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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prepation & Hebrew Studies:
Rabbi Avram Davis is an engaging, fun Hebrew and Torah teacher! He
is working with my son one-on-one, tutoring him in Hebrew, helping
him explore the meanings found in his Torah portion and to write
his dvar Torah (BM speech), and learn the blessings, all with
patience and humor. Avram will perform the BM service anywhere you
choose. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-292-9563.
Mom of Happy Bar Mitzvah student
Apr 18 2008
I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed studying
Hebrew with Sharone Negev. Her patience, enthusiasm, and
sensitivity are exceptional. She makes learning Hebrew fun
and exciting. I especially enjoyed learning to sing Hebrew
songs. Sharone is a native speaker and this gives her
tutoring an added dimension.
I'm looking for a private modern Hebrew teacher/tutor for adult lessons. Any
recommendations would be much appreciated!!
In reply to the person looking for a Hebrew teacher,
may I recommend Rutie Rosenwald - she is absolutely
wonderful, a very talented teacher with both adults
and kids alike, delightful and fun to work with. It
might be tricky arranging a place to meet since she is
in Daly City, but it's worth a try: (650)992-9072.
As a current and new student to Hebrew (Biblical, specifically), I
recommend very highly the teachers at Lehrhaus Judaica. Jehon Grist,
who is my on-going instructor, and the Executive Director of the
Center is just wonderful.
Check out the website, all the classes, and various locations for classes,
including Alameda Co., Contra Costa Co., and Marin Co.: http://www.lehrhaus.org/
Call your local synagogue and ask the educator. Lots of kids need extra
tutoring. Also, try the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay and talk
to Rabbi Glen Karonsky.
I can highly recommend my cousin, Jennie Bemesderfer. She is American, but
fluent in Hebrew. She will be teaching at Tehiyah next year and has numerous
"tutees" now. Wonderful with kids. (510) 527-4774
Call the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and see
whether they'd post your request to their Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish
Studies (Joint with UC) student list.
Friends: I'd love to be connected with a skilled tutor to work with my incoming second-grade
daughter over the summer. She'd benefit from working with someone to maintain her newly
acquired Hebrew skills (so she doesn't forget everything over the summer) as well as literacy
skills. Best case scenario: someone coming to our home. Otherwise anywhere from Albany to
Montclair would work, North Oakland area being the best. Recommendations would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks,
Hebrew Tutor: Ariel Lenchner, Ph.D. is an excellent Hebrew tutor who can also tutor
second grade reading in English. She is the learning specialist at Tehiyah Day School
in El Cerrito and also maintains a private practice in Oakland, off of Piedmont Ave. Her
private practice number is 510-655-2952. Ariel is very busy, but she may have an
opening this summer
I highly recommend Rotem Migdal at 549-3656. She lives up by the Claremont Hotel. I
doubt that she would be able to come to your home as she's just had a baby. She has
tutored my 4th grader and is presently tutoring my 2nd grader - neither of which had
ANY prior exposure to, let alone experience with, Hebrew. She's kind and supportive and
really like her. It's $40.00 an hour which seems to be the going rate. Tell her Henry's
mom sent you.
I highly recommend Sharon Kaplan. Her email is: sekaplan at hotmail.com Sharon is
from Israel and she lives in Berkeley.
My son will be working with a tutor this year for his Bar Mitzvah
in the secular, cultural kindershul/folkshul tradition. To make it
more fun and interesting, as well as for financial reasons, we
would love to have at least one more student. If you're interested
please email me. Thanks.
Sara Shendelman and Avram Davis, both Jewish Renewal rabbis (the
founders of Chochmat Halev in Berkeley), teach bar/bat mitzvah
students and younger students in the lovely yurt in their
backyard in Berkeley, where 6-10 kids sit on pillows and learn
Torah, Hebrew, and Jewish culture through art, song, and
discussion in a relaxed setting. Some classes are held in the
park across the street. Hebrew school is only ONE hour, 1x week.
Classes for the younger students (ages 6-10) are within the
JACTS program (Jewish Arts and Culture). My daughter learned to
lead all the blessings, to read Hebrew well, and developed her
Jewish identity in 2 years with Sara & Avram. We just had her
bat mitzvah with Sara & Av, and it was one of the most
energetic, lovely services I have ever attended. i urge you to
enroll your kids to study with them. Because of the smaller
classes, the kids learn much more in the one hour than they
learn in 4 hours per week at the usual temple classes. Sara:
My 13 yr. old daughter has expressed interest in becoming
bat mitzvahed. She's been to a couple of them and I think
she's looking for something to identify with. Her dad was
raised catholic but is not religious. I was raised
jewish, but am not religious. I was never bat mitzvahed
myself, but would like to honor my daughter's wishes. I
really don't know what's involved, but am open to
learning. So, I think I'm looking for a laid back tutor
who could help us figure out how to get my daughter bat
mitzvahed. Any suggestions or experiences to share?
signed: Hoping to figure it out
This is in response to the mom looking for a private bat mitzvah tutor for
You will probably have to have a private ceremony at the JCC, Brazilian
Room, Albany Community Center or other unaffiliated site. Synagogues have
their own bar/bat mitzvah programs and require a teen to attend at least two
to three years of Hebrew school and bat mitzvah preparation in order to
celebrate a bat mitzvah during a regular Shabbat service.
That said, I attended a lovely bat mitzvah ceremony at the Brazilian Room
several years ago. The family put together their own service (a fair amount
of work) with the help of a private tutor. Her name is Sara Leah; I believe
she's associated with both Nativot Shalom and Chochmat Halev, both
congregations in Berkeley.
Mazel Tov and good luck!
My son and his friend received outstanding Bar Mitzvah and Hebrew
education/tutoring from Sacha Kopin. You can reach her at
sachajk AT yahoo.com.
The family looking for bat mitzvah training should contact
Sara Schendelman at 644-2956. She and her husband, Avram
Davis, do a marvelous program of Hebrew lessons and
nontraditional religious training at the School for Jewish
Arts & Culture. Both my daughter and son learned some
Hebrew and prepared for their bat/bar mitvahs with them,
and it was a truly wonderful experience for them (warm,
loving, personal, and substantial) and for me and their
I missed the first posting because I was busy with my son's bar mitzvah-- We
did the whole thing independently, and it was the most beautiful, meaningful
ritual I've ever participated in. I highly recommend doing what it takes to
make your daughter's bat mitzvah what you want it to be. My son studied
with Julie Batz, a very gifted teacher and service leader. Contact her at 510
-579-8202. We rented a lovely space at Hillel and used their Torah. You can
do it, and it's worth doing. Feel free to contact me, too.
How much to pay Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor
I am looking for input about the range for hourly payment for a
bar/bat mitzvah tutor.
Thank you and Shalom.
We've been paying our tutor $20.00 per half hour. As far as I
understand, this is the going rate. $40.00 per hour, give or
take $5.00. Our Bar Mitzvah is in less than 3 weeks...Whew!!
Mazel Tov to you and your family
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