History of Tri-Valley/Tri-Cities Midrasha

What is Midrasha?

TV/TC Midrasha is an innovative educational program for Jewish teens in grades 8-12. TV/TC Midrasha provides a core curriculum that includes Jewish ethics, Jewish Identity, Israel, The American Jewish Experience, and Jewish Thought and Spirituality. We also partner with Berkeley, Oakland and Contra Costa Midrashot to provide Fall, Winter and Spring retreats.

An enhanced, innovative core curriculum asks “big picture” questions such as “Who Am I?” (identity) “Who Are You?,” (relationships) and “What Do I/We Hope For” and “Where Have I Been and Where Am I Going?” Midrasha is the next step in teen Jewish education, providing a seamless transition from religious school as students continue along the path to lifelong Jewish learning.

The Beginnings of Midrasha in the Tri-Valley/Tri-Cities Region

In 1982, students from Congregation Beth Emek (then located in Livermore) began traveling to Fremont to participate in a Jewish educational program for teens. Ten years later, Temple Beth Torah and Congregation Beth Emek became co-sponsors of a program that was incorporated as Midrasha at Fremont Jewish Community High School. In recent years, the program has expanded to include students from Congregation Shir Ami (Castro Valley) and beyond, and is now known as the Tri-Valley/Tri-Cities (TV/TC) Midrasha. Our Midrasha program has served hundreds of teens in the community — both affiliated and unaffiliated — in its more-than-30-year history.

TV/TC Midrasha has a long-time association with the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and is a beneficiary of both the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation.

TV/TC Midrasha Admissions Policy

Tri-Valley/Tri-Cities Midrasha admits students without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and welcomes their participation in all programs and activities generally made available to students at the school. This policy does not affect the school’s mission of providing a Jewish religious education to its students.