Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg
March 5, 2019
Mitchell Wohlberg was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1944, the third son of Jessie and Harry Wohlberg. Rabbi Dr. Harry Wohlberg was a professor of Bible and Homiletics at Yeshiva University. He and his three sons were honored by Yeshiva University for being the first family where the father and three sons all received rabbinic ordination from that institution. Upon receiving rabbinic ordination Rabbi Wohlberg assumed his first pulpit at Congregation Ahavath Achim in New Bedford, MA where he also hosted a weekly television program that was seen throughout the New England area. After two and a half years he was called to be the rabbi of the Beth Shalom Congregation in Washington, DC – the largest Orthodox synagogue in the nation’s capital. During that time he led his congregation in establishing a chapel and Hebrew School in Potomac, MD which is now the flourishing Beth Shalom Congregation of Potomac. The Beth Tfiloh Congregation since moving to its location in Pikesville, MD in 1961, had separate seating for men and women. In celebration of the 25th anniversary as Rabbi Wohlberg as its spiritual leader, the Congregation unanimously agreed to install a mechitzah at his request. The synagogue continues to strengthen its links to the Orthodox community and the broader Jewish community as well. Beth Tfiloh is recognized for its strong commitment to Zionism and the State of Israel. Its congregants have the distinction of annually purchasing the largest number of Israel Bonds during the High Holiday Appeal. Rabbi Wohlberg is a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds and has been honored by Israel Bonds, the Zionist Organization of America and the UJA Federation. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Bar Ilan University and is President of the Haron Dahan Foundation, with a net worth of one hundred million dollars. As the rabbi of the Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Rabbi Wohlberg is actively involved in the broader Baltimore community, and is one of the few rabbis involved in interfaith activities as a member of the Board of the Institute of Christian, Muslim and Jewish Studies, while working in partnership with the Liberty Grace Church to help strengthen Baltimore’s inner city. His greatest pride is in the family he and his wife, Sherry, helped create and nurture, with his two children and six grandchildren all living within two blocks of Beth Tfiloh.