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Quotes from our  Participants

My friends and I get to listen to people who have different worldviews and lifestyles, and who grew up in a world so different from ours. We have an opportunity to peek in through a window into a past time, and reflect on the
similarities and differences between their lives and our own.

The exchange of stories and laughter makes a full circle of fulfillment for us kids and our senior citizens, where all are giving and receiving happiness and no one has to give it up. That, I believe, is why I enjoy our conversations as much as I do, and plan to continue having many more in the future.

- Seth Raphael

 

"Showed me my essence doesn't age and there are no wrinkles on my soul!"

 - Thelma Bronet & Sheldon Schwartz

"The name tells it all...During this time of separation and loneliness, getting together with teens and sharing our thoughts, feelings, hopes & dreams does wonders to wipe away the clouds for a few hours of connection. I feel so privileged to become 'friends" with some amazing young people, who show so much interest in us older folks...respecting and learning about our past lives, as well as interested in learning from us. What a program! Better Together." 

- Ruthie Goldenberg

For more information, contact our Better Together Program Director 

Julia Babka-Kurzrock at juliabkurzrock@gmail.com

Groups will be assigned according to teen - senior citizen  partnerships.

Meetings: 

Choose either:

Sundays 1:00 - 2:30 pm OR Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm:

  • September 11 or 12, 2022

  • Sept. 18 OPTIONAL: Tikkun Olam OPEN HOUSE 4 - 7 p.m.

  • October 23 or 24, 2022

  • November 6 or 7, 2022

  • December  4, 2022 Joint Hamsa Fund and Better Together #4 Giving Circle

  • January 8 or 9, 2023

  • February 5 or 6, 2023

  • March 12 or 13, 2023 * new

  • April 16 or 17, 2023

  • May 7, 2023 Year End Celebration

Better Together "B'Yachad" 5783
CCM's intergenerational project 
2022 - 23

B'yachad:

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

 

One highlight of this year is the December Giving Circle together with Hamsa Fund. We will be making a difference for  the causes we fund, while  exploring the Jewish values that guide us to give. Teens will gain leadership skills and make commitments for future action to our communities and beyond.  


Are you looking for ways to make a difference in our community? Have you thought about what it is like to be an elder 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. Join us this year to connect, grow, and laugh with a group of elders.

About the Project:  

Teens will meet briefly before each intergenerational session to prep (about 20 - 30 minutes) and help with closing. We will offer in-person and Zoom meetings as needed. This project gives you 20 hours toward community service requirements. Teens will choose either Sunday or Monday meetings to meet. 

 

New to the program?

Teens new to the program will attend one orientation session to learn about Better Together and living as an senior citizen today.

Questions? Contact Julia Babka-Kurzrock, Program Director at juliabkurzrock@gmail.com

The program runs September 2022 - May 2023.

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.