PaL PROFILES
Featuring a selection of Phone and Learn Partnerships
MESSAGE FOR PaL
FROM THE CHIEF RABBI LORD SACKS

One of the greatest challenges facing wider Jewish society today is the
p...
JUDITH MOSS
AGE 25
JOINED PaL
November 2005
PaL TUTOR
Sarit Sharman
CURRENTLY LEARNING
Shir Hashirim

ABOUT ME
Judith is a...
JOEL SICHEL
AGE 20
JOINED PaL
November 2008
ABOUT ME
Joel registered as a partner in 2008 and
learnt Kitzur Shulachan Aruc...
MICHELLE BELNIKOFF
AGE EARLY 30s
JOINED PaL
June 2009
PaL TUTOR
Ruchie Cohen
CURRENTLY LEARNING
Hilchos Shabbos

ABOUT ME
...
CAROLE LINDSAY
AGE MID 40s
JOINED PaL
July 2008
PaL TUTOR
Vicki Belovski
CURRENTLY LEARNING
39 Melachos of Shabbos
ABOUT M...
ROB LINDSAY
AGE 41
JOINED PaL
November 2010
PaL TUTOR
Eli Sternlicht
CURRENTLY LEARNING
Tefillah
ABOUT ME
Rob is a paraleg...
DAVID DRAPKIN
AGE 32
JOINED PaL
January 2011
PaL TUTOR
Mark Silkoff
CURRENTLY LEARNING
Mesillas Yesharim and Mishna
Rosh H...
YVONNE SORAF
AGE EARLY 50s
JOINED PaL
February 2011
PaL TUTOR
Baila Royde
CURRENTLY LEARNING
”A Lesson a Day”

ABOUT ME
Wh...
CHARLES WUNSH
AGE IN HIS 40s
JOINED PaL
October 2010
PaL TUTOR
Michael Wiseman
CURRENTLY LEARNING
Halacha and the meaning ...
1000
JEWS

