#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!

Jewish Women Leading the Way in Sports

Join Coach Justine Siegel (As), writer Alyson Footer (MLB.com), Commissioner Jessica Berman (Lacrosse) and Annette Snow (Maccabi Ashdod) for a conversation of Jewish women in sports. The Great Rabbino (Rabbi Jeremy Fine) will lead the discussion with leading women in the sports world to discuss empowerment, involvement and the landscape of opportunities for young women.

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

Baseball is Back. Let’s Talk.

Baseball is back! The Great Rabbino (Rabbi Jeremy Fine) will lead a discussion with some of baseball’s greatest Jewish players including Danny Valencia (Twins), Craig Breslow (Red Sox), Josh Zeid (Tigers) and Josh Wolf (Mets). Hear about this upcoming season, their careers, and Team Israel’s Olympic run!

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

Israel in an Hour: Talking Peace with Neil Lazarus

This new webinar is hosted by Neil Lazarus and a Palestinian in the West Bank. Both will discuss their thoughts on the possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the Trump Plan, the right of return, and more. Click here for a teaser! This program is for teens entering 9th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, August 4th 1-2 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

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

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

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

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

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