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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Educational Services

Mission: Partners in Torah's phone-study program offers Jewish adults of all backgrounds across the globe 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 or in building their Jewish knowledge, are matched, one-to-one, with a carefully selected personal study partner for up to an hour-a-week of over-the-phone (or over Skype) study and discussion.

Results: Over 72,000 men and women from 2,337 cities in 39 countries have participated to date.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Brought over 4500 Jewish adults together for mutual learning and camaraderie

Geographic areas served: International

Community Stories

160 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nicole L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah is providing a wonderful service! I contacted them looking for a study partner and within one week, they found me the most perfect mentor/teacher who I have now been learning with for nearly three years. The team at Partners in Torah regularly checks in with me to see how everything is going, and I have nothing but rave reviews! Not only has my study partner helped open my eyes to the beauty of torah and Judaism in general, but I have gained a wise and beautiful friend. I am so glad I found this terrific organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah has been a wonderful organization not just to me but for my daughter as well. Not only do we learn with our partner's, but they have become our great friends. We enjoy the learning each week and we support each other. Partners in Torah also puts out publications about the holidays explaining them in depth which is an invaluable tool to understanding and reviewing each year. They send videos with the Parshah of the week which are very informative and give meaning to our lives. Partners in Torah is a great organization, bringing jewish people together to learn and support each other. I am so fortunate to be a part of it and have made the greatest of friends because of it. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined Partners In Torah in August of 2016. After a conference call with Devorah Zack (to find out more about me and what my needs were), I was partnered with Rita Adlin. I then had a brief conference call with Rita so she could learn a little bit about me and we could decide on which book to read and discuss. The book we decided on was Understanding Judaism by Rabbi Mordechai Katz.
The book was wonderful, but it is Rita who has led me through it, chapter by chapter, issue by issue, who has taught me so much! I must mention here that I have a nearly 13 year old daughter who is on her own "journey". During the course of Rita teaching me about Judaism, I have shared many stories with her about my daughter and she has been incredibly helpful in both guiding me and supplying me with answers to my daughters questions.
I was not sure what to expect with Rita. What a joy she has been for me! She is direct, honest, does not shy away from any relevant issues or from any questions. MANY TIMES, she has surprised me with the actual beauty of her answers. You can read in a book the importance of certain issues in Judaism, but when there is someone who can interpret, and then apply it to real life for you - this is critical for someone (like me and my daughter) who are both seeking a more observant life.
After over a year, I now know for certain that any "perceived" hurdle in Judaism, can be completely eradicated by asking Rita "how do you do this?" She has led the way to making it less challenging. Many of the challenges I face have been of perception - one answer from Rita and the mountain dissolves into a tiny ant hill.
I am grateful and blessed to have Partners in Torah in my life! Any weeks that we have had to miss because of "life issues" I have truly missed the spiritual conversation. My daughter is now gearing up to work with someone as well (she just received the book last week) and I am certain it will be as wonderful an experience as I have had!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago I was returning to Judaism. I lived too far from the local synagogue to regularly attend and in a small suburban town with a negligible Jewish population. Added to this, my spouse was not Jewish and none of my friends. It was a lonely path, but one I was determined to pursue. I had books; there were online video shiurs and informational websites, but I yearned for another Jewish woman to talk to, someone with whom I could discuss the weekly Torah parsha, ask questions and be a source of encouragement, as well as a living connection to Klal Yisrael.

And then I saw an online reference to Partners in Torah. I looked at their website and saw the service was free, and they would help connect me to someone who wanted to study together. Furthermore, it would be my choice as to which areas I wished to focus on, whether language, history, holidays, Torah, etc. I contacted them and they had me fill out some information to help find me a match. (Matches can be someone living nearby who you can meet with weekly in person, or someone with whom you can connect with by telephone.) In my case, I was paired with a woman of similar age who lives in Brooklyn, and we set a time to converse by telephone once a week. It is completely up to the partners when and how long they wish to talk. My study partner and I meet for 2 hours every Tuesday.

