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B'nai Mitzvah Guide - Tutors





Erin began tutoring Bar/Bat Mitzvah students in Metairie, Louisiana many moons ago but returned to this role at Congregation Shearith Israel in preparation for her oldest son's Bar Mitzvah in 2013.  Over the past 12 years, she has created and facilitated a variety of experiential multi-generational Jewish education initiatives. Erin customizes the learning experiences to fit the child's individual strengths and preferences to make the journey impactful, enjoyable, and meaningful for the family. 




Rebecca has been tutoring students for B'nai Mitzvah at Congregation Shearith Israel for over 22 years. She has expertise with a wide variety of learners and enjoys getting to know t family as the student prepares for his/her bat mitzvah. Her philosophy is to meet each student where he/she is at, and bring them to a place of comfort with the service and traditions that surround the celebration of the bar/bat mitzvah.



With an extensive background working with 11 & 12-year olds at Camp Ramah in the Rockies and as a tutor at CSI, I am passionate about serving as a Jewish mentor in this crucial developmental stage. I work hard to build strong relationships with my students, and it's especially important to me that each student has a meaningful B'nai Mitzvah experience that is both rewarding and challenging. I cater my teaching style to fit each family's preferences and the student's prior background in Hebrew. I emphasize equipping my students with lifelong skills, including knowledge and comfort in Torah/Haftarah cantillation as well as familiarity with traditional prayer services and Hebrew. A recent graduate of Emory, I teach entirely on Zoom. Feel free to reach out by email or text to discuss the journey ahead!




Shai (pronounced “shy”) is a native Atlantan who lived in Israel for many years. Shai strongly believes that the most important outcome of the preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah should be skills that the child will be able to use and want to use throughout their life. For some, that may mean competence in Hebrew and for others, the ability to regularly chant Torah and Haftorah and lead the congregation in prayer. Shai is a semi-retired businessman who can oftentimes adjust his schedule to meet the needs of the family. Whenever possible, he prefers to meet in person and can do so in a COVID safe environment throughout the year in the covered, heated deck in his Sandy Springs home, located down the street from the AJA.

Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783