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Strategic Plan approved to insure BT’s vibrant future Thank you for responding to our call to help chart BT’s future! We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors at its December 1, 2016 meeting unanimously approved the Beth Tfiloh Congregation Strategic Plan 2017—2021. This initiative was undertaken in preparation for the Congregation’s 100th anniversary in 2021, and includes our new Mission, Vision, and Values statement, priority areas of focus, and action plans.

30th Annual Florence & Joseph

WEINER BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT November 30-December 3, 2016 • weinerfever.com

The Strategic Plan’s main objective is: To sustain the Beth Tfiloh Congregation’s ability to serve and maintain its relevance to its membership and the broader Jewish community over the next generation through the transition of key Rabbinic and professional leaders. These are the six priority areas for which goals and success measures have been established: • Multi-Generational Membership • Leveraging “One BT” • Being a Hub of Jewish Life in Baltimore • Balancing Modern and Orthodox • Preparing for Leadership Transitions • Financial Sustainability To read about these in more detail, please view the approved Beth Tfiloh Congregation Strategic Plan 2017—2021 online at bit.ly/BTStrategicPlan or to receive a printed copy contact the Communications Office at 410-413-2312. We thank all who participated in the member survey, committee work, and/ or the leadership retreat. Your input was used to develop this important roadmap. We are especially grateful to Cass Gottlieb and Michael Friedman, our fearless Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chairs, who so ably led this inclusive and participatory process over the past 18 months.

THE 30th ANNUAL WEINER BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT was one of the highlights of the BT school year. Boys and girls teams came from Jewish high schools in Israel, Canada, New York (2), and Texas to compete with our Beth Tfiloh boys and girls varsity basketball teams.

STANLEY Z. PENN MEMORIAL LECTURE presents:

Increasing Our Awareness of Jewish Diversity Featuring Yavilah McCoy

Jewish diversity educator and advocate for Jews of Color

Wednesday, January 4 • 7:30 pm Beth Tfiloh Rosen Arts Center/Mintzes Theatre 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville Use East Entrance - follow signs to High School

Free and open to the public

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“Justice, justice, shall you pursue.” –Devarim 16:20 As the Jewish community grows more racially and ethnically diverse, how can Jewish texts and traditions shape our commitment to racial justice? How is the Jewish community pursuing racial justice and inclusivity, honoring both our Jewish tradition and Dr. Martin Luther King’s mandate? For more information, contact 410-413-2321 or mercaz@btfiloh.org.

Yavilah McCoy, an African American Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn who attended Chassidish elementary schools and a yeshiva high school, is a teacher, writer and diversity consultant who has been a forceful proponent for Jewish diversity and advocacy for Jews of Color in the United States.

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Son of Nava and Elliot Gorbaty Sat., Jan. 7. 2017 Aaron attends Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and is the brother of Dani Falk, Daniel Gorbaty, Jonathan Falk and Andrew Gorbaty. He is the grandson of Chaim and the late Miriam Shamay, and the late Rabbi Aaron and Pearl Gorbaty. His hobbies include sports, building and being with his friends. For his Mitzvah project, Aaron wants to help children in the hospital with their math and he participates with Yachad, helping children with disabilities and adults.

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Son of Amy and Amichai Katz Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 Gur attends Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and is the brother of Miriam, Daria, Ye’ela, and Tamara Katz. He is the grandson of Yona and the late Miriam Katz and Susan and David Addleman; and the great-grandson of Betty Joseph. His hobbies include playing and watching sports of all kinds, being with friends, and playing on the X-Box. Gur came to BT from Israel in September 2015 as a son of the shlicha, and has adapted to many new experiences here in America. He learned to navigate a different culture with a new language and has succeeded nicely with the support of his teachers and friends. Gur feels deeply attached to the BT family, and would like to maintain this strong connection when he returns to Israel at the end of this year.

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Remembering Camp Director, Steve Eller Beth Tfiloh sadly announced the loss of one of its iconic professionals last month, with the passing of Steve Eller, who served as camp director from 1972 to 2007. Following a career of several decades as a devoted educator in the Baltimore City Public School system, Steven brought his love for children and passion for camping to Beth Tfiloh Camps. Steve’s work included lobbying for laws that impacted camping, and he was actively involved on the national camping scene, through his efforts on behalf of the American Camp Association. In his 35 years as camp director, Steve’s vision and dedication to excellence contributed to Beth Tfiloh Camps becoming one of the area's most successful day camps, and a great place for kids to grow.

