For more than 60 years, USY, USCJ’s youth movement, has brought the joy of Judaism to life for teens, inspiring them to deepen their Jewish practice, become leaders, make a positive impact on the world, and develop lasting connections to their Jewish identities.
USY, for grades 9-12, and Gesher, a program of USY for preteens grades 6-8 (though grades vary by region) allow your kehilla to engage youth with fun, meaningful experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.
USY helps you keep teens (and their parents) involved in your community long beyond their b’nai mitzvah years.
USY is committed to being a safe physical, spiritual and emotional space for teens. Please contact our confidential hotline at [email protected] /617.419.1900 to report any inappropriate behavior.
USY is excited to announce the launch of its strategic planning! Throughout this process we will be sharing updates and announcements about community and virtual programs so we can hear from our community. Below is some initial information about the launch, who is helping lead this process, and how you can have your voice heard.
To read more about the strategic plan click here!
To learn about our vision team click here!
To be part of the process please fill out this form!
To read more about our partners guiding us in this process click here!
To join a listening forum click here to view upcoming dates!
As president of the Poughkeepsie chapter, I helped revive the youth group at my synagogue and improved the local Jewish environment for kids and teenagers. USY has played a major role in the formation of a close-knit, inclusive Jewish community at my synagogue.
USY programming for your congregation:
- Chapter events
- Regional events such as weekend Shabbatons, dances, and more
- Social action and volunteer opportunities
- Online teen-led Torah study
- Leadership Training Institutes
- Immersive Jewish summer travel to Israel, Europe, and across North America
USY partners with teens to elevate everyday high school life into places of meaning, wholeness, and holiness…it enables them to collect experiences and interactions that shape their future as Jewish leaders.
of teens say USY makes Judaism more relevant and meaingful
of teens say involvement in USY has made them want to increase their Jewish observance
of parents say that traveling on one of USY’s immersive summer programs enhanced their child’s understanding and appreciation of Jewish traditions and practices
March 27, 2019 20 Adar II, 5779
USCJ/USY Senior Director of Teen Enagement Dana Prottas was picked to be part of the Jewish Education Project's second cohort of Generation Now fellows.
February 19, 2019 14 Adar I, 5779
At USY International Convention, it was announced that USY, USCJ’s youth movement, would honor the memory of Hannah and Ari Weiss in its programming
March 6, 2018 19 Adar, 5778
USY is supporting teens who would like to March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. and other cities across the country.
January 5, 2016 24 Tevet, 5776
Sarah Young learned about advocacy at USY’s 2015 International Convention — and created change at her school just one month later.