USY empowers Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences.
What is USY?
USY is USCJ.org’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens (Grades 9 – 12) across North America that, for more than 60 years, has taught Jewish teens the values and skills needed to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities.
A second home, USY offers a safe, fun space where teens can be themselves and discover their potential. In USY, teens:
- Enjoy a break from the social and academic pressures of high school
- Socialize & form friendships with other teens from across North America
- Develop and express personal and spiritual identities
- Gain confidence and leadership skills
- Experience the joy of an authentic and dynamic Judaism
- Repair the world through volunteering, advocacy and giving to communities locally and globally
- Explore the world and discover diverse cultures through immersive travel
Temple Beth Sholom is affiliated with the Department of Youth Activities of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. As part of Hanefesh region, which includes Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, our members can participate in all regional activities under the leadership of Marcus Fink. There are many regional programs to participate in throughout the year, such as conventions, dances, and week-long encampments.
Kadima, which literally translates to “forward” in Hebrew, is the youth group for Jewish preteens in Grades 6 – 8. It is the middle school equivalent of USY. Once you ‘graduate’ from Kadima, consider joining USY!
If you are interested in joining USY/Kadima or have any questions, contact tbsOffice@tbshamden.com.