Empty Nester Chavurah Please mark your calendar for these upcoming Empty Nester Chavurah meetings which are 7-9 pm each of the following Sunday evenings: January 29 @ Larraine Bernstein & Ken Hornstein / Guest speaker: Rabbi Chai Posner February 26: Dinner @ David Chu’s being planned by Lynne & Richard Goldsmith March 26 @ Rena & Elliott Rank / Program being planned by Rena & Elliott Rank and Elaine & Steve Hercenberg / Mrs. Zipora Schorr will speak about writing ethical wills

Live from BT! It’s Friday Night! On Friday, January 6, join the BT family for the next monthly Friday Night Live - a-beautiful Carlebachstyle Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a Shabbat Oneg featuring live music, delicious food, l’chaims, ruach and more. Mincha begins at 4:40 pm in the Epstein Chapel; the post-service festivities begin at approximately 5:40 pm in the Tuvin Library. If you are interested in giving a d’var Torah in honor of a special occasion at a Friday Night Live, please contact Holly Venick at hvenick@btfiloh.org.

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Sisterhood News BT Cares and Sisterhood Clothing Drive: There’s still time to perform Tikun Olam for the area’s needy. On Sunday, January 15, 2–5 pm, please donate men’s winter, casual clothing. Either drive up to the High School entrance for collection or bring the clothing into the HS lobby. Warm socks, and gloves are particularly needed. Game Day and Luncheon: Tuesday, January 31, 12 pm in the Auditorium (snow date: February 7). For $18 per person, enjoy a buffet lunch and a reservation for your game choice (bring your own boards). Reserve with Ellen Karp 443-660-7690 or Brenda Pariser 410-363-8903. The November event sold out, so please make your reservations early.

gift for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, and children. Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations Mid-Winter Conference: Join the Federation at the Park Heights JCC, on January 26 from 9:30 am–12 pm for an informational meeting with speakers Joan Cohen, Mary Haar, and Howard Lept. RSVP sheilazstern@gmail.com or 410-363-3514. Spring Plans: Our program chairs are planning trips to charming destinations, an adult coloring class, Passover cooking demonstration, Meet the Author dinner, and local museum exhibitions. Watch our column for details. Board Meetings: January 11, February 8

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Order Your 2017 cards now from Beth Tfiloh Sisterhood $8 regular size | $9 large size Contact: Linda Barron - 410-486-1985 By January 30, 2017 A free card goes to whoever brings in the most orders.

Gift Shop: Visit our shop in the Clergy Suite for exceptional merchandise. We carry prayer books, our rabbi’s popular books, tallitot, kippot, and a fine array of

GIFT SHOP: ITEM OF THE MONTH Blue Crystal Pitcher This uniquely designed cobalt footed pitcher is made of mouth-blown lead free crystal.

SISTERHOOD DONOR honored the devoted members of the BT High Holy Day Seating Committee - Helen Gordon, Sandy Dobres, and Marcia Sachs. The Donor Dinner included a tribute to these long-standing members as well as a memorable clip from their appearance on Beth Tfiloh LIVE, pictured above.

SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP Phone: 410-413-2227 www.bethtfiloh.com/giftshop Hours: Sun: 10 am-1 pm, Mon-Thur: 1-4 pm

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A Note of Appreciation We were thrilled to be honored by the Sisterhood for our work on the Seating Committee. Thank you to all who worked to hard to make the 2016 Donor a success! Kudos to all of our friends and family who placed ads in our honor. Warm regards,

Marcia, Helen, and Sandy

Shabbat & Holiday Hospitality Opening your home for a Shabbat or Yom Tov meal helps create and strengthen relationships between fellow congregants. Please consider Sharing Shabbat with members of our Beth Tfiloh community for the holidays or Shabbat all year round. Please contact Holly Venick, at hvenick@btfiloh.org if you would like to be a part of this ongoing program sponsored by the Synagogue Life Committee and Share Shabbat chairs Bess Gilden and Sonia Maltinsky.


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With the publication of this plan, the implementation phase of work is already beginning! A new Implementation Oversight Committee is being formed under the leadership of Co-Chairs Tom Moran and Fran Pruce. We will be developing a standard way of tracking and reporting progress against goals, and plan to keep you informed through future Beth Tfiloh Bulletin updates. This is a most exciting time in the history of our great institution. May Beth Tfiloh continue to be a vibrant and growing Modern Orthodox Congregation that goes from strengthto-strength and generation-togeneration for the next 100 years!

A complete copy of the Congregation’s Strategic Plan is available at bit.ly/BTStrategicPlan.

New Members ohtcv ohfurc We are delighted to welcome the following recent new members of our Congregation:

Arlene Baum Wiener is the daughter of our late members, Nathan and Sylvia Baum. We welcome Bennett and Ami Kantorow as a new members to our Beth Tfiloh family. Bennett is a pharmacist at the VA Medical Center and Ami is a computer programmer with the Social Security Administration.

Do we have your email? If you are not receiving our BT email messages and would like to be added to our e-mail list, call Charlene Schimberg at 410-413-2217 or e-mail cschimberg@btfiloh.org.

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To My Jewish Day School Education By Molly Bookoff ‘16 The article below was originally posted on The Odyssey blog at www.theodysseyonline.com/open-letter-jewish-school was given an equal chance to learn, grow, and succeed. Although this system stands in stark contrast to how typical athletic organizations function, for my school, it worked. We learned to value hard work, camaraderie, and having fun. Winning was rare, but this taught us to appreciate even the smallest of victories.

