USY Far West

NOAM Teens Visit and Connect

Each year, two Israeli teens from NOAM visit the Far West region. NOAM is a Zionist youth movement of the Masorti movement, the sister youth movement of USY in Israel. During the teens’ time in the region, they visit chapters and take part in a USY weekend—this year, our Kadima and Jr. Kinnus.

From January 11-25, Avigail from Shorashim, up in the north of Israel, and Yuval from Omer, in the south of Israel, visited Far West. They were selected out of their NOAM friends to represent their youth movement in Israel and in our country, to create and build connections and relationships with teens here in the Far West region.

Throughout their two-week stay, Avigail and Yuval visited a large amount of the region’s chapters, visited Jewish day schools and stayed with host families from the USY community. They prepared different programs and talked about their experiences growing up in NOAM, describing their daily life and what an Israeli teenager is experiencing.

Yuval is a high school senior and Avigail is an 11th grader. They are getting ready for the next step in life after high school. The USYers learned from them about their option of a Shnat Sherut (pre-Army service year, a one-year voluntary service program for Israeli high school graduates prior to their service in the IDF).

The Far West staff hopes the connections these two teens made throughout two weeks will last and that the USYers will visit them in Israel in the future. These connections make us stronger as one kehilla (Jewish community).


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