Going One-On-One For A Rite Of Passage

The New York Jewish Week
Bar Mitzvah Preparation

According to many observers, more Jewish families than ever are turning to private tutors, instead of traditional synagogue-based religious schools for their children’s bar and bat mitzvah lessons; and more men and women than ever are supplementing their incomes by serving as such tutors.

“It’s definitely on the rise,” said Todd Shotz, founder of Los Angeles-based Hebrew Helpers.

Tutors are particularly effective for families who live in an isolated region, away from a shul or religious school (Skype and teleconferencing technology can also help with this issue), and for special needs children who require the concentrated attention that an individual tutor can provide.

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