Partners in Torah made sure that the partnership was working for both of us and periodically check with us to see that the relationship is still productive. My study partner Leah has become a very close friend, and I can see that it is very beneficial to both of us. The best way to learn is to be able to discuss, and it is the Jewish way. I cannot imagine I could have ever found such a perfect study partner on my own; and it has been beneficial, also, that we are able to find appreciation of our different strains of Orthodoxy. (Partners in Torah does not seek to impose any particular curriculum or viewpoint).

I have learned so much, and grown so much in my Yiddishkeit during this time; and to a large extent it is due to the connection Partners in Torah made for me. They have been helpful, but never intrusive, and offer this wonderful service without charge. Whenever I have a chance, I recommend to others to contact them and find a chavrusa. Partners in Torah has been a great blessing in my life. As Jews, we are one people and we need each other; no Jew should feel isolated. As Jews, we also must ever strive to daily study and grow in understanding of Torah. Partners in Torah furthers those goals and has provided me with the dearest of friends and someone whose desire to learn matches my own. I highly recommend them as a GREATNONPROFIT! Brachah Devorah Pedersen, Victoria, BC Canada

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shelly Dardik, I am twenty five years old, and I am a current student at Neve Yerushalayim, a seminary in Jerusalem. Originally, I was born in Caracas, Venezuela but moved to Florida at the age of eight. Sixteen years later, post college, I realized that there was something very important missing in my life; Judaism. Even though my parents are both Jewish and come from a traditional background, I never received a Jewish education. In my house, the main focus wasn’t about learning Jewish holidays or traditions, but it was about learning english and adapting to American society. I was so removed from Judaism that I didn’t even have a single Jewish friend. If anybody asked me what my religion was, I would say I was “Jew-ish.”
Before going to Israel my life seemed to be ideal on the outside; I had a dream job as a professor teaching sound recording, I managed multiple recording studios, and ran the college’s radio station. I lived in a spacious house with pets, roommates, and a non Jewish boyfriend. And even though this all seemed perfect, I felt very empty inside. I decided to examine my life and came to the conclusion that I was surrounded by materialism and lacked depth, especially spiritual depth. Less than a month after, I received a phone call from Partners in Torah. I had no idea that a simple phone call could change my life.
Through Partners in Torah, I started learning once a week with a chevruta. I didn’t even know who Abraham or the Aleph bet was so I was truly starting from scratch. My chevruta, Chaya Rosen from Monsey, NY, was extremely open minded, caring, and patient with me. I wanted to learn about the Jewish calendar since Chanukah was right around the corner. Every week, we learned a little bit. By the time it was Chanukah, I was actually able to light candles for the first time! After a couple of months, my chevruta invited me to meet her and spend Shabbat & Purim with her family. I had never celebrated Purim, or gone to Monsey, but a week off work and an expensive plane ticket didn’t seem ideal. I checked my schedule and of coarse, it “happened” to be spring break for exactly the amount of time I needed to take off. I couldn’t believe it since all the other colleges had their spring break the next week. On top of that, my chvruta apparently mentioned this idea to Partners in Torah and they somehow found an anonymous donor to pay for my flight from Orlando to Monsey!
Experiencing her Jewish home truly sealed the deal for me. I had never seen a frum family in person before but it wasn’t so weird at all! Her seven children (now eight!) were all signing together and her husband gave amazing Dvar Torahs. I felt right at home. I experienced Shabbat, Purim, and a blizzard for the very first time and absolutely loved it. I have been keeping Kosher and Shabbat since then.
The week was over and I was left wanting more. However, I knew learning once a week was not gonna be enough. I felt the only way I could learn was by immediately immersing myself in Jewish studies. Therefore, the next week, I dropped everything; I quit my job, broke up with my non-Jewish boyfriend, and moved out. I looked into Seminaries and got a one way ticket to Israel. Even though this sounds quite extreme and not necessarily what my chevruta or anybody sane would recommended, I knew it was exactly what I needed to do at that time. It’s been seven months and I haven’t looked back once.
This month marks the one year anniversary since partner in Torah first contacted me. I had no idea that an hour a week phone call about holidays would turn into a year in Israel, and ultimately a lifetime of Judaism. I can honestly say that I find way more purpose, quality, and meaningfulness to my life than I ever did before. I look forward to continue to grow & learn so that one day, I too can have a Jewish home of my own.

