Jewtor Blog – Hebrew Tutoring, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring, Torah and Haftarah Tutor

4 weeks ago

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Since A, 14, went to Jewish day school for middle school only, she was constantly behind in Hebrew. The 8th grade graduation trip to Israel turned her on to the language, however, and now that she is in public high school, she wants to study modern Hebrew with me. We meet online twice a week for thirty minutes, and she is filling in the gaps, and progressing quickly. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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1 month ago

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I just heard from the mother of a girl I tutored for her bat mitzvah:
Ohh Bettina she was beyond amazing!! She left her mark and set the bar high that is for sure. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and help! We appreciate your tutoring so much and could not have done it without you!!!
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1 month ago

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The young woman who is attending Rabbinical school feels she needs some help with her Hebrew class. Twice a week, we study from her textbook to get her caught up. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year. Wishing you a meaningful fast. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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Z & E are twins. A boy and a girl. Their grandmother contacted me about preparing them to become bnai mitzvah. It's fun to see the friendly competition between them as they take turns reading in Hebrew for me. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

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K, 11, has been living in Nevada with her family for two years, and they haven't found a synagogue to join. K will be celebrating her bat mitzvah in Israel in the summer of 2019. I am giving her weekly lessons in Hebrew reading and Torah stories. In a few months, I will start to teach her the specific texts she will chant her for her bat mitzvah ceremony. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

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Things are just hopping here at jewtor. Just signed up THREE new families for bar/bat mitzvah lessons! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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12 year old S is an amazing student. In preparation for becoming a bat mitzvah, she takes charge of her learning. "Can we practice the haftarah now?" she asks me. Or "let's go over the prayers." She'll go far, I predict. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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Chanting Lamentations /Eicha in Jerusalem. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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Reading Lamentations outside, overlooking Jerusalem, as we commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temples. ... See MoreSee Less

Reading Lamentations outside, overlooking Jerusalem, as we commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temples.

4 months ago

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A. is hoping to go through a conversion process. His rabbi told him to pick a book from Torah to learn. He is studying Ecclesiastes (Qohelet) with me.We read both the Hebrew and English, as well as commentaries. We'll finish this rich text in a few months. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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B. has been learning Hebrew with me for a little over a year now. I think it was after he learned the past tense that his conversational skills really took off. I call him up, and he tells me what he did over the weekend! In correct Hebrew! Proud of my student. But we keep on studying. There is much to learn. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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I now have over 100 likes on this page! Woohoo! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

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A. is a pretty mother of four who grew up in Latvia. She now lives in the US with her Israeli husband. When they visit his family in Israel every year, A. wants to be able to understand the conversation around the dinner table. She is taking my introduction to Hebrew course, and progressing quickly. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

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Baby steps
L lives in Florida and is learning Hebrew with me so she'll be able to talk with her 3 year old granddaughter who lives in Israel. Recently, while they were playing a game where you take turns, the granddaughter pointed to L and said "at!" to indicate it was L's turn. L was thrilled to be able to report to me that she had understood!
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7 months ago

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My conversational Hebrew student J. who lives in the American Southwest, went with her husband on a trip to Israel. This was no reason to stop the lessons. We continue to connect online from her hotel room. She is enjoying the immersion, reading street signs and hearing Hebrew spoken. A trip to Israel is a great complement to her Hebrew lessons with me. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

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Moadim lesimchah! ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

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Even though J. had a bar mitzvah, he doesn't remember all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, now that he is a young adult. So we are starting from the very beginning, using the Brandeis Modern Hebrew textbook. He is planning to study Hebrew together with his fiancée, but she is ahead of him, so I am helping him catch up. Watch out, or he'll overtake you! ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

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L. has a daughter and a granddaughter living in Israel. L. wants to be able to converse in Hebrew when she visits Israel, and is progressing fast in her lessons with me. ... See MoreSee Less

