#myUSYfisummer Program Catalog

Come join us for exciting virtual programming all summer long! #MyUSYfiSummer is open to all Jewish youth entering 5th grade through the Class of 2020.

#MyUSYfiSummer consists of two overall categories of programs: All-Access and Premium. To gain access to All-Access Programs, register on Regpacks by paying the $99 flat fee for six weeks of programming. All-Access Pass programming will be recorded for passholders who are unable to make it to a program but still want to participate. To gain access to Premium Classes, please read the description to find the separate program fee, and sign up on Regpacks.

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All programs are listed in EDT. Please find our program catalog below, and click here to register!

College Admission Case Studies: Be an Admissions Officer for a Day!

Join the President of One-Stop College Counseling and Certified Educational Planner, Laurie Kopp Weingarten, as she leads you through a mock admission committee in Part 2 of her series. Participants will review sample college applications, join a breakout “admissions committee,” and learn first-hand about the important factors that shape a student’s candidacy. This exercise will highlight the complexities of the admission process and the importance of creating a strong application and conclude with valuable insights into how to increase your chances of acceptance.

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 21, 1-2 PM

Introduction to Digital Illustration

Laying out the fundamental elements of digital illustration. From hardware to software, research to final drawings, and the techniques to get you there. I will cover the basic illustration approach that I take with most of my pieces from start to finish. I will discuss the positives and negatives of social media in illustration. I will also cover careers as a digital illustrator. This program will be for teens in grades 8-Class of 2020. Click here for a list of supplies!

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays - July 8, 15, 22, 29 - 4-5 PM

Bending the Arc Towards Justice: How do we make the change we want to see?

Minister Theodore Parker famously said that the arc of the moral universe is “long…but bends towards justice,” a refrain that was echoed by Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jewish tradition also has a lot to say about how we change the world for the better. Join us for an interactive text study about different approaches to making change. Taught by JTS Rabbinical Student Talia Kaplan (she/her), this class is for teens in 8th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Monday July 13, 3-4 PM

Boy Band Dance Party!

It’s been said that the best way to blow off steam during the pandemic is by jamming out to One Direction. Come dance with your friends to One Direction, the Jonas Brothers, NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, and more! Open to grades 5-Class of 2020!

Program Date(s):
Monday July 20th, 4-5 PM

Cake Decorating

For 5-8th graders! Could you be the next ace of cakes? Learn how to create your own cake creation. You will need a 9×13 sheet cake with no frosting or icing, four cupcakes with no frosting or icing, a container of white frosting, a bag of gumballs, food coloring, and one black gel icing tube.

Program Date(s):
Thursday, August 13th 4-5 PM

Card Magic 101

Learn some basic card magic skills from USY International Board members Austin Kaufman and Jacob Kline. We will focus on building blocks of magic, from performance skills to technical strategies, that can be used in many different tricks, as well as some stand-alone effects to use in front of your friends. By the end of the course, you will have a strong foundation for continuing your magical journey!

All 5th graders through the Class of 2020 are invited! You’ll need 2 quality and equally sized decks of playing cards (like a red and blue bicycle deck of cards), some rubber bands, and a fun spirit!

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays (July 14, 21, 28, August 4) 4-5 PM

Circus Arts

Stay at home with the circus! In this class, we will learn a range of safe circus skills. This will include, juggling clowning, a variety of tricks with household (non-breakable) items among potentially any number of skills.

Program Date(s):
Thursday July 9th and Thursday July 16th, 2-3 PM

College Admissions 2020: The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown

Over the last few years, the college admission process has been changing rapidly. What’s recommended, required, or preferred seems to always vary, and now with COVID-19, colleges seem to be adjusting their policies almost daily! Join Certified Educational Planner and President of One-Stop College Counseling, Laurie Kopp Weingarten, as she walks you through the current state of college admissions and provides pointers on how to increase your chances of acceptance during this unprecedented time. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 7, 1-2 PM

Creating Towel Animals

For grades 5-8! Bring 4 hand towels, 4 bath towels, and 6 rubber bands or hair elastics. Set sail on the S.S. Kadima, learn how to create towel animals, and leave a sweet surprise in your family members’ rooms!

Program Date(s):
Thursday, July 23 4-5 PM

Discovery of the Book-Writing Process for High Schoolers

Together, we will create and bind a story for children. Over four weeks, we will look at the way you can take a simple story, such as a fairy tale, and creatively adapt it to put together a complete picture book. Read the entire description here!