Andrea Schneider H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been learning with a Partners in Torah partner since 2013. My first amazing partner moved to Israel, and learning by phone was too difficult with the time difference. So Partners in Torah came through with a second wonderful partner. We choose what we learn and set our own schedule. Partners in Torah checks in with us regularly to make sure it's going well. It's simple, and it works great!

Gila Rappaport S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah changed my life. 4 years ago they gave my daughter a significant discount to a sleepaway camp if we signed up to learn over the phone with a partner. Aside from the camp discount they connected me with a tutor who I have been learning Torah once a week with since then. We have gone through many life cycle events together, I have traveled to NY to meet her and her family on 3 occasions and she has traveled to Dallas with some of her family to visit mine. We are from VERY different circles and would never have met nor would I have taken it upon my self to find a way to learn without without Partners in Torah

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partner in Torah consistently goes above and beyond in their role in my life. My study partner, Sara, has become more than just a teacher/tutor, she is a friend, a mentor, and very much like a sister I never had. She been there for me throughout many different circumstances, always kind and always supportive. For example, during my first Passover trying to keep the Passover laws while in LA, I received a package that contained all of the essentials-- everything from a kiddush cup, to plates and cups, to grape juice, to a haggadah with a personal message inside-- I was blown away. Who sends packages like that to people they've never even met in person? Sara does.

When I was in a major transition in my life, the relationship manager who introduced me to Sara spent almost 3 hours on the phone with me. 3 hours! She listened and, when I asked, she offered me her honest thoughts and advice. She also sent me resources on the subject and followed up with emails to see how I was doing and if she could help in any way.

I am so grateful for Partners in Torah- for all that they do, and the kind and caring ways they go about doing them!

Estee NancyCarmen S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah changed my life. They opened up doors for not only learning but friendships and travel opportunities. They meet every Jew whenever they are at in their journey with openness and without judgement. I highly recommend everyone get a partner.

Erin Summers N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah have been an invaluable tool for me as a Jew who is bedridden so relies upon the Internet for info & community.

1 Luciano M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started to study every monday with Tzvi R. two years ago (November 2015) from Partners in Torah, and after a few weeks my wife took part of our classes as well because she was listening us and she wanted to participate too.

Talking about our partner, there are a lot of things to talk about him specially because we live in Argentina and here we have many excellent Rabbis and Morims (teachers) but in Tzvi we found an extraordinary, and complete person.
Last June we could met him during a trip to New York (he drove specially from Boston to met us for a few hours), we had a wonderful moment together. (attached pictures).

Talking about Partners in Torah we have found an extraordinary non profit organizacion, Sharona N. our Relationship Manager was always available to respond our questions, connecting us with Tzvi and other teachers, taking care of us, and staying in touch with us during this whole 2 years now, there is an extraordinary organization and we will be thank to her and to the organization for all are they doing.

