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Bar Bat Mitzvah Tutor with a spiritual bent
I am looking for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor who can prepare a student and conduct the
ceremony. I would
appreciate an open minded approach for an interfaith family and some musicality. Ages 8
You should consider Arik Labowitz (http://ariklabowitz.com/). He is easy to relate
to and tailors his approach to the student.
Recent Bar Mitzvah
Try contacting Patti Moskovitz. She does bar/bat mitzvah training, conversion
prep, and everything in between: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd recommend Arik Labowitz.
He is spiritual and musical.
Our family met him once at an informational session he was offering at Afikomen
because we were interested in what his approach was, and we were really impressed.
Our daughter is nowhere near bat mitzvah age yet, but we will definitely consider
him when the time comes.
I highly recommend Arik Labowitz. He officiated our son's Bar Mitzvah in 2011.
Aside from being both open-minded and highly musical, he is knowledgeable, dynamic
and inspirational. In addition, has a unique ability to relate to all types of
people, young and old. We collaborated to create a personalized experience that
was relevant to our son and family. We were very happy with Arik and the outcome.
He runs a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program in Berkeley and can be reached at 510-229-2006.
His website is www.ariklabowitz.com
I highly recommend Arik Labowitz (email@example.com 510-229-2006) for tutoring
and officiating your child's ceremony. Arik has been running an Independent Bar &
Bat Mitzvah program in the East Bay for many years. Arik worked with my daughter
and then our son. Ari made this truly spiritual for our mixed faith/part atheist
family and friends from all denominations. Arik is a fine musician (guitar) and
brings out the music and joy in the ceremony. I wish I had known about Arik for
my oldest whose experience was not as rich. My friends are still talking about
our most recent bar mitzvah. Neither child experienced serious
meltdowns/anxiety/fear but actually learned and enjoyed the process. Arik brings
an open minded Jewish spirit to the teaching and to the ceremony. Great
guitarist: inclusive and joyful. I wish he had been my rabbi/cantor when I was
I know a number of people who do home preparation for bar & bat mitzvah. You don't
say what city you are in so I'm going to guess that you're in or near Berkeley.
There is a very nice man, Arik Labowitz, who is in the Berkeley area. You can see
his website at www.ariklabowitz.com. If you live somewhere else feel free to give
me a call at Building Jewish Bridges and you can tell me where you live.
Are you looking for a non-traditional but highly qualified tutor for your
bar/bat mitzvah student? I would highly recommend the tutor for my daughter who
had her bat mitzvah at the East Bay JCC in October 2010. His name is Arik
Labowitz, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 510-229-2006. Arik develops a solid
learning plan with the student to make sure he/she is prepared and at ease. He
works with the student and family to plan a ceremony that is welcoming, full of
love and music, and fits the needs and preferences of the family. Together you
can chose your favorite prayers and songs, and add special tributes. Arik sings
and plays guitar and invites in drummers and other musicians. Arik can also
deal with whatever family issues arise to lesson stress and to remind us of the
importance of this time of life for our child. We have so many fond memories
and photos which we are willing to share with any of you one-on-one.
We did my daughter's Bat- Mitzvah with Rabbi Tsipi Gabai two years ago. Rabbi
Gabai is Tehiyah Day School's Rabbi, she has been tutoring students for Bar/Bat
Mitzvah for over a decade. She is knowledgable, patient and has a very spiritual
style. She works with a musician who accompanies the services. We had a very mixed
crowd of Jewish and non-Jewish friends; American, Israeli and family members form
around the world at our daughter's Bat Mitzvah. Rabbi Tsipi, was able to bring
everyone together in a service that was meaningful, respectful and spiritual. I
would highly recommend talking to her.
Tsipi Gabai: email@example.com (510) 725-2345
I highly recommend Arik Labowitz, who tutored and officiated my older son's bar
mitzvah and is now working with my younger son in preparation for his forthcoming
bar mitzvah next summer.
We were impressed by Arik's knowledge and his willingness to explore the spiritual
aspects of not only traditional prayers and stories, but also of Hebrew letters
and history. Arik is adept at working with kids to help them bring out their own
spirituality in a way that's both empowering and meaningful to his students.
My son's bar mitzvah service was warm, welcoming and deeply affecting. I was
impressed by how much my son had learned from working with Arik, and how much my
son's view of Judaism had changed — from one who questioned the veracity of certain
Jewish beliefs, to understanding that questioning and exploring is an inherent
part of forming one's spiritual identity.
I highly recommend Rabbi Sara Shendelman as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor and ceremony leader.
She is warm, highly knowledgeable, musical, interesting and a born teacher. Her teaching
is filled with creativity with a personal response to each
student. She really engages the students and allows them to express
themselves with beautiful results. Her ceremonies are joyful and meaningful
to the whole extended family. She can be reached at 510 644 2956 or at
I would like to recommend Rabbi Sara Shendelman and her Jewish Arts, Culture and Torah
School (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-644-2956). My daughter attended for several years and we
were very happy with the balanced Jewish education she received. There was enough
''religion'' to teach what we felt was necessary. And, there was ''spiritual'' teaching
for understanding about WHY things are done and history and what they mean. There was
also fun and music and art built in so that my daughter wants to keep the practices in her
life that I believe help her to be a healthy person. When the time comes, Rabbi Sara
helps the youth and their families create beautiful services that are practical (read as
minimizing stress), meaningful and memorable. Dawn T
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 email@example.com or call 510-292-9563.
Mom of Happy Bar Mitzvah student
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:
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.
Daughter would like to be bat mitzvahed
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
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.
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