Retreats 2019-20

Join us for beautiful Midrasha weekends of Shabbat: including, nature, friends, fun, relaxation and more!


Date: November 1 - 3, 2019

Location: Santa Cruz Mountains

RSVP Deadline:  Oct. 16


Date:  January 24 - 26, 2020

Location:  Santa Cruz Mountains

RSVP Deadline: Jan. 9


Date:  April 17 - 19, 2020

Location:  Camp Arroyo in Livermore

Save the Date! 

June 18 - 28, 2020

We are SUPER close to announcing ten (10) days of amazing activities with our Israeli teen friends from Hod HaSharon, Israel.  Like last summer, this will feature day trips (by bus) into amazing places like San Francisco, Six Flags, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and more!  Save the date!

About 2020-21 Retreats: Pricing & more

Do you LOVE time in nature? Singing Havdalah under the stars? Spending Shabbat with 100 of your closest Jewish teen friends? Learning about the environment?  Then join us for all the retreats (or just one or two) this year!  Please RSVP before then in order to avoid late rsvp fees and to reserve your spot on the bus.

Spend meaningful Shabbat weekends on retreat with all your Midrasha friends in the stunning redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains (for Fall & Winter) or the lovely rolling hills Livermore. Teens from all Midrasha campuses will join together for amazing Midrasha retreat weekends all year.

Even if you've pre-paid for retreats, you need to RSVP for each retreat.


Midrasha teens who attend retreats build a stronger Jewish identity through friendship and fun. Teens spend the weekend celebrating Shabbat, hanging out, hiking, playing games, getting to know each other and enjoying fun Saturday night activities where the highlight is always Havdalah, dancing and singing with the amazing, Eric Schoen!

Anyone who rsvp's after the RSVP deadline date/s will be subject to a $100 late fee in order to register. Pre-payment for the retreats is mandatory. Contra Costa Midrasha requires pre-payment for all teens attending retreats so that we can hire enough busses and staff, plan a great weekend and pay the bill due to Berkeley/Oakland Midrasha (who run the retreats) two weeks before each retreat. 

Here are a few exceptions for this pre-payment and billing policy...

  • Most of you have already paid a $200 retreat deposit, so you only owe $185 for this retreat On the "deposit" option click the "yes" button. That will subtract $200 off your fee, making a remaining cost of $185 for the next retreat.

  • Did you pre-pay in full? We still need an official RSVP for your teen. Click on that option and then on check-out page you click "invoice me" and your teen will be RSVP'ed and you won't owe anything further.

  • If you need a scholarship or payment plan, still RSVP here and... Please do three things... One - on the "scholarship/payment plan" question, use the space provided to help us understand your need/request.  Two - when you get to the payment page, choose the "invoice me" option. Three - Send an e-mail request no later than the RSVP deadline to the CCM office at, with your scholarship and/or payment plan request.  Late scholarship requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Families who do not belong to our partner synagogues are asked to pay an additional $60 fee.

Please understand that if your teen decides not to attend the retreat at the last minute, you are still responsible for paying for the retreat. A partial amount can be reimbursed. During check-out, please use the "special instructions" section to let us know about any food allergies or other issues you want to bring to our attention. 

For this retreat we will be carpooling to Berkeley. Please let us know if you can carpool by clicking on the carpool option below.

Questions?  Contact Devra at Contra Costa Midrasha at or call at (925) 944-4701. Thank you!