All the best for Partners in Torah and his people, Betina and Luciano Malewicz.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah has been an absolutely wonderful experience for me. I would recommend Partners in Torah to anyone on a tight schedule that is interested in learning Torah. I have set up a weekly learning schedule with my mentors and I feel like I have not only enriched my Torah learning, but also developed meaningful connections to my mentors. Thanks Partners in Torah for being such a fantastic resource!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fourteen years ago, I was introduced to my first Patner-in-Torah and am still learning with him as his time is available. Since then, I have found that PIT performs its mission with alacrity and sensitivity. For anyone who recognizes the importance of spirituality in his life, PIT can help fill that void. Having worked pro bono for non-profits, I see a major difference as the commitment of their people goes beyond what others do to fill their mission. PIT is a head above those because of its personal commitment to help each one reach his goal.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where do I begin to tell you how life changing Partners in Torah has been for me and my family? About two and a half years ago, after participating on a JWRP trip to Israel, I began learning with an amazing teacher, Mrs. Sima Krischer, through PIT. I owe PIT a huge debt of gratitude for matching me and my partner so well. I now daven fluidly and with kavana and truly have a relationship with Hashem that grounds me every day, B"H. We have learned Rav Schwalb's book on Prayer, The Six Constant Mitzvot, and we are now working on Rav Weinberg's 48 Ways to Wisdom. Sima is more than a teacher; she has become a cherished and dear friend and confidante. Thanks to Rabbi Gewirtz and PIT, my husband has been learning for almost two years and now my son and my son's girlfriend have learning partners as well. PIT is embodies kiruv in the most beautiful way. The model works because they know how to pair learning partners and they follow up and provide continued guidance to every learning participant. My husband and I continue to learn and grow and we hope to take on more mitzvot. I am incredibly honored to be a participant with PIT. I have attended PIT retreats for the past two years, and the speakers and experiences are ones I will always cherish. Thank you PIT and Rabbi Eli Gerwitz for serving as a shining example of klal Yisroel. I am the Jew I am today and will continue to evolve into the Jew I hope to become because of PIT and my dear mentor Mrs. Sima Kirscher.

1 Yishai B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A tremendous charity, with a tremendous goal, run by amazing people and giving you access to amazing volunteers, teachers and chevrusos. A great way to learn Torah and build friendships with other Orthodox Jews.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"Partners In Torah" does a great job of connecting Jews who wishes to study Judaism with a phone study partner. They study weekly by phone, at their convenience. This service is free. Somehow, PIT always matches the right people together. They only match women with women and men with men. Your study partner can live anywhere in North America. He or she is carefully chosen for you to meet your needs and interests. They always get it right.

Sometimes the partners meet in person if they wish to, but there is never any requirement to do that.

I have used this organization for years with excellent results and so has a family member. It is so convenient: no classroom.

You can change study partners at any time, no questions asked, if the match is not right.

Many of today's secular or mildly religious Jews desire more Jewish learning or familiarity with tradition. But just opening a book or walking into a synagogue can be intimidating and confusing.

And advanced learners use it too.

For honesty, consistency, and excellent results, I give this organization the highest marks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah matched me with Yitzchak, an amazing teacher with whom I learn different aspects of Torah, primarily the oral tradition. We spend 45 minutes together every week on the telephone, first catching up with each other's lives. After, Yitzchak and answers any questions about Jewish law and practice that may have come for me during the week. Then we learn gemarra, which is the oral tradition that accompanies scripture. It may include stories, legal decisions, arguments among the sages, etc. Then, we discuss hypothetical legal questions. We have been doing this almost every Sunday for years now, I can't remember how long. It is one of the highlights of my week and I look forward to it. My sessions with Yitzchak have opened up a whole world of Torah that I might not otherwise had access to. And it's all been made possible by Partner's in Torah.

2 Michal N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah transformed my life. I was paired up instantly with an excellent teacher, Gitty, and enjoy learning twice weekly at no cost. I have immense gratitude and respect for this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost two years ago, my husband and children and I converted to Judaism. We studied together as a family and made the decision to convert as a family B"H. My oldest daughter was 14 at the time, our youngest was 8. Was it a hard decision to convert? Yes and no. Hard to leave family, a community, faulty beliefs. But no. It was simple. The belief part is simple. It's the living it out that can be tough and bewildering yet eternally, profoundly rewarding. The Torah is truth. Everything that emanates from it is lifegiving...even the negative. B"H. We began studying with PIT last September and have been partnered up with a heavy-hitter, shoot-from-the-hip, knowledgeable-beyond-belief, go-getting New Yorker who just blows us away every time we meet. We study every Tuesday evening and sometimes it's the hardest thing EVER but most of the time it's simply amazing. Thank you PIT for providing this avenue for us to continue our learning. It adds so much to what our local community is already doing B"H. Thank you for the personal attention you give (emails and phone calls) to ensure we are still learning together and that we find it beneficial. May this organization continue to grow as you reach out to people and match people in the pursuit of understanding Hashem's letter of love to each of us.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Yehuda & Shifra

