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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
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.