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  • Does your child need Hebrew tutoring for their b'nei mitzvah?
  • Would you like to learn the main prayers in a Kabbalat Shabbat or Shabbat Morning service and understand what they mean?
  • Would you like to know more about Judaism?

$60/hour for one-to-one learning.

WHAT IS TORAH? In When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street , Elsa Okon Rael's picture book, Zeesie asks her grandfather, "Can you tell me, Zaydeh, what is Torah?". . . . "You, my dear one," Zaydeh said, "have just asked a question with as many answers as there are Jews to answer it. The Torah is the writing of the five books of Moses. It was given to us by God in heaven to tell us how to live as Jews in the world." Zaydeh took a deep breath before he offered, in a whisper, "And would you like to know what I think? Personally?" Zeesie tingled with curiosity. "Yes, please, please." "Come closer." Zeesie thought Zaydeh was about to whisper in her ear, but instead, as she leaned closer to hear him, Zaydeh kissed the top of her head. "That's what I think is Torah. A kiss from God!"

 The answer to "what is Torah" is, of course, different depending on the context. Most literally, "Torah" refers to the Five Books of Moses: Beresheet/Genesis, Shmot/Exodus, Vayikra/Leviticus, Bamidbar/Numbers and Devarim/Deuteronomy. "Torah" can also refer to the entire written Jewish bible - the Tanakh. "TaNaKh" is an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the text's three traditional subdivisions: Torah (Five Books of Moses), Nevi'im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings). In its broadest sense, "Torah" means the whole body of Jewish law and teachings both written and oral. 

Amy is the single most conscientious person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. As a teacher, she is an expert at “meeting people where they’re at,” creating inclusive curricula for all kinds of learners with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Her intensely high level of intelligence is especially evident when she is talking through a problem with someone because she can bring them into a wider picture that allows for creative problem solving everyone can get on board with.
— Avalon Levey
 Avalon and Amy, photo by Liddy Rich

Avalon and Amy, photo by Liddy Rich

 Maddy on a Beach in Israel , photo by Emily Teters

Maddy on a Beach in Israel , photo by Emily Teters

I first started working with Amy when I was 10 years old. My family had just joined Mount Zion Temple, and I was placed in a Hebrew class for the first time. I was a complete beginner, and Amy worked diligently with me throughout the entire summer and school year to help me catch up to the level of my classmates. She was patient, kind, experienced, and I looked forward to each of our lessons immensely. She made learning Hebrew fun and approachable. Over the years she grew to be not only a teacher, but also a mentor and a friend. I owe Amy so much of what my Jewish identity grew to be, because it all started with her at Gingko Coffee House on Snelling Ave, all those years ago. She’s seen me grow into the woman I am today, and I know that no matter where I am in my life, she will always be someone who I go to for wisdom and guidance.
— Maddy Silk Wolfe