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Bringing Midrasha Teens & Senior Citizens In The Community Together

Are you looking for ways to make a difference in our community? Have you ever thought about what it's like to be a senior in today's society? If so, you can imagine the loneliness of senior citizens from the East Bay who are members of our partner synagogues.

Midrasha's Better Together (B'yachad) intergenerational program is a hevruta (partnership) program between senior citizens and teens in our community. This year Better Together will continue these connections through Jewish identity and heritage. This program is a journey and a powerful way to change the world through shared learning and growth. 

Join us this year to connect, grow, and laugh with a group of elders.

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Step 1:
Prepare Before Each Meeting

Teens will meet briefly before each intergenerational session to prep and discuss what they'd like to get out of and contribute during the session (about 20 - 30 minutes).  We want each teen to be intentional and present with the senior citizens, so this prep time is crucial.

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Step 2:
Have Meaningful Experiences With Elders


During these meetings, teens and senior citizens come together and utilize a variety of Jewish texts and resources that spark a meaningful discussion. This is an opportunity for teens to learn from another generation's perspective.

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Step 3:
Leave With New Perspectives & Friendships

Not only do teens learn from the senior citizens, make new friends, and walk away with new perspectives and insights, but they also gain community service hours (20 hours toward community service requirements).

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Gain Community Service Hours

If you are in need of service hours, then this is a great opportunity for you to fulfill them. This project gives you 20 hours toward community service requirements. 

“Better Together broadens our capacity for empathy and cultivates a greater understanding of older generations.”

Averie Bleier

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1 Meeting Per Month

Once in person on Sundays and once on Zoom

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For 8th-12th Graders

So that everyone has the opportunity to participate in this unique and meaningful opportunity

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Program Dates

The program runs from September 2022 - May 2023. You can join mid-year.

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Program Cost

The program fee is $225 to cover program materials and snacks at in-person events. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Better Together

Have questions about the program? Contact Devra Aarons at to learn more!

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