Parent FAQ

Parent FAQ

What are the different ways teens can get involved in USY?

Locally: Teens join their synagogue’s chapter to engage in social and educational programs connecting them to Jewish and synagogue life

Regionally: USY is divided into 15 geographical areas or regions across North America

  • Regions typically hold 3-5 events a year, including kinnusim (weekend Shabbatons), dances, leadership trainings, and more

Internationally: We connect teens from across North America on our immersive summer trips (for grades 7-12) and annually at our International Convention

How old does my child have to be to join USY?

High school aged teens, grades 9-12, can join USY. Preteens, grades 6-8 (varies by region), can join Kadima.

How does my child become a member?

Membership begins on the chapter level.  Contact your regional staff to be connected to the nearest chapter.

What are the costs of membership?

Membership fees vary by chapter/synagogue. Contact your regional staff to be connected to the nearest chapter.

What is the religious programming like?

Our religious programming is engaging, fun, and accessible for all teens. Programming is pluralistic and egalitarian, in accordance with the values and practices of Conservative Judaism.

Are scholarships available for USY programs?

Scholarships are available for USY programs, as we feel that every teen deserves the opportunity to participate in USY

  • For chapter events, please speak to your local synagogue
  • For regional and international events, please speak to your regional staff
  • For summer trips, please see ways to save

Questions about summer trips?  See our summer FAQs.

Questions about International Convention?  See our IC FAQs.