TV/TC Midrasha invites Jewish teens in grades 8-12 to visit on September 18 and 25 to experience the program first hand. So gather your friends and come together with your Jewish peers to find out what it’s all about.

The TV/TC Midrasha program enrolls teens who are members of Temple Beth Torah, Congregation Beth Emek, and Congregation Shir Ami, as well as unaffiliated students.

Questions? Contact TV/TC Principal Diana Zankowsky.

Mark your calendars for TV/TC Midrasha’s opening night: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7:15p, at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton.

At Midrasha, teens meet with their Jewish peers to learn together and have fun. Midrasha supports teens throughout the high school years, nurturing their Jewish identity and empowering them to engage with the world from a Jewish perspective.

Weekend retreats are held throughout the year. A portion of the Midrasha tuition subsidizes a teen’s attendance at a retreat sponsored by Midrasha, NFTY, or BBYO. For details about the retreat options, visit the 2016-17 TV/TC Teen Retreats portal.

New this year: The 10th grade confirmation curriculum will be co-taught by the rabbis of Congregation Beth Emek and Temple Beth Torah as the 10th grade core class. Registering a 10th grader in Midrasha enrolls the student in this special year of study with Rabbi Milder and Rabbi Schulman.

Enroll online at

For more information, contact TV/TC Midrasha principal Diana Zankowsky (

HannahLesserHannah hails from Berkeley where, since graduating from Oberlin College in 2008, she has been working as a Jewish teen educator. She loves impassioned Jewish learning, meeting teenagers where they’re at and guiding them in finding their place in Jewish life, ritual symbolism and cooking Jewish specialties.

Hannah is no stranger to TV/TC Midrasha, having taught 8th Grade Core and electives such as “The Jewish Yoga Experience” and “Jewish Homesteading.” As a Midrasha alumna she believes deeply in the importance of Midrasha to the Jewish teen experience and, thus, the future of Jewish peoplehood. Hannah is thrilled to be bringing exciting events and opportunities to our community this year.

DianaZankowsky-smallWe are pleased to announce that Diana Zankowsky has been selected as the new TV/TC Midrasha principal. Diana joined the Midrasha team this past week. You will be hearing more from her as we gear up for the 2016-17 school year.

Diana is a long-time member of Congregation Shir Ami (Castro Valley) and has deep roots in the East Bay Jewish community. An accomplished teacher of older children and adults, she has experience teaching Jewish ethics and tzedakah, Jewish history and current events, and cultural expressions of Judaism. She has taught 5th and 7th grade at Temple Beth Abraham (Oakland), adult classes and the confirmation class at Congregation Shir Ami, and 3rd/4th grade and 5th-7th grade Hebrew at Congregation B’nai Shalom (Walnut Creek).

In a lay leadership role at Shir Ami, Diana has mentored student rabbis from HUC/JIR since 2001. This summer, she taught the art of Jewish cooking to rising 10th and 11th grade campers at Camp Newman’s Hagigah session. Diana is married to Fred Zankowsky and they have two grown children, David and Anastasia.

We are excited to have Diana at the helm of TV/TC Midrasha, and we encourage you to get to know her in the weeks and months ahead.

Opening Night is Sunday, September 18!

August 24, 2016

Mark your calendar now for Midrasha’s opening night: Sunday, September 18, at 7:15p. Details to follow. –> Click here to register online for the 2016-17 program.

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April 15, 2016

  CHECK OUT MIDRASHA!   OPEN HOUSE/ORIENTATION EVENT   TEENS AND PARENTS ARE INVITED!   Sunday, April 24 7:15-9:15pm Congregation Beth Emek  3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton, CA 94550 Teens of all ages are welcome to check it out! The staff and board of the Tri-Valley/Tri-Cities Midrasha are excited to share this special event with Parents […]

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February 15, 2016

LOVE SHOULDN’T HURT, EMPOWERING OUR TEENS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES TEEN and PARENT LEARNING WORKSHOPS Presented by Shalom Bayit Sponsored by TV/TC MIDRASHA (All Teens and Parents of our community are welcome to participate –Midrasha registration is not required) WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: 7:15 – 9:15p The programs are designed to be grade level focused for the teens. […]

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February 3, 2016

 SUPERBOWL SATURDAY – SHABBAT OFF THE GRID! All of TV/TC Midrasha students are invited! It will be SUPER! Super Contemporary Jewish Museum Tour Super Hands-On-Art Project at the CJM Super Deli Lunch at the CJM Super Bowl Excitement to explore at Yerba Buena Gardens $10 PER STUDENT INCLUDES: Bart Ticket, Museum tours and Deli Lunch. Students are […]

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CHANGE OF VENUE for Thursday evening’s
Midrasha Get-Together!!!

August 26, 2015

Jewish teens in grades 8-12–whether prospective or returning Midrasha students–will be gathering on Thursday, August 27, from 7:00 to 9:00p, at MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA in Dublin (8951 San Ramon Rd., near the intersection of Alcosta Blvd.). Please note the change in venue from the original invitation. RSVPs appreciated (though not required) to Danny Farkas. Or […]

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S’more Summertime Fun!
Thursday, August 27, 7:00 to 9:00p

August 16, 2015

Important Note: The venue for this get-together has been changed. The TV/TC Midrasha gathering on Thursday evening, August 27, will be be held at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Dublin (see details in post above.) Gather with your Midrasha friends for S’more Summertime Fun at a private home in Livermore. The new TV/TC Principal, Danny Farkas, […]

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