Youth Groups

Congregation Beth El currently has three fantastic youth groups that are a space for our youth, Kindergarten through 12th grade, to gather, bond, have fun and grow their Jewish identities and communities. 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 (

Beth El Synagogue Teen Youth (BESTY) is our 9th - 12th grade peer-led youth group. It is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism's national youth movement, NFTY–the North American Federation of Temple Youth. 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.

We're so excited about our BESTY Board for the 2017-2018 year:
Liora Ami: BESTY President
Daniel Kivel-Goldstein
Eli Waldman
Eliza Jaffe
Jolie Gobler
Nitzan Gladstone
Nathan Magid
Sam Reagan

BESTY at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

What does BESTY mean to you?

BESTY Board Meeting