“When I became Bar Mitzvah, my grandfather, Eleazar of Amsterdam, of blessed memory, came to me one night in a vision and gave me another soul in exchange for mine. Ever since then I have been a different person.”
~ Shalom of Belz from Putting God on the Guest List by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience is one that can influence a child and a family for a lifetime. Having a positive learning experience in which a child makes the transition to young adulthood is essential for future participation in Jewish life and increases the desire to have this experience repeated in future generations.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah is a time of demonstrating that we can take on the challenge of continuing Jewish Education, of increasing our ability to participate in services and our role in leading services. It is a time when Torah study, regular attendance at services, and acts of kindness (gemilut chasadim) become the quest of the young adult.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a path into Judaism, not the exit sign.
I have taught over 1500 B’nai Mitzvah students over a thirty-year period and have always been sought after as a guide and teacher. I am committed to helping the student and family have a religious experience and achieve a memorable milestone.
I offer the following services
Tutoring Bar Mitzvah Tutor in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia
Evaluation of student skills
Deciding on the family goals and participation in service
Exploring Mitzvah projects and selecting a worthy project
Working on a plan of study including Torah, Haftorah and Prayer goals
Trope Trainer orientation. Computer program which assists student in mastery of trope skills for Torah and Haftarah
Study and examination of the text, with commentaries
Work on Hebrew literacy
Additional Services for unaffiliated families
Help you design a service to suit your religious background and needs
Work with you on content of a personalized siddur
Assist you in finding a Torah for the service
Realize aspects of the preparation in a meaningful way
Conduct your service in a musical and friendly manner, which engages your family and guests
“You don’t have to be a grown up to be great.”
~ Shalom Aleichem
“A special thank you to Rabbi Arnold Saltzman for his endearing patience and determination to realize this happy occasion (Zoe’s Bat Mitzvah) as a spiritual and joyful time.”
~ Ambassador and Mrs. Daniel Ayalon
Ambassador of Israel to the United States
“Your lessons were not only educational but enjoyable. I learned to read Hebrew much better than before, but more importantly, you opened my mind to the world of things relating to Judaism that I have yet to discover.”