USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. USY empowers youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression, and social responsibility. Through year round programming and domestic and international travel opportunities, USY inspires in teens a deep sense of pride and love for their Jewish identity. To learn more, visit www.usy.org.
CHUSY is the Chicago region of USY. CHUSY covers Chicago as well as Madison, Milwaukee, and Northwest Indiana. CHUSY programs give Jewish teens a chance to learn and grow as a Jew and most of all to have fun with other Jews. Teens learn about Judaism and Israel, do social action projects, give tzedakah, and enjoy other social programming like bowling or just hanging out.
There are many chapters in CHUSY region. These chapters are based in a certain synagogue and have frequent programming. Chapters often go to various places in Chicago, such as Navy Pier or Lazer Quest. Many chapter programs take place at the synagogue. All chapter programs are lots of fun to go to. Check out the chapters section of the website to find a chapter near you.
Regional programs, when all the chapters get together, take place less often but are that much more fun. Every two to three months there are conventions, when people from all around Chicago spend Shabbat together. There are also other programs, including dances and Monday night basketball. Going to a regional program is a great way to meet people from all over Chicago as well as Wisconsin and Indiana.