Author of four YA novels: Girl Out of Water, You Asked for Perfect, It’s a Whole Spiel, Recommended for You
HaNegev USY Alum
The most important thing USY did for me was keep me connected to my Jewish Community; it would have been easy to lose that connection. By staying connected with my Jewish friends, and keeping my Judaism at the top of my mind, USY remains a part of my life and work to do this day.
As a novelist who writes about the experience of teenagers and young adults, the themes of my USY experience show up in my writing on a regular basis. Issues of inclusion, friendship, activism, introversion are largely universal themes for teenagers, and USY provided me a space to gain comfort with myself, and by extension use those learnings to teach them to others.
USY empowers thousands of Jewish teenagers through creating exceptional Jewish experiences, yet it can do so much more than that. Please consider making a contribution to USY’s annual campaign to ensure that USY has the resources to expand it’s programs throughout the Jewish world.