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Read below for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about USY and Kadima.

How old does my child have to be to join?

High school aged teens, grades 9-12, can join USY. Preteens, grades 5-8* (*varies by region), can join Kadima.

How can my child get involved?

  • Locally: At regular chapter meetings hosted at USCJ kehillot (Jewish community(ies) inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) teens engage in social and educational programs connecting them to Jewish and synagogue life.
  • Regionally: USY is divided into 16 geographical areas or regions across North America
    • Regions typically hold 3-5 events a year, including kinnusim (weekend Shabbatons), dances, leadership trainings, and more
    • To find out what’s going on in your region, click here
  • Internationally: We connect teens from across North America on our immersive summer travel programs (for grades 7-12) and annually, at our International Convention

What is USY/Kadima’s religious programming like?

We endeavor to make our religious programming engaging, fun, and accessible for all teens.

Our programming is pluralistic and egalitarian, in accordance with the values and practices of an authentic and dynamic Judaism, as determined by our parent organization, USCJ.

Does USY help prepare my child for college?

Providing several leadership and service opportunities, we offer a rich and varied extra circular program to build your teen’s college resume.

Many past participants have used their program planning and logged volunteer hours as the subject of college essays.

Furthermore, our graduates thrive on campus, serving as leaders in the Jewish and secular community.

How does my child become a member?

Please contact your local synagogue and/or USY/Kadima chapter to register your teen for USY/Kadima.

Each chapter has different membership fees and requirements. To find your closest USY/Kadima chapter, contact your Regional Teen Enagement Director.

What are the membership costs?

Membership fees vary and are determined by your local chapter/synagogue.

To find your closest USY/Kadima chapter, contact your Regional Teen Engagement Director.

Are there scholarships available for USY programs? 

Scholarships are available for USY programs, as we feel that finances should not stop a participant from attending.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information about programs taking place in your region, please contact your Regional Teen Engagement Director.

For more information about international USY programs or general queries, please email

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