Mission, Vision and Values

Mission, Vision and Values


USY empowers Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.


We envision a world in which Jewish teens are inspired by an authentic and dynamic Judaism to become leaders in their kehillot (Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) and make a positive impact on the world today and in the future.


  1.  We are dedicated to creating a safe, caring community in which teens can thrive and grow.
    We allow teens to succeed by making space for personal/spiritual growth and supporting their Jewish journeys, engaging them through multiple and flexible entry points.
  2. We are inclusive and find unity in diversity.
    A range of viewpoints and backgrounds – religious, gendered, sexual, racial, ethnic, socio-political – strengthens us all.  We celebrate our differences and believe they enrich our community.
  3. We teach and model Jewish leadership.
    Passionate madrichim (life coaches who mentor, encourage and engage) can profoundly impact youth.  We strive to empower those who will serve as role models and inspire others to make Jewish decisions throughout their lives.
  4. We strive to create joyous, impactful Jewish experiences.
    Through engaging and immersive programming, we create a vibrant community filled with energy and ruach (spirit) that allows teens to rejoice and find meaning in their Jewish identities.
  5. We are committed to the Jewish People and Israel.
    Our connections to the Jewish people in North America, Israel and around the world strengthens us intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.  As such it is our imperative to nurture a deep engagement with and love for the Jewish State.
  6. We are responsible for bettering the world.
    As partners in the covenant with God, it’s our responsibility to perform acts of tikun olam (repairing the world).  We answer this calling by empowering teens to volunteer, give tzedakah (charity), and advocate for what they believe in.