USY (8th - 12th)
There are many ways to get involved with USY, from local chapter events at your synagogue to larger regional and international events. All USY programming empowers teens to develop friendships, leadership skills and a deep connection to their Jewish identities.
All-year long, teens can participate in chapter/regional programming such as dances, sports leagues, services days and weekend conventions that bring teens together from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning to celebrate Shabbat with meaningful prayer and ruach (spirit).
There are many ways to get involved with USY, from local chapter boards at your synagogue to the larger Regional Executive Board. USY runs leadership training workshops throughout the year and provides countless opportunities for young Jewish teens to grow their skills, test their passions, and build towards a brighter future.
Clubs and Societies
613 Mitzvah Corps
613 Mitzvah Corps (commonly referred to as 613) is USY’s Social Action/Tikun Olam (Repairing the World) or SA/TO club.
Chalutzim Israel Club
Chalutzim is an enrichment club for those who wish to be a part of a community and participate in more in-depth conversations about Israel. Chalutzim means “pioneers” in Hebrew, referring to the settlers who created the early Israeli state. Just like the first settlers, members, by being the change they wish to see and speaking out about securing Israel’s future, also are pioneers.
Torah Bytes is a series of webinars that connect USYers from across North America to examine and discuss contemporary topics through the lens of Jewish values and texts.
Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society
One of the most influential rabbis of modern times, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a teacher, philosopher, and activist for social justice.
A professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he was an outspoken advocate for human rights, one of the first major Jewish figures to join the Civil Rights movement, a protester against the Vietnam War and an activist for aiding Soviet Jewry.
Named for Rabbi Heschel, the honor society recognizes USYers committed to the study of Torah, prayer and performance of G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving-kindness). It was established in 1979 to encourage teens to learn more about Judaism and the observance of mitzvot (good deeds)