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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


Aug. 31st, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
In general the letter looks good, but some of the phrasing seems over-complicated, and the overall tone could be softer, less formal and demanding.

First paragraph: "has been kicked off" sounds a little ominous. "started" might work better.

Third paragraph: I've usually seen tikkun olam spelled with two k's, but I don't know if there's an official spelling.

Fourth paragraph: "Lunch will be served at these meetings" could probably be replaced by "with lunch" somewhere earlier in the sentence.

Fifth paragraph: "..I would appreciate the attendance of parents with their high school age children, as I will hand out a schedule of meetings and activities, as well as collect regional ($7), national ($12), and chapter ($31) dues." could be replaced with something like

"We hope to see parents as well as high schoolers; we'll be handing out a schedule of meetings and activities, and collecting $50 dues.
Aug. 31st, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Okay. Look at it now.
Aug. 31st, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Looks good, I like it.


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