Lastly, thank you for preparing me for college.

For 18 years, from the earliest days of “mommy & me” all the way up until high school graduation, I attended a small, Jewish day school in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. Contained within a seemingly un-poppable bubble, I spent long days, specifically from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., learning about Jewish holidays, hearing stories from the Bible, and studying the many laws that constitute Jewish life. All of this, on top of taking math, english, social studies, and science classes.

basketball tournament and everything in between, we always united to celebrate as a school. On the opposite end, in times of sorrow, whether it be the death of a family member or that of a soldier in Israel, we always joined together to pray for comfort, peace, and health in the world. Looking back, I appreciate these moments for what they were, and know that I will always be a part of a special community.

At times I longed to switch to a regular school, one where I could be dismissed from school at 2:30. Every. Single. Day. And one where I wouldn’t have to endure these classes that seemed so trivial at the time. But my parents would not even dream of letting me weasel my way out of what they believed to be an important experience. So I continued my Jewish day school education, and looking back on it, I realize just how right they were.

Throughout my years, you taught me some essential components of what it means to be a Jew: that I should care for others, strive to be the best version of myself, and live each day with meaning and purpose. You also gave me Israel, a beautiful country filled with incredible people, a rich history and culture, and an everlasting spirit. These ideas are now ingrained into my being; without them, I would not be who I am today.

Sitting in my dorm room, 1,123 miles away from home, in a new school and a new city, I just want to say to my Jewish Day School:

Thank you for showing me what it means to be a community.

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Thank you for fostering my love of Judaism and Israel.

Thank you for teaching me that winning isn’t everything.

The sports at my school could be classified as anything but serious. In the entire span of my athletic career, I witnessed only two occasions where players were cut. 99.9% of the time, everyone made the team, and everyone

You might be thinking, how could I have been prepared for college by living in a bubble for my entire life? Yes, it is true that my life predominantly existed in this Jewish bubble, and that my friend group consisted mainly of people just like me. But my Jewish Day School education equipped me with the necessary tools to succeed not only in college, but in life. Tools that I don’t think I would have received anywhere else. From it, I’ve learned to treat people the way that you want to be treated. I’ve learned to believe that everything happens for a reason, and to trust that things will be okay in the end. And lastly, I’ve learned that each day we have on this earth is a gift, and that we should not merely sit back and appreciate it, but take advantage of each moment to ultimately live a meaningful life.

So thanks again, for the bagels, for the 8 hour school days, and for the lessons. Molly Bookoff is a 2016 graduate of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. She is currently a freshman at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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School News CHUMASH PROGRAM: Mazal tov to our second graders, who received their first real chumashim at the Chumash Program. Todah rabbah — thank you — to Mr. Searle and Mrs. Deborah Mitnick, who endowed our Chumash Program, providing the resources for both the program and the chumashim for many future generations of BT second grade students.

GIRLS’ STEM DAY: Eight BT High School juniors and seniors participated in the University of Maryland's second annual STEM Event for Young Women, coordinated by BT parent Dr. Rena Lapidus, director of University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Translational Core Facility and an associate professor of medicine.

SINGING IN SPANISH: Mrs. Lesser's High School Spanish class taught Saco Una Manito (“I Take Out One Hand”), a Spanish children's song, to Mrs. Hercenberg's Kindergarten class and Morah Mekenzie and Morah Giselle's 3's.

BT PRESCHOOL students planted an inspiration garden together with Atrium Village senior residents.

THE BETH TFILOH DAHAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL COLLEGE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS

Navigating the Road to College Acceptance FREE Community Forum - OPEN to the Public Learn how to take the stress out of the college application process for students and parents.

Tuesday, January 10

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Beth Tfiloh Macks High School Library

What makes an optimal college guidance process

Overview of the college application timeline

Key questions to ask college counselors

Space is limited. Register by January 6 at

bethtfiloh.com/getintocollege.

For more information, contact Kira Goldman at admissions@btfiloh.org or 410-413-2309.

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Introducing STEAM STEAM are the best Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math summer programs around.

Beth Tfiloh Camps is an incredible summer day camp serving Baltimore and Howard Counties. We offer the best program led by exceptional staff for campers ages 2 through entering 10th grade.

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Alumni News

Development News Giving Tuesday The Tuesday following Thanksgiving has become a national day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. This year, in true BT fashion, we saw our community come together on Giving Tuesday to show its support for BT in a very big way!

THANKSGIVING CONVOCATION: At the Thanksgiving Convocation, alumni brothers Josh Chinsky ’01 & Ben Chinsky ‘04, both of whom have served in the American military, shared this advice with our students: “Find a mentor, be a good friend and dream big.”

BT ALUMNI ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - A highlight of Alumni Weekend was the induction of the 2001 Championship Girls Varsity Basketball team into the BT Athletic Hall of Fame.

