IC Frequently Asked Questions

General IC FAQs:

For the last 70 years, USY has brought thousands of individuals together each December for International Convention (IC). IC is annually the largest gathering of Conservative Jewish teens in the world and allows our participants to engage in Jewish learning, meaningful friendship, community service, networking, leadership development and  more. While this year we will be taking IC to an all new virtual convention platform, we are dedicated to bringing these same transformational experiences to our teens this year.

IC EVERYWHERE will take place via an online platform from December 27-30, 2020.

Early bird registration will open on September 8, 2020. Options will be available to register just for IC as well as a bundle deal with #MyUSYfiFall registration. Stay tuned for details!

Your IC payment is fully refundable until October 31.  From November 1-30, there is a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be available after November 30.

Yes – scholarships are available for those with financial need. Please be in touch with your branch staff member to learn more.

IC Everywhere Questions:

IC will take place from December 27-30, with sessions distributed in the afternoon and evening to provide time for breaks from the computer and also multiple opportunities for teens across the world to engage with our virtual convention format.

We will be joined by impactful speakers – from Life After Hate’s Sammy Rangel to Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle Obama’s former chief speechwriter. A soon-to-be revealed exciting musical guest will bring us together through the power of song in an interactive and personalized format.

We are cognizant of the demands of online programming and therefore all large sessions will be followed with smaller opportunities for teens to engage directly with each other. Teens will be able to engage in leadership workshops, advocacy training, peer-led passion projects, and more. We will also provide online spaces for teens to find others with similar interests and have the casual yet meaningful bonding and conversations we so miss fostering in our in person communities.

Additionally, we are excited to bring you curated experiences that our teens can participate in within their local communities, such as a day of service, regional challenges, and chapter level connections. 

We are currently developing a process to ensure all voting delegates can cast their votes remotely for the 2021 International Executive Board during this year’s IC. Nominations and the candidates’ forum will take place virtually in the weeks leading up to IC.

All along – even before we had to pivot due to Covid-19 – the theme of this year’s International Convention was going to be: History in the Making Within Every Generation – B’chol Dor Vador. While we did not intend to make history by creating the first virtual International Convention, we are confident that the new IC experience and digital platform will deliver many of the same core experiences that make this event so special. You will still be able to connect with new and old friends in smaller breakout sessions, learn more about our world with inspiring keynote speakers, impact your community through social action projects, and create USY magic our incredible community. We know it will look and feel different than an in-person IC, but we’re committed to bringing that one-of-a-kind IC feeling to your homes, no matter where you are. 

All you will need to participate is a device with streaming capabilities and a strong internet connection.

No – the price of IC is all inclusive and if supplies are needed, they will be sent to you in advance.

Yes – sessions will be recorded and available via our virtual conference platform for the duration of convention.