Program Overview

Midrasha is a community-based, pluralistic supplemental education program for East Bay Jewish teenagers in grades 8-12.

Our program helps teens connect deeply with their peers, find supportive mentors, learn about who they are, and explore what it means to be Jewish.

Through classes, social programs, and Shabbat retreats, our students find a sense of personal Jewish understanding, a nourishing safe space in the midst of their overly-full schedules, and a community of friends that will last a lifetime.

For anyone who missed the Midrasha Zoom info call, please find a recording here and slide deck here.



  • Midrasha will meet every Sunday from October 15, 2023 – May 19, 2024.
  • Each meeting will run from 4-8pm: Ikar (4-6:15pm), Dinner (6:15-6:45pm), Zman de Fun (6:45-8pm).

Important dates and closures for the 2023-2024 school year:

September 2023:

  • September 10: Welcome Back from Summer Mixer!


  • October 15: First Day of Midrasha


  • November 10 – 12: Midrasha Fall Retreat*
  • November 19: CLOSED for Thanksgiving


  • December 10: CLOSED for finals week
  • December 17: Special Hanukkah Day of community service
  • December 24 – January 5: CLOSED for winter break

January 2024:

  • January 14: CLOSED for MLK Day


  • February 9 – 11: Midrasha Winter Retreat*
  • February 18: CLOSED for President’s Day


  • March 24: Purim Midrasha
  • March 31 – April 7: CLOSED for spring break


  • April 12 – 14: Midrasha Spring Retreat*
  • April 21: field trip Six Flags (No Midrasha regular program)
  • April 28: early dismissal


  • May 5: Yom HaShoah program
  • May 19: Last Day of Midrasha

*Separate registration. Please note, the costs of these optional retreats are not included in the Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha programming fees.


For the 2023-2024 school year:

  • Early bird (before September 15): $1,725
  • After September 15: $1,900

Please visit the registration page for additional financial support.

Financial Aid

The JCC East Bay recognizes that each family has different needs, and we want to support all families the best we can. Any families in need of financial support can apply for financial aid here.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


When does Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha meet?
We meet on Sundays from 4-8pm, October 15 through May 19, 2024. You can find our full schedule here.

What is the schedule each Sunday?
– Ikar Programming: 4:00-6:15pm
– Dinner: 6:15-6:45pm
– Zman to Fun: 6:45-8pm

What is Ikar?
Teens take two classes (a grade level “core” class + an elective) and take part in other general programming. Classes encourage personal engagement with Jewish identity, ethics, culture, and thought, as well as participation in a Jewish teen community.

What is Zman to Fun?
Each Sunday after dinner, we will rotate different opportunities for connection outside of teens’ elective classes. From organizing and working on a monthly service project that supports our local community, to practicing our self-defense skills in a Krav Maga class, we’re ready for all the shenanigans!

What type of food is provided at dinner?
All food will be vegetarian and kosher. If there are special dietary requirements, please make sure to note them in the registration form.

What are the Shabbaton retreats?
In collaboration with Contra Costa Midrasha, teens from different Midrasha campuses will join together for these amazing retreat weekends.

Exploring all that nature has to offer, meeting new friends from all over the Bay Area, taking a much needed tech break, eating an unbelievable amount of smores, howling at the moon, and Havdalah campfire singing and dancing are just a few of the ways that our teens get to be in community over our Midrasha Shabbaton retreat weekends.

Please note, the costs of these optional retreats are not included in the Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha programming fees.

When are the retreats?
– Fall Retreat: November 10-12, 2023 in the Santa Cruz Mountains
– Winter Retreat: February 9-11, 2024
– Spring Retreat: April 12-14, 2024

Contact Us

Brianna Sommer
Director of Youth and Teen Programs
510-848-0237, ext. 141