One hundred and fifty Beth Tfiloh families and alumni donated to BT’s Annual Campaign on Giving Tuesday. We are thrilled to report that we now have over 900 families who have donated to the Annual Campaign, bringing us more than halfway to our goal.

Our success is thanks to our wonderful Campaign Cabinet volunteers, led by Mark Gheiler, Chair, and Emily Levin, Vice-Chair, and our amazing Alumni Council chaired by Shoshi Ponczak ‘03. We couldn’t do it without them. If you’d like to make your gift today please visit www.bethtfiloh.com/ btannualcampaign.

Jenn Miller ‘15 and Jocie Broth ‘15 were back at BT for the Alumni Brunch.

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Matt Brown, Casey Spigel and Noam Weiss met up at the Class of 2001 15-year reunion.

Members of the Class of 2011 held their 5-year reunion at the Mt. Washington Tavern.


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Our PreSchool Family Programs are open to YOU and your friends and family!!!

We invite young families to enjoy a growing number of BT Family Programs that are open to the public..

you’re invited!

At Beth Tfiloh PreSchool, curriculum empowers our children to take an active role in their education. Inspired by the world-renowned Reggio Emilia school in Italy, we believe that children are creative, competent and capable members of our school community.

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Shabbat Sing-a-Long & Welcome Day A special Friday each month. Jan 13, Feb 3, Mar 10 Shabbat Cookie Minyan & Mini Minion Weekly Service with lunches January 14, March 25, May 20, June 3 PreSchool Purim Carnival & Family Seudah Sunday, March 12

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But the Beth Tfiloh PreSchool experience doesn’t end when school is out. Both children and their parents can enjoy a wide range of activities, both after school through our BT Plus extended day program, and through special family programs on Shabbat and Holidays.

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PreSchool Family Pre-Shabbat BBQ Dinner Friday, June 9 Family Shabbat Lunches & Afternoon Playdates Selected Saturdays this Summer TBA

PARENT EDUCATION SERIES 20 - Jonathan Flombaum: Why is it so Hard for Kids & Adults to Think About What Others are Thinking? n March 24 - Elana Weissman: How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Our Lives and the Lives of our Children n May 5 - Anne Townsend: Why Children Struggle and How We Can Help Them Succeed n January

Advance registration is required. FREE and DISCOUNT tickets are available for prospective PreSchool families at www.bethtfiloh.com/PSfamilyprograms. For more information or to schedule a personal tour of our PreSchool, call Melissa Lebowitz at 410-413-2303.

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BABYSITTING MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS MINYAN MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SERVICE TEEN MINYAN

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TORAHQUEST provided a beautiful evening of Jewish learning. Highlights included a musical Havdalah service led by Beth Tfiloh High School’s a cappella choir, Kolenu, and a keynote address by Avraham Infeld, the Sue Glick Liebman Visiting Israel Scholar, and a choice of workshops. PHOTO: A panel discussion on inter-denominational Jewish marriage included BT couples Shelley and Bobby Kaye, Stacy and Louis Schwartz, and Ilona and Lewis Dennen, addressing how each couple navigates differing levels of religious observance

Shabbat Shira “Spirit of Shabbat” Lunch Enjoy Shabbat Shira... a musical Shabbat with BT friends on Saturday, February 11. After services relax over a Shabbat meat lunch with vegetarian options. Following lunch we will be treated to a musical performance by an a cappella group and hear a provocative debrief by our amazing BT Shelichim, Haggai and Miri Lavie, Amy and Amichai Katz, Gal Yossef and Leon, moderated by Rabbi Posner. We will hear how they see the American/Israeli relationship, what they believe they have brought to BT and what they will take home with them. While we enjoy the panel, children will practice a new song with our a cappella group and sing it for us over dessert. Good friends, delicious food, melodious music and interest insight all awaits you at the Spirit of Shabbat Shirah lunch!! 12

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We gratefully acknowledge the following contributions to our Congregation & School BETH JACOB CONGREGATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of: Eunice Bernstein, by Tatiana Hasson

BETH JACOB HEBREW SCHOOL AT BETH TFILOH In Memory of: Sonia Gruzin, by Zelda and Leon Okun

BETH TFILOH DAHAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL In Honor of: Rosalie and Jerry Klotzman, on their granddaughter, Sydney Kronthal, becoming a Bat Mitzvah, by Roselyn and Irv Kalb In Memory of: Barbara Goldman, by Rhoda and Stanley Brown and family Sonia Gruzin, by Donna and Al Polovoy

