"Be a man!” “Please be a mensch”. As guys we get lots of messages about who we should be. For most of us, off-the-rack models of masculinity aren’t particularly helpful. We will gather together to discover ways of inhabiting masculinity that help us act with integrity, compassion, and the power to fulfill our unique roles in this world. We will use melody, rhythm and ancient texts to open our thinking and guide us into our depths. No skills with Hebrew or playing music required. The only prerequisite is a willingness to think, learn and share with authenticity. 

2018-19 Program Info

Beginning in 2018-19, there will be two Boys' Night groups - one for 7th graders (henceforth known as the "Mamash" group) and one for 8th graders (the "Gevalt" group). Both groups are open to new members. The groups will meet on alternating weeks beginning in October with a total of 14 meetings each. See below for dates.

Mamash (7th)
Oct-8, Oct-22, Nov-5, Dec-3, Dec-17, Jan-14, Jan-28, Feb-11, Feb-25, Mar-11, Mar-25, Apr-8, May-6, May-20
No Meeting: Nov-19, Dec-31, Apr-22, Jun-3

Gevalt (8th)
Oct-15, Oct-29, Nov-26, Dec-10, Jan-7, Jan-21, Feb-4, Feb-18, Mar-4, Mar-18, Apr-15, Apr-29, May-13, Jun-3
No Meeting: Nov-12, Dec-24, Apr-1, May-27

Fee: $500/child
Minimum of 7 boys per group, maximum of 10.


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Mickey Davis, Mentor

Mickey Davis has taught from the second grade up through doctoral seminars and most everything in between. He has been a teacher in Jewish schools affiliated with all three major denominations and a few community schools too. He spends most of his professional life helping schools improve teaching and learning so that all students are engaged in productive intellectual practices. Mickey is a winner of the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. He earned a Ph.D. in the Psychology of Learning from Stanford, a B.A. from Macalester College in Religion and History, and has spent two years studying in Israel. Mickey is also the co-founder of Mission Minyan in San Franciso, but lives near Strawberry Creek now.