Typically, TorahMates study once a week for 30-60 minutes. There’s not usually any preparation necessary, especially if you’re using a text. Just be ready at your scheduled, agreed upon time to participate in an engaging discussion on the topic you choose!
TorahMates is a great program for pretty much anyone Jewish, even if you don’t know anything about Judaism. We set up more knowledgeable volunteer mentors with “students” with less background. Usually, both partners find they gain tremendously from their study together.
We have a large database of men and women who’ve signed up that we’ll use to find the perfect match for you. Some of the things we look for are common interests, ages, cultural backgrounds and preferable study times. Often, these partnerships develop into far more than routine study sessions. Many of our TorahMates are now close friends too!
Once you’ve decided what topic you want to learn, your TorahMates coordinator will suggest various titles and authors to support that topic. Not everyone learns from a text, but many do. We’ll supply each of you with one free book per year of learning.
After the initial set up, your TorahMates coordinator will check in periodically with both partners either by phone, email or text to see how the learning is going, to find out if new books or materials are needed and to assist with any issues that come up. You’re always welcome and encouraged to contact your coordinator with any questions or if you need help, guidance or advice regarding the partnership or study. TorahMates coordinators are here to support their TorahMates!
The mileage program is a nice perk through which TorahMates can earn great prizes by logging in their sessions by date and number of minutes learned. You can log in online, by phone or by text. Your TorahMates coordinator can show you how.