United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima are organizations for Jewish teens and pre-teens from across the area and across the country to meet each other, hang out together, and make lifelong friendships while learning about and experiencing Judaism. USY and Kadima are the youth groups associated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. USY is open to all high school students (grades 9-12); Kadima is open to middle school students (grades 6-8).
USY and Kadima are divided into three levels: the chapter, the region, and international. Our chapters, Teaneck USY and Teaneck Kadima, include people from our area who get together many times throughout the year for many different activities, including programming with a social, religious, education, social action, or Israel focus. Our region, Hagalil Region, is composed of chapters from Central and North New Jersey. The international level is made of 17 regions from all over the United States and Canada.
USY is a peer-run organization, with leaders elected and selected from the chapter membership. These leaders, working on the Chapter Executive Board, work with the chapter adviser to plan, execute, and follow-up on all USY events.
USY and Kadima offer opportunities throughout the year to get together with other USY members from the region and around the world. USY holds five conventions (kinnusim) during the year; Kadima has three conventions. Each is a great opportunity to spend time with friends, meet new people, and experience an uplifting Shabbat in a comfortable environment.
USY also holds an annual international convention, to be held this coming year in Chicago, as well as two wonderful summer program options: USY on Wheels, a 6 ½-week cross-country tour, and USY Israel Pilgrimage, with options to Poland, Italy, Spain, or Eastern Europe, all of which study Jewish life, yesterday and today, in Europe and in Israel.