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Reflections on Hanefesh/NERUSY Spring Convention

By Zack Zabib, USY International President Normally people from New England and New York don’t get along well. Whether it’s Yankees versus Red Sox fans, or Giants versus Patriots fans, there’s some bitter history between our two regions. Luckily for me, that was not the…

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Shabbat Hagadol: The Great Shabbat

By Zach Zabib, International President Awed. Inspired. Empowered. Hopeful. These are some of the words that came to mind after spending this last Shabbat with USY at March for Our Lives.   I am in awe that I stood with a group of almost two…

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SATO Scoop: February

Welcome to this month’s edition of the SA/TO (Social Action/Tikun Olam (repairing the world) Scoop from International USY SA/TO Committee, featuring the updates on social action and sustainable living initiatives and programs. Meet the SA/TOs I’m Emily Rosenberg and you can find me collecting coffee table…

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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…

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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…

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Sharing The Music of USY

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…

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From the Office of the President

Dear USY leaders and staff, For the past nine months, it has been my honor and privilege to serve as the president of this powerful movement. I have met so many passionate teens, all of whom desire to build a better world. I am so…

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