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Re: Local activities for Jewish teen
Berkeley Midrasha. The moderator put a link under your post, but I
just want to add on to that. My now in college son went to Midrasha
after his Bar MItzvah, at 13 and LOVED it. He graduated from
Midrasha this past spring, just before his HS graduation, at 18. He
bonded with a great group of kids and stayed connected to his Jewish
roots in a way that I never expected. Now, his first year of
college, his desire to be connected to Judaism comes from his own
learning and choosing and not from his parents pushing him.
They have some great classes and Diane Bernbaum, the director, is
FABULOUS. She has the energy of 3 Everready bunnies, and 100%
committment to making Midrasha work for the kids.
Lots of my friends kids are in Midrasha now and all seem happy.
It is great for some and not great for some, but I hope your son
will try it and see.
It just started in the past week or so, but I thnk you can join any
time. HOpe this helps.
I don't belong to a synagogue here in the East Bay, and
short of joining one, what options are available for
encouraging my young teen to explore his Jewish heritage?
He is just starting high school.
Try Midrasha, for kids in grades 8 to 12. It starts Sunday
morning, September 7. Here's the website:
http://www.midrasha.org/ Or call Diane Bernbaum, who runs
this great program. She can tell you all about it. The
Sunday morning program is at Beth El (reform) but all
denominations participate, including orthodox, so it's a
nice mix. At the orientation meeting last weekend Diane
specifically mentioned that unaffiliated kids are equally
welcome and that there are a number of unaffiliated people
on the Midrasha board of directors.
You don't have to belong to a synagogue to enroll your son
in Midrasha. There is one in Berkeley and Oakland. It is
specifically for high schoolers. Check out the websites:
www.midrasha.org, www.midrasha-oak.net. My son is 14 and
The east bay has an excellent program for Jewish teens
called Midrasha. There is one in Oakland at Temple Sinai,
but no temple membership is required. There is also a group
in Berkeley. My sons really enjoyed Midrasha. They have
retreats and take interesting classes. I would highly
recommend the Oakland Midrasha for more socializing, and the
Berkeley Midrasha for more intellectual activities.
You can write directly to me if you want more information.
Yes indeed! There is the Bay Area Midrasha. It is a teen
program with branches in Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Contra
Costa etc (actually each is free standing). Temple
affiliation is not necessary.It is highly social and has
classes in history, ethics, art, drama, meditation,
religious issues etc. I am a board member of the Oakland
Midrasha. You can google them and or email me. Check it out.
Both my kids -a boy ,entering college and a girl, entering
11th grade have loved it.
Dear Josh's mom, if you are looking for some connections for your son, I
suggest Midrasha at Cong. Beth El in Berkeley. You do not need to be a
member. My daughter is there now and my son went too for 5 yrs. He will
meet other Jewish kids and have fun too. there are classes on Sun. mornings and
3-4 wk end retreats through out the year, no HW. Contact Diane Bernbaum who is
the director and will jump through hoops to help kids in Midrasha.
email@example.com. good luck.
Look into Bay Area Midrasha. It's a Jewish high school
open to the community (unaffiliated Jews are welcome and
even marginally identified Jewish teens attend). There are
weekly meetings in Berkeley and Oakland, hosted by the
Reform Synagogues in the area. They offer a host of
classes about Judaism and relevant issues of the day to
teens, as well as social events that are just plain fun
(retreats, etc.) My daughter loves it and doesn't wish to
quit even though she now attends a Jewish High School all
day! Feel free to contact me for more info.
Have you tried Midrasha? You don't need to be affiliated with a temple
to join. The purpose is to give Jewish teens a chance to connect once
a week in a fun, educational environment. The Oakland group meets on
Tuesday evenings and the Berkeley group meets on Sunday mornings. The
first Oakland meeting will be this Tuesday, and I believe you can
enroll at that time, if you want to.
