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 Ruach is our 4th & 5th grade group. 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. It is an opportunity for teens to build peer leadership skills and organizational agency. Furthermore it is time specifically for our youth to have fun as apart of our Jewish community and keep the Camp Kee Tov Ruach (spirit) with them all year long. We have a fantastic youth lounge with a ping-pong table, couches and space to relax for our teens. Previous events included a basketball tournament for Nothing But Nets, Weekend Shabbaton, Ski/Snowboard Trip, and much more.

BESTY is peer-led. It is associated to 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 include's URJ Camp Newman. Throughout the year there are regional, national and international opportunities available to our teens through NFTY.

2013-14/5774 BESTY Board

Upcoming Events:

8th graders are welcome at all events for the rest of the year!

BESTY Homemade Laser Tag
Saturday, March 22nd, 5:30 - 10 pm
Congregation Beth El
$5 for members, $10 for future members
RSVP to our President, Rudy Brandt, at
NFTY-CWR Spring Conclave
April 4-6
Register Now!

Early Bird Registration available until March 20th. 
Questions? Contact our adviser Rebecca DePalma,, 510-848-2122 ext. 214.

Save the Dates
BESTY event April 19
BESTY Elections May 9
NFTY-CWR Gesher Conclave May 16-18

BESTY Membership fees are $36 for Beth El members. You can join by filling out this online form. Also please fill out our health & safety forms so that we can ensure your safety and well being at all events. Thank you!