Why Register Your Teen for Midrasha?

“ATTENDING Midrasha for the past five years has had a tremendous impact on me. I never could have predicted how much the program would allow me to grow as a Jewish person.” ~ Illana Greenspan, Beth Israel Center, graduate ‘20

“LEARNING from strong Jewish leaders of all walks of life has given me a lot of perspective on the different ways to incorporate Judaism into my life, and to how to stay connected to Judaism especially as I enter adulthood.” ~ Jack Maloney, TBE, graduate ‘20


It is now time to register for the fall semester of Midrasha. Our Madison community is so fortunate to have a robust and innovative Hebrew High School program for teens in grades 8-12.

Our program will remain virtual for at least the first part of the fall semester. As we receive new guidelines for gathering we will re-evaluate the possibility for in-person learning. We had a successful end to the spring semester while running the school online and anticipate meaningful learning through the use of Zoom and other online tools. We have found our teens to be highly adaptable and eager to engage.

If you are not already taking advantage of this opportunity for Jewish learning and connection, here are a few reasons why it’s time to enroll your teen:

Deep Jewish Learning - We are constantly reviewing and improving our curriculum to offer meaningful content that creates the building blocks of Jewish literacy. Our master educators will share their knowledge and help students explore their Jewish identities.

Learning from Our Community’s Clergy and Educators - Our teachers include clergy from each congregation (Beth Israel Center, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Temple Beth El) and Chabad, professional Jewish educators and other local leaders. This is a can’t miss this opportunity for students to connect with these mentors and educators.

Connection to Jewish Teens - We know that the number one indicator of future connection to Judaism and strong Jewish identity is having Jewish friends! We understand the importance of developing relationships between students and will be adding new opportunities for students to strengthen their relationships to one another.

A Safe Space to Process Global and Local Events - Our teens are constantly confronted with the complexity of today’s world and especially anti-Semitism. Midrasha offers a safe space for teens to reflect on current events and share their experiences with other Jewish teens.

The Opportunity to Envision Jewish Life Beyond the Classroom - Our goal is to create life-long learners who have a strong sense of self and are ready to go out into the world and live their Jewish lives. Our students know there is more to Judaism than just becoming b’nai mitzvah. Our incentive programs encourage students to continue their Jewish learning and exploration.

The Midrasha Incentive Award - Students who complete 5 years of Midrasha, having attended at least 2/3 of all classes, are eligible to apply for the Midrasha Incentive Award – a reimbursement of up to $2000 toward Jewish experiences and learning after high school. This benefit to our students is made possible through a gift in memory of Laurence Weinstein.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the Midrasha program.

I look forward to the opportunity to learn with and connect to your students. Please reach out to me with any questions or curiosities about the Midrasha program. I look forward to speaking with you!

Kendra Sager, RJE
Director, Midrasha Hebrew High School
midrasha@jewishmadison.org

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