Midrasha Retreat Weekends

Teens at Retreat

Contra Costa Midrasha joins with teens from its partner Midrashot campuses in Berkeley, Oakland and Tri-Valley/Tri-Cities (Pleasanton) for amazing weekends at Camp Newman and Walker Creek Ranch - forging stronger Jewish identities through friendship, community and fun!  These retreats are facilitated by the Midrasha in Berkeley campus.  For the most up to date information, visit:  http://midrasharetreats.weebly.com/

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About the Retreats

Next Retreat + RSVP Link

Dates

Cost

Gesharim - 8th Grade Retreats

Etgar - 9th Grade Retreats

Kesher - 10th, 11th & 12th Grade Retreats

 

About the Midrasha Retreats:

Midrasha retreats are a place to:  make new friends, hang-out, dance, sing, talk, debate, pray, stargaze, play ultimate frisbee and more!  This year we are doing retreats as a bigger community at Camp Newman and Walker Creek Ranch.  This site provides ample space for outdoor and indoor activities, plus more time with friends and staff.

  • Be in a safe place to explore, experience and experiment with different ways of being Jewish while discussing the tough questions facing teens today.
  • Celebrate Shabbat and feel the warmth of the Havdalah circle.
  • Leave the hassles and pressures of daily life behind, enjoying time in nature at Camp Newman with other Jewish teens from all over the East Bay.

Retreats are run by Midrasha in Berkeley.

"Kesher is a time for me to be with the people I love so much.  When Shabbat finally arrives, we gaze at the stars and just enjoy being away from civilization with each other."  - Adriane Kisch-Hancock, Class of 2008

 

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Dates for 2014-2015 Midrasha Retreats:

  • Fall:  Oct. 24 - 26, 2014 at Camp Newman
  • Winter:  January 30 - February 1, 2015 at Camp Newman
  • Spring:  April 17-19, 2015 at Camp Newman

 

Cost*:  

1 retreat = $395 

2 retreats = $750 (if paid in advance)

3 retreats = $1125 (if paid in advance)

Financial Aid and Scholarships are broadly available, due to a generous gift from the Brenden Mann Foundation and the application process is simple.  For questions about cost or to apply for financial aid or scholarships, contact the Contra Costa Midrasha office at 925/944-4701 or office@ccmidrasha.com.

 

Gesharim - 8th Grade - Retreats:

Closely linked with the "Gesharim" learning that happens at weekly Midrasha sessions, the retreats foster the teen's bridge from junior high into high school. Click here to learn more about the Gesharim curriculum at Midrasha.

Etgar - 9th Grade - Retreats:

Closely linked with the "Etgar" learning that happens at weekly Midrasha sessions, the retreats deepen relationships between students and their connection and creation of their growing Jewish identity.  Click here to learn more about the Etgar curriculum at Midrasha.

Kesher - 10th, 11th & 12th Grade - Retreats:

10th, 11th and 12th grade students are given three retreats during the 2013-2014 year.  Closely linked with the "Kesher" learning that happens weekly at Midrasha, the retreats deepen the students' connections with Israel, Spirituality, each other and their educators.  Click here to learn more about the Kesher curriculum at Midrasha.