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 time line 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 to learn other Jewish subjects such as History, Bible stories, culture and holidays.
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.
Already Proficient in Hebrew: 7 months
Students who have already mastered Hebrew use Hebrew tutoring to polish their prayers and learn their Torah portion. Generally, students from Jewish Day schools or religious schools with solid Hebrew schools, tutor for 7 months 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. 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.
$70 – 55-minutes, Private ($65 members)
$52 per student – 55-minutes, 2 students ($47 members)
$42 per student – 55-minutes, 3 students
$36 per student – 55-minutes, 4 students
For Elaine’s sessions held in your home add an additional (only available for her last session of the evening):
$25 (South Boulder)
$30 (North Boulder and Louisville)
Locations in Denver or beyond: We charge $65/hour travel fee
Other Great Tutors:
Fees in Boulder range from $40 to $100. For $40 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. If you pick a tutor not on our list, please make sure Elaine approves the tutor’s abilities.