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Hebrew Tutor: In Person or Online
with Adventure Rabbi, Jordie Gerson

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hebrew Tutor
In Person or online

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Rabbi Jordie Gerson

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

Rabbi Jordie Gerson - Adventure RabbiABOUT OUR TEACHER:
Rabbi Jordie Gerson, Adventure Rabbi, is our second in house bar and bat mitzvah Hebrew tutor and second ever full-time Rabbi. Rabbi Gerson teaches students in person and online, in small groups or one on one. Rabbi Jordie was selected from a sea of applicants for her warmth, enthusiasm, Jewish knowledge and outdoor knowledge and experience.

When Rabbi Jordie is working with a student, you can be confident that the Hebrew prayers and Torah portion will be mastered in time for the ceremon, and that the student will pick up a great deal of Jewish knowledge along the way because the a’re working with a tutor who is also a Rabbi.

Rabbi Gerson is a native of Oak Park, Illiinois, but came to Colorado as fast as she could. During high school, she participated in a Jewish outdoor program in the San Juan mountains, followed it up with a NOLS mountaineering course, and after college graduation, returned to the Rockies to live in a log cabin in Eldora, teach rock-climbing to at-risk girls, and in the summers lead environmental education backpacking trips for teens.

After a couple years of that, Rabbi Gerson left the mountains for Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Masters in Theological Studies (with emphases on Christianity and Islam), and then entered the Reform Movement’s Rabbinical School – Hebrew Union College, in New York City. After ordination, and work at various Hillels around the country (Yale, NYU and University of Vermont) and large urban congregations in New York City and San Diego, Rabbi Gerson is thrilled to be back in Boulder, and, at long last, combine her love of Judaism and youth work with her passion for the outdoors and environmental education.

Rabbi Jordie uses a mixture of auditory, visual and kinesthetic techniques in her Hebrew tutoring, as well as supplementary Judaic knowledge. As we all know, the athlete, the artist and the thinker all learn differently and thrive with different teaching styles. When Rabbi Gerson works with a thinker, you may find them reading Jewish books, or discussing the meaning of Hebrew words and their roots, for the artist she brings out the paints and markers and for the athlete, Rabbi Gerson works to make her teaching more interactive and experiential.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

In-House Tutor:
with Rabbi Jordie Gerson
At Adventure Rabbi Headquarters in South Boulde ror via video conferencing such as Skype, GoToMeeting or Facetime

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)
$65 (Other locaitons $65 an hour driving time)

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 Rabbi Jordie 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.

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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