BESTY

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.

Meet Your BESTY Board for the 2018-2019 year:

BESTY President: Jolie Gobler, 11th grade
Social Action Vice President: Anna Portnoy, 11th grade
Membership Vice President: Eliza Jaffe, 12th grade
Communications Vice President: Eli Waldman, 12th grade
Fundraising and Merchandise Vice President: Sam Reagan, 10th grade
10th Grade Representative: Nitzan Gladstone
9th Grade Representative: Olivia Rokhsar


Mark your Calendars for our upcoming events!

In general, BESTY events are free of charge unless otherwise specified. All retreats are run through Camp Newman and registration is handled by their staff!

  • Kick of BBQ at Live Oak Park: Sunday, October 15, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, please bring something to BBQ!
  • NFTY CWR C-Dubb Smash Retreat at Camp Newman: Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22, register here!
  • NFTY CWR Fallinter Retreat at Camp Newman: Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22, registration link to come!
  • URJ Biennial Boston: Wednesday, December 6 - Sunday, December 10, register here!
  • NFTY West Coast Party Retreat at Camp Newman: Friday, January 12 - Sunday, January 14
  • RAC L'Takein Trip, Washington DC: Friday, February 23 - Monday, February 26, contact Ali G to register for this trip: agreenland@bethelberkeley.org
  • NFTY CWR Spring Conclave at Camp Newman: Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18, registration link to come!
  • NFTY CWR Gesher Kallah at Camp Newman: Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28, registration link to come!