10 months ago

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The mother of a boy I tutored for his bar mitzvah just wrote to me: Bettina worked tirelessly with my 13-year-old son in the final months of his bar mitzvah preparations. She literally saved the day in tutoring him in Hebrew, helping him to prepare his d'var Torah, and working with him on his blessings. Jonah adored his classes with her. She provoked his thinking with humour, compassion, intelligence and respect. She was also very easy to work with in regard to logistics. All in all, we are deeply grateful for Bettina’s help and would recommend her without hesitation. ... See MoreSee Less

10 months ago

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The mother of a student whom I tutored for her bat mitzvah recently wrote to me: "I can’t thank Bettina enough for giving my daughter the foundation of a Jewish education and preparing her for her Bat Mitzvah. Bettina was able to create a curriculum that fit our background and provided guidance on her becoming a Bat Mitzvah. We are bit of a complex family as we are an inter-racial family with one Jewish parent (my husband has always been supportive of having a Jewish home and raising our daughter Jewish). We didn’t belong to a synagogue, so we were also unsure of what her Bat Mitzvah would be.



In 14 months, Bettina got her reading Hebrew and taught her the Torah, Jewish history and prayers – she also taught her what it means to be a mensch and prepared or her to receive an aliyah for her Bat Mitzvah. For us, this was the perfect Bat Mitzvah!



Bettina is a wonderful teacher, great with children and easy to work with. She makes the online lessons fun, interesting and engaging with music, poetry and art. My daughter looked forward to her lessons each week and really enjoyed her time with Bettina
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10 months ago

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We only had two months to prepare with bar mitzvah tutoring, but it was a success! J celebrated his bar mitzvah in Jerusalem, happily holding the Torah! ... See MoreSee Less

We only had two months to prepare with bar mitzvah tutoring, but it was a success! J celebrated his bar mitzvah in Jerusalem, happily holding the Torah!

 

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Annette Birnbaum, du är rekordsnabb! Bäst!

10 months ago

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My student A looked this happy when she celebrated after 14 months of bat mitzvah tutoring with me. ... See MoreSee Less

My student A looked this happy when she celebrated after 14 months of bat mitzvah tutoring with me.

11 months ago

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Happy eighth night of Hanukkah! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy eighth night of Hanukkah!

11 months ago

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Happy fifth night of Hanukkah! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy fifth night of Hanukkah!

11 months ago

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J. will be celebrating his bar mitzvah in Israel at the end of the month, and I am helping him craft a d'var Torah. We've read his parsha together in English, and discussed some interesting points. It's fun to see an adolescent engage in the intellectual process! ... See MoreSee Less

12 months ago

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I had given C. some tutoring in Torah reading for a few weeks, in preparation for a bat mitzvah she was attending. Well, she pulled it off: she went to the bat mitzvah, and she read flawlessly, and she said it was a wonderful, spiritual experience! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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J. studies conversational Hebrew with me. Today she told me how much she appreciates it that I am as patient as she needs me to be. I told her it doesn't matter how long it takes her to understand something. I'll explain it, show it, sing it, draw it, dance it, whatever she needs until she gets it! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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B. approached me for Hebrew tutoring seven months ago, and has been having three 30 minute lessons every week. We now have conversations in Hebrew that are really interesting. He was recently asked to witness a ketuba at a wedding, and he sent me a picture of where he had signed his Hebrew name beautifully, including his mother's name in his signature. Way to go, B! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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Anna is interested in conversational Hebrew . She already speaks some Hebrew, but wants some enrichment and wants to gain fluency. We have lots of fun while we engage in Hebrew conversation about her children, and about life in general! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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C. is my new student from Colorado. She is interested in tutoring in Torah reading. She will chant publicly from the Torah next month, at a bar mitzvah. We go over the tropes every week, and then we apply them to her assigned text. She is making quick progress! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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A. has been meeting me online for bat mitzvah tutoring for a little over a year. She studied Hebrew and Torah stories, as well as holidays. A. had an aliyah to the Torah on Sukkot. I'm so proud of her! We're continuing to learn Hebrew prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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Did you shake a lulav this Sukkot? ... See MoreSee Less

Did you shake a lulav this Sukkot?

