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About Us

Mission and Purpose:

Community Midrasha engages teens in learning about Jewish culture, history, and religion and inspires participants to make a lifelong commitment to Jewish learning, practice and community.

Midrasha is dedicated to being the place where Durham and Chapel Hill teens can inspire, create, innovate, engage, inquire, and connect. We are a pluralistic Jewish learning community for all teens (grades 8-12), regardless of synagogue affiliation or prior religious education. Mirroring the diversity in our student body, our teachers are from all streams of Jewish life and practice.


At Community Midrasha, Jewish teenagers will engage in formal and experiential learning to acquire a body of Jewish knowledge and inspire them to take an active role in Jewish life.

Positive Jewish experiences at this pivotal age will help teens grow into highly engaged Jews. Midrasha strives to provide such experiences through our new certificate program – which is a mix of academic courses, internships, communal involvement, and a capstone project. Midrasha will also provide social and leadership opportunities for participants.

All our offerings are organized around the following curricular topics:

Am Yisrael: Jewish Peoplehood via Arts and Culture
K’lal Yisrael: Service Learning and Leadership in the Jewish Community
Eretz Yisrael: the Land of Israel
Talmud Torah: Jewish Studies and Literature

Our students have the opportunity to register for three 8-9 week courses each  and two mini-courses each year. In addition to classes, Midrasha will offer retreats and special travel opportunities.

Admissions Policy:

The Community Midrasha welcomes students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and gender to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and gender in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.

Our program is made possible by generous donations from Judea Reform Congregation, Beth El Synagogue, Kehillah Synagogue, and the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation.