Coronavirus Update

5/14/2020

Dear USY Community,

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you, that due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are canceling all USY Travel Experiences for the summer of 2020. At this time, we do not believe that we could provide trips that could guarantee the safety and health of our teens while providing an exceptional experience. We are all disappointed.

In the next day or two, our staff will be reaching out to each individual USYer to provide a safe space to be sad together, but also to share in the community that is at the heart of the USY experience. We know this is a moment of loss for our USYers, and we are committed to ensuring that he/she/they has time to grieve.

We have heard from parents that they would like to offer donations to offset our costs and invest in our continued programming, and we hope that you will consider donating all or a portion of the payment you have made to USY.

Although nothing can replace the in-person summer experience with USY, we will be offering online programming and workshops this summer that will be open to all current 5th-12th graders whether or not they were registered for a USY summer program. We are so proud of the creativity and innovation that we are seeing from USYers and our staff team across North America during this difficult time. We encourage you to check out the USY Facebook page to see the countless ways that our USYers and Kadimaniks have been able to connect with USYfi.

This is the first time in USY’s almost seventy-year history during which summer programs are canceled, and we are as disappointed as you are. We are grateful for the support so many of you have shown us throughout this process, and take seriously the trust you place in us to care for your children.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.

Hazak V’Amatz,

Rabbi Joshua Rabin, Senior Director of Teen Engagement
David Keren, Director of USY Israel Programs
Michelle Rich, Director of Teen Travel and International Engagement

For USCJ’s full list of Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources, click here.