USY News


We held our first Leadership Training Institute (LTI) weekend from September 15-17 at Los Angeles’ American Jewish University. Our regional USY chapters sent 125 teens, who came together to embody the weekend’s theme: “We’re all in this together,” from “High School Musical.” The kinnus (weekend) focused on the Jewish value of Kol Israel Arevim Ze la Ze—all Israelis are responsible to one another.

During our time together, we shared ideas, planned projects and activities and learned new leadership skills, as well as the importance of being a leader. This weekend marked a true display of kehilla (Jewish community).

Our community is dealing with the great loss of the Schwartz and Moss families, and our hearts go out to them. During the weekend, we spoke their names and supported one another. Our Jewish value of shared responsibility held significant meaning. In times like these, our community stands strong. We choose to remember the Schwartz and Moss families by the happiness and joy they brought into our lives. May their memories be a blessing.

Far West USY


Join Our Team!

Two new, part-time staffing opportunities are now available at Far West USY: 

  • USY/Kadima Regional Field Engagement Associate – This is a part time, home-based position in the Phoenix area. Find out more on USCJ’s website.
  • Regional Engagement Intern


Nativ 38 Registration is Now Open

Let your kehilla’s teens know Nativ, USCJ’s gap year program in Israel, is currently open for registration. From September to May, Nativ students have the unique opportunity to earn college credit while living and learning in a classroom without walls. 



As we approach the New Year, we are excited to introduce you to a new look for USY.

This new look comes in conjunction with a new brand for USY’s parent organization, USCJ, that better reflects who we are, what we do and how we contribute to addressing the radically changing Jewish landscape of the 21st century.

Our adoption of a new logo is part of an overall effort by USCJ, USY’s part organization, to have branding that better reflects who we are, what we do and how we contribute to addressing the radically changing Jewish landscape of the 21st century.

You’ll see that USY and all the USY regions are now more connection visually to reinforce that we are part of a unified and connected effort to strengthen congregations and advocate for an authentic and dynamic Judaism.

Thank you to those of you who have offered input throughout this process. We hope you will continue to lend your support by joining us in a campaign to answer the question, “What does an authentic and dynamic Judaism look like?”

Answers can be submitted in any format, be it photo, video, social media post or article. Responses will be posted across all USCJ channels, including on our new website and social media.

Please send your response to If you create a video and it is too large to send via e-mail, contact Alissa Pinck at for a link to a shared Google folder.

We hope you are inspired to continue to be part of our work to engage teens in compelling experiences through a Jewish lens, preparing them to make Jewish decisions in the real world.


Leslie Lichter
USCJ, Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer

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