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays (July 21, 28, August 4, 11) 1-3:30 PM

Discovery of the Book-Writing Process for Middle Schoolers

Together, we will create and bind a story for children. Over four weeks, we will look at the way you can take a simple story, such as a fairy tale, and creatively adapt it to put together a complete picture book. Read the entire description here!

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays (July 7, 14, 21, 28) 3-5:30 PM * Requires Payment

Doodles on Foil

For 5-8th grade – let’s make some museum-worthy masterpieces together! Grab tinfoil and sharpies and get ready to become an artist. You will need aluminum foil, scissors, a black sharpie, bright-colored sharpies, tape (masking tape, scotch tape, or washy tape), and a piece of cardboard.

Program Date(s):
July 9th 4-5 PM

Drash and Dragons

Join us for a Dungeons and Dragons-based format where players will interact as biblical characters and role-play storylines from different Torah and Midrash stories! This is for teens in 8th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Thursday July 23, August 6, August 13th, 3-5 PM

Ethics in Sports

Let’s look at everyday issues brought up in sports through an ethical lens. Is it okay to kneel during the National Anthem? Who let the Houston Astros cheat? Do other MLB teams cheat and just not get caught? Why can’t I dance to my heart’s content in the end zone? Now that we know about brain injuries caused by football, can I still be a fan? Do sports teams really help cities and the public or is it just one more business making the rich, richer?

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays July 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th 1-2 PM

Executive Functioning for 9-12th Graders

We’ll teach hands-on strategies to help students apply strategies that allow them to accurately and efficiently prioritize tasks and be productive both inside and outside the classroom. **This is a #MyUSYfiSummer Premium Class in conjunction with Prestige Prep, and incurs a separate fee of $36. To register, visit www.regpacks.com/usyfisummer2020

Program Date(s):
Thursday, July 16, 3-4:30 PM

Four Year High School Roadmap for 9-10th Graders

We’ll explore the ideal milestones of each year of high school with extra emphasis on course selection, testing, and activities. This session will be held twice with the same content so as to reach as many participants as possible. **This is a #MyUSYfiSummer Premium Class in conjunction with Prestige Prep, and incurs a separate fee of $36. To register, visit www.regpacks.com/usyfisummer2020

Program Date(s):
Wednesday, July 8th, 1-3 PM

From King David to King Herod: How the Small City of David Grew Through the 1st Millennium BCE and Dazzled the Roman Empire

Watch the modest Canaanite city of Jerusalem grow and expand before your eyes through aerial shots, underground tunnels, and video models reconstructing the ancient city. Understand the most important and contentious findings in Biblical archaeology as we bring to life some of the most famous moments in Jerusalem’s biblical history. Marvel at the greatest technological and architectural achievements of ancient Jerusalem from Solomon to Hezekiah to Herod and more! This program is for USYers in Grade 9-Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Monday July 27th, 2-3 PM

Game Show Showdown

Play your favorite games/game shows online with your USY friends. If you love games, love to laugh, are in grade 7-Class of 2020, and want some good competition, this is the program for you! Join us as often as you want, with new games each week, always featuring excitement and fun!

Program Date(s):
Thursdays from 1-2 PM

High School Roadmap for 11th Graders

We’ll explore the ideal milestones of each year left of high school with extra emphasis on course selection, testing, and activities. This session will be held twice with the same content so as to reach as many participants as possible. **This is a #MyUSYfiSummer Premium Class in conjunction with Prestige Prep, and incurs a separate fee of $36. To register, visit www.regpacks.com/usyfisummer2020

Program Date(s):
Tuesday July 14 from 1-2 PM

High School Roadmap for 12th Graders

We’ll explore the ideal milestones of each year left of high school with extra emphasis on course selection, testing, and activities. This session will be held twice with the same content so as to reach as many participants as possible. **This is a #MyUSYfiSummer Premium Class in conjunction with Prestige Prep, and incurs a separate fee of $36. To register, visit www.regpacks.com/usyfisummer2020

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 14, 2-3 PM

How To Become a Tour Guide

Hey, 8th graders-Class of 2020! Have you spent the days of quarantining on walks in your neighborhood and discovered new places you didn’t know existed? Have you spent your days wishing you could travel and visit somewhere else? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this chug is for you! Over a series of four 1-hour sessions, you will learn how to properly lead a tour and develop your own tour either of your neighborhood or of another place you want to learn more about. Learn techniques related to public speaking, engaging participants, managing crowds, and crafting a narrative around geographical space. Taught by qualified tour guide, Tova Perlman.

