“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 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.” – Adena
“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.” – Alexandra
“I decided to resume my study of Hebrew after a hiatus of over 45 years, the period between the end of 11 years of Hebrew School and this past Spring….Although I had previously attempted studying Hebrew again on numerous occasions during both my undergraduate and graduate studies and even afterwards, my efforts never lasted more than a well-intentioned semester. This past year has been different….Bettina is a very motivating teacher. She is patient yet exacting when it comes to pronunciation and grammar….She is also able to make all kinds of connections between areas that I, as an adult learner, find both helpful and meaningful: she has extensive knowledge of both the Hebrew Bible and the various Jewish prayer services, and through immediate recall of biblical and liturgical passages she can illustrate the grammar and vocabulary being studied….Her personal experiences with multiple languages give her insight into the language learning process of her students, with a special appreciation of any difficulties they might encounter. She is thus both rigorous and compassionate in her attitude, demanding yet reasonable and flexible in her expectations….This past summer we worked on the Book of Ruth and the Book of Esther….Bettina has continued teaching me long distance over the phone. This past fall we finished the Book of Esther and then studied the Book of Jonah, followed by a review of chapters 8 through 10 of Brandeis Modern Hebrew. For our current lessons, Bettina has been teaching me Megillat Esther tropes so that I can chant chapter 4 at next month’s Purim services.” – K.
“I turned to Bettina to tutor our daughter in overall Judaic Studies and Hebrew when I wanted a more in-depth Jewish education. I wasn’t really sure which direction to take, and after learning about [my daughter’s] educational background, Bettina suggested and developed a comprehensive framework which incorporated modern Hebrew, the weekly parsha, Jewish and Israeli history. Bettina has a real knack for teaching children – understanding the importance of using different tools to engage and inspire her students: singing, discussion, stories, movement, and even internet research were just some of the mediums which Bettina used to teach both language and difficult theological concepts at age appropriate levels. It was very clear to me that Bettina put in much time and effort to prepare for the weekly lessons and made the most of the one-hour sessions. Most importantly, however, my daughter always looked forward to her time with Bettina, who made learning seamless and fun.” – Ellen
“I felt very comfortable during our classes. Bettina is very knowledgeable and a very good teacher.” – David
“I want to thank you for teaching me how to lein (chant) Torah. You are a great teacher and I love learning from you. You turned me into a star Torah leiner. You are the ‘Gold Standard’ with a clear, beautiful voice, and I will always be grateful for the honor of learning from you. When I lein Torah, my Rabbi and Congregants come up and tell me how beautifully I lein and how moved they are, and that is because of you. I encourage anyone with a desire to lein Torah to learn from the very best. Thank you always.” – Barbara