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"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

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


The 5781 B'Yachad Fellowship is Midrasha's Better Together intergenerational chevruta (partnership) program with elders in our community on Zoom, now happening from September 2021 - June 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. 


The project has two parts. First, teens will join a monthly cohort of nine sessions of B'Yachad Fellows with other teens to learn about living as an elder today and to design each month's conversation with our partner elders.  Second, you pick between two times on Sunday to converse with a small group of teens and elders, learning about each other. This year will be a combination of in-person and Zoom meetings. This project gives you 20 hours toward community service requirements. 


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.

Please note date changes in bold
Groups will be split according to elder they work with.

August 22nd, 2021

September 12th, 2021

October 3rd, 2021

October 24th, 2021

November 7th, 2021

December 19th, 2021

January 9th, 2022

February 6th, 2022

March 6th, 2022

March 20th, 2022

April 24th, 2022

May 15th, 2022

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