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays at 1 PM - Starting July 7th for 4 weeks

How To Sell USY!

For 8th grade-class of 2020 – join Bruce Varon to learn how to sell USY to people who are on the fence about joining or who have never participated in any program!

Program Date(s):
July 8th, 1-2 PM

I Have An App(etizer) For That!

Every great meal starts with an appetizer. Join us each week to create tasty starters for a fun-filled yummy meal! This program is for 5th grade-Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays (July 28th, August 4th, August 11th) 2-3 PM

Illustration for High Schoolers

Together, we will create and bind a story for children. Over four weeks, we will look at the way you can take a simple story, such as a fairy tale, and creatively adapt it to put together a complete picture book. Read the entire description here!

Program Date(s):
Thursdays (July 23, 30, August 6, 13) 1-3:30 PM

Illustration for Middle Schoolers

Over the course of four weeks, we will look at different mediums that you can use to create illustrations for books. From drawing to painting to mixed media, we’ll look at ways to capture a story through pictures and learn basic artistic skills along the way. Read the full description here!

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays (July 8, 15, 22, 29) 1-3:30 PM

I’m Right, You’re Wrong: Jewish Debates

Join USYers in 8th grade-class of 2020 to debate various topics such as: Does religion need a god to be a religion? Has religion caused more bad than good in the world? Are violent video games appropriate for children? Should zoos be banned? And more!

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays (July 8th, 15th, 22nd) 4-5 PM

Improv: Come and Play!

Come join USYers and Kadimaniks in grade 5-class of 2020 as we let loose with some improvisation! We will learn about improv, and why it continues to be one of the most engaging mediums of theater to this day. Through fun games, movement, acting exercises, and more, you will learn how to be more vulnerable, more confident, and more collaborative!

Program Date(s):
Mondays (July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) from 3-4 PM

Interview Workshop for Seniors

We’ll explore the difference between informational and evaluative interviews, questions schools ask and questions you should ask, and do several practice interviews with feedback. This session will be held twice with the same content so as to reach as many participants as possible. **This is a #MyUSYfiSummer Premium Class in conjunction with Prestige Prep, and incurs a separate fee of $36. To register, visit www.regpacks.com/usyfisummer2020

Program Date(s):
July 9, 1-2:30 PM

Introduction to Screenwriting for High Schoolers

The main goal of this course is to learn how to express creativity through screenwriting. By the end of the month, each student will have a solid draft of a short film that they’ve conceived of and written. Read the full description here!

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays (July 7, 14, 21, 28) 1-3 PM, along with weekly 1x1 20 minute meetings to review personal work

IsraAID

Israel’s leading humanitarian aid organization – IsraAID – invites you to an interactive workshop that puts teens in the driver’s seat during a unique disaster response simulation. Participants will experience the intensity of being an IsraAID first responder as they are faced with a deluge of unfolding challenges in a dynamic, ever-changing environment. Students will gain an overview of the sector-specific interventions that IsraAID uses in the field, including in the mental health, water, and medical fields; and the varied roles first responders assume. For teens in 7th grade through the Class of 2020 who interested in international development, Israeli contributions to the world, tikun olam, and/or disaster response, we invite you to engage with these themes firsthand through this stimulating simulation.

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 21, 3-4 PM

Israeli Dancing

For grade 5-class of 2020: Join us for a weekly session of the best sport for the summer. We will learn and dance some of the all-time favorite (and some less known/favorite to-be) Israeli dances! You can join on any week you want, but note that every week will get more advanced.

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays (July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12) 3-4 PM

Jews and Jedis – 5-7th Grade

Join us to learn about Jewish values through the lens of Star Wars!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, August 4th 3-4 PM

Jews and Jedis – 8th Grade – Class of 2020

Join us to learn about Jewish values through the lens of Star Wars!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, August 11th 3-4 PM

Journalism 101

In this six-session course, begin by learning the basics principles of journalism. Explore advanced storytelling techniques used in different forms of journalism. Delve into different journalistic areas, with an emphasis on sports journalism. For USYers in 8th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Thursdays (July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13) 1-3 PM

Juggling 101

Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle, but could never find the time? Well, fortunately for us, we have come into an abundance of time and juggling could be in your future! Yes, even over Zoom, I can guarantee that after our session (and some practicing on your own) you, too, will be able to juggle! To participate, all you will need, besides a tiny bit of patience, are three spherical objects — obviously, juggling balls are preferable, but tennis balls, handballs, rolled-up T-shirts, or pairs of socks can also be wonderfully creative home remedies. While the majority of the session will be practice-based, we will also be discussing our lives — how juggling could serve as a metaphor for the many commitments that we balance each and every day. Juggling, while at the surface, is a challenging hobby to master, it is also a meditative art-form through which we can find balance in a complex, dynamic existence.