BETH TFILOH DAHAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of: Helen Gordon, with heartfelt thanks and on her being honored by the Sisterhood, by Louise, Dan and Sam Supnick Sherri and Gary Kassimir, on Vicki and Zach’s marriage, by Wendy and Craig Friedman, Susan and Paul Harans, Cheri and David Hurwitz and family Linda and Howard Miller, on all of their celebrations, by Hersh Pachino Caralyn Welliver and Adam Walters, on their wedding, by Michele and Don Walters Rabbi Mitchell and Sherry Wohlberg, on their granddaughter, Emuna, becoming a Bat Mitzvah, by Maureen and Howard Davidov, Eva and David Engles, Elaine and Marc Lowen Speedy Recovery to: Barbara Goldberg, by Reba and Arnold Cohen Shua Soskil, by Susan and Paul Harans In Memory of: EIn Memory of: Dorris Beckler, by Rabbi Yehuda Oratz Eunice Bernstein, by Barbara Bernstein and Toba and David Thaman, Ilene, Neri, Joel and Dena Cohen, Laura and Alan Fink, Wendy and Craig Friedman, Lynne and Stan Haas, Fran Kessler and Jack Finkelstein, Mindy and Jud Lipowitz, Allison and Aaron Magat and family, Judy and Marty Mintz, Nancy and Scott Richmond, Joanne and Marshall Rief and family, Carol Sandberg and John Poirier, the UMBC Hillel Board, Nina and Gary Wand Jeanette Falk, by Rabbi Yehuda Oratz Lev Fooksman, by the Mzhen Family Esther Green by Rabbi Yehuda Oratz Judy Herman, by Layne, Danielle and Stephen Herman Janet Day Hirsh, by Rabbi Yehuda Oratz Frank LeBow, by Steven M. Caplan, Jan Cardin, Wendy and Craig Friedman, Hertzbach, Miriam and Arnie Kahn, Wendy and Michael Katz, Lida

and Gary Kramer, the Medical Staff of Mercy Medical Center, Julia Snyder Harrriett Jacqueline Leder, by Rabbi Yehuda Oratz B. Joy Pachino, by Susan and Paul Harans, Mindy and Jud Lipowitz Brian Alan Pollack, by Rabbi Yehuda Oratz To commemorate the yahrzeits of Nathan Schofer and Ann Chayt by Edith Sussman Sara Spotts, by the Passen Family

BROTHERHOOD S. HAROLD COHEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of:

In Memory of: Barbara Goldman, by Judith Caplan Anne Gulack, by Elinda and Ben Hendin

SOPHIE AND WILLIAM MAZER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of: Donna Holzworth, by Susan and Howard Goldberg

THE MERCAZ DAHAN CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE AND LEARNING In Honor of:

Eunice Bernstein, by Ellen and Stewart Falk, Jonathan and Ruby Falk

Helen Gordon, on her recognition by the Sisterhood, by Eunice and Sidney Friedman In Memory of:

PAUL BURMAN HOSPITALITY FUND

Eunice Bernstein, by Susan and Michael Sless

In Memory of:

THE NATANZON & TAYLOR FAMILY ISRAEL/POLAND TRIP FUND

Sonia Gruzin, by Morris Rosen

SAMUEL AND SIDNEY EPSTEIN CHAPEL FUND In Memory of: Sonia Gruzin, by Larry Aiken

FREDA AND MORRIS FINER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of: Lorraine and Barry Friner, on their granddaughter, Ella, becoming a Bat Mitzvah, by Rhoda and Stanley Brown and family

GENERAL FUND In Honor of: Daniel Malinow’s marriage to Molly Forr, by Dorothy Roth A generous contribution was made to purchase new Israeli flag, by Carol and Carl Oppenheim Speedy and Complete Recovery to: Abe Adler, by Julie Okun and Alan Davidson Steve Feldman, by Diane and Joel Lipset In Memory of: Robert H. Katz, by James Kessler Frank LeBow, by Beth and Michael Sellman and family, Gwen and Marc Shar Sonia Gruzin, by Larry and Marianne Hornstein

In Honor of: Rabbi Mitchell and Sherry Wohlberg, on their granddaughter, Emuna, becoming a Bat Mitzvah, by Tova and Rony Natanzon

ANN NEUMANN-LIBOV SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory of: To commemorate the yahrzeit of Ed Libov, by Mort Libov

STANLEY Z. PENN MEMORIAL LECTURE FUND In Honor of: Karen and Steve Brown, on the birth of their grandson, Harrison Ries, by Ruthie and David Carliner Loretta and William Hirshfeld, on the birth of their new great-grandson, Mel and on the upcoming marriage of their grandson, by Helene Penn Dorf Howard Miller’s birthday and Linda and Howard’s anniversary, by Ruthie and David Carliner

ELLYN AND STEPHEN POLAKOFF SENIOR TRIP SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of:

In Memory of:

Ellyn and Stephen Polakoff, on their granddaughters, Lillian and Sophia, becoming B’Not Mitzvah, by Aime Sue and Paul Nochumowitz

Sara Spotts, by Leslie and Ron Goldberg

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

ALAN J. KARLIN CHATAN TORAH HONOR FUND

In Honor of:

