Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

613 Mitzvah Corps

613 Mitzvah Corps (commonly referred to as 613) is USY’s Social Action/Tikun Olam (Repairing the World) or SA/TO club.

The club was designed for USYers who wish to be more involved in social action and learn more about social activism within the context of Judaism. You don’t have to be a SA/TO Vice President to join – membership is open to any USYer!

What are the benefits of membership?

  • 613 late-night programming at regional events
  • An international SA/TO newsletter

How do I become a member?

There is an annual fee of $6.13 to be a member of 613 Mitzvah Corps. You can also pay $61.30 to become a lifetime member. Your membership fee goes to USY’s Tikun Olam Fund.

Want to participate in social action over the summer?  Learn more about volunteering trips in either the Dominican Republic or Israel.

Chalutzim Israel Club

Chalutzim is an enrichment club for those who wish to be a part of a community and participate in more in-depth conversations about Israel. Chalutzim means “pioneers” in Hebrew, referring to the settlers who created the early Israeli state. Just like the first settlers, members, by being the change they wish to see and speaking out about securing Israel’s future, also are pioneers.

Chalutzim is…

  • A place where USYers can openly debate and talk about issues related to Israel
  • Israel-based education for those who want to go beyond programming already offered in chapters and regions
  • A network of USYers, online and in-person, who love Israel and wish to find solutions to the issues it faces every day

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Exclusive online discussion groups focusing on different Israel-related topics
  • Member-only late night programming at regional fall conventions
  • A member-only late night program at International Convention
  • Access to closed Facebook group to continue the conversation in between online sessions and conventions

How do I become a member?

Sign into your regional Regpack account and in the additional/optional items section, click Chalutzim or contact your regional Israel Affairs Vice President with questions.

Discover Israel this summer on an Israel Pilgrimage trip with USY.

Torah Bytes

Torah Bytes is a series of webinars that connect USYers from across North America to examine and discuss contemporary topics through the lens of Jewish values and texts.

Past topics have included:

  • Conversion
  • Unplugging on Shabbat
  • Torah and Science
  • Biblical heroes vs. American heroes
  • Tattoos and piercings
  • Abortion
  • Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws)
  • Sports and competition in the Torah
  • Jewish Pride through clothing

How do I participate?

USYers can participate in Torah Bytes webinars by computer or phone; no registration is necessary.

Though we encourage you to join every webinar, each Torah Bytes session focuses on a self-contained topic and discussion, so participating occasionally won’t impact your understanding.

To participate, follow us on Facebook, where event log in instructions and topic information will be posted one week in advance of the session.

Torah Bytes webinars take place from March through June and from September through December.

Have an idea for a webinar topic?

For suggestions and other questions, please contact your International Religion/Education Vice President at [email protected].

Want to become more involved? Become a Torah Bytes Fellow.

Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society

One of the most influential rabbis of modern times, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a teacher, philosopher, and activist for social justice.

A professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he was an outspoken advocate for human rights, one of the first major Jewish figures to join the Civil Rights movement, a protester against the Vietnam War and an activist for aiding Soviet Jewry.

Named for Rabbi Heschel, the honor society recognizes USYers committed to the study of Torah, prayer and performance of G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness).  It was established in 1979 to encourage teens to learn more about Judaism and the observance of mitzvot (good deeds).

Why should I join?

As a member of the Heschel Honor Society, you:

  • Show you are a committed and active member of your Jewish community
  • Help further your Jewish education
  • Connect to other teens who are passionate about Judaism

What are the benefits of membership?

Members have opportunities to participate in special programming focused on Jewish education and practice including:

  • Study sessions and receptions at regional and International conventions
  • A special induction ceremony at USY’s annual International Convention

What are the requirements to join?

Memberships requires USYers to demonstrate active involvement in each of the following three areas:

  • The Study of Torah
    • You must take part in at least two hours of supervised Jewish study per week
  • Avodah (Prayer)
    • You must participate in congregational prayer at least four times a month, three of which should be on Shabbat
  • G’milut Chasadim
    • At least once a month, you must engage in a community service project such as visiting the sick, tutoring, assisting in Hebrew Schools, etc.