Rabbi Julie prepares people of all ages for Bar or Bat Mitzvah, tailoring the studies to the individual needs of learners.
People make independent arrangements with Rabbi Julie for studying and for their ceremony; these services are not sponsored by the congregation.
For children aged 10 – 13 in the Philadelphia area, Rabbi Julie conducts a one-room-Jewish-schoolhouse, in her home in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, called House of Study.
Students are prepared to be called to the Torah and to chant their Torah portions as part of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony. The focus is to celebrate growing up Jewish with learning designed to be meaningful and manageable for each individual.
Some children come in with minimal Jewish background and others have been in Hebrew school for years. Through the use of CDs, and assignments tailored to each child, everyone moves at their own pace. Rabbi Julie is a master teacher with decades of experience teaching a wide range of learners.
Families make private arrangements for the ceremony by renting synagogue or hotel or country club space or any other suitable space. Rabbi Julie brings the Torah scroll.
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Counseling with Soul is Rabbi Julie’s counseling practice. She meets with individuals, couples and families at her office on City Line Ave. in Philadelphia. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in addition to being a Rabbi. Julie helps people through difficult life transitions and has frequently worked with interfaith issues, parenting and relationship challenges, and on helping people build relationships based on love, understanding, and growth.
Insurance is not accepted directly but it is possible to receive a receipt that may help you obtain reimbursement from certain kinds of insurance.
Please call 215-843-9592, a confidential line, to make an appointment.
Rabbi Julie Greenberg
The evening usually starts with songs, a Jewish story or teaching or a moral dilemma. There is a semester-long theme such as Israel, Prophets, Tzedakah, Ancestors.
Then the group breaks into two units with the assistant taking younger children while Rabbi Julie works with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah age group. Students have the option of learning to read Hebrew and learning Torah trop (the musical notation that tells how to chant the Torah.) There is lots of discussion about coming-of-age, growing not just into bigger bodies but into bigger inner selves. Everyone does a mitzvah project of their choosing.
Class ends with davennen (praying) together for the last 15 minutes. Students become familiar with key Jewish prayers and many students learn to co-lead the service. Throughout the year there are many happy holiday celebrations.
Children answer a Password as they exit, reviewing a key concept from the class.
In the Bar or Bat Mitzvah year there is homework every week.