15
COUNTRIES

4
CONTINENTS

1

TORAH
Get connected with PaL, Phone and Learn
Sign up today as a partner or tuto...
JEREMY ROSE BATIA WARHAFTIG ANNA SHIELDS AVRAHAM ZVI GOODMAN RIVKA
SMITH RUSSI DEUTSCH HERSHEL ECKSTEIN RUTI COHEN MENASCH...
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  1. 1. PaL PROFILES Featuring a selection of Phone and Learn Partnerships
  2. 2. MESSAGE FOR PaL FROM THE CHIEF RABBI LORD SACKS One of the greatest challenges facing wider Jewish society today is the preservation of a strong Jewish identity in a rapidly changing, overwhelmingly open and secular world. One of the most effective ways, perhaps the only way, to ensure the survival of Judaism in such a society, is to provide opportunities for Jews, young and old, to experience, live, know and understand their Jewish heritage. The organisation PaL, Phone and Learn, is a hugely important weapon in this battle for a vibrant, living, growing Judaism in the 21st century. PaL offers Jews of all ages, in all locations, and all stages and walks of life, the chance to explore their Jewish roots through an hour a week of learning, discussion and mutual connection over the telephone. In this booklet you will find some of the inspiring stories of those who have been motivated to further their Jewish journey under the Phone and Learn umbrella. I hope you will be moved and encouraged, as I have been, by the profound impact that just an hour a week of Jewish learning over the phone can have on an individual's life. I wish Phone and Learn success in all its future endeavours. Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks Ellul 5771/September 2011
  3. 3. JUDITH MOSS AGE 25 JOINED PaL November 2005 PaL TUTOR Sarit Sharman CURRENTLY LEARNING Shir Hashirim ABOUT ME Judith is a physiotherapist by profession and registered with PaL soon after leaving high Sarit Sharman and Judit h Moss school. ...in her own words The Jewish upbringing that my parents gave me I was so fortunate to be matched up with a truly meant that I was always taught to seek answers to wonderful tutor, Sarit Sharman. Over the years, I my questions. Towards the end of my school career have been a frequent guest at her home for at JFS I began to realise that while I was planning on Shabbos and I can honestly say that she is like an going to university for my career development, I older sister to me. was leaving behind the comfort of a structure for When we first started learning together I was at my Jewish development. After finishing school, I university and as a typical student, the fact that I decided to spend a few weeks learning on the didn't have to leave my house to learn was brilliant. I Neve campus in Jerusalem, and on my return to the was doing a full time, intensive course and to not UK a former madricha of mine told me about PaL, have the additional travel time meant that my which was a brand new organisation at the time. Torah learning was even more protected. Learning Torah in the totally private environment of my own home without distraction, allows me to be completely focused Now that I'm working full time, the flexibility of our relationship still allows us to always have that protected time. We progress from one sefer to the other and fit other topics in as and when we feel it's the right time. For me, learning Torah in the totally private environment of my own home without distraction, allows me to be completely focused. I cannot imagine what the past few years would have been like without Sarit and her family!
  4. 4. JOEL SICHEL AGE 20 JOINED PaL November 2008 ABOUT ME Joel registered as a partner in 2008 and learnt Kitzur Shulachan Aruch on Kibud Av V'Aim until June 2009, when he left to go to Yeshivas Ohr Someyach in Israel. On his return to London in February 2011 he re-registered with PaL, this time as a tutor. Joel Sichel ...in his own words I first encountered PaL at the Yeshiva and Sem fair with an American guy, Jeff Shwartz, who spent one organised by the UJIA when I was in the 6th form at semester of his degree in London. Our learning went Hasmonean. I was brought up in a Modern really well and was very enjoyable. Before he went Orthodox home and gained most of my religious back to the States we met up and did a big sefarim outlook from movements such as Bnei Akiva. shop together, and he recently emailed me to say I really learnt a lot from my tutor Shloime Aisenthal in that based on his experiences in London, he has the few months we studied together – it was the first decided to leave his Conservative congregation time in my life that I had voluntarily decided to set and find an Orthodox shul to join. up a time to learn so it was hard and required a lot I'm now about to start learning with someone in of will power. South Africa. PaL has given me the opportunity to At the time learning Torah was of no real interest to try and give over to others what I have learnt to be me and the only drive I had was one of curiosity. so important in my life – Torah – and I am glad to be However, the experience has never left me and acquainted with such a profound organisation since it was so significant, I have remembered most whose goals and dreams I share. of what I learnt then. PaL allowed me to experience learning at my own pace and at my own will – Shloime was the catalyst to start me off on a hugely beneficial journey. When I returned to the UK I got in touch with PaL again and they asked me if I would be willing to tutor for them. Since then, I learnt for a few weeks PaL allowed me to experience learning at my own pace and at my own will