Try Midrasha in Berkeley. http://www.midrasha.org/. Many
kids really like the social aspect of the Sunday morning
Hi Josh's mom,
You could look into Midrasha. It's a program of Jewish
education and social activities for high school kids. In
the East Bay there is one in Berkeley, one in Oakland, one
in Pleasanton, one in Walnut Creek. Diane Bernbaum has
been at the head of the Berkeley site for a long time. She
knows all the other directors and can connect you in the
city nearest you. You can reach Diane at 510-843-4667.
You should also get your self a copy of Resource (I call it
the Jewish Yellow pages) by calling the Federation at 510-
839-2900 and asking them to send you a copy. That will give
you access to all things Jewish around the entire bay area.
You're really close to the start of the fall program so
call soon. If you need more help, you can call me at (510)
663-8350. (Building Jewish Bridges.org)
An excellent local option for teens who want to explore
their Jewish roots is the Midrasha program in Berkeley
(www.midrasha.org). It's a Jewish community high school
with classes that range from the complex and
intellectually stimulating, to art and dance, to
everything in between. Some kids come for the classes,
some for the socializing. There is a series of weekend
retreats that most of the teens live for. I have one teen
who has always gravitated strongly toward Jewish life, and
one who rarely has. Both have loved Midrasha. Contact me
if you? like more info.
My 14 y-o daughter wants to learn more about her Jewish
roots. Are there any non-bar mitvah classes out there
where she can meet other teens and learn about being
A great teen program is Midrasha
http://www.jfed.org/midrasha.htm . Great kids, teachers,
weekend retreats, multiple locations in the East Bay. My
daughter has been going to Oakland 4 yrs. Scholarships are
Re: your teen wanting to explore their Jewish culture and
history there are several programs called Midrasha, one in
Berkeley and another in Contra Costa County that have
wonderful programs for teens. They provide classes and
events that connect the teen with their history, heritage
as well as other teens who are part of a Jewish community.
My 13 year old daughter and her friends really love this
program that starts in 8th grade. You can join any time as
far as I know
I recommend that your daughter look into the East Bay's Midrasha
programs. Depending on where you live, there are classes Sunday morning or
weekday evenings. Subjects include a huge range of cultural, religious,
artistic, and historical issues. Kids include those with extensive
backgrounds as well as those who have had no connection with their roots.
(843-4667), Oakland (444-6744), Fremont (656-7141), Lafayette (925/284-9191),
and Walnut Creek (915/944-4701)
We are really fortunate here in the east bay to have a
wonderful high school program for Jewish teens call
Midrasha. For more information about the Oakland program
and for the Berkeley program
http://www.midrasha.org/index.html (there is also a
program in Contra Costa county as well). These programs
offer classes in all kinds of topics from history to
culture, and are open to everyone, no matter what their
level of observance or previous Jewish education, and you
don't have to be a synagogue member to join
I think she would have the most fun with other kids her age
at Midrasha - the Jewish program for kids post bar or bat
mitzvah. You don't have to be a member of a synagogue or
have any previous knowledge. I don't know what city you
live in but here are the Midrashot in the east bay:
Berkeley 510-843-4667 (run by Diane Bernbaum)
Oakland 510-444-6744 (run by Elaine Bachrach)
Fremont 510-656-7141 (run by Anrea Fleekop)
Contra Costa 925-944-4701 (Run by Gabe Salgado)
Give it a test run!
My 15-y-o has been attending Berkeley Midrasha Sunday
a.m.'s since 8th grade and loves it. Their website is
http://www.midrasha.org/. You can contact the Berkeley
Midrasha director Diane Bernbaum at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a Midrasha in Oakland that meets Tuesday
evenings. I would be happy to talk to you about
You can try Midrasha, a community Jewish high school that
has classes on Sunday mornings for teens. The subjects
range from yoga to kabbalah. If you google Midrasha,
Berkeley you'll find out what's available
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