1 years ago

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Happy Sukkot! חג סוכות שמח! This is my Sukkah! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Sukkot! חג סוכות שמח!                          This is my Sukkah!

1 years ago

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All set to lead Rosh Hashana in Albany, NY. ... See MoreSee Less

All set to lead Rosh Hashana in Albany, NY.

 

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כל הכבוד!

בהצלחה וחג שמח.

Kol Hakavod

1 years ago

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Only in Israel does it happen that your wagon driver blows the shofar, right? Thank you to Dan Schwarzman for being quick with the cellphone camera! m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159288242645182&id=504605181 ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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J. has an Israeli girlfriend, and so he is motivated to learn modern, conversational Hebrew really fast. A few times a week, we do a 30 minute lesson, using the Brandeis Modern Hebrew textbook. With its practical approach, it gets you talking quickly! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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When A, 12, started studying with me almost a year ago, she knew zero Hebrew letters. Even though she lives in New York, there was no opportunity for her to learn, since she is a serious soccer player. I was able to create a schedule that worked for her. Now she can read anything. She has learned the blessings for going up to the Torah, and is becoming familiar with the prayer service in preparation for becoming a bat mitzvah in two months. She has also learned all the stories from the Torah, and we have had profound discussions about how they will impact her life, and the decisions she will make. I would say that A has gained a deep Jewish identity! I'm looking forward to her bat mitzvah with excitement! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

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Not sure I'd be comfortable eating in this restaurant. Anyone know what "Sakana" means in Japanese? I only know that it means "danger" in Hebrew! ... See MoreSee Less

Not sure Id be comfortable eating in this restaurant. Anyone know what Sakana means in Japanese? I only know that it means danger in Hebrew!

1 years ago

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My new student from New York who is just learning the Hebrew alef bet tells me, after a few lessons, "I can tell I'm becoming more fluent. I'm reading signs everywhere." Flabbergasted, I asked her "uh.. where do you live!?" She said "Borough Park." Well, that explains it. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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That's amazing! Will you guys, Tuvi Voorhees, Steph AmBroise, anyone else who sees Hebrew signs, take pictures and post here? I think that would be a lot of fun! We can compete at reading them. I've never been to Borough Park, so this is an education for me.

Are some of them in Yiddish?

Yep....hebrew signage is abundant. Even the Walgreens has signage in Hebrew....

2 years ago

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Rally for Israel's Independence Day in Montreal. ... See MoreSee Less

Rally for Israels Independence Day in Montreal.

2 years ago

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The modern State of Israel is 69 years old. Today we celebrate the anniversary of the greatest event in Jewish history, probably since the giving of the Torah! Happy Yom Haatsmaut! יום עצמאות שמח! ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

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Jewtor, hard at work, tutoring. Happy Purim! ... See MoreSee Less

Jewtor, hard at work, tutoring. Happy Purim!

 

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I notice the wine behind you on the floor...hmmm...

So cute

Happy Purim!

Happy Purim!

יפה לך. פורים שמח. שוב. יופי של צעיף.

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2 years ago

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Marie Antoinette wants to know: What are the four mitzvot of Purim? Answer in comments. ... See MoreSee Less

Marie Antoinette wants to know: What are the four mitzvot of Purim? Answer in comments.

 

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1. Going to a carnival is a fun activity that is in the spirit of Purim, but it is NOT one of the 4 mitzvot of Purim. Hearing the gantze megillah read in the evening AND the morning IS one of the 4 mitzvot. What are the other three?

3. Giving gifts to the poor - matanot laevyonim.

Nobody dares to guess even one?

2. Participating in a festive Purim feast.

Giving shalach manot, gifts of foods to friends.

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2 years ago

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Would you like to learn how to correctly lead a Jewish service? Write to me here, or on www.jewtor.com. I will teach you how to do it! ... See MoreSee Less

Would you like to learn how to correctly lead a Jewish service? Write to me here, or on www.jewtor.com. I will teach you how to do it!

