Sunday Meetings:

Teens are expected to get themselves to and from B'nai Tikvah on Sundays. Carpools can be arranged.

For more information, contact Devra Aarons at 925/944-4701 or

Meetings & Events: 

All programs, unless otherwise noted happen from 4-7pm.

September 15 (Mtg #1): Open House (4-6pm)

October 6 (Mtg #2) @ B'nai Shalom

Nov. 11 (Mtg. #3): Veteran’s Day of Service with Values Cafe

November 23-24 (Mtg. #4) - Retreat

December 8  (Mtg. #5) - Event in Walnut Creek)

January 12 - Event #6

February 2 - Event #7

March 8 - Community Purim Carnival

March 15 - Event #8

April 26 - Event #9

May 27 - Year-End Ceremony #10

All programs will happen at B'nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek.  If enough teens sign up from Berkeley/Oakland, we will split the meetings to half in Walnut Creek and the other half in Berkeley at Netivot Shalom.

Hamsa Fund:

The Hamsa Fund is the East Bay's Jewish Teen Philanthropy Board inspired by the text of the book of Deuteronomy to take action, connect with our community and help us open ourselves to those in need: "Rather, you shall open your hand to him, and you shall lend him sufficient for his needs, which he is lacking."


The Hamsa Fund provides Jewish teens from all over the East Bay with the opportunity to learn how to run their own philanthropic foundation and to get hands-on experience giving out grants to address problems they see in their community and the world. This program also gives these inspiring teens a place to connect with their Jewish peers to discuss the relationship between social action and their Jewish identities.

Teens meet monthly, including one overnight retreat, to learn about fundraising, choose a mission statement,  research non-profits, fundraise and distribute funds. The program culminates in a grant allocation ceremony where teens give out grants to their chosen non-profit organization!

Last year (2019-20) the Hamsa Fund's mission was to improve access to education by funding organizations that promote equality and health for youth so that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed. Despite set backs due to COVID-19, the Hamsa Fund was able to provide grants to 4 non profits, Jumpstart, College Track, Soar, and JFCS. 

A program of Contra Costa Midrasha, the project receives funding from Contra Costa Midrasha, the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, and other supporters.


Why Join?

  1. Community: Change the world together as you get to know each other, participate in community service projects, and support each other as we tackle the challenges of the fundraising process.

  2. Leadership Training: Learn how to work in a group, make decisions using consensus-based conflict resolution, fundraise, and allocate funds.

  3. Experience: Get invaluable experience in fundraising and leadership that will help participants in college and beyond!

  4. Repairing the World: Learn and perform Mitzvot to see how Judaism and social change go hand in hand.


Who is Eligible?

Registered students at Contra Costa Midrasha and teens grades 8-12 are eligible to apply.


Program Requirements:


  1. A weekend retreat in the East Bay. Learn about the fundraising process, explore social issues we might want to fund and choose our mission statement.

    Date:  November 23-24, 2019
    Drop Off: Saturday at 6:45 PM
    Pick Up: Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 3 PM


  2. Eight monthly Sunday afternoon meetings from 4-7 PM, and the year-end allocations ceremony in May with grantee organizations.

  3. Commitment to fundraising in between meetings using the tools you learned so that we can reach our group fundraising goal.


Application Process:  The application for 2019-20 is now live.  Scroll up for the button, or copy and paste this URL address into your web finder of choice:

  1. Apply online.

  2. Phone or in-person interview. 

  3. Participation agreement signed by both students & parents.

  4. Payments, payment plans, and scholarships must be organized in advance with Contra Costa Midrasha.

Cost: The tuition and retreat cost for non-enrolled CCM students is $375 fee.  For enrolled CCM teens, there is no tuition cost but there is a $135 retreat fee to cover staff, food, guests and the t-shirt.   E-mail CCM Director, Devra Aarons at to inquire about scholarships and payment plans. Full payment or scholarship/payment plan due for the 2019-20 year no later than October 1st.

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