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NEW YORK – In 1951, United Synagogue’s leaders, building upon the vibrant programming for teenagers that had taken solid root in Conservative synagogues throughout North America, created the international organization called United Synagogue Youth.
USY is an organization where Jewish teenagers come together to celebrate and learn about Judaism, develop a sense of Jewish identity, acquire leadership skills, and build lifelong friendships. It has become one of the largest and most active Jewish youth groups in the world.
Fifty-nine years after its founding, USY and Kadima, its program for middle school students, continue to play a significant role in shaping the lives of young Conservative Jews and future Jewish leaders. Tens of thousands of young people have been USY members during these nearly sixty years, and USY alumni have taken on significant leadership roles, serving in the United States Congress, as CEOs of major corporations, and presidents of influential Jewish organizations, and prominent universities.
In honor of USY’s upcoming 60th anniversary, the alumni association is planning a yearlong celebration, which will begin in December 2010. USY is looking forward to reconnecting with its alumni around the world as the festivities continue.
“Each generation has had its unique challenges, and for 60 years USY has helped Jewish teenagers define their Jewish identity and shape their Jewish future,” Richard Moline, director of United Synagogue’s Youth and Young Adult Services department, said. “USY is committed to continuing its efforts to help young people make informed Jewish choices that we hope will lead to productive, fulfilling, and active Jewish lives in this ever-changing world.”
To raise awareness of its work and to respond to the diverse needs and interest of teenagers today, this year USY will honor four of its notable alumni and founding synagogues through new initiatives and scholarship programs.
We are pleased to announce the following International Honorees and New Endowment Funds:
There will be a series of events across the continent throughout the year as we remember USY’s glorious past and look forward with great excitement to its bright future. We will let you know as soon as we have more details. Please sign up to get more information. We’d love to see you there celebrating with us.
A program of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, United Synagogue Youth provides a social, religious and educational forum where high-school-aged Jews can explore and celebrate their Judaism, live Jewish lives in accordance with Jewish ethics and values, and become better members of the Jewish and greater communities in which they live, all in the context of the Conservative movement. For more information, go to www.usy.org  and www.uscj.org  or www.projectreconnect.org .
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