Midrasha is a program of the East Bay’s Jewish community for 8th-12th graders. It's a community based, pluralistic program, with multiple campuses. The Oakland Midrasha campus meets on Tuesday nights from 7:15-9:15, at Temple Sinai, and is sponsored by a number of synagogues: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Temple Beth Abraham, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Israel, and Temple Sinai. We also serve teens not affiliated with a Jewish organization or congregation.
Teen's in the Midrasha community describe it as 'the one place during the week where I can just slow down for a minute and really get to be myself'. Midrasha is designed to help Jewish teens to connect deeply to a peer community, to find adults in their lives who really support them, and to understand more about who they are: what they believe, what they value, and how they treat themselves and others. Through classes, social programs, retreats, leadership opportuniites, tzedaka and tikkun olam programs, and more, our teens find a true sense of personal Jewish understanding, a community of friends that will last a lifetime, and a safe space in the midst of their crazy schedule.
Our teens come because they love Midrasha, many describe it as ‘the best part of my week.’If you know a teen who might be interested in checking out Oakland Midrasha, please contact us to arrange for a visit or to ask for registration information.
Bay Area Midrasha is supported by a joint grant from The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, by our sponsoring synagogues, and by our generous individual donors.