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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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Learn about Kadima, our program for pre-teens, grades 5-8 (varies by region)

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How Will USY/Kadima Enrich Your Child’s Life?

 Building Lasting Connections

USY/Kadima bring Jewish teens together away from the social and academic pressures of middle/high school, creating a warm, inclusive community, that 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.

“When you walk into a room of USYers you immediately surrounded by the friendliest group of teenagers you will ever meet. USY is entirely 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.”

– Miriam; Detroit, MI (CRUSY)

Inspiring and Empowering Young Leaders

USY/Kadima activate the next generation of Jewish leaders. Through leadership training, 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 (Jewish community(ies) inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) and beyond.

“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.”

– Noah; Richmond, ON (ECRUSY)

Dedication to Jewish Values

USY/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.

“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 tikkun olam at International Convention. I’m the Jew and the person I am today because of my four years of USY.”

– Adam; Vancouver, BC (Pinwheel)

Meaningful Religious Observance

USY/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, teens experience an authentic and dynamic Judaism.

“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…these USY traditions are what make prayer something I now willingly participate in not “just because” but rather because I find it meaningful and impactful.”

– Dalia; San Jose, CA (New Frontier)

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