Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe
Core Semikha, Class of 2017
Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe serves as Community Educator and Director of Mercaz Center for Adult Education in Beth Tfiloh synagogue in Baltimore, MD. She is a dynamic and thoughtful educator who is adding her experience to the richness and depth of the Mercaz programs. Rabbanit Bracha has spearheaded a variety of new educational opportunities for Beth Tfiloh men and women, on Shabbat and during the week.
Her love of tefilla and ritual led her to be an experienced gaba’it and organizer of women’s tefilla groups. She has taught many women and girls to leyn and is the voice of the JOFA Megillat Esther App. Rabbanit Bracha delights in learning with people of all ages, whether leading discussion groups with Bat Mitzvah girls and their moms, engaging with empty nesters, facilitating ‘Wise Aging’ programs, leading bereavement groups or simply teaching Torah and inspiring others to learn.
Rabbanit Bracha interned at United Orthodox Synagogue in Houston, Texas and at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York. She participated in chaplaincy programs at New York Presbyterian Hospital and at a maximum security women's prison.
Rabbanit Bracha is a 2017 graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, following a long career in hi-tech in Israel. She feels blessed to be following this path which nourishes and fills her soul.