Miriam Bessin was born and raised in Toronto . After graduating from Ulpanat Orot High School , Miriam spent a year pursuing Judaic Studies in Midreshet Harova in Jerusalem . She returned to Toronto where she completed her B.A in Religious Studies as well as a B.Ed. in Education at York University . Miriam will be completing her honours B.A at York in the fall of 2007. She has taught the Torah in Motion mother and daughter Bat Mitzvah program for two semesters and has tutored several students privately.