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It’s been a memorable Opening Day at USY’s International Convention. Bad weather, delayed travel, or lost (and found) baggage couldn’t dampen the spirit – the ruach – of USY!

USYers arrived throughout the day as audible screams could be heard across the Convention space. For many USYers, this may be the first time they’ve seen each other in a few months (i.e. eons of time to a teenager) and that’s part of what makes USY International Convention so special and meaningful. These reunions are lifeblood for many USYers and watching them reconnect is a cause for celebration!

Our evening was filled with talent from across USY’s 17 regions during “USY’s Got Talent.” Singers, musicians, dancers, a magician, a juggler, and more delighted the crowd and even put our three guest-judges – USY International President Michael Sacks, USCJ CEO Rabbi Steven Wernick, and Hollywood Exec and USY alum Andy Fickman – at a loss for words (sometimes). Click here to go to the Live Stream page and check out USY’s Talent and click here to view a photo gallery from the program.The festivities officially got underway at the Opening Session (also known as “the #icnola show”). All the regions were introduced, they sang together, they learned together, and they began our week withruach. USCJ President Richard Skolnik also gave away $500 scholarships to USY Summer Programs to four randomly-selected USYers: Nathan Bishop (SWUSY), Carly Rosner (Hanegev), Klementyna Posniak (CRUSY), and Jessica Perl (CHUSY). Click here to go to the Live Stream page and relive the magic and click here to view a photo gallery from the program.

The day also began with wonderful news and feature stories about #icnola:

USY International Convention Video Highlights: Sunday, Dec. 22
USY International Convention
Video Highlights:
Sunday, December 22

Finally, each day’s Daily Update will include a short recap video produced by our media partner, Unique Video Concepts. Each year, Unique Video captures hours of footage and creates a memorable International Convention video; this year, we’ll be sharing some select highlights of each day with you!

The fun and excitement has only just begun. Tomorrow, we’ll take it to the streets and engage in Tikun Olam – Repairing Our World – with hands-on projects in New Orleans and will hear from Michael Sacks and Andy Fickman. This session will be broadcast on our Live Stream page beginning at 8:30 p.m. Central Time.

Laila Tov from #icnola!
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