  5. 5. MICHELLE BELNIKOFF AGE EARLY 30s JOINED PaL June 2009 PaL TUTOR Ruchie Cohen CURRENTLY LEARNING Hilchos Shabbos ABOUT ME Michelle is married with 2 children and lives in Hainault, Essex. Michelle Belniko ff ...in her own words I grew up in Leicester – we were traditional rather We've met in person twice – I went to her home for a than religious but developed a strong Jewish identity Chanukah lunch shortly after we started learning through our involvement in the community. When and really enjoyed it. She made me feel so my husband and I got engaged we started going to welcome and it was great to put a face to the shul regularly and began to take on more after we voice! I also went to her daughter's wedding in got married. November last year, which was such a powerful As well as going to shul on Shabbos I used to go to experience. shiurim regularly and also learnt with one of the local Rebbetzins in Essex. Once my first child was born, it became much harder to maintain that commitment, and Rebbetzin Edna Wilson of Clayhall Synagogue recommended that I register with PaL. My tutor, Ruchie Cohen from Stamford Hill, is amazing – she is really busy with her family commitments but still finds time to learn with me every week. Over the last two years we've covered a I try to implement what I’ve learned about Shabbos into my own observance of Shabbos each week variety of topics including Shabbos cooking, the parsha, davening, the book of Ruth and the festivals. We have a really good relationship – Ruchie knows PaL has had a very positive impact my life and is so my level and the sort of things I enjoy learning and practical. I try and implement what I've learnt always makes our sessions relevant to me. about Shabbos into my own observance of Shabbos each week.
  6. 6. CAROLE LINDSAY AGE MID 40s JOINED PaL July 2008 PaL TUTOR Vicki Belovski CURRENTLY LEARNING 39 Melachos of Shabbos ABOUT ME Carole is a self-employed Nail Technician from Barnet. She and husband Robert were married Carole and Rob Lindsay civilly, 10 years ago, and were married by Rabbi Harvey Belovski in March 2009. ...in her own words My family was always quite involved in our local Vicki is wonderful and has really made both myself Reform synagogue – at the time I had my and my husband Rob a part of her family. We've batmitzvah there at the age of 13, my father was spent Shabbos there many times and been twice actually the Chairman. I didn't really feel very much for Pesach and Rosh Hashanah! Vicki was also the for Judaism though, and moved steadily away from catalyst in arranging mine and Rob's chuppah, it until my mother passed away in 2005 and I started which took place in her lovely garden with her thinking about the meaning of life. I actually looked husband Rabbi Belovski as the officiating Rabbi! into Christianity but I knew I couldn't throw away all Vicki has never judged me for my lack of my Jewish upbringing and felt that as a Jew, it was knowledge or the speed at which I wanted to move not something I could ever believe in. I was directed in my Yiddishkeit – though since we started learning to PaL after asking a question to the Rabbi on together we have started keeping shabbos and Aish.com and was soon matched with my tutor, kosher, bought completely new sets of pots, pans, Rebbetzin Vicki Belovski. plates and cutlery and put mezuzos up in our home. We've been welcomed into the Barnet synagogue Vicki has never judged me for my lack of knowledge or the speed at which I wanted to move in my my Yiddishkeit community where we live and made many new friends – this is all due to the huge impact that PaL has had on both of our lives. I have a busy life, working different hours each week, and on top of that I'm looking after my father who has Alzheimer's. PaL has been – and still is – perfect for me, and I'm so grateful.
  7. 7. ROB LINDSAY AGE 41 JOINED PaL November 2010 PaL TUTOR Eli Sternlicht CURRENTLY LEARNING Tefillah ABOUT ME Rob is a paralegal and although he only 'officially' registered with Phone and Learn last year, he's been a member of the PaL family, through his wife Carole, for quite some time! ...in his own words I grew up in a household that I would describe as learn and find out more. We go through everything 'traditional' – there was an awareness in real depth, and at just the right pace for me. and a certain level of observance at home (we kept Although we have not yet met up in person, I know kosher), with occasional shul attendance. As I grew it's going to happen one day! older I did drift away from this though. Once Carole had started learning with Vicki and PaL has been fabulous for me as it gives me just the right amount of information to inspire me to go on after the wonderful experience of our chuppah and learn more. Since joining the programme I however, I became infected with some of her have become more involved in Judaism and enthusiasm and decided to give it a go myself. Jewish life and definitely have a stronger My tutor, Eli Sternlicht, is wonderful – we hit it off right appreciation of our faith and religion. away! I consider him to be an inspiration – he draws such tremendous strength from whatever it is that we happen to be studying that it makes me want to Since joining the programme I have become more involved in Judaism and Jewish life
