Shababa Network

What is 92Y Shababa Network?

Shababa was born at the 92nd Street Y in 2007. What began as an intergenerational Shabbat experience for families with young children (affectionately known as “Shababa Fridays” here at 92Y) quickly developed into a vast plethora of experiences, celebrating Jewish life and engaging all ages and backgrounds. Young children, parents, caretakers, grandparents and interfaith families, were all among Shababa's diverse, vibrant and growing community, growing not only in numbers, but in the meaningful connections people experienced with Judaism and with one another. 

The 92nd Street Y felt this success had to be shared. 

Created by Karina Zilberman, the Shababa approach to intergenerational Jewish experience honors the unique needs of each community and offers tools and support to educators, clergy and lay leaders seeking a transformative and joyful Jewish life for their communities. This is the journey of the Shababa Network.

92Y Shababa Network is a community development platform designed to inspire, transform, create and celebrate Jewish family experiences. It is a group of passionate experiential educators/leaders and their organizations, supporting each other through collaboration and the sharing ideas, best practices and strategies for community engagement.

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Application deadline (August 10th 2015)

For more information please contact Shababa Network 




Who joins the Shababa Network?

All 92Y Shababa Network members receive/participate in the following:

  • 92Y Shababa Network Summit - Jan 28–30, 2016, New York City. Admission for two participants (per organization.) The 92Y Shababa Summit is a three-day immersion in the Shababa approach, incorporating key elements from the training program, experiential learning, workshops and master classes in music, art, puppetry, STEM, Jewish ritual and spirituality led by innovative teachers and artists

  • Shababa Network Toolkit, including 92Y original designed puppet, exclusive tutorial videos, CDs, guidebook and 92Y Shababa educational toys.

  • One-on-one consultations with 92Y’s Karina Zilberman and Shababa Network mentors.

  • One webinar per month  with 92Y’s Karina Zilberman and other guest experts on how to increase engagement of Jewish life in communities. Past topics have included: The Power of Puppetry, Human Connection, Controlled Creative Chaos, Transitions, Innovative Social Media, Kindness, Mindful Leadership and more. *Webinars are held every month, with the exception of July and August.

  • Social Media - Access to private Shababa Network Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

  • 92Y Partnership  - Opportunity to co-brand 92Y Shababa Network on promotional materials.

  • Priority Booking – Opportunity to book Karina Zilberman for staff workshops, concerts and events in your community with special Network member rates.

  • A community of communities  - Shared support, best practices, content, and collaboration with all participating 92Y Shababa Network Organizations from across the country and around the world.

The 92Y Shababa Network annual membership fee is $1,200 per organization.