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Hebrew Tutor: In Person or by Skype

with Adventure Educator, Elaine Barenblat

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hebrew Tutor

In Person or Online

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The Adventure Rabbi Program provides high quality, efficient Hebrew Tutoring Online or in person.

ABOUT OUR TEACHER:
Elaine Barenblat, Adventure Educator, is the in house Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hebrew Tutor for the Adventure Rabbi Program. She teaches students both in person and by Skype, in small groups or privates.

Elaine was carefully selected for this position from a sea of applicants because of her unique combination of skills, her enthusiasm and her experience.

When Elaine is tutoring a student, both the Rabbi and the parents can be confident that the Hebrew prayers and Torah portion will be mastered in time for the ceremony, with as little stress as possible. (See more on this below.)

Background:

In August 2014, Elaine was hired as our first full-time Adventure Educator, serving our base In Boulder, CO and our ever-growing Distance Learning community. She was selected after a intensive search, which reached candidates throughout the world. She was chosen based on her experience, enthusiasm, creativity and ability to strengthen our team of adventure professionals.

Elaine is a native of San Antonio, Texas, but has always had her heart in Colorado's mountains. She received her Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of North Texas with a focus in early childhood and special education. For the past two years, she has been an Education Fellow at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi where she worked with Jewish communities throughout 13 Southern states.

Elaine brings with her a deep love for the outdoors and a passion for teaching in new and innovative ways. She looks forward to working in an out-of-the-box, experiential program, with endless opportunities to make Judaism connect for our youth.

Philosophy:
Elaine uses a mixture of auditory, visual and kinesthetic technique in her Hebrew tutoring. As we all know, the gymnast, the artist, and the intellect learn differently and thus need different teaching styles. When she works with the gymnast, you may find them in the kitchen shaping challah dough into letters. For the artist she brings out the paints and markers. For the intellect Elaine is more academic and philosophical in her approach.

TIME: How Many Months of Hebrew Do You Recommend?
The formula is simple:
More time = Less stress.
Less time = More stress.

No Hebrew Background: 18- 24 Months:
If your student has no Hebrew training, then 18 months to 2 years of Hebrew, one hour once a week, is preferable. This timeline enables us to enjoy the first six months leisurely learning to read, leaving a full year for prayers and Torah. If your Bar and Bat Mitzvah student has minimal Jewish learning in general, this early start also enable us to have time in addition to our Hebrew studies to learn other Jewish subjects such as History, Bible stories, culture, holidays and even bake some challah!

Fast Track: 10 Months
Despite the advantages of more time, there are plenty of students who go from not knowing the aleph-bet to completing their Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hebrew Tutoring in 10 months, one hour, once a week. This is tight, and more stressful. Students need to be prepared to push and be diligent, but it is possible. Most students have to give up some other activity in their lives to pull this off.  There will be little time for general Jewish learning, but some students elect to add an extra hour for general Jewish studies.

Proficient in Hebrew: 30 weeks
Students who have mastered their Hebrew but need Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutoring or coaching as they polish their prayers,  and learn their Torah and/ or Haftarah portions, generally need 30 weeks of 20 minutes a week. Generally student from Jewish Day schools or religious schools with solid Hebrew schools use this option for 30 weeks preceding their ceremony.

Homework:
Students in the 18-24 month program and those who begin already proficient in Hebrew will succeed if they commit to 15 – 30 minutes of homework, at a regular time, in a regular place, 4-7 nights a week. Students in the fast track program need to be prepared to study for an hour a night for 10 months.

Scheduling:
Scheduling for is done with an online scheduling system. Most students keep the same slot each week. Although this is not always possible, studying at the same time, in the same place, tends to help students focus.  You can of course make changes for vacation and sickness, although we do require advance notice if you wish to reschedule so your slot can be offered to someone else.


The Adventure Rabbi Program provides high quality, efficient Hebrew Tutoring online or in person from master level teachers.

EFFICIENT & PROVEN
Studies have shown that the most efficient way to learn Hebrew in preparation for Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one-on-one with a tutor. Using the ever-improving technology of the Internet, the Adventure Rabbi has been providing on-line Hebrew education since 2002.

