SABABA is the Jewish education program for teens in the Greater Harrisburg area (formerly known as Hebrew High.)  The program is open to teens in grades 8-12.   In 2020-2021, we are offering two options:  "The Whole Sababa" and "Sababa Monthly Meetups"  The whole program will be totally virtual, while the monthly meetups include some socially distant face to face programs in addition to some online programming.  See below for more details.

Welcome to Sababa 2020-2021


A message from Lori Rubin:


At this time, we are working diligently to present programs that will be meaningful for our teens, offer social interaction, and are rooted in Jewish values. This year, we have two options to share: The Whole Sababa is described below and the Sababa Monthly Meetup information can be found by continuing to scroll down.


Each month beginning in mid -October 2020, we will have unit of study that will be grounded in Jewish texts and will honor a Jewish value:

  1. Review the areas of focus 
  2. Choose the one that speaks to them
  3. Complete the Unit Pre-Form
  4. Participate independently with the resources provided
  5. Complete the Reflection Form
  6. Present what they learned during a monthly Zoom Call


Our units are as follows:






Oct 18-Nov 22

Hesed – Start with Kindness


Dec 6-Jan 3

Hodayah – Experiencing Gratitude


Jan 3 – Feb 7

Anavah – Centering in a Balanced Self


Feb 7 – March 7

Shmirat HaDibbur – Exercising Mindful Speech


March 7- April 4

Tzedek – Let Righteousness Flow


April 4 – May 2

Emunah – Generating Trustworthiness


Areas of Focus - Hesed




Check out the work of Richard McBee.  On his website, he shares the art of Tanya Fredman.  Explore the pieces of art and share with us how you think the art connects to Acts of Loving Kindness.




Listen to the songs below or find your own lyrics that remind you of acts of loving kindness.  Be prepared to share the song/s you chose and why/how you think they are reminiscent of Hesed.


Olam Hesed Yibaneh - Menachem Creditor


Try a Little Kindness - Glen Campbell


One Day - Matisyahu




Choose one of the selections below or find one of your own choosing.  Read the book in its entirety and be able to explain what it said to you about Hesed.


Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson


As Good as Anybody - Richard Michelson


The Prom - Saundra Mitchell



Watch one of the selections below or find one of your own choosing.  After viewing, please be prepared to explain the synopsis and how you felt it related to the theme of this unit.

Just Mercy

The Prom

Pay It Forward




This month, we are exploring Kreplach.  Read the article below and try Meri Zegelman’s recipe for kreplach.  What do kreplach have to do with kindness?  Let us know!




Interested in volunteering?  You can register to either:


  1. Work with younger kids at Gesher or Ohev Sholom during religious school by helping as a Zoom Aide
  2. Correspond with seniors at the Jewish Home or through the Senior Club at the JCC
  3. Have another idea?  Let us know!

Still uncertain?  Have another idea?  You can create your own adventure by contacting Lori Rubin directly

Sababa Monthly Meetup

Want a more casual version of Sababa? You can register for any of the monthly programs below for $18/session or $100/all!



November 1 - Making a Difference - Helping those in need

A hands-on event - we will make cards to brighten up the seniors at the Jewish Home, assemble snack bags for kids in foster care through JFS, and Kindness rocks to place to bring joy to others unexpectedly


December 6 - Fried Everything Party - an online Chanukah event


This program will include a short video, trivia game, and a fried food competition.  Participants will be asked to fry a food of their choice in oil and judges will determine the winner in categories such as:  Most creative, Most appealing, and Most colorful


January 24 - Tu B’shevat Hike - Fort Hunter Conservancy 

We will gather for a hike featuring “seven species” trail mix


February 21 - Purim Palooza - Virtual Escape the Room 

Will we be able to escape the room virtually in order to experience the Purim story?


March 21 - Online Chocolate Seder

Kits will be provided for participants so they can enjoy a festive experience virtually together.


April 25th - Lag B’Omer Field Games

Bring your lawn games - a social event where we can enjoy a little friendly competition while exploring the themes of Lag B’Omer