The Adventure Rabbi Program provides high quality, efficient Hebrew Tutoring by Skype, Facetime, 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.
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.
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 for individual families is done directly with your tutor. For synagogue groups, we offer 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 24-hours notice if you wish to reschedule so your slot can be offered to someone else.
Fees in Boulder range from $30 to $100. For $30 you sometimes can find a college student who may be great but also might disappear for vacation right when you were counting on them. We have found that many of the least expensive tutors require a great deal of oversight from the parents to make sure the students get all their work done on time. Other tutors charge upward of $75, but tutors that can command this price point are few and far between and frankly impossible to book. The fees for the tutors with whom we work generally land in the middle, around $50/hour. They each set their own prices and collect payment themselves. Hebrew tutoring is expensive. I wish it wasn't but so it goes. If you can find another student to share lessons, ask your tutor to reduce the price each student pays. (Group fees are available for congregations wishing to use our services. Inquire below.)
A FEW MORE THOUGHTS:
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.