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past ten years, I've been benefitting from weekly learning sessions with a mentor provided by Partners In Torah. These weekly sessions have focused on learning but have also formed the basis of what has become a cherished friendship. Through the learning and the friendship I have grown in my commitment, my love of learning and my ability to positively influence others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shalom,From Tanzania( East Africa) we are a small community of Yehudim (Known here as Mayahudi) originated from Yemen and some from Morocco, we live in Northern Tanzania near Kenya boarder, our forefather arrived here some time in 1886-89, some of our member either converted to Islam and exanity, few of us resisted and a good number didn’t even go to school, when it turn out, that most of school are xanian, and only admitted a student if you have a pastor letter, some of us we were able to study in secular government school where religion is not Allowed. Most us didn’t have Jewish education except the basic taught to us by our parents, such as laws of Shabbat, kashrut, Yom tov,and not to intermarried, as well as basic Oral laws.
Not until when HaShem lead us to Partners in Torah. The organization is so much helpful for us, for organizing Rabbis, such as Rabbi Landy who have done a great Job in Jewish education for us, for calling us in daily basis for up to three hours lectures which am sure is very expensive , for six days except on Shabbat and Yom tov, we would not have got a Jewish a education equivelent to that of Yashiva, if it was not for Partners in Torah, and Danielle Litton who have been so close to us, and keep on emailing us to see our progress and check out if we have any problem, we can’t thank her and the organazation enough for a great chased they have been doing for us. We thanks so much Partners in Torah and the organization management, for be able to reach us in remote Africa, the first ever Organization to be able to organize for our Heritage education and bring us to the Torah, it’s a rescue for an almost lost Jewish souls .We hope that your organization will support Partner in Torah to reach more Jews, all over the world,and bring the Torah to all our People in remote area like this of ours.Parners in Torah is a Jews soul rescue Just like what Israel did in Yemen, And Ethiopia, so as to reach more people like us this great organization need support to reach more Jewish people. Shalom and thank you so much for your time.I hereby on behalf of My community, We nominate Partners in Torah as a GreatNonprofit organization. And please help Partners in Torah to keep on helping us stay in Torah and keep on help other lost and found Jews around the world learning the Torah and keep Judaism.

With kind regards
For and on Behalf of Mayahudi community of Arusha Tanzania East Africa.
Peres Amir Parpaih

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I began my journey of learning about 17 years ago. 16 years ago I learned I could have a study partner. I was assigned someone who lives in New York and we studied over the phone at no cost to me. The cost of phone service was different in those days but I was never asked for money.

We are still together, studying once a week. She is extremely/shockingly knowledgeable and patient and encouraging. I am soooo lucky to have her.

She had two occasions to come to Baltimore: a simchah for her niece and the marriage of her son. How shocked and honored I was to be invited to meet her and to be invited to her son's wedding!

I'm getting older each day and I still have a long way to go in my desire to learn. We are doing psalms; there are 150. And there are 6 chapters of Perkei Avos and 613 Commandments and 39 Melachos and many books in the Nach and .............. I am 77 years old. If I live to be 120, will I be able to finish it all?

Thank you Chaya and thank you Partners in Torah.

1 Betty C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Partners in Torah has brought many thousands of Jewish people closer to their roots and the traditions of their forefathers through fostering mentoring partnerships. Many friendships have also resulted from this learning.