SONIA AND STANLEY GOLDBERG ADOPT-A-CHILD FUND

In Honor of: Irwin and Brenda Nudelman, for a happy, healthy, sweet new year, by Stacey, Alan, Sami and Marisa Belsky Speedy and Complete Recovery to: Irwin Nudelman, by Stacey, Alan, Sami and Marisa Belsky

Emuna Wohlberg becoming a Bat Mitzvah, by Shirley and Irv Littman, Leslie and Ron Goldberg, Jack Finkelstein and Fran Kessler Rabbi Wohlberg, in appreciation of his support and generosity of spirit, by Brenda and Irwin Nudelman Rabbi Mitchell and Sherry Wohlberg, for their presence and naming of our great-grandson, Gavin Samuel Leonard, by Jack Finkelstein and Fran Kessler

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BETH TFILOH BULLETIN Speedy and Complete Recovery to: Abe Adler, by Reta Davis In Memory of: Their loved ones, by Claire and Michael Bassan Their loved ones, by Leah Szmidt and Natalie Chason

JENNIFER AND MICHAEL SACHS CAMP FUND In Memory of: Stephen Eller, by Robert and Carol Benedek, Marcia and Alvin Sachs

MILTON AND RAE SAMUELSON MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of: Rabbi Mitchell and Sherry Wohlberg, on their granddaughter, Emuna, becoming a Bat Mitzvah, by Barbara and Steve Samuelson

SISTERHOOD GIFT FUND In Honor of: Sandy Dobres, on being named one of the 2016 Sisterhood Donor Honorees, by Myrna and Ben Cardin, Shellye and Steve Gilden, Evelyn Gross, Judy Hyatt, Calla Samuels Helen Gordon, on being named one of the 2016 Sisterhood Donor Honorees, by Myrna and Ben Cardin, Shellye and Steve Gilden, Evelyn Gross, Judy Hyatt, Calla Samuels Ina and Jeff Legum, on their granddaughter, Vicki’s marriage to Zach, by Sallie and Harold Goldberg Marcia Sachs, on being named one of the 2016 Sisterhood Donor Honorees, by Myrna and Ben Cardin, Shellye and Steve Gilden, Evelyn Gross, Judy Hyatt, Calla Samuels In Memory of:

JANUARY 2017 A TEVET-SHEVAT 5777 To Jennifer and Sam Sultan on the birth of their daughter, Yardena Sophia To Nancy and Rubin Schechman on the birth of their grandson, Blake Liam Cook, son of Sara Schechman and James Cook.

Condolences We extend our heartfelt condolences to the following members: To Larraine Bernstein and Sharon Klein on the loss of their mother, and our member, Eunice Bernstein To Gloria Pachino Greenspun and Myles Friedman on the loss of their sister, Barbara Goldman To Nonny Kelly on the loss of her mother, Sara Spotts To Sidney Schlachman on the loss of his sister, Sonia Gruzin

Shabbat Kiddush Sponsors We gratefully appreciate the generosity of the following individuals for their sponsorship of the weekly Shabbat morning Kiddush:

Sonia Gruzin, by Helen and Jerry Gordon

NOVEMBER 12 - Stephen and Ellyn Polakoff in honor of their granddaughters, Lillian and Sophia becoming B’not Mitzvah. NOVEMBER 19 - Ronnie Plotkin, and Ruth and Bernard Freidman in honor of their grandson, Alexander Friedman, becoming a Bar Mitzvah. NOVEMBER 26 - Stephanie and David Kronthal in honor of their daughter, Sydney Rose Kronthal becoming a Bat Mitzvah. DECEMBER 3 - Michelle and Kenneth Tepper in honor of their daughter, Sabrina, becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG BOOK FUND

Seudah Shelishit Sponsors

In Memory of: Ken Friedman, by Steve and Susie Schloss

We gratefully appreciate the generosity of the following sponsors of the weekly Shabbat

EDWARD AND FAITH WOLF SCHOLARSHIP FUND

afternoon Seudah Shelishit: NOVEMBER 12 - Marshall Feldman and Harris Feldman to commemorate the yahrzeits of their beloved parents, Ruth and Charles Feldman; and by Deborah and Louis Baer to commemorate the yahrzeits of their fathers, Alfred L. Freud and Aaron R. Baer. NOVEMBER 19 - Rod and Cheryl King and family to commemorate the yahrzeit of John Eberstein, Sr. beloved father and grandfather; and by Larry Hornstein and family in memory of Larry’s beloved parents Beatrice and Earl Hornstein. NOVEMBER 26 - Morris and Fanny Segall to commemorate the yahrzeits of Shirley Segall, Steven Segall, Morris and Thresa Segall and Eva Gertz.

