United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

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United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
FormationFebruary 23, 1913; 109 years ago (1913-02-23)[1]
FounderRabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter[2]
Legal status501(c)(3) religious organization[3]
PurposeWe strengthen kehillot. We are the network that ensures there are thriving centers of Jewish practice across North America, Israel, and beyond that celebrate both tradition and contemporary life. Together, we demonstrate what an authentic and dynamic Judaism looks like, inspire people to be a part of it, and advance its critical role in the world.[4]
HeadquartersNew York City
  • 3080 Broadway,
    New York, NY 10027
CoordinatesCoordinates: 40°45′03″N 73°58′16″W / 40.7507488°N 73.9710554°W / 40.7507488; -73.9710554
Region served
North America
Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
Leslie Lichter
International President
Ned Gladstein
AffiliationsConservative Judaism
Revenue (2017)
Expenses (2017)$11,869,563
Formerly called
United Synagogue of America

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) is the major congregational organization of Conservative Judaism in North America, and the largest Conservative Jewish communal body in the world. USCJ closely works with the Rabbinical Assembly, the international body of Conservative rabbis. It coordinates and assists the activities of its member communities on all levels.


Representatives of twenty-two Jewish congregations in North America met at the Jewish Theological Seminary on 23 February 1913.[1] The representatives formed the United Synagogue of America to develop and perpetuate Conservative Judaism.[1][2] The group elected Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter the first president.[1]

The name of the organization was changed to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in 1991.[5]

Role and description[edit]

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has 572 affiliated congregations as of 2017.[6]


USCJ sponsors the following programs:[7]

  • United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the youth movement of USCJ. The organization's mission is to empower Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.
  • Nativ is USCJ's academic gap year program in Israel for in-bound college freshmen.
  • The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem is USCJ's learning community in Israel.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jewish Synagogues Unite". The New York Times, 24 February 1913. p. 6.
  2. ^ a b "USCJ History". United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
  3. ^ a b "United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism". Exempt Organizations Select Check. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "About". August 2021.
  5. ^ Menken, Yaakov (2005). The Everything Torah Book: All You Need To Understand The Basics Of Jewish Law And The Five Books Of The Old Testament (2nd ed.). Avon, Massachusetts, United States: Adams Media. p. 177. ISBN 978-1593373252.
  6. ^ USCJ Consolidated Financial Statements' and Auditor's Report for 30 June 2017.
  7. ^ Young & Young Adult Programs. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

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