United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
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|Formation||February 23, 1913|
|Founder||Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter|
|Legal status||501(c)(3) religious organization|
|Headquarters||New York City|
Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
|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. The representatives formed the United Synagogue of America to develop and perpetuate Conservative Judaism. The group elected Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter the first president.
The name of the organization was changed to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in 1991.
Role and description
USCJ sponsors the following programs:
- 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.
- "Jewish Synagogues Unite". The New York Times, 24 February 1913. p. 6.
- "USCJ History". United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
- "United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism". Exempt Organizations Select Check. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- 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.
- USCJ Consolidated Financial Statements' and Auditor's Report for 30 June 2017.
- Young & Young Adult Programs. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.