August 31st, 2006


first draft of USY letter

Here's my first second third draft of the USY letter. Please please PLEASE tear it up, fix the grammar, the syntax, the verbage. If something sounds funny or stupid please don't hesitate to point it out.


Shomrei Torah has some very exciting news for our high school students! I am pleased to announce that we will once again have an active chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY).

USY inspires Jewish youth to explore, celebrate and practice ethical values, Zionism and community responsibility based on the ideology of the Conservative Movement.

I grew up at Shomrei Torah and participated in USY as a teenager, serving as president of our chapter my senior year of high school. We participated in national conferences, had discussions on everything from the situation in Israel to intermarriage, performed many mitzvot through Social Action/Tikun Olam, and participated in local activities with NFTY, the reform movement’s youth group. These are experiences that have helped shape me as a Jew and as a person. I am honored to be the Shomrei Torah USY Advisor, and I hope to inspire the next generation to embrace their Jewish heritage. And of course, to have fun!

Shomrei Torah’s USY chapter is open to any member who is in high school, or who has already turned fourteen. Meetings will be held monthly, every first Sunday from 1-3 p.m., immediately following Sunday School. We will also have many activities throughout the year: lock-ins, holiday parties, conventions, and more! Anyone interested in joining USY should attend an introductory meeting at 1 pm on Sunday, September 17th.

At this meeting, I hope to see parents as well as high schoolers; I will be handing out a schedule of meetings and activities, and collecting $50 dues. These dues cover registration as a USY organization regionally and internationally, publications that may be sent to us about attending conferences, a subscription to Achshav! Magazine, and will also cover lunch costs for the entire school year (lunch will be served at every meeting).

I hope to see you September 17th!

Melissa Abrams
Shomrei Torah USY Advisor
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Oh, and did I mention?

Some buttmunch backed into me and Sara on my way to Cohen's party on
Tuesday. I just spent my lunch hour on the phone with his insurance company
answering every single detail about what happened and about his car and
insurance and address and phone number and the kitchen sink-- which luckily
I wrote down.

I should hear from the adjuster within 24 hours. I don't know what happens
after that. I assume that since it wasn't my fault and since he has
insurance, I shouldn't have to pay anything and I should get my car fixed...
right? My car isn't too bad. It's dented a tiny bit and the paint scraped
off. It doesn't look terrible, but since it wasn't my fault, there's no
reason that my car should even look slightly bad, right?

Details as I get them
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one more thing

Those Tadiran guys (our Israeli owners) right before they left came up front
to turn in their badges. They were talking amongst themselves in Hebrew, and
I mentioned that I understood about one word in ten, and they asked me how I
knew Hebrew, and then got super excited that I was Jewish. We talked for a
good thirty minutes about visiting Israel, Judaism, etc. They hadn't been
UNfriendly before, but man, when I mentioned I was Jewish it was like bees
to honey. Bees to honey.

(no subject)

My wireless card somehow got here. I'm just going to use it in my computer and not worry about a refund. If my other router, which I do NOT need gets here, I'll just sell it on eBay or Amazon or something. If the router doesn't show up, I'll go ahead with my original plan with my refund from Amazon.

Three guesses what I named my wireless network. If you know me, it won't take you any more than two.