For 5th grade through the Class of 2020 – bring positivity, patience, and enthusiasm to learn something new! See you there!

Program Date(s):
Thursday July 9 and July 23rd, 3-4 PM

Kadima Game Show Network

Hey 5-8th graders, come on down! You’ve been selected to be the next contestant on the Kadima Game Show Network. Join us, test your skills, play some games, and have the chance to even win some special USY prizes!

Program Date(s):
Thursday, August 6th 4-5 PM

Kahoot for Middle Schoolers!

The same Kahoots we all know and love but with a different theme each week. 5th-8th graders join us each week as we take a random dive into the fun world of Kahoots based on the theme of that week. We will play a few different kKhoots all with the same theme each week and see who can be crowned Best of the Best Kahoot player!

Program Date(s):
Wednesday July 8, 22nd and August 5th 2-3 PM

Krav Maga

StandStrong is a not-for-profit organization with the aim to empower our youth through self-defense. During these tough times, we are delivering our self-defense courses via live webinars. What makes our webinar experience unique is in addition to the lead instructor, we have other instructors watching on screens to provide real-time live feedback to help work on technique and improve form. Our courses provide a great fitness workout alongside our curriculum based on Krav Maga. This will keep you active and healthy whilst learning potentially life-saving skills.

Program Date(s):
Thursdays (July 9, 16, 23, August 6, 13) 3-4 PM

Learning to Read Torah

Always wanted to get more confidant with your Torah reading? This is your opportunity to learn and practice in the best way possible! We will take it from the basics all the way to the less known/advanced tropes, in a safe and fun environment for all. Every week will get more advanced, so beginners should join from the first session, and if you feel more comfortable with the basics, you can join us from Session 3.

Program Date(s):
Thursdays - July 23rd, July 30th, August 6th - 1-2 PM

Mad Science!

Bring the wonderful world of science into your home by taking part in age-appropriate science experiments! For teens in grades 5-8. You will need water, jellybeans, a plate, 3-4 lemons, baking soda, food coloring, Dawn dish soap, craft sticks, lemon juice, 5 clear cups, shaving cream, paper towels, school glue, saline solution, and baking soda.

Program Date(s):
Thursday, July 2nd 4-5 PM

Main Essay Workshop for Seniors

We’ll explore the “main” essay in the Common App, what colleges look for and the implicit message in each question. **This is a #MyUSYfiSummer Premium Class in conjunction with Prestige Prep, and incurs a separate fee of $36. To register, visit www.regpacks.com/usyfisummer2020

Program Date(s):
Wednesday August 5th, 1-3 PM

Mastering the Mishnah

In this month-long course, we’ll explore the world of our early rabbinic sages and how the Mishnah emerged as a foundational text of Rabbinic Judaism. We will survey various aspects related to the Mishnah, including its structure, composition, and portrayal of the rabbis. This class presupposes no knowledge of rabbinic literature; some familiarity with Hebrew, especially reading skills, is strongly encouraged. This class is for incoming 9th graders through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 27th, 2-3 PM

Meditation and Mindfulness: Changing our Internal State

During this crazy time, it can be incredibly rewarding to develop a sense of inner peace, even when the outside world is a little crazy! Through this 6-Week program, we will introduce and discuss various types of meditation and then work through a process based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)–a scientifically proven approach. Through various interactive activities, we will attempt to learn more about ourselves, explore different traditions, and cultivate a sense of inner stillness and joy.

Program Date(s):
Mondays (July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) from 1-2 PM

Micrography

Micrography, or microcalligraphy, is an ancient Jewish art form in which passages and words are formed into figurative designs and shapes, such as animals, people, and symbols, etc. We will be exploring the basics of this practice, and creating our own pieces based upon chosen biblical passages. No prior experience necessary! Teens in grades 5-Class of 2020 are invited to participate.

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays - July 29, August 5th, August 12th - 4-5 PM

Middle East Unmasked

Led by Neil Lazarus, this webinar will provide an in-depth analysis of the week’s news in Israel and the Middle East. Expect to discuss topics such as the current administration’s “deal of the century”, the threat from Iran, ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, the crisis in Syria and Egypt, Lebanon, the future of territories, and the tensions within the Israeli Government. This webinar is for USYers in grades 9-Class of 2020 and will be fun and interactive!