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Client Served

Rating: 5


Partners in Torah is a fantastic educational organization because it allows me to learn at the level I am on and not having to keep up with a local class. There is no embarissment if I don't know a translation or a thought is asked to be repeated. One of the highlights was when Elly met me in person (we live 350 miles away) in NYC for a Bar Mitzvah we were attending and again last year he met us at the Bris of our youngest grandson in Brooklyn. My whole family who came got to meet EllY. An intermarried cousin came and she said she had a wonderful experience from the event. I think we have been learning together for about 10 years+ now and this is the most rewarding learning experience I have been involved with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the greatest privilege of working for Partners in Torah! It is such an inspiration to speak to people all day and hear how Partners in Torah has touched their lives. The learning with Partners in Torah inspires people to grow in their Judaism and builds beautiful & meaningful relationships. Partners in Torah should be able to continue the outstanding work that they do for Klal Yisrael for many years to come!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah is such an amazing organization. I was a student of theirs in 2003-2008. The follow up was very special and always so kind to their representatives. A few years past and I got to meet the Executive Director of the Organization by chance at a friends wedding. I introduced myself to him, in awe of the organization. He happened to be needed an employee and then hired me for a project that was being developed. Now I am the team manager and couldn't have asked for a better job. The staff is amazing. The contacts we deal with on a daily basis give me so much encouragement that it is easy to look forward to working everyday. It is a gift to work for the organization that I benefited from so much. I hope that Partners in Torah gets selected as the greatest non profit, because in my eyes it really is. Michal Litwin

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rabbi Gewirtz and the whole team are exceptional. In my experience in the Jewish education field, the model they are using is the best: thousands of volunteers coming forward because they care are creating personal and non-judgmental relationships with thousands more who want to connect in some way -- in their own way. Very impressed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5


Fantastic organization - they have given me great partners from whom I have learned and continue to learn a great deal. My learning with them is a highlight of my week.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely a fantastic organization - I started going to a group 10 years ago and I am still in touch with my first chavruta and have had a few others since. Amazing people who have been a tremendous support system in my own teshuva and true friends.

2 Akiva

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent group of people doing a wonderful Chesed for Klal Yisroel!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah is a fantastic organization. Whether you want to learn or teach, its a great way to make a connection with another Jew that can last you a lifetime.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone who works or volunteers here is dedicated and amazing. I've gained so much simply through volunteering. I hope they grow and grow - they do so much while asking for so little.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization, who charge not even a penny for its services has being doing a great job all over the world....right now im living abroad and still they helped me to match me with a great partner...we study one hour a week but it has being enough to help me to improve my knowledge about our heritate, customs and even about our daily routines....i love this program and all his supporting staff!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

THnka to Partners in Torah I had the chance to learn more about judaism even though im not in the states. the phone-study partnership is a great program to reach jews all over the world and educated them in our jewish heritage. Besides, the weekly emails are a great source to learn about the parasha. I love this program, and in my humble opinion, is one of the best kiruv programs ever.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A number of years ago, I responded to an impassioned plea by the founder of this wonderful organizaion to get involved in being a mentor to another Jew who has expressed an interest in learning more about his heritage. Getting involved in this way has fostered a bond of friendship and has enabled a connection of spiritual growth for my partner and I; I can't imagine how this could happen without having Partners In Torah as the forum which facilitated this connection. I have been learning with my current partner in Torah for many years now. So much good has come out of our relationship; I have tried to help him thru many issues in his spiritual progression; he has enriched my life with his sincerity and goodness. This organization beams with "success stories"; it is truly a win-win organization for all those involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a "teacher" in a Partner's-in-Torah partnership for quite a bit already, I can't begin to express my admiration for this wonderful organization. Each week, I continue to learn so much from my partner and am truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you Partner's in Torah for all your wonderful work!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was extremely pleased and impressed with the precision, efficiency, and care of the Partners in Torah Organization and is employees. I have always wanted to be involved with teaching, and the expert matching of the Partners in Torah system/database paired me up with a student. We genuinely get along--we are matched on a common intellectual level and personality. Studying with my Torah partner has been a genuinely enjoyable experience. I appreciated the follow up, attention and guidance that I received from the Partners in Torah employees.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have two partners with whom I study. One is a college student with whom I study mishna on campus at the Hillel House. The other, is a retired senior who lives in Montreal, Canada who was a refusnik in the fromer Soviet Union. We study mishna via telephone. Thanks to Partners in Torah we have each grown and profited greatly from our respective relationships. The program is simple yet powerful- to pair up individuals to study Torah throughout the globe. Why should distance be an impediment to the study of Torah?! I am very greatful to them for these opportunities and hope & pray that, with G-D's help, they continue seeing success in all their projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Have been a teacher for Partners in Torah for quite a few years and it has been of great benefit to me. My partner is severely disabled and his dedication to our learning has been a great inspiriation to me, The organization's literature has helped me a great deal in understanding not only how to relate to my partner but also to the world at large. I highly recommend this organization to all who have any interest in Judaism and/or Torah. Eliyahu Ellman

