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Welcome to Mifgash: Midrasha's American-Israeli Teen Integration Program

Mifgash is designed to grow our Jewish teens' connection to Israel by building friendships between our teens and Israeli peers.


With Mifgash, the goal is for teens to strengthen relationships between our teens and the people of Israel,  educate Israeli teens about Jewish life in the Diaspora, serve as a catalyst for further Israel-Diaspora relationship building and programming, develop a deeper connection to Israel through personal relationships, share our culture and our Jewish lives in America, and of course, practice Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world)!

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More About The Israeli Teens

The Israeli teens that partner with Contra Costa Midrasha attend Holtz High School in Tel Aviv. They are a group of excited, passionate, and adventurous students who are eager to learn and partner with their teen counterparts here in the Easy Bay!

“Mifgash has changed me because I feel more a part of Israel and it has inspired me to do more traditionally Jewish things.”

Rowyn Zupo

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Join For Winter Or Summer 

You can either host Israeli teens in the summer, visit Israel in the summer, or both! It's up to you.

For 8th-12th Graders

...inviting all rising 8th graders through graduated 12th graders to participate this summer!

Program Dates

Summer: July 28 - August 6, 2023


Winter: Dec 27, 2023 - January 8, 2024  

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Program Cost

...have not yet been finalized for 2023-24. Stay tuned for updated information by May 1st 2023!


Local Jewish teens from the East Bay will host and/or travel with Israeli teens from Israel. Destinations include San Francisco, Six Flags, high tech (TBD), an overnight retreat at NatureBridge, university tours, and more; all designed to bond the teens, deepen their Jewish identity, and offer a fun and unique way to engage Jewishly.

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There Are Two Ways To Join In The Program 


Each Winter, a group of Midrasha teens fly to Israel to participate in a 10-12 day adventure across the country. They're accompanied by like-minded Israeli teens and they have the opportunity to collaborate, learn, and experience what teen life is like in the Jewish homeland.

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Join The Next Mifgash Cohort 

The next Mifgash dates are July 28th-August 6th, 2023. The link to register will be published soon!


Have questions about the program in the meantime? Contact Devra Aarons at to learn more!

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