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SHABABA is where Jewish learning is cool. SHABABA is a mixture of the Hebrew words "Shabbat" and "Sababa". Shabbat is the day of rest which we celebrate every Friday night to Saturday night. Sababa is a Hebrew slang word meaning "cool".

What we learn

Every SHABABA session is built around three pillars that, according to Shimon the Righteous, are the three pillars of the world: Torah, Avodah (serving God through prayer and mitzvot) and G'milut Chasadim (acts of loving-kindness) (Pirkei Avot 1:2).


Torah study is central to living Jewishly, finding meaning in our lives and connecting with God. Every week at SHABABA we explore big ideas from the Torah and discover how they relate to our lives. Students come to appreciate the centrality of learning in Jewish life.


We serve God and develop a relationship with God through avodah (service) including prayer and mitzvot (commandments). At SHABABA, developing our spiritual selves through prayer and the performance of mitzvot are central to our experience each week.


Performing acts of loving-kindness is how we bring God's Presence into the world. Every week, we encourage our students to live the Jewish value of chesed (loving-kindness) along with many others. We also strive to feel God's loving-kindness in our lives through radical amazement at the world.


Kehillah means, "community." It is in kehillah, our learning community, that our children connect with one another and celebrate Jewish heritage, culture and tradition. Learning in kehillah is experiential and mastery-based. We don't just learn about prayer - we do it! We don't just read about mitzvot - we do them!

SHABABA meets in kehillah each week on Saturday afternoons from 4:00pm-5:30pm. These sessions give our students an opportunity to participate in and learn all about the Shabbat services and learn about parshat hashavua (the Torah portion of the week) all while practicing and embodying Jewish values.


Chavruta means "friendship" or "partnership" and is a traditional approach to Jewish study in which a pair of learners analyze, discuss and debate a shared text. At SHABABA, chavruta is an opportunity for students to learn in partnership with their Madrichim (learning guides). It also gives an opportunity for our Madrichim (learning guides) to offer support and a chance to have a spiritual check-in with every child. 

Every student in SHABABA has a chavruta (partnership) learning session by video conference with Rabbi David twice a month at a mutually convenient time. During these chavruta sessions we build upon what we've learned in kehillah and focus on each student's passions.

How we learn

What are the perks?

When you register for SHABABA you also "Come Into THE TENT" and become a part of the OHEL family. There are no dues at OHEL and no High Holy Day tickets. Our greatest joy is to welcome you into THE TENT.


What is the SHABABA schedule​?

  • SHABABA meets in kehillah (community) Saturday afternoons from 4:00pm-5:30pm

  • Our online chavruta (partnership) sessions are held weekdays after school or Sunday afternoons at a time that is convenient for your family

  • SHABABA follows the Broward county public school calendar and runs from September through May for approximately 34 weeks of learning (not including vacations and days off).


Who is SHABABA for?

  • SHABABA is great for families whose children are not enrolled in a synagogue based-religious school program

  • SHABABA is perfect for day school families who are looking for a Shabbat learning experience for their children

  • SHABABA is ideal for families whose children attend a religious school program and are looking for a Shabbat learning experience.

What does it cost?

Tuition at SHABABA is $1122 for the whole year. That includes:

  • Saturday afternoon kehillah (community) sessions

  • Chavruta (partnership) program

And don't forget, when you register for SHABABA you also "Come Into THE TENT" and become a part of the OHEL family. There are no dues at OHEL and no High Holy Day tickets.

We want to make your tuition payments as easy as possible. That's why we offer three different payment plans. At the appropriate times throughout the year (depending on which plan you choose), you will receive a bill via email that you can pay online or by sending a check into SHABABA. (Please make all checks out to OHEL, Inc.)