When I had to fly home to see my dying great grandmother, who I am very close to and is a huge part of my life even today, in May of 2018 I had no idea that she would tell her whole family that she was in actuality a Ukrainian Jew who left Ukraine in 1936 with her sister for a better life in Canada. Her aunt and uncle had come to Canada in
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December 31, 2020
Submitted by Tehila Daveed Imagine this – It’s March 2007 and a classroom of rowdy fourth graders is about to greet yet another new teacher. Although this “problem classroom” may have been intimidating grounds for some, I was excited for the challenge, and happy to have a job after moving back to the States from Israel. I still remember so clearly! I walked into that classroom with confidence, introduced myself as Ms. Daveed, and
December 17, 2020
Esther the Teacher Submitted by Tziporah Jensen “Mom, why don’t you try Partners in Torah? They’ll match you with someone for one-on-one mentoring in learning Judaism, at your beginner level,” suggested my daughter Yael in March 2020. By the time Esther from Partners in Torah connected with me, I was newly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The average length of survival was three years… “I feel this is a wake-up call to shift my negative
December 10, 2020
The Gift of Learning Partners Submitted by Yehuda Zimberg Hello, My name is Yehuda Zimberg. I’m from New York, I am 26 years old, and I have a stutter. I have been stuttering since I was eight years old. There wasn’t any traumatic experience that caused it; it just popped up out of the blue. I would not consider it a terrible stutter, but a stutter nonetheless. The fear and humiliation of stuttering made
November 26, 2020
A Secret Shared Submitted by Elizabeth Savetsky, Shabbos Program Participant This week I found myself sobbing on the phone to a woman I barely knew. Oh, and did I mention that she was crying too? Wait, let me back up the story and start from the beginning. But you might want to hold onto your socks. I always feel better when I’m investing in my spiritual growth, but for the past several years, that’s
This dynamic duo is tangible proof of the power of 1:1 learning! Dr. Glenn Grossman (Canoga Park, CA) is an accomplished doctor in the field
Through the past six years, Renee Vlashi (West Hills, CA) and Penina Berman (Baltimore, MD) have built a beautiful partnership! In Renee’s words: “Penina has
One of the incredible aspects of Partners in Torah’s participants is that they come from all over the world. It’s humbling to hear how people
Woah, 15 years of learning and commitment!! A huge mazal tov to Rebecca Lang (Atlanta, GA) and Bena Tarlow (Lakewood, NJ) on this incredible accomplishment!
Are you curious about the three participants pictured here?! We’d love to share the story (well, really, the multiple stories!) behind it! Debbie Goldman (Baltimore,
Flora Reiner (Glendale, NY) was conversing with someone in a store in the Five Towns… she shared that she wanted to educate herself about Judaism.
Charles Neuman’s (Plainview, NY) words need no edits… you’ve gotta read this feedback he gave on the occasion of a 3 year learning with Mordecai
These two amazing ladies. Lauren Harnick (Merrick, NY) and Ilana Sicklick (Lawrence, NY), met at a Friday night Shabbat dinner exactly a year ago. They