Sr. USYers Head to Camp in the Heart of Ojai Valley
This November, our senior USYers (9th-12th graders) were surrounded by the beauty of nature and of one another as they headed to camp—USY Fall Encampment at Camp Ramah. The three amazing days were filled with fun, learning, praise and leadership. Here’s a look back at this ultimate Conservative Movement camp experience.
USY Continues Caring For Other Conservative Congregations
Like all of us, the USY community was saddened to see the destruction left in the wake of recent natural disasters that affected so many of communities both at home and away—from Houston, Florida and California to Puerto Rico.
But they drew inspiration from the devastation and created a call to action to help the impacted communities rebuild. Each USY chapter now has the option of allocating up to 40 percent of their total Tikun Olam money for the year to an approved list of organizations. Joshua Eiger, international SA/TO vice president, and Noah Lee, international USY president, have been in touch with kehillot (Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) in both Florida and Puerto Rico about where it is best to allocate money from the fund.
The two wrote in a recent communication, “If you would like the money you donate to be given toward disaster relief, please urge your chapter to pre-allocate when the time comes to do so. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a pre-allocations form or with any questions. We understand that action is needed now, which is why we can fast track your donation to these organizations by special request noted on the allocations form.”
Some recommended organizations for allocation include:
- Harvey Relief Fund
- Irma Relief Fund
- Hurricane Maria Relief Fund
- NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster
USY International Convention Is This Month
The USY International Convention Takes Place December 24th-28th in Chicago, Illinois
Hundreds of Jewish teens from across North America will gather for five days of non-stop fun, celebration and hands-on learning. The convention is a unique opportunity for teenagers to make new friends, strengthen their connection to Jewish values through community service activities and develop leadership skills through interactive workshops led by inspiring speakers. For more information, please visit www.usy.org.
Has the Travel Bug Bitten You Yet?
Enrollment for USCJ’s Gap Year in Israel Is Now Open
|Nativ, USCJ’s gap year program in Israel, is accepting applications for the 2018/2019 academic year. Participants will spend a year in Jerusalem, where they will experience Israeli Jewish life, expand their horizons and develop leadership skills through educational and volunteer programs while exploring the bountiful land of Israel. For more information about the program and application process, please click here.|