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I especially look foward to your weekly Parsha Letter. They are informative, educational, interesting and always well written. Thank You!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been studying through Partners in Torah for 6 years. My partner has become like a family member, but one of my choosing. The hour we spend together is like a breath of fresh Jewish air. She teaches me, inspires me and enlightens me. Due to the work of Partners in Torah I have an opportunity which would never have before been possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been studying with my partner for over 7 years. Always learn sosmething which I can teach to others. This is the best way for tikkun olam preparation

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Partner in Torah for close to 4 years, and have only had wonderful experiences with the entire Partners in Torah organization. I count my partner Lisa as one of my closest friends, and together we have explored a variety of various Jewish concepts. The staff at Partners in Torah is always helpful, periodically checking up on our relationship, and always there to answer any questions we might have. I consider it an honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with my partner Jerry for about seven years...First of all, he knows everything. He is so knowledgeable and he explains everything in excellendt analogies. , I cannot stump him. Every queston I ever had about the nature of the world, our religion, whatever, he explains the true Torah point of view and it makes sense. He is a serious, straight up guy and has been very influential in my becoming a baal tshuvah. I absolutely recomment PIT for any beginner who wants to see what being Jewish is really about.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was matched with a Chavrusah about 3 years ago. It has been a wonderful learning experience and allowed me, a non-observant Jes the opportunity to gain insight and knowlege and to grow. The organization checks up on me every few months and I'm always happy to take their call. I'm greatful for an excellent learning opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The organization carefully matches the learner with the partner. The partner I am assigned is intelligent and well-matched to me. She is willing to spend time to find answers and review material ahead of time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learn once a week with a son-in-law of the Rosh Yeshiva of Bobov in Toronto. I would never have had the blessing to learn with such a wonderful person without an organization such as Partners In Torah. Our one hour a week is only a taste of Gemorra, but inspires me to do more learning by myself over the course of the week. Thank you so much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been learning with Partners in Torah for nearly six years, and it has and continues to be a wonderful experience for several reasons. First, it forces me to set aside a specific time weekly to learn and reflect on major issues of Jewish learning and practice. Second, though I was raised with a reasonably in-depth Jewish background (for the time) there is much that I don't know. I find that what we study in Partners in Torah fills in the blanks for me in a very useful and relevant way. Third, I have found that it has made my children more aware of being Jewish; my children are grown and growing, and thanks to the years of conversations that we have had around the issues I have learned, I think they take being Jewish very seriously. They both have Jewish girlfriends, which bodes well for the future. Finally, I find that it makes me more aware of what I am doing when I am in synagogue and davening, as well as in my everyday life when the appreciating the sacred aspects of life can easily be overcome by emails and telephone calls and deadlines.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

