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Question 21.7.5:
B'nai Mitzvah: How do I select a good b'nai mitzvah tutor?


A tutor is a less desirable option in general, because in a one-on-one situation, the child will see Judaism as an activity apart from the rest of his or her life. Synagogues will provide recommendations, but probably word-of-mouth is a better option. Attend a few Bar or Bat Mitzvahs and observe, not only to the quality of the singing, but how confident the child is on the bima, and his or her level of understanding of the Torah portion and haftorah. Beyond that, you should look for a teacher with whom you are comfortable and can work with. The teacher should be knowledgable, and should command the respect of the student.

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