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"A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture (The Insecurity of Freedom, 72)."
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

For more information, contact our Better Together Program Director 

Julia Babka-Kurzrock at

Better Together "B'Yachad" 5782
CCM's intergenerational project


Midrasha's Better Together intergenerational program is a chevruta (partnership) program with senior citizens in our community, happening from September 2021 - May 2022.

About the Project: 

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 elder 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. 


Teens will join a monthly cohort of B'Yachad Fellows with other teens to learn about living as an senior citizen today and to design each month's conversation with our partners. Teens will meet briefly before and after each intergenerational session. This year will be a combination of in-person and Zoom meetings. This project gives you 20 hours toward community service requirements. Teens will choose either Sunday or Monday meetings to meet. 


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.

Groups will be assigned according to elder they work with.

September 12, 2021

September 27, 2021

October 24 or 25, 2021

November 7 or 8, 2021

December  5 or 6, 2021

January 9 or 10, 2022

February 6 or 7, 2022

March 6 or 7, 2022

April 24 or 25, 2022

May 15, 2022 Year End Celebration

Quotes from our  Particpants

"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