I began volunteering in Connecticut Region USY in 1974 when a good friend asked me to help staff USY Encampment. For the next couple of years I was program director for the Kadima part of the Encampment. In the years to follow I served in a number of roles at Encampment including teaching, education director, and assistant director.
In the early 80’s I was a Connecticut Region field worker, responsible for staffing and programming at seven synagogue-hosted Kadima kinnusim. In 1975 I was asked to staff Fall and Spring Conventions, usually as an educator. In 1984 I moved from Connecticut to Massachusetts, but my first NERUSY Spring convention was in 1983. Since 1975 I have attended a Spring Convention and Encampment for one of those regions (some years for both), with only two exceptions.
My first International Convention was in 1979 (Rye Town Hilton, New York), and I have attended every International Convention (with one exception). In 1998 I took on the role of Youth Chair for New England Region United Synagogue, which is still my role today.
Although I started my career in high-tech, working for General Electric, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard (HP), I will soon complete my 18th year as a math teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, now known as Schechter Boston. I have also been a shaliach tzibbur for the High Holy Days every year since 1974, most recently at Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA since 1997.
In USY, I learned how to be a teacher, and I learned, a little late in life, that teaching is my passion. It was my work with USY that led me to my current job as a math teacher. As I became less and less satisfied with my job in high-tech, I realized that teaching was what I really wanted to do. And I did it. It gives me great joy to see former USYers and former students become successful adults, knowing that USY had in some way taught them or influenced them to be who they are today.