What We Do
Hebrew Helpers provides personalized education to families from all the Jewish movements, whether or not they belong to a synagogue, interfaith families, and anyone looking for a deeper connection and comprehension of Judaism. This inclusive approach helps students and families to create meaningful learning experiences through understanding Jewish history, culture, ritual and prayer. The ancient rite of passage of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service can be a modern milestone when families and children assess their spiritual place in the community.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation
For the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, Hebrew Helpers pairs students with mentors who guide them through every step of the process. The mentor and family determine the best course of study for each individual student based on the student’s background and previous Jewish education. Most students require 12 to 16 months of weekly one-on-one lessons in preparation for their service.
Private Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services
Although many of the students that are mentored by Hebrew Helpers participate in traditional synagogue services, we specialize in arranging and planning personalized private services in the location of the family’s choice. We work with each family to plan the details of the service, including personalizing the structure and content of the service, choosing the officiant (usually the mentor), hiring musicians, designing personalized prayer books and the use of a Torah.
Destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Each year, Hebrew Helpers arranges private Bar/Bat Mitzvah services in Israel and other international and US locations. We’ve planned services in many exotic locations including Prague, London, Venice, Costa Rica, Johannesburg, St. Thomas, Hawaii, Tahoe, Aspen, and Anguilla. In some cases, mentors accompany families to officiate the service, or we can help find a local officiant.
We also provide much-needed specialized education for students with learning and social differences who have not found success fitting into the conventional Hebrew learning and B’nai Mitzvah training programs. While our mentors are not certified special education instructors, we’ve had great success customizing learning and services that best fit the needs of each student.
Small Group Learning
For groups of 3 to 6 friends or family members, we will match you with a mentor to customize a Jewish Studies program. These sessions are fun, informal and personalized educational experiences for students ages 8 to 12, meeting 2 to 3 times per month, often in one of the family homes. Small group learning sessions cover holidays, bible stories, Jewish history, beginning levels of Hebrew reading, songs, prayers, Shabbat, rituals and traditions. Families and their mentor often plan Sukkot, Purim and Hannukah parties together as well as model seders. Our small group learning has proven to be the perfect introduction to Jewish learning!