Melamed Interactive Mentoring Program (MIMP) is an innovative
teaching method designed by Mr. David "Beba" Witkowski to
inspire students in their study of Judaics, Hebrew and Bar/Bat
Mitzvah training. The program involves an ongoing daily exchange of assignments
and personal feedback.
MIMP is designed to enhance the academic and social skills of
students of all ages and abilities,
and works equally well with students who have special needs
as well as those who are gifted. By combining academic and religious
education with emotional support, the MIMP:
- Increases Hebrew language proficiency.
- Supports and challenges talented students.
- Encourages and aids students with various learning difficulties.
- Elevates student self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Provides students with a positive role model.
- Engenders and inspires a love for the traditions of Judaism.
- Encourages improvement in study habits.
is the way the program works:
mentor meets one-on-one with each student weekly for 30
mentor provides support by teaching new material, reviewing
old material and issuing new weekly assignments.
student recites daily homework assignments via a designated
voice-mailbox, referred to as the Melamed Classlink.
mentor listens and responds to each assignment with a phone
call or fax.
in the MIMP is designed to increase Hebrew language proficiency
and increase self-confidence through one-on-one interactions
with an MIMP mentor. Children that have been shown to benefit
most from the MIMP include:
with learning difficulties (including those due to emotional,
physical, and/or neurological causes)
lacking support at home (ie, parents with limited time and/or
knowledge of Hebrew)
who need their Hebrew skills strengthened in preparation
for Bar/Bat Mitzvah
with high academic ability who need and thrive on additional
addition, the program also encourages improvement in student