"I feel so welcomed and like I belong here" - Current Student
What Is Midrasha?
Students in the Oakland 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 young adult mentors 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 opportunities, tzedaka and tikkun olam programs, and more, our students 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 schedules.
Midrasha is a school for the East Bay’s Jewish community's 8th-12th graders. It's a community-based, pluralistic school, 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 Sholom, Temple Israel, and Temple Sinai. We also serve teens not affiliated with a Jewish organization or congregation.
Our students come because they love Midrasha, many describe it as ‘the best time of my week.’ If you know a teen who might be interested in checking out Oakland Midrasha, our registration for the 16-17 year is beginning!
Oakland 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.
"That’s what Midrasha is: it’s a midweek weekend and a reminder to all of us caught in the deluge of life and schoolwork that there are moments when we can relax and appreciate the company of each other."