  8. 8. DAVID DRAPKIN AGE 32 JOINED PaL January 2011 PaL TUTOR Mark Silkoff CURRENTLY LEARNING Mesillas Yesharim and Mishna Rosh Hashanah ABOUT ME David grew up in Birmingham David Drapkin and is currently living and studying social work in Leicester. ...in his own words There are not many observant Jews living in see each other over the webcam which definitely Leicester so from the start, PaL has been a keeps me engaged and attentive! I have also met wonderful option for me. Ever since I spent time in Mark and his family in person, when they invited me yeshiva in Israel about three years ago and for a Shabbat meal last time I was in London. Since became much more interested in Judaism, I've that time, I feel as though we really learn as friends, wanted more contact with Torah Jews, and to do and have a very warm, personal connection. It was more learning to ensure that my skills do not great that PaL matched me with someone close to decline. me in age and with a similarly wacky sense of PaL is particularly special in that the programme is humour! free, which is perfect for me as a student! Living in quite a lonely city where I don't venture out I had a connection to Judaism in my childhood; as much, PaL is really valuable to me. Having an hour a family we lit candles and made Kiddush on Friday of Torah a week gives me some fire and reignites my nights and celebrated all the chagim in a jovial and passion to learn more and to always want to keep sincere way. But there was no deeper learning. understanding as to what or why we were doing those things. And from the age of 16, I completely turned away from Judaism both as a religion and as a way of life. Since registering with PaL I learn with my tutor Mark Silkoff each week over Skype rather than on a conventional phone; it's fantastic as we can also I feel as though we really learn as friends and have a very warm, personal connection.
  9. 9. YVONNE SORAF AGE EARLY 50s JOINED PaL February 2011 PaL TUTOR Baila Royde CURRENTLY LEARNING ”A Lesson a Day” ABOUT ME When it comes to the Sorafs, PaL is something of a family affair. Since Yvonne signed up Yvonne Soraf early in 2011, father-in-law Ron and son Adam have also come on board as PaL partners! ...in her own words My Jewish journey has developed gradually over PaL. My tutor Baila Royde is just wonderful – if I could many years. I was brought up in a traditional family, just listen to her voice for an hour a week it would be attending cheder three times a week as a child and enough for me, but we're learning so much going onto JFS for secondary school. But as I got together as well! No matter how stressed I'm feeling, older my affiliation slipped a little bit – my husband after our learning sessions I am totally relaxed and Gary worked as a bookmaker and was always out happy. I met her entire family at the chassidish on the tracks on a Friday night and Saturday, so wedding of her son in Stamford Hill – it was a creating any sort of real Shabbos experience for my wonderful occasion and such an experience for children was difficult. Things started to change me! when my daughter became more religious through Aish – she dragged me along to her Rabbi for a Friday night, left lots of her reading material lying The support that PaL has offered me is perfect for my situation in so many ways and I'm so grateful to them for matching me up with Baila! around and began keeping kosher. Eventually I decided to start keeping kosher as well, and after a while my husband quit his job as a bookmaker and our household became completely observant. There is still so much I need to learn but as a busy childminder who works a very full day looking after small children, getting to a regular shiur is simply not an option for me. So I was thrilled when a local Rebbetzin, Nechama Davis, put me in touch with No matter how stressed I’m feeling after our learning sessions I’m totally relaxed and happy
  10. 10. CHARLES WUNSH AGE IN HIS 40s JOINED PaL October 2010 PaL TUTOR Michael Wiseman CURRENTLY LEARNING Halacha and the meaning of Tefillah ABOUT ME Charles is a buyer for a well-known restaurant chain and is married with two Charles Wunsh teenage children. ...in his own words I grew up in South Africa, and attended King David at Belmont Shul where I served on the Executive Jewish Day School. I would describe my Jewish Committee as the Financial Representative for upbringing as ‘traditional South African’, rather three years. I was spending so much time in the than frum. My parents lit candles every Friday night, building that I became more interested in the My spiritual side of things than the accounts! I stopped grandparents were considered very frum; my and I went to shul three times a year. going to football on Shabbat and even spent a grandfather put on tefillin every day and they kept