lunches, a family Shabbaton and more.
• Holiday Celebrations
Enjoy fun-filled holiday celebrations! For example, last year BT hosted a community-wide Chanukah Fireworks celebration and a Purim Carnival and Seudah with dueling pianos from Howl at the Moon.
• Life-Cycle Services
Beth Tfiloh's clergy are available for a full range of life-cycle events and other services for Congregation members, including bris/baby namings, bar and bat mit
zvahs, counseling…or even just a friendly listening ear when you need it.
• Social Action and Chessed
BT Cares, our social action committee, organized more than 200 volunteers to help with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief, collected more than 1,500 pairs of gloves for winter survival kits, delivered more than 700 Mishloach Manot bags to Jewish nursing homes and hospitals during Purim this year, making a difference in the lives of so many. This coming year, BT Cares will focus the majority of its community efforts on joining the fight against homelessness, using a thematic approach to have a more significant impact on a specific cause. Opportunities are also available to visit sick community members, fulfilling the important mitzvah of bikkur cholim
> Learn about upcoming social action opportunities
Members of our synagogue are entitled to a variety of discounts on School and Camp tuition, facility rentals, classes and other programs. View complete details here
There is something for everyone at Beth Tfiloh. We want to guide you through the membership process and provide you with information you need to make this important decision for your family. You can contact Eve Kresin Steinberg
, Executive Director, with any and all questions at 410-486-1900 ext. 251 or Holly Venick
, Director of Synagogue Life, at 410-486-1900 ext. 244.
See you in shul!