OUR PROGRAM

ABOUT TORAHMATES

Oorah's TorahMates is a free Jewish study program partnering thousands of Torah study partners globally. At TorahMates, our goal is to allow every Jewish individual to have the opportunity to learn more about their heritage. Dedicated coordinators match men and women wishing to learn more about their heritage and about Jewish customs with knowledgeable and friendly volunteer teachers. TorahMates study the Torah topic of their choice, usually over the phone for a half hour a week. Many TorahMates become close friends as they grow together every week. Annual retreats bring the TorahMates community together for a weekend of growth and bonding.


OUR STORY

1982

Humble Beginnings

The TorahMates initiative began with a small group of volunteers. There was no official TM program or systemized course. The concept was simple- join 2 Jews together, and let them learn.

1995

Widening the Reach

The group of volunteers reached out from their base in Staten Island to families in NJ to spread their knowledge and share their wisdom.

1997

On the Web

Flyers with information were created, as well as a website for people to check out the program for themselves.

2000

Unified

The organization expanded. Once independent partnerships, the learning partners connected and became a part of something greater than themselves.

2004

TorahMates Established

The partnership program became an official division of Oorah, and was named TorahMates. The partners primarily learnt over the phone, choosing a topic in Judaism that interested them, from Talmud to Jewish customs and laws.

2005

TorahMates Expanded

TorahMates became so big that an entire department at Oorah was created specifically for TorahMates coordinators and staff.

2006

Junior TorahMates Established

With the establishment of Junior TM, the youth were able to gain from the benefits that mentorship and torah study offers.

2008

TorahMates Rapid Growth

TorahMates reached 100 partnerships.

2009

TorahMates reached 500 partnerships.

2010

Mileage Program Begins

TorahMates began to accumulate reward points for learning with their partners, which can then be redeemed for gifts.

2011

TorahMates reached 1000 partnerships.

2012

First Annual TorahMates Retreat

TorahMates retreats were initiated for TorahMates to meet their partners and bond in a relaxing atmosphere.

2016

TorahMates App Released

TorahMates program becomes bigger and better with the TorahMates app! TorahMates can now call their TorahMate, log their miles, and easily contact their TorahMates coordinators, all in one convenient app!

2017

A Thriving Organization

TorahMates is a large enterprise with over 5000 participants who benefit from studying a topic of their preference, while enjoying the warmth gained from a friendship with their TorahMates.

TORAHMATES TODAY

3376

Active TorahMates Partnerships

83 years

Oldest TorahMate

8 years

Youngest TorahMate

52 years

Greatest TorahMates Age Gap

30 years

Longest Partnership between TorahMates

450+

TorahMates Learning for Over 5 Years

2:14:24

Longest Recorded Study Session

8

Languages TorahMates Study In

375+

Cities TorahMates Live In

7580 miles

Farthest Geographical Distance Between TorahMates

15

TorahMates Staff Members

43848

TorahMates Coordinator Outbound Calls a Year