Temple Beth Abraham's youth programming includes both High School and Upper Elementary School components..
BBYO- Temple Beth Abraham hosts two BBYO groups, Dreidel AZA for boys and Oakland BBG for girls. They meet each Wednesday evening in the Baum Youth Center from 7-9 PM and have weekend activities as well, such as movie nights, conventions, dances, social action events, sleepovers, Havdalah services, and much, much more. For more information, see http://bbyo.org/region/crw/.
Midrasha--Temple Beth Abraham is part of a consortium of synagogues that participate in a communal school called Midrasha. There are two options, Oakland Midrasha, which meets on Tuesday evenings, and Berkeley Midrasha, which meets on Sunday mornings. There are also special retreats through the Midrasha several times a year. For more information, see
Oakland Midrasha: www.bayareamidrasha.org
Berkeley Midrasha: www.midrasha.org
Confirmation with the Rabbi--Rabbi Bloom teaches a class for the 10th graders from January-May, which meets in the Baum Youth Center from 6:15-7:15 PM and includes a light dinner. The subject matter is "The Bible Meets Modernity," where each week a different book of the Bible is discussed along with a contemporary issue arising from the text. The program culminates in the Confirmation service near Shavuot, and you can see photos of each class on the walls of the grand staircase leading to the sanctuary.
Junior Congregation--On the first Saturday of each month (October through May), a Jr. Congregation service is held in the chapel led by Education Director Susan Simon. It is a fun, educational service for 2nd-6th graders, which even parents love to attend. Service starts at 10:15.
T'fillat Y'ladim -- On the third Saturday of each month, bring your Kindergartener, 1st or 2nd grader for an age appropriate service in the Chapel starting at 11:00 am. Each month's service the focus is on a different Hebrew letter which students spend time looking to identify in the Torah. Filled with song and stories, this service is a great bridge from Shabbat Mishpacha to Junior Congregation.