EXCELLENT CURRICULUM
We use a combination of Behrman House's books including Aleph-Bet Quest online edition and personalized training to help students all over the world achieve their Hebrew goals. We work with students with no prior knowledge as well as students who have attended years of Jewish Day School and need only coaching on their prayers and Torah and/or Haftarah.

NO MORE CARPOOLS!
We have students as far away as Iraq, Bangkok, Canada, and as close as a mile away. When mom simply does not have time to drive, the computer makes lessons so much easier and accessible. When mom is less stressed, the student is less stressed and Hebrew training becomes far more enjoyable.

TIME: How Many Months of Hebrew Do You Recommend?

The formula is simple:
More time = Less stress.
Less time = More stress.

No Hebrew Background: 18- 24 Months:
If your student has no Hebrew training, then 18 months to 2 years of Hebrew, one hour session once a week, is preferable. This timeline enables us to enjoy the first six months leisurely learning to read, leaving a full year for prayers and Torah. If your Bar and Bat Mitzvah student has minimal Jewish learning in general, this early start also enable us to have time in addition to our Hebrew studies to learn other Jewish subjects such as History, Bible stories, culture, holidays and even bake some rugelach!

Fast Track: 10 Months
Despite the advantages of more time, there are plenty of students who go from not knowing the aleph-bet to completing their Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hebrew Tutoring in 10 months, one hour, once a week. This is tight, and more stressful. Students need to be prepared to push and be diligent, but it is possible. Most students have to give up some other activity in their lives to pull this off. There will be little time for general Jewish learning, but some students elect to add an extra hour for general Jewish studies.

Proficient in Hebrew: 30 weeks
Students who have mastered their Hebrew but need Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutoring or coaching as they polish their prayers, and learn their Torah and/ or Haftarah portions, generally need 30 weeks of 20 minutes a week. Generally student from Jewish Day schools or religious schools with solid Hebrew schools use this option for 30 weeks preceding their ceremony.

Homework:
Students in the 18-24 month program and those who begin already proficient in Hebrew will succeed if they commit to 15 – 30 minutes of homework, at a regular time, in a regular place, 4-7 nights a week. Students in the fast track program need to be prepared to study for an hour a night for 10 months.

 

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Fees:
In-House Tutor:
with Elaine Barenblat, Adventure Educator
At Adventure Rabbi Headquarters in South Boulder
Member Discount $5/hr:
$65 - One Hour Private
$47 per student - One Hour Semi-Private (2 students)
$37 per student - One Hour 3 students
$31 per student - One Hour 4 students

For sessions held in your home add an additional:
$15 (South Boulder)
$20 (North Boulder and Louisville)
$30 (Lafayette)

Rules:
Re-schedules are possible as time permits with 24-hour notice.
If you do not give 4-hours notice before missing a lesson, your card will be charged the full amount.
If student is late, no credit is given and lesson still ends on time. (Generally there is another student waiting.)
If Elaine cancels, the family receives credit.
Automatic payments are charged by Intuit on your credit card.

Parent Involvement:
We ask that you be present for your child’s study sessions. This does not mean that you need to be sitting next to them the entire time, but we do ask that you be in the vicinity and that you poke your head in occasionally unannounced so that your presence is a regular part of the learning process.

IN CONCLUSION:
Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hebrew Tutoring with the Adventure Rabbi program is fun, efficient, attainable, meaningful, and cost-effective. No more carpools, no more schlepping, no more classmates slowing down your son and daughter’s progress or pushing the teacher too fast so that your son or daughter is missing details they need to know.

Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah student will be taught Hebrew by a professional adult, not a college student who just loves Hebrew and is looking to pick up a few extra dollars, while eagerly learning how to teach.  We think learning Hebrew can and should be an enjoyable, transformative experience for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah student and your entire family. With the Adventure Rabbi Hebrew Tutoring Program, it will be.

Please feel free to email or call with questions or to request a complimentary 10-minute session.

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