About Bay Yachad Winter Retreat 2024

What is Bay-Yachad?

Bay Yachad (togetherness in Hebrew) is a Bay Area-wide partnership amidst a broad coalition of synagogues and teens-serving organizations. For 2023-24, the following institutions have signed up to partner: Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha; Contra Costa Midrasha; JCC East Bay; Sherith Israel, SF; Temple Emanu-El, SF; The Kitchen, SF; Temple Beth El, Aptos; Temple Beth El, San Mateo; Congregation Beth El, Berkeley; Temple Sinai, Oakland; and Peninsula Sinai, Foster City. Our partners are committed to creating a unique and safe retreating experience for our Jewish teens over a weekend.

What are the goals of Bay Yachad Retreats?

Bay-Yachad Retreats are about Jewish teenagers unplugging from technology and spending time bonding together in nature. Our retreat weekends offer teenagers an opportunity to disconnect from their school lives and reconnect with Jewish values of spiritual well-being. We believe that youth group retreats are a mental health protective factor, and we plan retreats that allow each participant to grow their Jewish community and Jewish practices. On retreats we do celebrate Shabbat with a short Kabbalat Shabbat service Friday night, a teen-led Torah service Saturday morning, and a starry sky Havdalah and campfire song session.

What happens on retreats?

Friday Night


Sunday Morning

Bus Drop Offs 


Packing up

Cabin Culture



Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabboptions (active outdoor spiritual time)

Clean Up


Torah service (teen led)

Closing Circle



Bus Drop-Offs

Night Hike

Sadnaot (educational workshops)

Closing Circle

Menuchah (rest time)


Havdalah & Bonfire

Saturday Night Fun

Closing Circle

The Details:

  • When: February 9-11, 2024
  • Registration & Financial Aid Due Date: January 26, 2024
  • Where: A beautiful retreat site amidst redwood trees.

Cost & Coupon Codes:

  • Cost: $375 per retreat or $750 for Winter & Spring retreats. (Scholarships, financial aid, and payment plans are available, contact your organization’s youth director and Devra Aarons to get your discount code or discuss financing options.)
  • $25 discount for first-time retreat attendees, use promo code "New"
  • CCM Parents: Did you pre-pay for the whole year of retreats when you registered your teen? If so, use code "PrePaid" for a zero balance. Please still fill out the form for each retreat so that your teen is formally RSVP'ed.
  • Already paid a Retreats Deposit to Contra Costa Midrasha? Select the $150 Registration Fee option at checkout.
  • $25 early-bird discount, use promo code "Chai" - good until Dec. 31, 2023 at midnight.

Health & Safety Forms & Code of Conduct

  • After completing registration, parents will be emailed a Code of Conduct and Medical Release form that must be filled out completely and emailed back to [email protected] no later than Monday, February 5.
  • One medical release form per school year is sufficient unless any updated health needs for your teen require our awareness.

Retreat Transportation Schedule

Friday Bus Pickup will be emailed to you after registration.

Sunday Bus Drop Off will be emailed to you after registration.

Refund Policy

  • If a teen cancels before the RSVP deadline then a full repayment will be made, minus a $25 administration fee. If the cancellation happens after the RSVP deadline, then half the fee will be refunded or the funds can be applied to a future retreat in the 2023-2024 year.
  • If a teen has symptoms or might be ill, please have them stay home and inform our Midrasha office. You will be refunded for the weekend minus a $25 administrative fee.

Covid Protocols

  • A negative Covid antigen test must be sent to [email protected] by 9 am on Friday morning of each retreat to get on the bus or attend the retreat with the teen's name on the e-mail and should be administered within 24 hours of getting on the bus or arriving at camp. (If needed, test kits can be picked up at each host institution.)

Security Protocols

  • The physical and emotional security of retreats attendees is our highest priority. CCM and its partners are working hard with our staff, the camp, local security, fire, and police departments to make sure all aspects of the retreats are safe. If your teen is registered for the retreat and you want to know details of security protocols, please contact CCM's Director, Devra Aarons for more information.


Who can come to Bay Yachad?

Any Jewish teenager in 8-12th grade who is involved in any Jewish teen program in the Bay Area

What happens at Bay Yachad?

Bay Yachad is a weekend-long retreat in the redwood forests! Teens enjoy Shabbat in nature and Havdalah under the stars!

Our retreats are modeled after Dan Siegel’s Healthy Mind Platter

Where does Bay Yachad happen?

A beautiful retreat site amidst redwood trees.

Bus transportation is included in registration. Our bus stops in Danville, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, San Francisco, and the peninsula

Where do teens sleep?

Teens sleep in bunk beds in heated cabins with in-cabin bathrooms and at least one counselor per cabin

What is the food situation?

All food served will be kosher style (no milk and meat, shellfish, or pork)

If requested, we can provide vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, Glatt Kosher, and/or allergy–sensitive (such as nut-free) foods