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Midrasha’s annual fundraising concert
All proceeds will benefit Midrasha Scholarship funds
at Congregation Beth Emek
May 3rd at 7:30p

SABABA – Steve Brodsky, Robbi Sherwin, and Scott Leader, three well-known contemporary Jewish music composers and performers, have decided to blend their unique styles, energy and harmonies to create some exciting, new Jewish music!

Steve has been compared to James Taylor, with his honey-smooth voice and great guitar skills. Robbi is known for her legendary energy and spirited Jewish song crafting as well as being one of the only female Jewish rockers around! Scott is an amazing pianist (and guitarist and flutist and bass…and…and…) He’s one of the hottest young composer/musician/ producers on the scene. Their NFTY songleading backgrounds built a strong foundation for their mutual love of spirited, meaningful, singable, moving Jewish liturgy and music. More than simply a concert band, the SababaMates are also all professional Jewish educators, who love to come into a community and make each event an interactive, inclusive, spirited and spiritual music experience.

Dear Midrasha Families.

We had such a playful and successful Talent Show & Raffle last Sunday night! Wow! Thank you to all who participated on stage, in the kitchen, with the raffles, bought raffles etc. It takes many many people for this event to be successful and we quite lovely to see our community come out in support of this annual event!

This Sunday is our LAST Midrasha before Spring break. We begin again on January 12th!

And, HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Today our RSVP link for the Winter Retreat goes live! Many of our teens are planning on attending this popular retreat. Do not wait! RSVP today so we know who is attending!

Also, please make sure you read over our Retreat Policy especially to understand our last minute cancellation policy!

That’s all for now! Please check out some AMAZING opportunities below!

Shabbat Shalom!


Israel Summer Programs/ Gap Year Fair
THIS Sunday, December 15 at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) 1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, 1:30-4:00 There will be many, many more programs represented:

Come to the first ever Israel Summer Programs/Gap Year Fair! This is especially important for 11th and 12th graders who are even slightly interested in going to Israel post high school, as well as any high schooler that is interested in any Israel summer program.

Here is the schedule for the day. It is basically the same schedule twice, to make things as convenient as possible for you.

1:30pm – Welcome and learning the “Why?”‘s of going to Israel, with Rabbi Akiva Naiman
1:40pm – How taking a gap year can benefit your college experience.
1:50pm- Meet representatives from other programs, pick up brochures, etc.

2:30pm – Welcome and learning the “Why?”‘s of going to Israel, with Rabbi Akiva Naiman
2:40pm – How taking a gap year can benefit your college experience.
2:50pm- Walk around and meet representatives from other programs.


Mirrors: An Exploration of Teens and the Holocaust
Sunday, January 26 at 9:30a
Berkeley Midrasha, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley
Berkeley Midrasha will devote their Sunday morning to a special program called Mirrors: Could Be You, Could Be Me: An Exploration of Teens and the Holocaust. The whole morning will be special, very interesting and something you won’t soon forget. You can bring friends, so invite someone today.


The Northern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations of outstanding Jewish student-athletes for a small college scholarship (approx. $1,500) to be awarded at a gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco, on April 13, 2014. Any secondary school Jewish student (male or female, grade 12) in Northern California may be nominated. Criteria for eligibility: One who identifies him/herself as a Jew, or who acknowledges their Jewish heritage, or who wants to reconnect with their Jewish ancestral identity. Please send a 150-word application stating why this person is worthy of recognition (students may nominate themselves). Please include:

A letter of application from the student-athlete (150 words).
A letter from a person who is familiar with the student-athlete (150 words).
A list of athletic participation signed by a coach or counselor.
A transcript of grades up to date of application (must include a verification stamp).
A list of community service and extra-curricular activities.
Additional letters of recommendation from coaches, administrators, teachers, clergy (no more than 3).

Date to submit the application is February 15, 2014. Send to Gary Wiener, JSHOFNC, 4200 Indigo Oak Court, San Jose, CA 95121. If you have questions, please call Gary Wiener at 408-374-1600, or Barbara Oseroff, scholarship committee, 510-653-5155.

Check out this article in the J. about Avi Rosenblum, a Midrasha grads who heard about this scholarship from Midrasha, won the scholarship, and is now playing for a pro team in Israel

(I am happy to nominate anyone.)


The Contemporary Jewish Museum Community Service opportunity.
The Contemporary Jewish Musuem is looking for teen volutneers on Christmas day 10-4. For details and questions: Volunteers roles include: overseeing family activities and programs, ushering at musical performances, assisting with art-making workshops, managing flow of event and greeting, coat check, dressing up as “Frog and Toad” costume.