THIS is a great non-profit. I wrote to them & asked about volunteering. The followed up. they called, they wrote. They showed they cared. They are serious about what they do. I was very impressed.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my experience with Partners in Torah. They are so nice and friendly. They hooked me up with a wonderful partner and every week, we learned the weekly torah reading over the phone. My favorite thing was the emails that they sent, especially the MentorTalk. It helped me clarify what to say and how to say it to this partner.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to have regular Torah study but with my erratic work schedule I could not find a class to meet my ever changing schedule. I called partners in Torah to set up a chevrutah and I was skeptical because I assumed that they would set me up with someone who wanted to push a certain agenda. They matched me with someone who was perfect for me. We actually joked on several occasions that the Partners in Torah chevrutah matchmaker should start matchmaking for marriage. My Partner worked around my schedule (we had a different meet time every week--even though she worked outside the home and had several children). The learning was great. I never felt that she was trying to push me in any direction except for that of more learning and interest in the text we were studying (Parsha). I learned a tremendous amount and made a good friend. We even met in person when I was on vacation close to her hometown. Every few months the organization calls to make sure your expectations are being met. I really felt valued and I could not have asked for more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Partner in Torah has become a dear friend and mentor to me. We began learning 3 years ago and have covered many topics. She taught me to read Hebrew, taught me detailed lessons on the weekly parsha, and is now teaching me the halacha of keeping a kosher kitchen. Partners in Torah is wonderful because it is so flexible. I am incredibly busy (and so is my partner) but we always adjust our learning time as necessary so that it can work with the rest of our lives. I am so happy I joined Partners in Torah and have benefited immensely.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah set me up with a learning partner across the country. Despite difficulty scheduling learning sessions with a 3 hour time difference, both I and my partner stuck with it. After only a few weeks, I found myself caring about someone 3,000 miles away that I had never met. Less than a year after we started learning, when I was hit by a car, I could hear similar concern mirrored in his voice. Our conversations deepened, and we shared not just Torah thoughts but life experiences, and I finally met him in person at my wedding. All of this came from a few phone calls by volunteers, who themselves have never met my partner or myself. In addition, they regularly follow up on our progress, making sure that we are indeed production as a pair and making themselves available to address any issues that may come up. Partners in Torah is a very impactful organization helping Jews reconnect and deepen their connection with their rich heritage and fellow Jews.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor for Partners in Torah for many years. I derive much satisfaction and challenge from it, and I urge anyone capable of mentoring under this program to do so, and anyone who has a desire to increase his/her Jewish knowledge to take advantage.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 1999 I found Partners in Torah on Jewish World Review via a very convincing ad. They're still running them, BH. But they had little to do with connecting my precious partner and me; I'm sure that was divinely directed. She is so patient and knowledgeable and incredibly generous. I actually met and was hosted by her Israel relatives several months before she and met in person. BUT -- that occasion was like seeing a sister. We felt as if we had known one another forever. She and I would talk four mornings a week to learn Hebrew, and one longer session on Thursday nights to learn about Judaism. She is still sharing her deep knowledge with me, more than ten years later. I am incredibly grateful to G-d, P-i-T, and my beloved Partner. Thank you for filling this need, this hunger for me. I could go on and on with enthusiasm.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past few years I had wanted to join Partners in Torah. Although my background is frum, I was worried about getting asked difficult Hashkofa, halacha or Hashem questions that I would have difficulty answering. This summer I finally took the plunge and called Partners in Torah. They reassured me that I was not alone, and I felt that I would always have support behind me no matter to whom I was matched up to. A few months later, I got assigned an excellent match, lovely lady, very close to my age (in the 50's) and we're studying together once a week. Than you Partners in Torah!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned a tremendous amount volunteering for Partners in Torah -- I realized there were so many things I had always taken for granted that I couldn't even explain well. That meant I had my own homework to do. I also found that there was always someone available to answer questions that came up in a clear, pleasant way. I am waiting for a new partner, and I hope to be paired up with someone soon.