“The one place during the week where I can just slow down for a minute and get to be myself.” ~Rachel, Age 15
Midrasha: My Weekly Jewish Refuge
“Camp is a great place. All the activities are really fun, and I really feel Jewish at camp. I can’t believe there are so many people like me!” ~Jeffrey, Age 8, Pleasanton
Take Me to Camp!
Together, we engage youth and families through Jewish life and learning by:
Educating the next generation – We invest in education through scholarships at Jewish day schools, programming at Berkeley Hillel, and year-round Jewish family activities at Camp Tawonga.
Reaching out to families – We connect 400 families with preschool through high school aged children connect to Jewish life in the East Bay. Our Sprout Grants help families take their first step into formal organized Jewish life. We sent free Jewish books every month to over 3,700 children in the East Bay age six-months to eleven-years-old.
Supporting youth programs – We provide financial aid so over 450 East Bay kids and teens can form lifetime memories and friendships at Jewish summer camp. We empower over 650 teens to grow as leaders and take pride in their Jewish identity through programs provided by BBYO, midrashot (Hebrew High School), and NCSY.
Cultivating thoughtful family philanthropy – We help funders choose the best vehicle for their family giving and involve their children in their gift planning, thus helping create a generation-to-generation tradition of giving.
STORIES OF ENGAGING YOUTH AND FAMILIES
- More than Just Dollars: The Flexible Tuition Program’s Extraordinary ValueEDITOR’S NOTE: This is a first-person account by Lyssa Jaye, who told us her experience of using flexible tuition to send her daughter to Jewish day school. Please note that the final piece was [...]Read more
- A Day in the Life of… An Early Childhood Education DirectorRuth Petersen Shorer is the Director of Early Childhood Education at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley. She’s held this position for nine years. She spends her days working with families, children, [...]Read more