Berkeley Midrasha is the premier Jewish learning and identity building experience for East Bay teens in 8th-12th grade. It offers a broad range of interesting and challenging courses to students with a strong Jewish background and to those with little former training or knowledge—classes ranging from Talmud and Hebrew to Jewish films and drama. The program provides students with the skills and knowledge to become engaged and committed Jewish adults. Midrasha offers a larger social group of Jewish teenagers than exists at any one synagogue and the opportunity to form lasting friendships. The program provides a warm social environment in the classroom and at weekend retreats. In addition, our faculty provides our students with positive, knowledgeable role models of successful young Jewish adults who are at home in Judaism and the secular world.
Midrasha is an inter-congregational school where members of all congregations home, and teens who are not part of a congregational structure feel at home. Midrasha in Berkeley is part of a larger region wide community who join together for three weekend retreats and other programs throughout the year. Our students represent a broad range of religious observance and Kashrut and Shabbat are observed. Midrasha is a communal institution, open to non-synagogue members as well as those who are affiliated. Financial aid is available to all in need. Click here to enroll in Midrasha!
2014-2015- Berkeley Midrasha Catalogue
2014-2015 Registration Forms
All retreat information (including RSVP links) found here
Midrasha Art Work
Midrasha in the J. Weekly
Summer Opportunities for Jewish Teens
2014 Graduation Speeches
Midrasha Blog It! class: Jewcedaboutwriting
What people say about Midrasha in Berkeley
Midrasha is a Jewish connection-creator, especially on Midrasha retreats where teens from all of the Midrashot come together to celebrate Shabbat and being Jewish....I can always count on Midrasha to put my mind at ease.....Midrasha provides excellent supportive and enthusiastism.
I love the retreats and consider them to be some of the highlights of my year. On the retreats I could completely let go of all stress that I had at home and be present in the moment with my friends and my spirituality.
Through the chaos of middle school graduation and trying to find my path in high school, Midrasha has always been there. It provides me with a support group, friends who share many of the same struggles that I endure. It is a place where I can discuss my Jewish identity and work through situations I encounter growing up as a Jew in the Bay Area....Midrasha has helped me form my Jewish values....Midrasha has helped me stay up to date with issues concerning Jews around the world and revealed connections between my everyday life and Judaism that I never would have imagined....On retreats, coming together with hundreds of like-minded teens and discussing contemporary Jewish issues was truly unforgettable....Midrasha has been the rock in my Jewish world that kept me grounded in my faith and proud to be Jewish.
Going to retreats allowed me to escape the real world for a few days and to focus on the relationships with those around me and the relationship I have with myself......Midrasha classes allowed me to explore different parts of my everyday life and how they connect with Judaism. Getting to know other students and their perspectives has taught me to expand my ideas and welcome in new ones.
Midrasha allowed me to maintain a strong group of friends that I had built growing up in a Jewish community. It introduced me to teachers who pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to take classes on subjects that intrigued me, and that were not available to me in my secular education....When you come to classes every week ready to learn, willing to try new things, open to the idea of translating those things to your own life, Midrasha has the ability to change your high school experience in incredible ways.