Learn the Lingo
USY and Kadima “lingo” can be confusing sometimes, so a vocabulary list has been devised for you to help you understand everything that is going on. Soon you will have heard these words so many times that they will become second nature! Meanwhile this list will help you get by.
Achshav – The International newspaper e-mailed to all members.
Advisor – Adults who work with USY chapters and supervise chapter and regional events.
Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society – An honor society for USYers who excel in areas of Hebrew study, Mitzvot, and Torah.
Benching – (See Birkat) The prayer said after meals.
Birkat Hamazon – The prayer said after meals (See Benching)
Chofesh – The Hebrew word for free time. At an event, Chofesh is a time to have fun with friends, catch up on old times, or just sleep!
Curfew – Some sort of time constraint that is supposed to be derived for our benefit, but not always viewed as such.
Dugma – Hebrew word used to mean “good example.”
International Board – A group of 6 USYers who were elected by the people for the people. It consists of President, Israel Affairs VP, Religious/Education VP, Social Actions/Tikun Olam VP, Membership/Kadima VP, and Communications VP.
Hechalutzim – A USY club for those interested in learning and teaching about Israel and Zionism.
Hechalutzon – A newsletter given to all members of Hechalutzim (See Hechalutzim).
International Convention – An annual gathering during the winter break of USYers from all over America and Canada. It is a time to see your friends from summer programs or Ramah camps, or to meet new people from other regions.
Kadima – The pre-USY organization for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
Listserver – A “Listserver” (also known just as a “ListServ” or “List”) is a system that allows USYers to be informed about current events, updates, and anything else that might be important.
Macher – A big shot USYer, or past USYer.
Maariv – The evening service
Mincha – The afternoon service
Nativ – A yearlong program designed for college freshmen. This consists of six months of study at Hebrew University and either four months of Kibbutz life, or community service jobs in Beersheva
Ruach – Singing, dancing, and SPIRIT!
Shacharit – The morning service
613 Mitzvot Corp – For just $6.13 (which goes to T.O. – see Tikun Olam) you can join the international Mitzvot club where you will receive special mailings.
Social Actions – Acts of loving kindness.
Tikun Olam – The USY Tzedakah fund for “repairing the world”; money raised to be allocated to the Conservative movement, charities chosen by the Region and scholarships for USY summer programs.
USY Israel Pilgrimage – USY’s six week summer tour of Israel. Also Poland/Israel Pilgrimage, Eastern European Israel Seminar, and Spain/Israel Pilgrimage.
USY on Wheels – A six-and-a-half week tour of the United States, with stops in Canada. An amazing experience!