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Causes: Education

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.

Geographic areas served: National

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14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.

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.

1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have been a reader of their online mrssages and newsletter. it has been very unformative, i also know of people who have been impacted by this organization. i would be happy to volunteer if they needed me. so far they have not found me a partner, but i'm sure it will happen.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I've been learning with my partner for about 5 years now. I think the key to its success is that the learning relationship between you and your partner is more of a friend than a teacher. This leads to discussions about everything in life. This organization does not only allow you to gain a knowledge of Torah but also lets you gain a friend.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband has his partner and I have my partner which is great that we all care about our partners what has happened over the last week. Of course, we study! The best turns out my husband shares with me what he learns before his study session and then what he learns after his session, Then I share the information with my partner. I even put some comments about what my husband and his partner share. My husband now appreciates the jewish texts I have bought that help him prepare for his Partner in Torah study session! We are married 33 years and now we have more to share about! My partner and I are very close and can make each other feel better when there have been some hard times in our separate lives. Or just help when my partner went on vacation to my home state, I could share places to go, traffic concerns and just personal information. Now my partner wants to go back and spend more time in my home state! She cares about me too. I had heart surgery, she said prayers for me and knew me well enough that my intellect shouldn't be neglected during my healing time. She made sure to call and share her knowledge with me! If PIT didn't put us together we wouldn't have had these experiences and more. Thanks PIT.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PIT is the essence of a "great non-profit." Their model has maximum impact through a one-on-one learning model. And since volunteers are performing the core services, they achieve it with maximum efficiency. Every non-profit could learn from Partern's in Torah!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined Partners in Torah and had a number very cool and interesting phone learning sessions. as good as the learning however has been the bond that I developed with my partner in so short a time. even when the learning phases in and out (to be honest), we continue schmooze over email, he keeps me connected to Torah, newsletters etc. without fail every week I get an email with a wish of good Shabbos, passing on some Torah thoughts, just checking in....this is what life is all about! great organization, the weekly Parshah letters are fantastic and I wish you the best of luck.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Partners in Torah has been a tremendous benefit to my learning. Having grown up with little Judaic background in a very small community, Partners in Torah put me with a telephone partner for study at my level. And then again, as I became more advanced with a local partner in Houston as an ongoing learning program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am new to Partners in Torah and I am Baal Teshuva for just over 1 year with very little Jewish knowledge. I was surprised to find out that someone would be interested in taking someone with such limited knowledge. I am learning a lot, able to grow more spiritually as well as my level of knowledge and understanding. I have found this organization to follow its Mission Statement as stated. To allow all Jews the opportunity to learn and study. I wish I was able to donate more financially to help them continue to grow and expand.