Memorial Plaques Memorial Plaques have been purchased in memory of the following: Miriam M. Cohen Esther Hyatt Irving F. Naftaly

Yahrzeit Contributions Annie Adler, by Samuel Adler Irvin Agree, by Monica Agree Nathan Aiken, by Lawrence Aiken Sarah Aiken, by Lawrence Aiken Lily Appel, by Myrna Taylor Iris Kaila Baum, by Rachelle Silverstein Alexander L. Bedine, by Marshall Bedine Sarah Berman, by Shirley Rosenzwig Michael Billian, by Leonard Billian Solomon Block, by Nancy Rombro Harold Brill, by Florence Brill Abraham Brooks, by Robert Owen Brooks Allen Brooks, by Sandy Dobres Ann Pomerantz Brown, by Evelyn Gross Isaac Jacob Chernak, by Ted Chernak Marjorie Cohen, by David Cohen Morton Cohen, by Robert Cohen Reba Cohen, by Sidney Cohen William Cylus, by Lewis Cylus, Hedy Gleiman Moussa E. Dabbah, by Joseph Dabbah

In Memory of: Eunice Bernstein, by Faith and Ed Wolf

YAD B’YAD FUND In Honor of: Marley and Ben Max, on their marriage, by the Kindergarten Faculty

Mazel Tov We extend a Mazel Tov to the following members: To Karen and Steve Brown on the birth of their grandson, Harrison Ries Brown, son of Matthew and Amanda Brown To Arnold and Dorathy Golberg on the birth of their grandson, Kaden Maddox Swope, son of Sheri and Daniel Swope

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BETH TFILOH BULLETIN Ida Damsky, by Louise Macks Nathan Jacob Davidov, by Howard Davidov Lena Dickstein, by Nadine Dickstein Nathan Dinkin, by Bertha Dinkin Evelyn Eisner, by Adam Eisner Albert Enten, by Adele Sidle Rose A. Esterson, by Judy Chernak, Ted Chernak Jerome Fader, by Rheda Fader, Brenda Pariser David Falck, by Matilda Falck Dora Fink, by Doris Fink Sidney L. Fisher, by Shelley Kaye Alfred Lester Freud, by Deborah Baer Jacob Friedman, by Nadine Dickstein Marcos Gheiler, by Isaac Gheiler Harriet Glasser, by Howard Glasser Harry Glazer, by Ann Glazer Lorraine Glazer, by Sheila Jay Minnie Glazer, by Sheila Jay Jerome Gordon, by Paul Gordon Nathan Green, by Sheldon V. Green Albert D. Greenberg, by Rosalie Rapoport Sara Greenberg, by Sondra Levine Sally Ginsberg Greene, by Ted Chernak Gerwin Gross, by Evelyn Gross Rose Hack, by Florence Brill, Karen Glazer Irene Avras Halpern, by Steven Halpern Julius M. Halpern, by Shirley Gambel Walter Hendin, by Ben Hendin Etta Herbst, by Susan Karpel Mary Heyman, by Bernard Heyman Mordechai Hochman, by Leah Hochman Beatrice Hornstein, by Larry Hornstein David Hyatt, by Judith Hyatt Edna Hyatt, by Irv Hyatt Irwin L. Jacobs, by Marilyn Naviasky Ruth Janoff, by Marshall Janoff David Kamenetz, Evelyn Dickman

JANUARY 2017 A TEVET-SHEVAT 5777 Dora Kamenetz, by Evelyn Dickman Simon Katz, by Esther Gross Stephanie Lynn Kann-Celentano, by Sandra and Maurice Bass Mitchell Kay, by Irene Bressler Annie Kellman, by Barbara Gandel Morris Kessler, by Betty Jacobs Keyser Bernard Klein, by Brenda Belsky Gertrude Klein, by Brenda Belsky Nathan Klein, by Robert Klein Leonard Kotz, by Alan H. Kotz, Marvin Kotz Anna Kovens, by Faye Adler Gertrude Lakein, by Annette Polonsky Gertrude Landsman, by Gwenn Eisenberg, Ruth Eisenberg Selwyn Lazarus, by Lois Glassman Selig Lesser, by Loryn Lesser Larry Levenson, by Sandra Levenson Bernard Levine, by Sondra Levine Harry Levitz, by Velma Cheslock Rose Levy, by Dorothy (Dotsey) Roth Cypora Lichter, by Samuel Lichter Regina Marshall, by Anita Knisbacher Gertrude Maseritz, by Guy Maseritz Elliott Massuda, by Donya Dabbah Mathilde Mayer, by Lutz Alexander Prager Hildreth H. Miller, by Howard Miller Joseph Miller, by Sonya Miller Garfield Martin K. Miller, by Howard B. Miller Mitzi F. Miller, by Edward Miller Freda Millison, by Scott Millison Jessie Nachman, by David Nachman Irving Naftaly, by David Naftaly Celia Needle, by Roslynn Goldberg David Nelson, by Sandy Dobres Dora Nelson, by Sandy Dobres Arkady Noskin, by Irene Balbir

