Rabbi Julie Greenberg
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Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Preparation

Rabbi Julie prepares people of all ages for Bar or Bat Mitzvah, tailoring the studies to the individual needs of learners.

House of Study

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.


House of Study was created more than twenty years ago to capture the joy of learning in Jewish community. Class is held on Sunday evenings three times a month. Together, participants create a community that offers an engaging peer group and a very personalized course of study.


Through songs, stories, lively discussion and dramatic enactment students learn Jewish values, history, traditional prayer and Torah. Younger students witness older students achieving and then eventually they become the models for new younger students; this replicates the multi-generational nature of Judaism. Rabbi Julie often works with an assistant, which allows the group to break into smaller sub-groups in creative ways. Students learn a lot, have fun, and grow into a sense of Jewish mastery and meaning.



“…a unique religious education where             “…an open, creative environment  individuality is accommodated.”                        where children freely express their

Mark Wasserman, Father of                               thoughts. My daughter loves         Jonah and Adam                                                to go each week.” Pam Schick,                                                                                Mother of Leah

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 digital recordings 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


“This class is so lively, personal, and participatory.
My child never wants to miss it.
We are so happy we found your one-room-schoolhouse!”               Amy Mendelsohn, Mother of Julian

Some families hire a tutor in addition to the class, but most students are able to use the structure of the class without a tutor. Some families choose one-on-one tutoring instead of the class. Rabbi Julie accepts a few students each year for private tutoring and also selects and supervises other tutors.


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.

Fees, Donations and Financial Aid

House of Study Year of Bar/ Bat Mitzvah     $1800

Bar/ Bat Mitzvah Ceremony   $1200

Family meetings and individual tutoring  $150 per session

House of Study Class prior to the year of Bar/Bat Mitzvah

      (ten and eleven year olds)                          $600  per semester


There is scholarship assistance for families with need. To apply for scholarship assistance, please speak with Rabbi Julie. Typically I will need your IRS tax materials and an optional letter explaining special circumstances. It is a high priority of mine to include all children who want to learn.


You can make a donation to help Jewish education be accessible to all our children. Speak to Rabbi Julie if you’d like to do this in a tax-exempt way.

All financial information is confidential. 

Checks should be made out to “Rabbi Julie Greenberg.”

 You can download our House of Study registration form HERE if you are interested.

Please call or e-mail for more information:
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References available upon request

Birthland Bar Mitzvah

Rabbi Julie works with adoptive families who have children from Central and South America, especially from Guatemala, in an exciting program that takes families and their friends to Guatemala for Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration. See the website at www.birthlandbarmitzvah.com.

Learn by Skype!

If you live at a distance and would like to study with Rabbi Julie, please be in touch about long-distance learning options, such as Skype.

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