Introducing Achim-Lavi Frankfurt and Club Sababa
Achim-Lavi and Club Sababa are gaining popularity all the time. Both groups reach out to young people who are still studying or already in work.
Their offering includes the Jewish Experience and its eponymous Facebook group, which together offer regular updates on all the latest events. Two other groups are described in more detail below.
You can also contact Club Sababa via its Facebook page.
Founded in 2012, Lavi works with Jewish students and young professionals aged from about 18 to 30 around the world. It first came to Frankfurt in 2014, thanks to the support of the Central Board of Jewish Welfare in Germany (ZWST), and has since been working with the Jewish Community there as Achim-Lavi.
The overarching goal of the organisation is to strengthen the sense among younger Jews of identity and belonging to the larger Jewish people. Efforts are supported by voluntary shlichim (emissaries) from Israel who come to support Jewish communities. The aim of their activities is to create a Jewish-Israeli setting of warmth and familiarity.
As well as being home to the many who have grown up in our community, Frankfurt attracts numerous young adults from elsewhere, who come here to study. Irrespective of the extent of their experience or contact with Jewish traditions at home, many of them like to get in touch with other young Jewish people of a similar age and with the Jewish way of life more generally. Achim-Lavi would like to offer them a suitable point of contact, not least because people of this age are likely to be planning a family and could therefore be a particular enrichment to life in our community.
The Lavi shlichot not only put on their own activities but also spread the word about other events within the community. They work closely with the rabbinate, youth centre and other groups, such as the Jewish Experience, Chabad and Morascha. As well as running their own weekly meet-ups, Shabbatot and Jewish holiday events, they support the work of the Jeshurun School for Religious Studies. They offer regular lectures as well as extra tuition to complement the work of the Hebrew teachers in the I. E Lichtigfeld School, and organise events at the youth centre.
Club Sababa was founded in May 2015 by Head of Department Marc Grünbaum and is directed by Ilana Goldschmidt. Its regular meet-ups are usually held on the third Thursday of every month. Each one features a guest speaker who offers inspiration, or outlines the various career models and personal development options, and provides motivational training, for instance. A range of interesting speakers talk about their work and career paths.
Hospitality is organised by Sylvaine Dziewinski, with a kosher buffet and drinks at the bar. Leon and Sergey Spanier are responsible for Club Sababa communications.
To join Club Sababa, request membership via the restricted-access Club Sababa Facebook page, where you will also find all the information you need.