2 years ago

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Leading 100 rabbis in morning prayers. The room resonates with responses, participation, feeling. Making sacred space and time - what a privilege! ... See MoreSee Less

Leading 100 rabbis in morning prayers. The room resonates with responses, participation, feeling. Making sacred space and time - what a privilege!

 

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Lovely picture of you Betinna!

This is a lovely Picture of you. Happy Purim

I don't think I have ever seen you before in a tallis; is this a new thing? 😉

Perhaps you will start a new Canadian trend!

2 years ago

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V. livres in France 🇫🇷. She became a Jew several years ago, and regularly attends synagogue services. But she wants to better understand the prayers she reads. We've been going over the amidah, reading together from a Hebrew French prayer book, and discussing the meaning, and also making sure she knows the choreography. I think we both enjoy these encounters! ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

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Greetings from Israel! I am in here to celebrate my son's wedding. Spending some time in my beloved Jerusalem this week. This picture was taken at the top of the rebuilt Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. What an amazing view! You can see the Mount of Olives in the back towards the right. ... See MoreSee Less

Greetings from Israel! I am in here to celebrate my sons wedding.  Spending some time in my beloved Jerusalem this week. This picture was taken at the top of the rebuilt Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. What an amazing view! You can see the Mount of Olives in the back towards the right.

 

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צרי קשר

Mazel Tov!!

Mazel Tov!

I hope you enjoy all that Israel has to offer. Every time I have gone, I feel like it fills me up and when I have been away a long time, I feel the longing to return. Yoram and I wish you and your family much nachat, mazal Tov on Dan's upcoming wedding.

Mazel tov. Enjoy. !!

Mazeltov to you all!

Stor kram till dig och familjen!

שיהיה במזל טוב

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2 years ago

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We had to wait until shabbat is over before we could light candles tonight, so the background is dark this time. Shavua tov, and happy Hanukkah! ... See MoreSee Less

We had to wait until shabbat is over before we could light candles tonight,  so the background is dark this time.  Shavua tov,  and happy Hanukkah!

2 years ago

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Shabbat shalom! ... See MoreSee Less

Shabbat shalom!

2 years ago

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A different member of the family gets to light the Chanukah candles each night. חנוכה שמח! ... See MoreSee Less

A different member of the family gets to light the Chanukah candles each night.  חנוכה שמח!

2 years ago

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Five candles this time. The light and warmth are increasing. ... See MoreSee Less

Five candles this time.  The light and warmth are increasing.

2 years ago

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A different chanukiah tonight. Happy Chanukah! ... See MoreSee Less

A different chanukiah tonight.  Happy Chanukah!

2 years ago

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Did you all light your third Chanukah candle tonight? ... See MoreSee Less

Did you all light your third Chanukah candle tonight?

2 years ago

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Happy second night of Hanukkah! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy second night of Hanukkah!

2 years ago

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M. spends most of his time in a rehab center, having suffered an accident. But that's no reason to consider his time wasted! He uses it well! He wants to say Kaddish for a beloved aunt, and is learning how to do it with understanding. We discuss the meaning, historical development and practice of the mourners' Kaddish. Then we practice pronouncing the words. Way to go M! ... See MoreSee Less

M. spends most of his time in a rehab center,  having suffered an accident.  But thats no reason to consider his time wasted! He uses it well! He wants to say Kaddish for a beloved aunt,  and is learning how to do it with understanding. We discuss the meaning,  historical development and practice of the mourners Kaddish. Then we practice pronouncing the words.  Way to go M!

2 years ago

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Getting ready for a Skype lesson with jewtor. Learning Torah is fun! Chag sameach! ... See MoreSee Less

Getting ready for a Skype lesson with jewtor. Learning Torah is fun! Chag sameach!

