Sharing The Music of USY


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Sharing The Music of USY

Posted on January 7, 2018

The following outgoing address was delivered by 2017 USY International President Noah Lee at International Convention in Chicago, IL, December 27, 2017.   Once, a musician of great, but unknown talent came to town. He stood on a street corner and began to play. Those who stopped to listen could not tear themselves away, and Continue Reading »

IC Daily Update | Day 5

Posted on December 28, 2017

After a packed week of service, learning, and fun at USY International Convention, we’re thrilled to have made an impact on our host city and inspired USYers to embrace their leadership capabilities, both in the Jewish community and beyond. As teens embark on their own “Road to Freedom,” we hope they will blaze a path Continue Reading »

IC Daily Update | Day 4

Posted on December 28, 2017

Yesterday, USYers greeted the morning with creative Shacharit (morning services), where they were able to choose from different, unique approaches to prayer including Broadway showtunes, “davening in the dark” blindfolded, yoga, and Zumba. These creative services helped teens better connect with prayer, making it relevant, fun, and immediately accessible. Following services, the teens went into Continue Reading »

IC Daily Update | Day 3

Posted on December 27, 2017

Yesterday USY held elections for the 2018 International Board. We are pleased to announce USY’s new officers: President: Zachary Zabib (METNY) Israel Affairs VP: Aaron Schwartz (METNY) Religion/Education VP: Sawyer Goldsmith (CHUSY) Social Action/Tikun Olam VP: Emily Rosenberg (METNY) Membership/ Kadima VP: Ilan Cohen (Seaboard) Communications VP: Bayle Goldman (SWUSY) From left to right: Sawyer Goldsmith, Ilan Cohen, Bayle Goldman, Aaron Continue Reading »

IC Daily Update | Day 2

Posted on December 26, 2017

Yesterday teens put one of USY’s core principles, tikun olam (repairing the world), into practice with a Day of Service, participating in hands-on volunteer projects at more than 30 organizations around the Chicagoland area.

Helping to spread holiday cheer to others, the teens served and prepared food in soup kitchens, played games and spent time with the elderly in senior centers, handed out and sorted donations at shelters, and more for organizations including The Ark, A Safe Haven Foundation, Lincoln Park Community Shelter, Breakthrough Men’s Shelter, Harbor Light/Freedom Center, FCHN Soup Kitchen, Catholic Charities of Chicago, Anixter Center, Tree Hugs, H.O.M.E, Sarah’s Circle, Clearbrook, Cradles to Crayons, and Open Books.

IC Daily Update | Day 1

Posted on December 25, 2017

Yesterday began USY’s International Convention, with Jewish teens from across North America pouring into the Sheraton Grand’s ballroom for Opening Session. Infectious energy reverberated around the room as hundreds of teens sang, cheered, and danced their way into the hall with regional banners and mascots held high. Convention co-chairs Sami Ronik and Jeffrey Gold launched Continue Reading »

NOAM Olami: Onward and Upward

Posted on November 26, 2017

A USY alumna on her summer experience with NOAM Olami and Onward Israel By Jasmine Hubara On a particularly hot, sunny day in June, I entered an apartment just past the shuk  (open-air market). This is where I was going to call home for the next month and a half. Eight other people from all Continue Reading »

Sophie’s take: “Classic” USY on Wheels

Posted on November 20, 2017

“Please talk about your favorite after-school activity in 250-300 words.” WHAT??? When reading over this supplemental college essay prompt, I was struck with a feeling of being completely overwhelmed. After months of stressing and planning my applications are submitted and I’m finally rereading everything I wrote. How did I manage to write about USY, USCJ’s Continue Reading »

D’var Torah: Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

Posted on November 10, 2017

Avi Chesler explains this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, and the many events in it that shaped the Jewish nation.

Tips on Leadership

Posted on October 29, 2017

By Joshua Bienstock Last week I wrote a post about how to be a positive role model. Setting a positive example is important as a board member, but there’s more you can do to be a good leader. Validate everyone. Watch this video! It sheds light on the power of validation in our society and Continue Reading »