Oorah's TorahMates is a free Jewish learning program partnering thousands of Torah study partners globally. Our goal is to allow every Jewish individual to learn more about their heritage, and to allow beginners the opportunity to study Torah from the comfort of their own home. Dedicated coordinators match men and women wishing to learn Torah and learn more about their heritage with knowledgeable and friendly volunteer teachers. After choosing the topic they'd like to study, TorahMates learn Torah on the phone or video call for a half-hour a week.
It doesn’t have to end after you hang up the phone! 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, and as a bonus, TorahMates earn miles for every minute they learn which can be used to purchase many different types of great prizes! In 2020, the TorahMates' Jewish Resources website was launched as well, giving visitors a convenient location that houses weekly inspiration, recipes, holiday guides, and more.
Our 11,500+ TorahMates span in age from 7 to 97 years and study in 8 languages!
The TorahMates initiative began with a small group of volunteers. There was no official TorahMates program or systemized course. The concept was simple- join 2 Jews together, and let them learn Torah.
The group of volunteers reached out from their base in Staten Island to families in NJ to spread their knowledge and share their wisdom.
Flyers with information were created, as well as a website for people to check out the program for themselves.
The organization expanded. Once independent partnerships, the learning partners connected and became a part of something greater than themselves.
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.
TorahMates became so big that an entire department at Oorah was created specifically for TorahMates coordinators and staff.
With the establishment of Junior TorahMates, the youth were able to gain from the benefits that mentorship and Torah study offers.
TorahMates reached 100 partnerships.
TorahMates reached 500 partnerships.
TorahMates began to accumulate reward points for learning Torah with their partners, which can then be redeemed for gifts.
TorahMates reached 1000 partnerships.
TorahMates retreats were initiated for TorahMates to meet their partners and bond in a relaxing atmosphere.
TorahMates program becomes bigger and better with the TorahMates app for Android! TorahMates can now call their TorahMate, log their miles, and easily contact their TorahMates coordinators, all in one convenient app!
TorahMates can now log their progress, check on their points balance, and see any applicable rules simply by texting the automated TorahMates line.
TorahMates' Jewish Resources website is launched, giving visitors a convenient location that houses weekly inspiration, recipes, and holiday guides.
TorahMates is a large enterprise with over 11,500 participants who benefit from studying a topic of their preference, while enjoying the warmth gained from a friendship with their TorahMates.
The longest recorded TorahMates study session was 9:20:00 hours.
Below is a list of commonly studied subjects. From Torah study for beginners, to learning Hebrew, or Jewish philosophy, we've got you covered! See below for a list of commonly studied subjects. If you have another topic you are interested in, we're all ears!
The greatest age gap between TorahMates partners is 68 years and the farthest geographical distance between TorahMates partners is 9,688 miles, from Miami, Florida to Melbourne, Australia!!