Alyssa Libman

Alyssa Libman

Cantor Ben is not only an outstanding Bar Mitzvah officiant for our son but also an excellent teacher, coaching him throughout the preparation process. Our son was nervous, had no experience with Hebrew, and Ben built a solid relationship founded on trust. Our son loved his modern teaching style. He made the process feel manageable and most importantly, meaningful. The experience helped our son pause and reflect, as well as give back to his community. It was such a meaningful service facilitated by Cantor Ben. Our guest remarked on the warm, connection-rich service he prepared. It was a very special day thanks in large part to Cantor Ben!

Rael Tooch

Rael Tooch

I wanted to take a moment to express my profound gratitude for the incredible impact you’ve had on my son Levi’s Bar Mitzvah journey. Your guidance, even through the digital realm, has been nothing short of extraordinary.

From day one and seamlessly leading up to the big day, your virtual sessions transformed the otherwise impersonal screen into a sacred space where Levi felt connected, heard, and truly inspired. Your seamless navigation of the technological landscape, combined with your passion for imparting the essence of our traditions, created an immersive experience that exceeded our expectations.

Levi frequently shared how your virtual teachings transcended mere melodies and prayers. Through the screen, you managed to infuse each session with a profound sense of spirituality, ensuring that Levi not only mastered the technical aspects but also grasped the deeper meanings embedded in the ceremony.

Your unwavering encouragement and support played a pivotal role in boosting Levi’s confidence. The one-on-one virtual interactions became a sanctuary where Levi could freely ask questions, explore his faith, and receive personalized guidance. Your ability to create such an intimate, nurturing atmosphere online is a testament to your dedication to your students.

Beyond the Bar Mitzvah preparations, your virtual mentorship showcased genuine care for each individual under your guidance. Levi not only gained a mentor but found in you a role model—a good soul who embodies the values we hold dear.

As we reflect on Levi’s journey to this significant milestone, we are profoundly grateful for the virtual bridge you built, connecting us to the rich traditions of our faith. Cantor Ben, you’ve made this experience deeply personal, incredibly memorable, and truly special.

I wholeheartedly recommend Cantor Ben for anyone seeking a meaningful and personalized experience. Beyond his exceptional teachings, what sets Cantor Ben apart is the genuine and warm way he interacts with his students. His approach goes beyond the technical aspects, creating an atmosphere where students feel not just educated but seen, heard, and genuinely inspired. Cantor Ben’s dedication to fostering a personal connection adds immeasurable value to the learning experience. If you’re looking for more than just instruction – if you desire a mentor who not only imparts knowledge but also deeply cares – Cantor Ben is the one to choose.

With heartfelt thanks,

Rael

Rob Goodman

Rob Goodman

Ben did a fantastic job preparing our children for and then delivering a wonderful B’Nai Mitzvah service. He has an uncanny ability to work with and motivate (pre) teens to do their best. The virtual lesson program saved us a ton of travel time, meeting exposure (during a pandemic), and was fun for the kids. I have already recommended and will continue to recommend Ben for your simcha

Julie Sebastian

Julie Sebastian

I somehow through fate stumbled upon Cantor Ben’s website after deciding that at 33 years old, I wanted to work towards getting my Bat Mitzvah. I figured the weekly emails between Ben and I would mostly just be about stories from the Torah. However, after just our first email exchange, I quickly realized how much more impactful my exchanges with Ben were going to be. Not only does Ben do an amazing job narrowing down each week to a specific topic of growth and personal development (for example: how to overcome fears, finding inner peace), but he finds a way to relate it to a passage from the Torah. He breaks the theme down, shares his own personal experience and then asks me to share my experience. His responses to my emails are really so special. He truly listens to what I say, understands where I am coming from, makes sure to highlight my growth and always finds a way to bring things back to Jewish wisdom. He is connecting me to my Jewish background without me even realizing it. In addition, Ben shows me that he cares because he always keeps the conversation going throughout the week. He’ll ask me follow up questions which I always appreciate. After just one month working with Ben I already feel a closer connection not only to my Jewish heritage but to myself as well. He has helped me appreciate all the amazing qualities about myself along with showing me how to focus on the positive. He’s not just my Cantor but he’s my life coach and I am truly grateful for him!

