Israel Fair

On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel was transformed into an Israeli fair, with tasty falafel lunch, various booths set up to learn about Israel, play games and purchase regional regalia.

Candidates’ Forum

USY International Convention includes the annual election of officers to lead the organization. Each candidate has an opportunity answer questions posed by current International Executive Board members to highlight their perspective as related to the office they seek. Rabbi Steven Wernick, Executive Vice President and CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, offered greetings at the beginning of the session.

Opening Session

International Convention 2011 officially kicked off today with Opening Ceremonies. More than 750 USYers and over 200 staff, representating all 17 regions of USY overpowered everyone with their ruach! The 2011 International Executive Board and the 2011 Co-Chairs, Ellie Carr and Shira Goldstein, then welcomed everyone, as did Richard Skolnik, president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. USY Director Jules Gutin also introduced the study theme of the convention, which will focus on Derech Eretz — Jewish Ethics and Values.

Tikun Olam Contribution Cards

Support USY and the Tikun Olam Tzedakah Fund when you celebrate a Simha or send condolences. Cards can be purchased in packages of 10 for $18. Click here to download additional information.

USY Celebrates 60 Years

Since it’s humble beginnings in 1951, USY has been the catalyst of life’s meaningful moments to hundreds and thousands of Jewish teenagers. To mark this incredible milestone, USY is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary with four gala events around North America, the establishment of new scholarship funds, and the rejuvenation of a USY Alumni Association. Be part of the excitement and energy as we celebrate our history and look forward to our future. To learn more, go to

Thursday, August 11th

Today Bus C’s fantastic summer came to a close. The group woke up and did Shacharit together for the last time before saying their tear-filled goodbyes. Bus C then began to head home as some wheelniks headed to the airport or were picked up by parents. The summer was truly an experience of a lifetime and the friendships that were made will last a lifetime. Thank you for reading. We hope to see the wheelniks at USY International Convention in Philadelphia!

Wednesday, August 10th

After a later wake up this morning Bus C davened and ate breakfast and then headed into Philadelphia. Their first stop of the day was at the SHARE Food Bank where they donated what was left of their snacks and food from the summer. Afterwards the wheelniks visited the “Rocky Steps” and raced their way to the top just like the Sylvester Stallone did in the movie. Afterwards, the group had tour of the US mint and saw how coins are made. Next the group headed over to see the liberty bell and had free time in the Independence Hall area. Later on Bus C visited the shops on South Street and then headed to their hotel to prepare for the banquet. In the evening the wheelniks came together for their “end of the summer banquet” where they gave out paper plate awards, got their group t- shirts and picture, and spent time sharing stories and memories from the summer. Later on the wheelniks changed into some more comfortable clothes and watched the group slideshow and hung out together late into the night.

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