Program Date(s):
Thursday, July 9th, 1-2 PM

Mindful Photography

Throughout this class, 8th graders-Class of 2020 will gain tools to create with a focus on photography through the practice of mindfulness. We will practice how to take our surroundings in, look at family, friends, and community anew, and connect with something greater than ourselves (taking part in Tikkun Olam). By the end of each session, each participant will have a visual creation that expresses different skills and topics we learn. You will have the opportunity to share your creations on the USY website.

Program Date(s):
Mondays (July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) from 4-5 PM

Mitzvot for Muggles – 5-7th Grade

Join us to explore Jewish topics through the lens of Harry Potter!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 7th 4-5 PM

Mitzvot for Muggles – 8th Grade – Class of 2020

Join us to explore Jewish topics through the lens of Harry Potter!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 28th 2-3 PM

Origami

Come join Eli as he attempts to show you what he has learned in his over 10 years in the amazing world of paper art known as Origami! Every week you will learn how to make a variety of different patterns, shapes, animals, flowers, and so much more! For 5th graders through the Class of 2020 – just bring some paper!

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays from 4-5 PM

Pilates-Based Fitness

In this class we will focus on both muscle stability and agility, mainly targeting the core and upper body. The exercises will challenge and strengthen the deep core muscles and develop a deeper understanding of how to activate and use these muscles during other activities.

Program Date(s):
Monday July 6th and Monday July 13th, 4-5 PM

Pinata Making

Do you love candy and fun surprises? If you answered yes, you will want to learn how to make your own pinata. Pinatas are fun and festive for all ages. This session will teach out the basics on making a pinata you can use at your next party! For 5th graders through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Wednesday, August 12 - 4-5 PM

Powerpoint Roulette (8th Grade-Class of 2020)

Powerpoint Roulette is a game where a person presents a slideshow to an audience without having ever seen the contents of the slides they are presenting. It’s fun for the presenter and hilarious for the audience! Create a funny 10-slide slideshow and have someone else present it for you. Topics can be from “Real or Fake: Are Birds Really Just CIA Surveillance Drones?”, “The History of the World, Part 1”, “USY Regions and their Animal Counterparts”, “Grandma Fran’s Cheesecake Recipe”, or anything else you can think of!.

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays July 8th, July 22nd, August 5th 2-3 PM

Renewal of Body and Spirit: The Jewish Call for Healthcare

Come dive into the debate in Jewish sources about whether humans or God are responsible for healing. What do Jewish texts have to say about who in society should provide healthcare, and how might this inform our lives today? Taught by JTS Rabbinical Student Talia Kaplan (she/her), this class is for teens in 8th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Monday July 20th, 3-4 PM

Researching Schools for 9-11th Graders

We’ll explore the difference between liberal arts colleges, universities, and conservatories as well as how to research schools and shape a list with likely, target, and safety schools. **This is a #MyUSYfiSummer Premium Class in conjunction with Prestige Prep, and incurs a separate fee of $36. To register, visit www.regpacks.com/usyfisummer2020

Program Date(s):
Thursday August 6th, 1-2:30 PM

Road Trip Kahoot

Come test your knowledge of US Geography and road sites with this fun game of Kahoot! Open to 9-12th grade.

Program Date(s):
Wednesday, July 29 2-3 PM

Role-Playing Games for High Schoolers

Join with USYers in grades 9-Class of 2020 from all across North America for role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons! This is essentially a summer camp recreational activity that incorporates elements of both math and strategy, but also acting, improvisation, and collaborative storytelling. Games like this can both teach social skills and spark creative instincts. Read the whole description here.

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays (July 8, 15, 22, 29) 1-3 PM * Requires Payment

Role-Playing Games for Middle Schoolers

Join with Kadimaniks and Jr. USYers in grades 5-8 from all across North America for role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons! This is essentially a summer camp recreational activity that incorporates elements of both math and strategy, but also acting, improvisation, and collaborative storytelling. Games like this can both teach social skills and spark creative instincts. Read the whole description here.

Program Date(s):
Mondays (July 6, 13, 20, 27) from 1-3 PM * Requires Payment

SAT/ACT Intensive for 9-12th Graders

Join USY and Prestige Prep for an ACT/SAT Prep Intensive throughout the Summer. Read the full description here!

