Ga’avah is a student run space for queer Jews, or those interested in learning more about queer Judaism. We aim to create a space where people are willing to ask questions, find friendship and support, and get tapped into the ways we can support our queer/Jewish community at large. In the past we have held movie nights, Torah study, and open space to simply hang out. We are open to event suggestions, and you can contact us at If you want to stay updated, fill out our contact form at


Val, ’25


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Val (’25) grew up in Reno, Nevada before coming to Cal. He is planning on double majoring in Math and Conservation & Resource Studies. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, finding new and interesting music, and meandering.

Anya, ’25


Anya is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in societies and cultures, and a particular interest in US-China relations. They moved from China to the Bay Area when they were 10. In her free time Anya enjoys drinking tea, playing piano, and rambling. He is very excited for the future of Ga’avah and of queer Jewish community at Cal!

Lyric, ’24



Lyric (‘24) is a self-appointed Jewish American Princess who is currently majoring in English. In her free time she enjoys perusing Yiddish literature and HBO originals.



Sam, ’25


Sam (’25) is a Bundist from Los Angeles. He is double majoring in History and Political Science, with a particular focus on Jewish socialist movements in Central and Eastern Europe. He spends his free time learning Yiddish, reading, playing piano, and organizing with the Democratic Socialists of America.