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Jumping Into IC Opening Session

USY Opening Session convention teens celebrating

By Ari Kwitkin-Close Walking in, the ground is shaking. Israeli music that begs to be danced to surrounds you and there are signs all around the room. Reading NERUSY, Tzafon, Hanegev, New Frontier, and more, they represent the many regions and USYers from across North America. Meanwhile, hundreds...

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Claiming and Coming to Terms With Labels

The following was originally delivered as part of the USY Talks series at International Convention 2017 in Chicago, IL.   By Hadar Pepperstone Jewish. Queer. Diabetic. Short. Rabbi’s kid. Nerd. The list goes on. I am someone with a lot of labels and identities. Labels pervade our society and can be immense burdens, struggles that...

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Freeing Yourself From Fear

The following is adapted from a speech given as part of the USY Talks series at International Convention 2017 in Chicago, IL.   By Jacob Slavkin Every Sunday, my family gathers in the kitchen and write on a slip of paper what we are grateful for. We then...

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Sharing The Music of USY

Teen Leadership Speech

The following outgoing address was delivered by 2017 USY International President Noah Lee at International Convention in Chicago, IL, December 27, 2017.   Once, a musician of great, but unknown talent came to town. He stood on a street corner and began to play. Those who...

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