Welcome to Sababa, our peer-led 6th-8th grade youth group! We have a 10 member board this year who are working hard to create fantastic events. We'll have roughly 8 events throughout the year! Stay tuned for more information and invitations!

Thank you to all who came to our High Holy Day services and dinner in the Sukkah! Limos and Latkes was AMAZING!! Beth El represented 50% of all the participants, needing 4 limos! We raced around Berkeley taking pictures and collecting Channukah-themed items before heading to Temple Beth Abraham for a delicious dinner. Our retreat at Camp Newman was fabulous- we got to hang out at camp and see what NFTY was all about. There was a b'nei mitzvah there complete with party favors, a DJ, and lights!

Sababa Gala Volunteer and Movie night was a hit as well! Thank you to all who came and helped serve and clear dishes upstairs.

 Upcoming Events

The next event for Sababa will be Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independance Day) on Thursday, April 23 from 4-6. Thisis during regular Kadima hours! If you can come to the celebration that would be wonderful!!

Please mark your calendars for the End of the Year celebration at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Sunday May 31. This is an all-day event with transportation provided! We will leave Beth El at 10:00 am and return around 7:00 pm. We are opening this event to friends of Sababa members who are also Jewish! The cost for transportation and an all-day wristband is $40 for Beth El members and $50 for non-member friends. Click here to register!


Sababa Mission Statement

Sababa’s mission is to provide Congregation Beth El’s 6th – 8th graders with a safe environment to have fun, inclusive, peer-lead Jewish experiences. Additionally Sababa wants to build community and friendships while increasing Jewish knowledge in our membership and helping to do Tikkun Olam (repair the world).

Our 2014-15 Sababa Board


Anna Portnoy, President
Tal Zvik, Religious & Cultural Vice-President
Aaron Gilbert, Communications Vice-President
Nitzan Gladstone, Membership Vice-President
Nathan Magid, Programming Vice-President
Jolie Gobler, Social Action Vice-President
Olivia Rokhsar, Co-Merchandising & Fundraising Vice-President 
Ayden Danks, Co-Merchandising & Fundraising Vice-President
Max Sklar, 7th Grade Representative
Willa Spalter, 6th Grade Representative

Mazal tov on being elected and we look forward to an amazing year!

As always to get involved with the youth groups or to receive our e-newsletters, please contact our advisor, Emily Schnitzer, at Congregation Beth El.  We look forward to seeing you at our future events! For more information, please contact Emily Schnitzer at 510-848-3988 ext. 223