Program Date(s):
Monday and Wednesdays-July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, August 3, 5) 3-5 PM

Sourcing Sustainably and Composting

Making your everyday life more sustainable and earth-friendly! Whether it’s small things like buying eggs in recycled cardboard containers rather than styrofoam, using reusable shopping bags, or even just buying a sustainable toothbrush or floss, there are many things you can do in your everyday life to make the world a better place. We will even do a lesson on the how, why, and what of composting. Everyone from 5th grade-Class of 2020 is invited!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday July 7th, 3-4 PM

Strengths in Leadership

For USYers in 8th grade through the Class of 2020 – come find your top five strengths and how to utilize them in leadership positions and situations! There will be two sessions and you must attend both in order to participate.

Program Date(s):
Wednesday, July 15 and 22, 2-3 PM

Superhero Showdown

For grades 5-8! Discover what your superhero power is while training and honing in on your superhero skills. Come dressed in your best superhero costume, and bring scissors, a plastic tablecloth, and permanent markers.

Program Date(s):
Thursday, July 16 4-5 PM

Tel Aviv: The Birth and Growth of the First Hebrew City

Though Jerusalem is the eternal Jewish capital, Tel Aviv is the first Jewish city from its inception to today. This tour looks at the stories of the people who left their mark on the city and the stunning architecture that reflects the values of Israel’s cultural capital.

Program Date(s):
Monday August 10th, 2-3 PM

The Ethics of Disney – 5-7th Graders

Join us to learn about Jewish topics through the lens of Disney!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 14th 3-4 PM

The Ethics of Disney – 8th Grade – Class of 2020

Join us to learn about Jewish topics through the lens of Disney!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 21st 3-4 PM

The Great USY Baking Show

For 5th graders through the class of 2020 – join weekly to learn how to make the most delicious baked goods – but with a twist. This summer we will be taking on our favorite recipes like chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and banana bread and kicking them up a notch. Confused? Tune in to see what we’re talking about!

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays (July 22nd, 29th and August 5th) 1-2 PM

The Old City of Jerusalem – Theatrical Tour

Join USYers in Grades 9-Class of 2020 as we tour Jerusalem and meet various characters from different periods of time who lived in the neighborhood, each with their unique story.

Program Date(s):
Monday July 13th, 2-3 PM

Ulpan Ivrit

Always wanted to know how to communicate with Israelis in the way they communicate – speaking Hebrew? Join us on this weekly Ulpan Ivrit Chug, where you will learn the most useful Hebrew that you need, in a fun and interactive way, from a Young Professional Israeli Hebrew teacher. Basics of reading are required, as well as committing to all six classes.

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays (July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12) 1-2 PM

USY Talks: Passions Worth Spreading

At USY International Convention 2016 in Dallas, TX, “USY Talks” (inspired by “TED Talks”) were introduced as a platform for USYers to share their passions with their peers on the main stage at IC. Since then, each IC has featured a series of USY Talks on topics ranging from mental health awareness, to God, to political activism, and social inequality. This workshop series will provide the tool necessary to develop your very own USY Talk! We will discuss speech-writing, non-verbal delivery, and a wide range of public speaking skills, leading up to a final, polished, and powerful USY Talk to be shared with the USY community!

All levels of speaking experience are welcome! This session is for 9-12th graders. The only question is, do you have a passion worth spreading?

Program Date(s):
Tuesday July 14, 21, and 28th - 2-3 PM

Watercolor Painting

In this program, we will be exploring different watercolor painting techniques, with a focus on painting nature and landscape. If the weather is nice, we could even paint outside! Click here for a list of supplies. No prior experience necessary! Teens in grades 5-Class of 2020 are all invited to participate!

Program Date(s):
Mondays - July 6, 13, 20 - 2-3 PM

What’s Jewish about the 2020 Election?

Let’s learn what Judaism has to say about civic engagement! In this session, we’ll explore Jewish texts about voting and think about how we can participate in our democracy, even if we’re not old enough to vote. Taught by JTS Rabbinical Student Talia Kaplan (she/her), this class is for teens in 8th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Wednesday, August 12th 3-4 PM

When the World is Burning: Jewish Wisdom for Environmental Justice

It’s easy to feel despair in the face of the climate crisis. Let’s turn to Jewish texts for inspiration and guidance as we think about systemic change to create a healthier planet. Taught by JTS Rabbinical Student Talia Kaplan (she/her), this class is for teens in 8th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Monday August 10th, 3-4 PM