month at the Ohr Someyach yeshiva in Jerusalem. a strictly kosher home, although my grandmother We have since moved to Edgware where we joined drove and went shopping on a Saturday morning. Kehilas Netzach Yisrael. It was whilst discussing my My own interest was sparked after my son Aaron learning with Rabbi Malcolm Herman of seed that became more religious during his time at JFS (he is he suggested I try PaL, due to my busy work now in yeshiva). At that stage we were going to shul schedule. in the morning on Shabbat, and going to Spurs in the afternoon. I started to become more involved He is the most patient person I know, so encouraging even when I make basic errors for the hundredth time My tutor Michael Wiseman, from Golders Green, is truly fantastic – he is the most patient person I know, so encouraging, even when I make basic errors for the hundredth time. We learn together twice a week, for half an hour at a time; he's great to talk to and we often schmooze as well – he has such a sense of humour! PaL has been great for me – so convenient; because we've chosen a time to learn that suits us both, we rarely miss a session. It's working well and I always look forward to it!
  11. 11. 1000 JEWS 15 COUNTRIES 4 CONTINENTS 1 TORAH Get connected with PaL, Phone and Learn Sign up today as a partner or tutor www.phoneandlearn.org
  12. 12. JEREMY ROSE BATIA WARHAFTIG ANNA SHIELDS AVRAHAM ZVI GOODMAN RIVKA SMITH RUSSI DEUTSCH HERSHEL ECKSTEIN RUTI COHEN MENASCHE SCHARF BINYOMIN ECKSTEIN DOVID LEITNER BATSHEVA PARIENTE SARA WITTENBERG SHARON HARRIS RIVKY WAJSMAN OSHER BADDIEL DEBBIE ADLER ESTIE BERGIN TAVYA HARRIS GITTY ARTMANN LAWRENCE LITTLESTONE RACHELLE HOMBURGER PINCHOS BRANDEIS SHLOIMO MERLIN MIRIAM BERGER BORUCH KAHAN JUDY SILKOFF SARIT SHARMAN YONATAN FISHER DEBBIE ROSEN RUVY WEINIGER SIMON GRANT DOV PHILLIPS PHILIP LAWRENCE MORD MAMAN SHLOIME AISENTHAL DEBORAH PASCOE ELI AARON BAMBERGER DEBBIE MARKS ALEX CHAPPER TOVA WEISMANDEL YEHUDA WITTENBERG DOV HARRIS DEBBIE COHEN ARI BLUM MALKY HEIMANN VICKI BELOVSKI ROSLYN TELLER SARA BENBASSAT SARAH WEINSTEIN SHLOIME ROYDE RUCHIE COHEN DAVID BOWDEN OSHER-YAAKOV MARKS CHAYA COWAN TOVA COHEN MICHAL EDER ESTHER ULLMANN KAREN BRODER DINI CUTLER SHMUEL HEIMANN HILLEL BRODER DANNY BINSTOCK CHANA DENDEROWITZ DEVORAH ECKSTEIN HANNAH KIRSCH YONNI KLAJN JJ ADLER NAOMI CEZANA BRUCHI FRIEDMAN NIKKI BELLOW ATARA FELD SHEVA HOFF CHAYA DEBLINGER TALI COWAN RICKY KLEIN AKIVA HACKENBROCH LEAH GELLEY ELI STERNLICHT DANIEL NISSEN JONNY LIPCZER DINI HELLER FAIGY SEGAL ALEXIE GEE JOEY JACOBSON SHIFRA HOPSTEIN MENACHEM RUSKIN PNINA KATZ ARI GLUCK CHANI WELTSCHER MARILYN SHARMAN RICKY RUMPLER ELI GITTELSON BAILA ROYDE MICHAEL BINSTOCK BORUCH KEDOURIE RUTHY COHEN NORMA JACOBS BINYOMIN HERSKOWITZ YOSSI ADAM MARK SILKOFF SAMANTHA HERSKINE EZRA ROYDE SHULAMIT BORDON RACHEL KLIEN OREN RECHT REBECCA BLOCH ZIPPY LEIGH S A R A F O R TA CHANA NISSIM YA A K O V F R E I D M A N CHAIM EMANUEL LEAH HEIMANN EMILY COWAN JUDITH MOSS CHANTAL YOUNG JACOB MORRISON-WOOD DAVID DAVIS VALERIE BAUM SARA AMIN RICHARD LEWIS DARREN ABRAHAMS PHILIP EGBUNE ALEXANDER HOPPEN STEPHEN ROBERTSON LINDA ALLEN LAURA DOUEK GABRIEL WEISZ MIRIAM BLOOM ROBERT MITCHELL JEREMY ROBERTS ROSE RAFAELOFF BRACHA MARGOLIS STACEY NELKEN BETHANY CHINERY GINA OSEN STEPHANIE WOODROW CAROLE LINDSAY YSABELLA HAWKINGS ANOUSHKA LESTER SHOSHI HORESH ALAN SHORRICK LISA SAGER ADRIANNE REGAL JONATHAN BARON DALIAH STEMMER ROSE FRIEDLAND MICHELLE BELNIKOFF CARLY SANDFORD CHARLOTTE LEIGH ADAM HACKENBROCH NESSIM HULLI TANIA ARDEN LISA ELLENBOGEN OLIVER TENZER JESS HOD JANE VICTOR ADRIENNE LANGMAN PENINA BOWMAN ROCHELLE CHAKIMI EMMA FIELD NICOLA JACKSON CAROLINA SOCCIO AMELIA LEIGH JOSH NYMAN JACOB BERNSTEIN CHARLES WUNSH HELEN STIRLING DEVORAH BERNSTEIN RENA LIEBERMAN ROB LINDSAY ROBERT GREENSPAN ALEX WELKA DANIELLA MASSIAS SHULAMIS LEVY ELISHA HOPPEN DAPHNE TAYLOR JOSE FEIT DANIEL CHAKIMI DAVID DRAPKIN ELEANOR SPANJAR SOPHIE KING LOUISA MEYER GAVRIELLA GOLDBERG ELINA SHUKER RACHEL BARRY YVONNE SORAF NACHAMA RIFKA ORENSTEIN NICOLE SAYAGH MICHELLE SHIMANSKY JONATHAN ROBINSON STEPHANIE ABRAHAMS YEHOSHUA-CHAIM JOSHI GUNEL JANNATOVA JONATHAN WERTH JONATHAN ELLIS RIVKA SOBEL JEREMY CHOUISSA MIRIAM LANGLEBEN TALI BURNLEY JOHN WOODGER NOA GUENZEL RYAN PARKER CHANTELLE AROVO BENJAMIN BARUCH JEREMY KAUFMAN KAREN APPLEBY PENINA FORD NICOLE PAZ ELVIS SKENSBERG Had trouble reaching these people on the phone recently? WITH OVER 10,000 HOURS OF PaL CALLS BETWEEN THEM, IT’S HARDLY SURPRISING. For more information email info@phoneandlearn.org or call 0800 055 3276 | www.phoneandlearn.org Phone and Learn (PaL) is a division of Partners in Torah*, USA www.partnersintorah.org, a unique Jewish identity-building initiative committed to fostering unity among Jews of all backgrounds. PaL matches Jews who want to know more about their heritage with a friendly, knowledgeable tutor for an hour a week of Jewish study and discussion, over the phone. *Partners in Torah is a project of Torah Umesorah. PARTNERS IN TORAH is a trademark of Partners in Torah, a division of Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, and is being used under licence. Registered Charity Number 111041

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