United Synagogue Youth
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2013)|
|United Synagogue Youth|
|Headquarters||New York, NY 10017|
|Location||820 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017|
|Region served||North America|
|Director||Rabbi Dave Levy|
|Main organ||International Executive Board, International General Board|
|Parent organization||United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ)|
United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the youth movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. USY operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Uganda. The goal of the movement is to bring Jewish teenagers closer to Judaism and Israel through learning and social interaction. The organization was founded in 1951, under the auspices of the Youth Commission of what was then the United Synagogue of America.
USY runs summer programs across the United States and in Europe with all European trips going to Israel.
High school programs
USY High is an eight-week program in which high schoolers (juniors and seniors) live at the Israel Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem, studying and exploring Israel. In the campus classroom, participants are introduced chronologically to each historical period. Campus class time is interspersed with time experiencing the "classroom without walls" - the Land of Israel. Participants learn in an ancient cave, a mountain fortress, an army bunker, riding on a camel, or at the beach. It is the sister program of Tichon Ramah Yerushalaim (TRY), which is done by Ramah. TRY is seventeen weeks long and is for sophomores and juniors.
USY International Convention
USY holds an annual convention during the winter school vacation season. The Convention includes regional delegations totaling approximately 800 teenagers ages 15 –18, plus an additional 150 staff members. The location changes from year to year, covering several regions of North America over a period of a few years.
This year’s International Convention will take place in New Orleans, December 22–26, 2013. During the week of the Convention, the teenagers (or as they are affectionately known "the USYers") participate in community service, educational, leadership, religious, cultural and social pro- gramming. The teenagers involved in our programs are fun to work with, and have a superb track record! The USY International Convention is an incredibly powerful program, having an extraordinary impact on its participants. It is a program piece of which our International organization and our parent organization are particularly proud.
This year's Co-Chairs (2013) for International Convention are Gaby Roth of the Hagalil Region (Northern New Jersey), and Jake Wassermann of EPA(Eastern PA Region).
Please visit www.usy.org/ic for more information about the extraordinary International Convention
Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society
The Heschel Honor Society is a club for USY members of secular and religious academic excellence. The club is named after Abraham Joshua Heschel. Members meet during regional conventions to discuss topics that Heschel wrote about. The Heschel Honor society holds an annual convention in March. The 2012 Heschel Kinnus will be held in Washington DC.
Hechalutzim is a club for USY members interested in Israel affairs and Religious Zionism. Members of Hechalutzim convene for regional weekends and special programs. In addition, a delegate from each region is sent to Israel with the Hechalutzim Israel Seminar.
|Name of region||Details of name||Areas covered|
|CHUSY||Chicagoland USY||Northern Illinois, Milwaukee, Madison|
|CRUSY||Central Region USY||Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana,|
|ECRUSY||Eastern Canadian Region USY||Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut|
|Emtza USY||Hebrew: אמצע, "middle"||Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,|
|EPA USY||Eastern Pennsylvania USY||Eastern and Northern Pennsylvania from Harrisburg to Scranton|
|Far West USY||Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada,|
|Hagalil USY||Hebrew: הגליל, "the Galilee"||Northern and Central New Jersey|
|Hagesher USY||Hebrew: הגשר, "The bridge"||Philadelphia area, Main Line, Brynmawr, South Jersey.|
|Hanefesh USY||Hebrew: הנפש, "the soul"||Connecticut and Western Massachusetts|
|Hanegev USY||Hebrew: הנגב, "the Negev"||Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Southern North Carolina, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico, too.|
|METNY USY||Metropolitan New York USY||Greater New York City and Long Island|
|NERUSY||New England Region USY||Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire,|
|New Frontier USY||Northern California, Reno, Nevada|
|Pinwheel USY||Pacific Northwest USY||Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta|
|Seaboard USY||Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina|
|SWUSY||Southwest USY||Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mexico|
|Tzafon USY||Hebrew: צפון, "North"||Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, Southwestern Vermont|
In Pop Culture
In the fictional blog A Day in the life of the Mac-Attack written by BlogSpot User The Jewish Blogger, the protagonists are all involved in fictional West Coast USY.
- Conservative Judaism
- KOACH, the college outreach arm of USCJ
- North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the youth group of Reform Judaism
- National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), the youth group of Orthodox Judaism
- United Synagogue Youth (USY)
- Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel
- The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USY's parent organization)
- Project Reconnect The Alumni Association of USY and all other Conservative Movement Programs
- A Day in the Life of the Mac-Attack A fictional blog about USYers