Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation
Hebrew Helpers has worked with hundreds of Los Angeles-area students through its Bar/Bat Mitzvah mentoring program. More than just tutoring and memorization, Hebrew Helpers pairs students with mentors who guide the student and their family through the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process. The mentor and family determine the best course of study for each individual student based on the student’s background and previous Jewish or Hebrew education. Lessons tend to be scheduled for one hour per week leading up to the service.
We have also provided much-needed specialized education for students with learning differences who have not found success fitting into the conventional Hebrew learning and B’nai Mitzvah training programs.
In addition to learning to read Hebrew, chant from the Torah and lead a service, each student has the opportunity to study Jewish prayer, history, bible stories, philosophy and traditions. It is the mission of Hebrew Helpers to engage students in meaningful conversation and provide modern relevance for to this age-old right of passage.
Hebrew Helpers has often been called upon to help arrange private Jewish study groups or “cohorts” (as we call them!) Cohorts usually consist of 3 to 6 students who are in the same age range and meet in one of the family homes often on a rotating basis. These cohorts allow for a more informal and personalized educational experience given the smaller size of the group and a fun and relaxed setting that hopefully does not feel like just more school!
These classes meet usually 26 to 30 times per school year for students 11-12 years old and usually between 14 to 20 times per school year for students 8-10 years old. Minimal homework is required. Cohort sessions cover holidays, bible stories, Jewish history, beginning levels of Hebrew reading, songs, prayers, Shabbat, rituals and traditions. Families and their cohort mentor often plan Sukkot, Purim and Hannukah parties together as well as model seders. All materials needed are provided within the tuition fees outlined on our rate sheet.
These cohorts have proved to be the perfect introductory learning that would then lead into one-on-one mentoring 12 to 16 months before the individual student’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.
Private Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services
Although many of the students that are mentored by Hebrew Helpers participate in traditional synagogue services, Hebrew Helpers specializes in arranging and planning personalized private services in the location of the family’s choice. Hebrew Helpers will work with each family to coordinate the details of the service, including creating the structure of the service, choosing the officiant (often the mentor), coordinating the music and hiring musicians, arranging for personalized prayer books and arranging for the use of a Torah. Each year, Hebrew Helpers arranging over a dozen services in international locations including Israel, Prague, London, etc. Please see our rate sheet for more information on coordinating a private Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.
Destination Bar Mitzvah
For families who are planning to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel or other destinations around the world, Hebrew Helpers can coordinate all the details around the service. In addition to many celebrations in Israel, recent locations have included Prague, Johannesburg, London, New York, Tahoe, Aspen, Hawaii and St. Thomas.
In some cases, mentors can accompany families to officiate the service. If the family prefers a local officiant, we can help youfind one.
Hebrew Helpers offers adults opportunities in Hebrew, Jewish studies and Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We also provide supplemental lessons for adults pursuing conversion.
Even beginners can learn how to read Hebrew in just three sessions in our Intro to Hebrew Reading classes, which are offered once or twice per year. Please click here
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