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For more than 60 years we have provided a safe, caring community for teens to thrive, grow, and be proud of their Jewish identities.

Through year-round, engaging and fun programming in synagogues, regionally, and internationally, USY and Kadima keep teens connected to Jewish life through their post-b’nai mitzvah years.

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How Will USY and Kadima Enrich Your Teen’s/PreTeen’s Life?

Building Lasting Connections

USY and Kadima bring Jewish teens together away from the social and academic pressures of middle/high school, creating a warm, inclusive community, the young group allows teens to explore their identities and truly be themselves. Participants form close and enduring connections with their Jewish peers that last for years to come.

 

Miriam

CRUSY

Detroit, MI

When you walk into a room of USYers you immediately surrounded by the friendliest group of teenagers you will ever meet. USY is made up of people who are kind, passionate, and accepting. This wonderful community has allowed me to discover what I care about and how I can share it with others.

Alex

METNY

Roslyn, NY

Not only have I formed incredible friendships in USY, but it has given me the perfect community. I have such a strong network of friends [that I feel comfortable around]. That ability to reach out to other people just based on the fact you were both in USY is so special.

Inspiring and Empowering Young Leaders

USY and Kadima activate the next generation of Jewish leaders. Through leadership training and encouragement to take initiative, whether in an elected position, by leading services and reading Torah, or volunteering in their communities, we equip teens with the skills needed to make a positive change in their kehillot (sacred communities) and beyond.

Mili

Hanefesh

Westport, CT

USY has given me countless opportunities [to] make me a better leader. I led ruach at a convention [and] got people who don't usually sing involved by helping them with the words and being enthusiastic, so that others really get into it. That has made me want to [get more involved] so I can always be inspiring people to grow, not only Jewishly, but all around.

Noah

ECRUSY

Richmond, ON

USY and has helped me become confident in myself to stand out as a leader among my friends. It guided me along the way, helping me gain self-confidence and teaching me that being yourself and stepping out of your shell isn't something to be scared of.

Dedication to Jewish Values

USY and Kadima connect teens to the larger Jewish community by focusing on the values and issues that bind us together including a commitment to tikun olam (repairing the world) and a love for the Jewish homeland, Israel.

Adam

Pinwheel

Vancouver, BC

Not only has USY introduced me to most of my closest friends, it has also strengthened my connection to Judaism through visiting the Kotel on USY Israel Pilgrimage to practicing tikun olam at International Convention. I’m the Jew and the person I am today because of my four years of USY.

Emily

Hanefesh

Longmeadow, MA

I've seen firsthand that there is no age requirement for making a difference in the world. The simple kindness and love that USYers show each other every day inspires me to do my part to make the world a happier place for everyone, just like USY has done for me.

Meaningful Religious Observance

USY and Kadima take alternative and fun approaches to prayer in order to make it more relevant and meaningful for teens. From eating kosher, davening with ruach (spirit), wrapping tefillin and wearing tallit, and relaxing with friends on Shabbat, our teens experience an authentic and dynamic Judaism.

Nathan

SWUSY

Houston, TX

USY has really helped me in getting in touch with my Judaism. It has encouraged me to study more and enjoy learning about my faith. I'm also able to have a better time in services knowing that I'm getting to do this with some of my closest friends.

Dalia

New Frontier

San Jose, CA

It was not until I joined USY that I understood the meaning behind prayer: When everyone dances around for a Kabbalat Shabbat service, or sings a song when washing their hands before Hamotzi...it is these USY traditions that make prayer something I now willingly participate in not "just because" but rather because I find it meaningful and impactful.

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