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