So, you’ve decided to learn for your adult bar/bat mitzvah. Mazal tov! You’ve come to the right place, because we understand how it can be daunting to prepare for an adult bar/bat mitzvah. And you can now feel undaunted as an adult learner of Hebrew, of chanting Torah and Haftarah, and all the rest.
Why an adult bar/bat mitzvah is a big project
You’re an accomplished adult. You may be a professional, and/or an accomplished parent or grandparent, and competent in every aspect of your adult life. Except one: you feel awkward or left out in your synagogue, because everyone else looks like they know it all. (Whether they actually do or not.)
Many women didn’t have bat mitzvahs as girls because, when they were growing up, girls didn’t get the same kind of Jewish education that boys did. Many weren’t even sent to Hebrew school, even if their brothers were. Also, egalitarianism has come to many synagogues only in the last generation. So even if you were lucky enough to get a Jewish education as a girl, it’s probably been a lot of years since you were able to use the skills you learned then. All in all, it’s understandable that you might feel left out in the synagogue service.
And we have worked with men who grew up without the Jewish education they would have liked to have. Some families lived too far from a synagogue or Hebrew school, or couldn’t afford lessons. Some parents who were Holocaust survivors wanted to protect their kids by not even telling them they were Jewish.
Of course, it can seem like a really big project to begin learning for your adult bar or bat mitzvah. But you’ve probably done other big projects in your life, no? All you need is a patient, personal tutor to help you, and that’s where Jewtor comes in.
Learning for your bar/bat mitzvah as an adult
Yes, you can learn how to have an aliyah, how to read Hebrew, how to chant from the Torah, how to chant a Haftarah, and how to write and deliver a dvar Torah. You can become a full participant in your synagogue. You can learn the prayers of the siddur, and at Jewtor, we’re happy to help you learn the prayers as they’re said in your synagogue or temple, whether Reform, Conservative, or Orthodox.
Jewtor is here to help you learn how. Jewtor – one-on-one personal online Jewish tutoring – can help you, in a non-threatening, supportive learning environment through one-on-one sessions with a gentle, supportive private Jewish studies tutor to prepare you for your adult bar/bat mitzvah.
We’ve worked with men and women like you who want to be able to read Torah or chant Haftarah, or read a chapter of Esther on Purim, or lead part of the prayer service, or all of these, or just feel comfortable in shul. We’ll work out a study program together that meets your needs and your schedule so that you can prepare for your adult bar/bat mitzvah and beyond…because Jewish learning doesn’t stop with a bar or bat mitzvah!
Wherever you are in the world, we do our Jewish tutoring online at your schedule and at your pace. Jewish tutoring customized to your needs is now available in the convenience of your home or office!
If you’re ready to start your Jewish learning program, contact us. We’ll help you learn for your adult bar or bat mitzvah!
PS – we also specialize in online bar/bat mitzvah lessons for children!