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!
Shomrei Torah USY Advisor