#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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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.
Monday July 20th, 3-4 PM
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.
Monday July 13, 3-4 PM
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!
Wednesday July 8, 22nd and August 5th 2-3 PM
Come test your knowledge of US Geography and road sites with this fun game of Kahoot! Open to 9-12th grade.
Wednesday, July 29 2-3 PM
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!
Tuesdays (July 14, 21, 28, August 4) 4-5 PM
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.
Wednesday, August 12 - 4-5 PM
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!
Wednesdays (July 22nd, 29th and August 5th) 1-2 PM
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?
Tuesday July 14, 21, and 28th - 2-3 PM
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!
Thursday July 9 and July 23rd, 3-4 PM
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.
Tuesday, July 21, 3-4 PM