The Price Of Personalized Education

Posted on December 20, 2009

In this week’s Jewish Week, Julie Wiener has an article about home based tutoring in place of Hebrew school. Based on the article it appears that Areyvut’s Indidivual Bnai Mitzvah Consultations and Bnai Mitzvah programs for schools and synagogues are quite a bargain.

She states “In Manhattan, Partners with Parents’ prices range from $125 per hour for one-on-one tutoring to $75 per hour (per person) for a group of four, the largest group her company will work with. Door To Door Tutoring declined to disclose its rates. An individual tutor, who supplements her day school teaching salary by taking a small number of clients, says many free agents like herself charge between $80-$90 per hour for one-on-one work, not including materials. The New York-based Hebrew Learning Circles ranges from $500 per semester to $2,500 per semester, Rabbi Reuben Modek says, depending on the number of children in a group and how often the group meets. In Los Angeles, Hebrew Helpers charges $90 per hour for a personal tutor; for small groups the rate is $40-50 per child for a 90-minute session. Each company also offers bar mitzvah ceremony packages, ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 — which does not include the expense of renting a venue.”

Areyvut works one-on-one with Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and their families to develop meaningful and fun social action projects that best meet their interests. Students complete and submit our online intake form, an Areyvut representative will then contact the student and parent(s) to schedule a time to discuss the project ideas. Meetings take place at the celebrant’s home, office, over the phone or anywhere that is convenient for them. Areyvut provides a detailed list of personalized project ideas, potential beneficiary or partner agencies and contact information. Areyvut staff is available to link celebrants with the agency they want to partner with and assist them with any aspect of their project or planning, as much or as little as they would like. Students that work with Areyvut on their Mitzvah Project have the opportunity to share their experiences with others by speaking at Areyvut sponsored events, are eligible to enter our Bnai Mitzvah Video Essay Contest, can be featured in the Teen Scene section of our website and acknowledged in our e-newsletter. People can think of us a personal shopper or party planner for Mitzvah Projects and at a suggested donation of $250 it is clear that we -even in a challenging economy- are a bargain and provide the gift that keeps on giving, a lifelong commitment to chesed, tzedakah and tikkun olam.

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