Youth Groups

Congregation Beth El currently has three fantastic youth groups. Beth El Synagogue Teen Youth (BESTY) is our 9th-12th grade group, Sababa is our 6th - 8th grade youth group and Keif Kids is our K through 5th grade youth program. Our youth groups serve various purposes in our community. They are a chance for our youth to explore their Judaism together in an informal education setting. They are an opportunity for teens to build peer leadership skills and organizational agency. Furthermore, they are a space for our youth to have fun as a part of our Jewish community while feeling a sense of ownership over the programming they are doing. We have a fantastic youth lounge with couches, games and spaces to relax for our teens. Previous events included Limos & Latkes, a bonfire in the Beth El courtyard, trips to see Cal Bears' sporting events, and much more. Our youth groups are led by the Beth El Youth Director Emily Schnitzer ( and Youth Advisor Ali Greenland (

BESTY is peer-led. It is associated with NFTY–the North American Federation of Temple Youth. This is the Union for Reform Judaism's international organization for teens. The region of NFTY that we live in is the Central West Region and includes URJ Camp Newman. Throughout the year there are regional, national and international opportunities available to our teens through NFTY. To keep up with BESTY events, join the Facebook group here.

2015-16/5776 BESTY Board

(starting from the top right and moving clockwise)
Rudy Brandt, Religious and Cultural Vice-President for NFTY Regional Board
Jolie Gobler, Communications Vice-President
Anna Portnoy, Fundraising and Merchandise Vice-President
Eli Waldman, 10th grade Rep
Daniel Kivel-Goldstein, Programming Vice-President
Nathan Magid, 9th grade Rep

Not pictured:
Kayla Reagan, President
Liora Ami, Religious and Cultural Vice-President