2 years ago

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Did you know? While Jews greet each other on holidays by saying Chag sameach (happy holiday), there's a special greeting for the intermediate days, those "half holidays" that we are in right now : Moadim lesimchah! And you'll sound like you're REALLY in the know, if you can answer: chagim uzmanim lesasson! ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

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m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155477965792316&id=73528002315

The Israel Project
WATCH: Only in Tel Aviv! Sukkah on wheels? No problem!

This man rollerblades through Tel Aviv year long — but today he has a very special accessory!

Via: פשפשוק
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but he has no room for friends

2 years ago

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Happy Sukkot! חג סוכות שמח! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Sukkot!  חג סוכות שמח!

 

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Thanks! Still have to decorate it today.

Yup! Pouring here!

2 years ago

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A is 11 years old, lives in New York City, and has had no Jewish or Hebrew education until now. We are just starting on a weekly course of learning the alef bet, Torah stories, and Jewish ethics, with a view to preparing for a bat mitzvah celebration when the time comes. A. and I are both having fun and feeling enthusiastic! ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

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My 87 year old friend and student has become the regular Rosh Hodesh Torah reader at her synagogue in Toronto, it seems. She learned the 4 aliyot with me, slowly, one by one. And now, they keep asking her to read every time it's Rosh Hodesh. Way to go! ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

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G. 87, read from Parshat Behar at the shabat minchah service, to celebrate her adult bat mitzvah. "I'm too chicken to do it in the morning in front of all those people," she told me. She read flawlessly, and her daughter also read for the first time. So proud of you! ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago

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My children could say this:"I'm a Jewish feminist because my MOM taught me how to leyn."

#thisiswhatajewishfeministlookslike
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My children could say this:

 

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3 years ago

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My 87 year old student has decided she wants a bat mitzvah! I will be teaching her Parshat Behar. Her daughter will also read from the parasha. I hope I'm like that at her age! ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago

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11 year old F. started learning via Skype with Jewtor this morning:

"I used to go to Sunday School. We learned a LITTLE Hebrew. Then we played foursquare and gaga."

Today, F. and I spent thirty minutes learning Hebrew out of Behrman House's Shalom Hebrew, thirty minutes of Torah from the Explorer's Bible (parshat Bereishit), and thirty minutes of Jewish values from A Kid's Mensch Handbook. F. got himself a proper Jewish workout. We will speak twice a week.
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3 years ago

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A Christian Bible professor contacted me because he wanted to get better at reading the Bible in Hebrew. So we studied 1 Samuel together, going over each verse in English and Hebrew.

Then, he discovered that one can chant it with the tropes that the masoretes instituted. He found it very interesting, the way using the trope adds meaning to the text, and so he asked me to teach him haftarah trope. We then moved on to Torah trope as well as trope for Ecclesiastes and the 10 Commandments. We had a lot of fun together!
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3 years ago

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Jewtor's newest student is learning to read Torah in preparation for Sukkot. She is 87 and enjoying herself! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you Rhoda Gonen. Will you be next??

Kol HaKavod! And B'Hatzlachah!

3 years ago

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Z and N, ages 9 and 5, spent an hour every Sunday morning learning to read Hebrew through fun and games. They played with Hebrew floor puzzles and flash cards, sang songs, and competed with each other. From January to June, they went from knowing not one letter of the alef bet, to reading words in the siddur. Z will start bar mitzvah training soon. Kol hakavod! ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago

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M.B. recently relearned his bar mitzvah haftarah in time for the 50th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. It was the first time he read haftarah since he was 13. What an emotional morning! ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago

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Happy Hanukkah! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Chag Sameach!

4 years ago

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Jewtor is a new Jewish tutoring service that you can use from your own home or office - all you need is a telephone or a Skype connection. I'm Bettina Schwarzman, the Jewish tutor behind Jewtor. I made aliyah, lived in Israel for over a decade, and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with degrees in Education and History. I regularly read Torah, chant megillot, and lead services in my synagogue. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Sounds great! Need any other tutors???

B'hatzlacha on your new endeavor!!

4 years ago

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