IC 2011 Photo Updates

Opening Session

Posted on December 25, 2011

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.

Candidates’ Forum

Posted on December 26, 2011

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.

Israel Fair

Posted on December 26, 2011

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.


Posted on December 27, 2011

As part of the 2011 USY International Convention, delegates elect the 2012 USY International Executive Board:

President: Joshua Ull, Hagalil
Israel Affairs Vice President: Ryan Sherman, Seaboard
Religion/Education Vice President: Jonathan “JoHo” Horowitz, NERUSY
Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice President: Maya Levine, CRUSY
Membership/Kadima Vice President: Ethan Shapiro, Hanegev
Communications Vice President: Danielle Leopold, EPA

Israel-themed Sessions

Posted on December 27, 2011

In demonstration of our commitment to the State of Israel, delegates participated in Israel-themed sessions designed to focus attention on the rich culture that makes up the Israeli Landscape. From Israeli Dance and Music to Food to Sports, USYers were able to experience Israel as a living land, even from more than 6,000 miles away.

Social Action Projects

Posted on December 28, 2011

Each year, the USY International Convention participates in social action programming designed to help enhance awareness of projects that are repairing our world each day. The projects selected for this year’s convention were designed to engage delegates in hands-on activities that make a true impact on the community. From learning about AIPAC to making and packing bears for Bears from Bergenfield, which takes new and gently-used stuffed animals and donates them to children who are victims of terror in Israel, USYers had a true opportunity to repair the world.

Dreidel Challenge

Posted on December 28, 2011

More than 900 delegates and staff at the USY International Convention attempted to  break a Guinness record of the most dreidels spinning simultaneously for 10 seconds each. That sounds easy, but as it turns out it is a very long time for a dreidel to spin. With smiles on their faces and laughter in the air, the group readied themselves, steadied their hands, and spun without abandon. At the end, we believe we broke the record with an unofficial count of 602 spinners successfully completing the challenge. Kol HaKavod! Congratulations to everyone.

Heschel Honor Society

Posted on December 28, 2011

Members of USY’s Abraham Joshual Heschel Honor Society were recognized for their commitment to Jewish study and community service. The program also featured a presentation by Marc Elliot, who lives each day with Tourette’s Syndrome and spoke candidly about “What Makes You Tic.”

Installation of Officers

Posted on December 28, 2011

The business portion of the 2011 USY International Convention concluded with the installation of the 2011 USY International Executive Board. The evening also featured presentation of USY Chapter of the Year and moving tributes to Jules A. Gutin, who is completing more than 40 years working with USY and will be transitioning into the position of Senior Education Consultant for USCJ, where he will have the opportunity to teach and impact Conservative Jews of all ages across North America. USY honors Jules and thanks him for making USY what it is today.