The Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society recognizes USYers committed to the study of Torah, prayer, and performance of G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). It was established in 1979 to encourage teens to learn more about Judaism and the observance of mitzvot (good deeds).
One of the most influential rabbis of modern times, Rabbi Heschel (1907-1972) was a teacher, philosopher, and activist for social justice.
A professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he was an outspoken advocate for human rights, one of the first major Jewish figures to join the Civil Rights movement, a protester against the Vietnam War and an activist for aiding Soviet Jewry.
Members have opportunities to participate in special programming focused on Jewish education and practice including:
The Heschel Society requires USYers to demonstrate active involvement in each of the following three areas: