PARTNERS IN TORAH

Rating: 4.98 stars   134 reviews

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Location: Partners in Torah 228 Aycrigg Avenue Passaic NJ 07055 USA

Mission: Partners in Torah’s signature phone-study program offers Jewish adults of all backgrounds across North America a cost-free learning opportunity to discover Judaism—its culture, history, and traditions—at their pace and their schedule. Jewish men and women with an interest in acquiring specific skills (ex: Hebrew reading or Talmud) or in building their Jewish knowledge, are matched, one-to-one, with a carefully selected personal Torah trainer or “mentor,” for up to an hour-per-week of over-the-phone study and discussion. Participants can choose any topic, including Hebrew, Jewish philosophy, history—or a subject of their choosing.  Several different programs include www.PartnersInTorah.org | www.KoheletFellowships.com | www.MyKaddish.com | www.Jewpiter.com
Geographic areas served: National
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Partners in Torah is an extraordinary organization. The idea is simple: they arrange for someone to learn with you individually over the phone. My partners quickly gauged my level and worked with me. The organization regularly monitors the relationship. I have now been learning Talmud once a week for several years. My study partner is excellent. This is real Gd-send for people, like me, who live in places remote from Jewish institutions for learning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinary

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Sponsor more programs and get the word out. I found out about PiT through word of mouth. It costs relatively little to run a program like this. We learn over Skype for nothing. But we needed PiT to get us together.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I wasn't set up yet to learn with any one because there are a lot of volunteers in my age group. Can't wait until I get a phone call!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Since I haven't had any interaction with this organization yet, the best thing I could say is that the people coordinating the program are really on top of it and get back to you very soon. I'm sure there are other things I don't know about yet!

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If I would have signed up before I was ready to commit I would have gotten someone by the time I was ready. And if someone came up before I knew for sure that I would be able to commit to a specific time, I would have been able to find a time slot.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer mentor, I have experienced the tremendous ambition of this organization. They are completely devoted to the success of their participants. Whenever I began a new study relationship, I have received regular follow-up phone calls to inquire as to how it's going and to give me feedback from my study partner. The help and guidance they've provided have been instrumental in my continued involvement and commitment to the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Ongoing involvement in its participants.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Every week Partners in Torah provides a much needed lifeline to me for growth. I live in a place with little access to the level of learning extended to me through Partners in Torah and the weekly Parsha Partners. Every week the ideas brought to me over the phone and by email I use to engage my family and community in "applied" torah practice. The gift of Torah light is wonderful and has touched many in our community in direct and indirect ways. Thank you Partners in Torah. I am exactly the type of person you wanted to help and the help has been a blessing to so many.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my weekly parsha discussions with my family and community. I have also been able to refresh/review/learn navi to better support my children's Jewish education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them 10 million bucks.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The partners I have been paired with have been good matches. We learn from each other. The Parsha Partners covers many things I know, but ALWAYS has a new fact and a good idea for me to use for discussion.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

High quality, good neshamas, and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Set up a kollel in my town. Or start a quality Day Schol. Establish an orthodox neighborhood.

Ways to make it better...

my schedules could match better. My torah partners have been in different time zones and teach in day schools and I work and commute, so finding an ideal time isn't always easy.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not known to me. I am not familiar with the inner workings of the service. It has never failed me.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They have done a terrific job in follow up. I receive a phone call every couple of months to make sure things are going well with my torah partner. This person has been very pleasant and effective.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I'm very grateful for your organization. The first contact I ha was when we requested my sons first tefillin prior to his Bar Mitzvah. He became very motivated to learn as much as he could and began Yeshiva in the 9th grade. He now is in the 11th grade and is extremely happy to have this opportunity to be a Yeshiva student. Coming from the secular world our family had a limited education about our heritage. I also benefited by having a Partner in Torah who was there to help me on my wonderful journey into learning more about our heritage. I look forward to speaking and learning with my partner. My partner's enthusiasm and warm nature make it a pleasure to learn. Thank you, Linda

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach even more people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Partners in Torah (PIT) set me up about 8 years ago with a volunteer as study partner. They follow up with me every few months to make sure everything is going well. The organization is an essential part of my life as I not just study with my partner over the phone the text, but I seek guidance from him often. Thanks to PIT, I can read and understand Hebrew text of Mishna. Thank you PIT.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

studing Hebrew.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that it does not confined to studding but extend to life experiences also.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Selfless and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people in their quest of spirituality.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I called on a lark 5 years ago because they said it was free. Even if I paid thousands of dollars I could say that I have gotten more than my money's worth. My partner unlocked so many mysteries of Judaism and exposed me to the intricacies of Jewish law that I never would have discovered. More than that he has become a trusted advisor and friend, even being a witness at my wedding.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning torah and receiving tefellin

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get the word out. Everyone should be doing it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The learning and the friendship.

Ways to make it better...

Could not be better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Partners In Torah is an amazing organization! To be given the gift of 4 years (and going strong) of Torah learning with a brilliant, kind, patient, wonderful partner is simply incredible! We are very close to finishing a full Tractate of Talmud. I can not imagine a week without our scheduled learning. Partners In Torah has truly changed my life! I feel blessed - I can't thank you enough.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fantastic amount of learning I've experienced, and the relationship I've nurtured with my partner.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My torah partner is amazing. His knowledge and insight into the torah is eye opening. He inspires me to want to learn more, the time we spend on the phone goes so fast, I wish I could learn more with him. He has introduced me to so many aspects of Jewish learning and rabinic sources. I felt uncomfortable at times that I didn't know something, but my torah partner didn't make me feel bad, in fact, he inspired me to want to learn, and said I could ask him any questions and he would be glad to answer. I have been blessed with a great partner. Thank you for your organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The willingness to teach people at their own speed and at their own schedule. The person I have been matched with is very knowledgeable, kind, patient, and very flexible. I have learned some much from this organization and I would recommend it to others.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time with the person. The time goes so fast. There is so much information he could give me, and so much learning I could do. I know we both have work and personal commitments.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have found the experience of sharing with others, amazing. To be able to enlighten others and assist them fulfill their quest and quench their thirst, extremely fulfilling. I have a partner with whom I communicate on a weekly basis. We at Partners in Torah are fulfilling the responsibility of a nation, reaching out to those who wish, and educating them about their heritage. It makes me proud to be able to say that I volunteer for Partners in Torah.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having the opportunity to share my heritage with others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Let more people know that it exists!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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