Along with guiding me through my Bat Mitzvah studies, and being my life coach, Cantor Ben has also become my business mentor. He has truly transformed my small business. Feeling stuck in a rut with my business, Ben guided me towards realizing what my true passion in within my business is and has helped me come up with attainable steps towards implementing this new vision. He has been instrumental in helping me towards expanding my business as well. Where I felt like I had hit my ceiling with the amount of clients I could take on, Ben has showed me ways to expand that I never thought about. He has not only guided me through this expansion process but he has truly given me a new purpose with the work I do. If you are in need of any business mentoring.. website design, advertising, business growth and development, then Ben is your answer!

Brie, Steve and Nathan (student)

Brie, Steve and Nathan (student)

Ben

We wanted to thank you again for all of your coaching of Nathan over these months. The broad view of Jewish education was especially a great approach to ‘catching him up’ on time lost through COVID.

Specifically we want to extend our appreciation for what was a beautiful service. Even though we walked through it with you were not aware of your singing prowess and not expecting all of the additional messaging you added. It was genuine and sincere. Many commented that the whole event was very ‘organic’, ‘personal’ and the ‘way it really should be’ as opposed to in a large synagogue service.

If you need any references, we are more than happy to do so.

One again, thank you so very much!!

Brie, Steve, and Nathan

Marcus Shillow

Marcus Shillow

Ben uses a unique way of teaching that is both fun and helpful. He made learning a breeze for me!

Jasmine Conway

Jasmine Conway

I was very worried about learning my Bat Mitzvah as I could not read or speak Hebrew before I started my lessons.  Cantor Ben was great, he helped me to learn and gave me confidence I needed to never give up . He is very patient and always made me feel that I could do it. I also liked that we could use shared online videos, emails and voice recordings as that is how I learn best. I was very nervous on the day, but Cantor Ben made me feel that I could do it.  Thank you Cantor Ben.

Rabbi Steven Schwarzman

Rabbi Steven Schwarzman

As a rabbi, I have had the privilege of working closely with Cantor Ben Silverberg. He is that rare combination of a patient and gentle teacher who knows the synagogue service like the back of his hand and how to work with bar and bat mitzvah kids of every ability and background to help them be their best on their big day.

His students and their families love working with him, because he makes it a point to work with them: starting at whatever point the child is in terms of prior knowledge and ability, he guides them with exceptional understanding to not just learn the mechanics of chanting Torah and Haftarah, but to learn the significance of becoming bar or bat mitzvah in today’s world.

And most important: he teaches, by natural example, how to be a mentsh, a lesson that is not lost on the children and families who work with him. I’m delighted to recommend him, just as I am delighted to know him.

Mark Conway

Mark Conway

Cantor Ben is an exceptional teacher with the right amount of patience, encouragement and structure to teach our daughter Jasmine her Bat Mitzvah. With one of the longest parashas of the Torah. Jasmine recited her portion clearly and accurately making her whole family proud. We are indebted to Cantor Ben for his time and dedication to making the most significant day of her Jewish life so perfect.

David Fishbein

David Fishbein

Cantor Ben taught my all three of my children their Bar Mitzvah lessons, and I can honestly say they never needed to be prodded to attend.  When all of their big days arrived, they were all tremendously prepared and breezed through the morning.  He even coached me to participate in my twins’ B’nai Mitzvah and that was probably his most remarkable achievement.

Sam & Susan (Marr)

Sam & Susan (Marr)

It is with pleasure that we recommend Cantor Ben Silverberg as a Bar Mitzvah teacher.  Cantor Ben tutored our youngest son Adam for his Bar Mitzvah.  He is very pleasant, patient, kind and helpful and Adam learned his Parsha and Haftorah beautifully. Cantor Ben’s lessons prepared Adam fully for his Bar Mitzvah and we enjoyed listening to Adam practice daily after each lesson. On the day of his Bar Mitzvah, Adam stood proudly on the Bimah next to Cantor Ben and did a stellar job reciting his Torah portion. Working with Cantor Ben was a wonderful experience for our family.

Michael Marmur

Michael Marmur

Cantor Ben Silverberg prepared our son Eric for his Bar Mitzvah while we were members of Shaar Shalom Synagogue.  Cantor Ben was patient and caring and used a teaching approach that ensured our was son ready.