APRIL 4–6, 2014

Join Keshet for a weekend of fun, community, and learning for and by Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens! Meet new friends, learn about LGBTQ organizing and identities, and celebrate a lakeside Shabbat with a warm, vibrant community of LGBTQ and ally teens and adults. Learn more.

The beautiful Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT. Organized travel will be available from the New York City and Boston metro areas.

$36 for all programs, meals, and housing. ($18 if you register by January 31, 2014.) Scholarship assistance available. Register by February 28, 2014.

LEARN MORE Learn more about the shabbton and see photos/videos.

QUESTIONS All of your questions answered in one place! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Shalom, Midrasha Families!

Last Sunday’s parent class “Talking to Your Teen About Sex” with Bryna Barsky-Ex was very successful! Thank you again to Bryna for giving herself so generously to our community.


This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT! You will be receiving more information about this incredibly fun and very important fundraiser for our Midrasha very soon. Please also encourage your teen to perform – when our WHOLE community contributes, the evening is way more enjoyable. Interested teens should tell Day ASAP.

Bring a Friend to Midrasha! Do you LOVE Midrasha? Do you have friends who should be at Midrasha with you? If so, then bring them to Midrasha in November. When they enroll for the whole year, YOU will get a $10 iTunes card!

FINALLY, if you want to find out what your teen did at Midrasha last Sunday, check out our weekly Youtube Educator Summaries! Great jumping off topics for a conversation with your teen!

11th/12th grade – Danny:
8th grade – Shoshanna:
10th grade –
9th grade – Sarai!:

Cannot wait to see your teen NEXT Sunday!

Shabbat Shalom!

“Jewish teen athletes- Join Team East Bay for the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games”

Be part of the largest Jewish teen event in the world. August 10th-15th 2014! A week of sports, social events, and social action for teens 13-16, the JCC Maccabi Games bring athletes together from North America, Israel, and all over the world. For more information, attend one of the Information Nights (listed below) or contact Daniel Malament, Team East Bay Delegation Head at 510-848-0237 x151 or Visit Team East Bay’s website for more information

Information Nights- Parents and Athletes welcome!
Sunday, November 17th @ 7pm –Home of Melanie and Ben Marcus, 352 Mountain Ave. Piedmont,CA 94611.
Tuesday, November 19th @ 7pm- Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Rd Lafayette, CA 94549

TV/TC Midrasha Weekly Announcement 10/31/13

October 31, 2013

Shalom, Midrasha Families! Last Sunday’s visit from D’ror Leadership High School in Israel was incredibly educational and super fun. We learned about the New Kibbutz movement, played Israeli games and learned a little of the history of Yitzhak Rabin. THIS Sunday we have a special Parent Class: “Talking to Your Teen about Sex” with Bryna […]

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Midrasha’s Weekly Announcements 10/27/13

October 24, 2013

Shalom, Midrasha Families! Sunday nights keep on getting better and better! THIS SUNDAY D’ror Leadership High School in Israel is making a presentation to our teens! See below! They will be presenting during the 10th grade Core Class, providing a new elective on the Urban Kibbutz movement AND giving a drash during our Closing Circle […]

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Weekly TV/TC Midrasha Announcements 10/20/13

October 20, 2013

Shalom, Midrasha Families! So happy to hear all the wonderful buzz about Midrasha this year. We truly have an exciting program! Important News! The first retreat of the year is just around the corner! It’s November 8-10 at Walker Creek Ranch and this retreat is open to all grades, all teens enrolled at Midrasha. The […]

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Weekly Special Announcements: 10/11/13

October 11, 2013

Shalom, Midrasha Families! Last week, Midrasha began our First EVER Weekly Photo Contest! Our theme was Noah and the entire program had the opportunity to create a photo inspired by the weekly parsha! See below for the creative winner! THIS Sunday night, the always popular Isaak Brown, our beloved Retreat Director (and ex-TV/TC Midrasha educator!) […]

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1st EVER TV/TC Midrasha Photo Contest Winner

October 7, 2013

This week’s photo contest theme was “Noah.” Our Midrasha teens had the opportunity to create a winning photo based on a creative interpretation with the theme. This week’s winners are: Karlie Teruya, Shaina Zins, Emma Goldner, and Arlis Elster. The winning photo is a hand shadow of a bird holding an olive branch from the […]

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Talking about Your Teen and Sex!

October 5, 2013

Everything you wanted to know about Your Teen and SEX… …but were too afraid to ask! TV/TC Midrasha welcomes back Dr. Bryna Barsky-Ex Licensed psychologist, sex therapist, and couple’s therapist SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 7pm Bryna Barsky-Ex has specialized in sex therapy and sex education for 20 years. She returns to Midrasha to help parents remain […]

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