SABABA (High School Program)


SABABA is our high school program. It includes a variety of opportunities for our high schoolers to connect socially, culturally, and intellectually. Students are invited to participate in any or all of our Sababa programs. 

Kabbalat Torah (formerly Confirmation) is taught by Rabbi Gwasdoff and is open to students in the 9th & 10th grade who have completed our Religious School program or its equivalent. Kabbalat Torah begins with dinner at 5:30p on Wednesday evenings.  Dinner is followed by a variety of topical discussions.  Class ends at 7:00p.  Every other year our class attends the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Program in Washington, DC, studying issues that face our country and the role students can play in influencing policy in America.  Our year concludes with a creative service led by our students.

ACDC (After Confirmation the Discussion Continues) is for 11th ad 12th graders. ACDC students are encouraged to attend Sababa Sundays. The class makes an annual trip to Los Angeles to experience Jewish LA and explore our Jewish Heritage.  While in LA, we visit Jewish museums, eat Jewish food, and attend Jewish cultural events. 

SABABA Sundays meet from Noon – 2pm during the academic year. We get together for lunch then study a variety of different topics including: self-care, social justice, Israel, and what it means to be a Jewish American. Topics are approached in a variety of different modalities including online experiences, guest speakers, text study, and discussion. We pride ourselves on engaging our students in open and honest dialogue and in creating a safe space for them to discuss the issues and concerns that affect their lives. Students are encouraged to ask their questions and voice their opinions. A Sababa favorite is our monthly “Rabbi’s Restaurant” which includes lunch with the Rabbi and a discussion of current events. 

TISY: Temple Israel Stockton Youth is open to all high school students in grades 9-12. Your parents do not have to be temple members for you to be a part of TISY. TISY is crazy fun and a great way to connect with other cool Jews in Stockton, San Joaquin County and beyond! TISY is a part of the Reform Movement’s National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)

Mentor & Madrich (Coach) Programs give our teens the opportunity to assist in our Hebrew and Religious Schools in either a volunteer or paid capacity.  Both mentors and madrichim are integral part of our teaching team and we are grateful for the energy and vision that they bring to our school community. Being a Hebrew Mentor or a Religious School Madrich is a great way to improve leadership skills.  It’s also great for those who need community service hours or a part-time job.  Many of our mentors and madrichim go on to teach in Religious Schools during their college years.  The hours are good and the pay is better than fast food!