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As friends celebrated around the world today, we too had a reason to celebrate,
as we mark the end of a term and the beginning of new opportunities for USY.

As #icnola approaches its completion, it was time to take care of some business in the form of election of officers for 2014. Congratulations to the 2014 USY International Executive Board:

  • President: Aaron Pluemer (New Frontier)
  • Israel Affairs Vice President: Ariel Weinstein (EMTZA)
  • Religion/Education Vice President: Gila Fridkis (Seaboard)
  • Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice President: Joe Goldberg (EMTZA)
  • Membership/Kadima Vice President: Abraham Bayer (Hanefesh)
  • Communications Vice President: Brandon Ginsberg (Hanegev)

USY would also like to recognize the outgoing officers for their hardwork and commitment while serving as the 2013 USY International Executive Board:

  • President: Michael Sacks (Far West)
  • Israel Affairs Vice President: Eden Strassburg (EPA)
  • Religion/Education Vice President: Andy Weissfeld (CRUSY)
  • Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice President: Katie Hamelburg (Seaboard)
  • Membership/Kadima Vice President: Rebecca Groner (METNY)
  • Communications Vice President: Marc Bornstein (NERUSY)

USY also presented a variety of recognition awards to deserving USY chapters and USY regions for the 2012-13 program year, including:

  • International Chapter of the Year: Beth El (BERUSY), St. Louis Park, MN (EMTZA)
  • Largest Regional Contribution to Tikun Olam: Hagalil
  • Largest Chapter Contribution to Tikun Olam: North Surburban Synagogue, Highland Park, IL (CHUSY)
    Largest Regional USY Membership increase: Hagesher
  • Largest Chapter USY Membership increase: Beth Am, San Diego, CA (Far West)
  • Largest Regional Kadima Membership increase: Far West

Our day ended just as it began: filled with music. IC Shaharit Live has become a staple each year and a highlight for many at International Convention. Delegates spend dedicated time – including their own free time – to learn chords and practice in unison. Their dedication to their craft comes through in the energy and excitement in the room as Shaharit becomes more than a prayer service, it becomes a time of joy and passion for the USYers. Click here to view a photo gallery from the program.

And what would a USY International Convention be without a little music and dancing the night away to cap off a great week! 

Please check out some additional media coverage of our time at #icnola:

Thursday is our final day together, before we return to our local communities with the charge of bringing intensity and ruach of #icnola to our kehillot, local USY chapters and USY regions. We’ll also debut the #icnola commemorative video and announce the location for USY International Convention 2014. The Closing Session will be broadcast on Live Stream beginning at 11:15 a.m. Central Time.

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