Joseph Oliner, by Stephen Oliner Loved Ones, by Jeffrey Seidman Bessye A. Owings, by Marshall Janoff Edward Owings, by Marshall Janoff Max Polonsky, by Norman Polonsky Joseph Polovoy, by Norman Polovoy Alan Polun, by Sheldon Polun Steven Polun, by Rena and Sheldon Polun Maynard Rabin, by Bruce Rabin Sidney Rapchik, by Barbara Schwartz Beverly Bondy Rose, by Irv Hyatt Henry Rosenzweig, by Shirley Rosenzweig Mildred Rose Roskes, by Saul Roskes Hannah Roth, by Gladys Kremen Aaron Sacks, by Joseph D. Sacks Rose Schein, by Sanford Schein Max Schnitzer, by Charlotte H. Schnitzer and Robin Smolarz Estelle Schnur, by Barbara Mussey Ethel Schuster, by Joy Schuster Eleanor Muhlfelder Segall, by John Segall Karl Heinz Segall, by John Segall Harry Seidman, by Shirley Seidman Minna Shavitz, by Reta Davis Anne Sherman, by Michael Sherman John Silvers, by Stacey Rubin Mary B. Sindler, by Harry Sindler Samuel Sobkov, by Ruth Sobkov Macklin Sidney Spiegel, by Josh Spiegel Mollie Steiner, by Nancy Rombro Ellen Steuer, by Richard Lamb Joseph Stoler, by Charlene Schimberg Harold Sugar, by Linda Barron Stephen Weissman, by Sheila Jay Claire Weinstein, by Benjamin Weinstein Sophia Yerman, by Michael Yerman Mildred Zemel, by Stephen M. Zemel

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BETH TFILOH BULLETIN

BETH TFILOH CONGREGATION

Roz & Marvin H. Weiner Family Campus 3300 Old Court Road / Baltimore, MD 21208

JANUARY 2017 A TEVET-SHEVAT 5777

Non-Profit Org U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 1262 Baltimore, MD

BETH TFILOH Synagogue Office 410-486-1900 Fax 410-653-0603 Schedule of Services Dial 6, 2 Information Hotline 410-413-2345 mail@btfiloh.org • www.BethTfiloh.com

Beth Tfiloh Congregation

Celebrating the Joy of Judaism Embracing all Jews

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, 410-413-2215 Hazzan Avraham Albrecht, 410-413-2212 Rabbi Chai Posner, 410-413-2219 Rabbi Chaim Wecker, Ritual Director 410-413-2218 Lowell Herman, President Fran Pruce, Board Chair Tom Moran, Chief Operating Officer Don Weinapple, VP, Finance 410-413-2291 Eve Kresin Steinberg, Executive Director 410-413-2251

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School Creative Arts Department Presents presents

Switchboard: 410-486-1905

Zipora Schorr, Director of Education, 410-413-2305 Allison Magat, President, Board of Trustees Melissa Lebowitz, PreSchool Director, 410-413-2303 Nina Wand, LS Principal, 410-413-2508 Rabbi Yehuda Oratz, MS Principal, 410-413-2407 Dr. Renee Koplon, HS Principal, 410-413-2235 Brian Singer, Hebrew School Coordinator, 410-413-2523 Laurie Kott, Director of Admission, 410-413-2308 Harriet Rosen, School Administrator, 410-413-2310 Joan Feldman, Director of Communications, 410-413-2312 Mandi Miller, Development Director, 410-413-2399 Michelle Cherry, Director of Alumni Relations, 410-413-2336

Beth Tfiloh Youth Center Cherie Brownstein, Youth Director 410-413-2220

MERCAZ DAHAN CENTER

FOR JEWISH LIFE AND LEARNING

Sandy Vogel, Director , 410-413-2306 Shelley Kaye and Anne Pfeffer, Co-Chairs

Beth Tfiloh Camps

410-517-3451

David Schimmel, Director Michael Sachs, Chair

Synagogue Life Committee Holly Venick, Director of Synagogue Life, 410-413-2244 Calla Samuels, Chair ©Disney

Beth Tfiloh Cemetery Morris Segall, Chair

February 5, 2017 • 2 pm February 7 & 9, 2017 • 7 pm

410-413-2314

Laura Wolf President

Brotherhood

410-413-2238

Ed Kelly, President

Rosen Arts Center • Mintzes Theatre 3300 Old Court Road • Baltimore, MD 21208

Sisterhood

Tickets: Adult $15, Student & Senior $10

Social Action Committee

Buy tickets online at www.bethtfiloh.com/bttheater Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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Parent Association

410-413-2239

Marlene Friedenberg, President Evelyn Gross & Shirley Miller, Gift Shop 410-413-2224

Lindsay Gaister, Director

Chesed Committee

Irv Hyatt, Chair Roselyn Kalb, Sisterhood Chair

Bulletin

Joan Feldman, Director of Communications, 410-413-2312 Rina Goloskov, Asst Dir. of Communications, 410-413-2369 Lori Bernstein, Graphic Designer, 410-413-2216 Charlene Schimberg, Communications Assoc., 410-413-2217

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