International Convention 2009

Opening Session

Posted on December 27, 2009

International Convention 2009 officially kicked off today with Opening Ceremonies. More than 650 USYers and over 150 staff, representing all 17 regions of USY, overpowered everyone with their ruach! The 2009 International Executive Board and the 2009 Co-Chairs, Chelsea Wagner and David Wallach, then welcomed everyone. USY Director Jules Gutin also introduced the study theme of the convention, which will focus on healthy relationships.

USY’s Best Dance Crew

Posted on December 27, 2009

The evening program was a dance contest. Each region sent a “crew” that amazed everyone with their brilliant moves and skills. The top three regions were Hanegev, Far West, and NERUSY with Hanegev taking top honors.

Nominations and Candidates’ Forum

Posted on December 28, 2009

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.

Feature Presentation: Ordinary Heroes

Posted on December 28, 2009

Tonight’s session included a number of presentations. Tikun Olam awards were presented, the Nativ 29 video was presented, followed by David Helfand, 2009 USY International President, who reflected on a meaningful year in office. The program closed with a feature presentation called USY’s Ordinary Heroes.

Election of Officers

Posted on December 29, 2009

As part of the 2008 USY International Convention, delegates elect the 2010 USY International Executive Board:

Summer Program Reunions

Posted on December 29, 2009

USYers who went on USY summer programs reunited to look through photos and relive some old memories! Wheelniks, Pilgrims, HeChalutzim Seminar, and Ramah Seminar participants all proudly wore their group shirts and helped encourage more USYers to take part in USY Summer Programs in 2010.

Around the World with USY

Posted on December 29, 2009

USYers got a chance to see some of the experiences of USY Summer Programs and learn about the different opportunities available to the over the upcoming summer.

Summer Lovin’

Posted on December 29, 2009

The feature presentation of the evening was “Summer Lovin'”. This program recognized the hundreds of couples that met in USY, specifically on USY Summer Programs. Thank you to everyone who submitted their stories!

Creative Tefillot

Posted on December 30, 2009

To help create a meaningful and spiritual community, USY International Convention delegates had an opportunity to participate in Creative Tefillot sessions. Selections included meditation, art, drama, music, film, and more.

Heschel Session

Posted on December 30, 2009

This afternoon’s session featured a few components. USYers were inducted into the Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor society follow by a speech from Dr. Ron Wolfson, the Figerhut Professor of Education at the American Jewish University and President of Synagogue 3000. He is also the Author of “God’s To-Do List” and “The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven” and many other books. He was then presented the USY Alumni Award by the International Youth Commission Chair, Paul Kochberg.

Social Action Carnival

Posted on December 30, 2009

The USYers hosted a SATO Carnival for some of Chicago’s underprivileged youth. We had lots of games, food, gifts, and arts & crafts that were donated to local organizations.

Installation of Officers

Posted on December 30, 2009

The business portion of the 2009 USY International Convention concluded with the installation of the 2010 USY International Executive Board.

Shacharit Live/Closing Ceremonies

Posted on December 31, 2009

For the final religious service of the 2008 USY International Convention, USYers took part in IC Shacharit Live!, the morning service presented multimedia components complemented with musical accompaniment by a band of USYers and USY staff. After a delicious brunch, the IC Chicago convention video was shown where it was announced that IC 2010 will be in Orlando! The new International President, Josh Block then closed convention.