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Ladies, Gentlemen Boys and Squirrels! My name is Eric Wertheim and I am extremely thrilled honored and delighted to be your 2016 International Membership Kadima Vice President!

I am from Suffern, NY and belong to the greatest chapter in all the land, Orangetown Jewish Center. We are part of the EMEK Division IMG_0490of the Mighty Metropolitan New York (METNY) Region. Ever since I can remember, my favorite color has been orange, like the sunset (no I did not steal that from the Hunger Games), however purple has become quite the contender– from METNY to Shorashim (first graders), the age group that I work with as a counselor at Camp Ramah Day Camp in Nyack (purple being both of their colors).

I truly believe that USY is in the business of forming relationships. Every single USYer comes back and participates because of a relationship they have with a friend, role model, or director. We need to form new relationships, meet new people, share ideas and get inspired to meet others and help them feel included in our electric atmosphere.

Kadima is where it all has to start. Middle school can be a very difficult time in a kid’s life. We need to be there to pick them up when they feel down. All it takes is for one person to form a relationship for the Kadimanick to be hooked on USY, it’s that easy.

“There’s no way I can single-handedly change the world, or perhaps make a perceptible difference, but how ashamed I would be to let a day pass without making just one more effort.”

USY, we may not be able to change the world for everyone, however we can change the world, one person at a time.

“Smile and wave boys, smile and wave.” – Penguins of Madagascar


Eric Wertheim

2016 USY Membership Kadima Vice President




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