Fall Convention

November 20-22, 2015
Agudath Israel Congregation
1400 Coldrey Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7P9


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Join ECRUSY for a Willy Wonka weekend at Agudath Israel in Ottawa! Our adventure will feature programs that will tackle social justice issues like fair treatment of workers and hunger awareness. The weekend will also include a USY-style Shabbat with ruach (singing & cheering), an escape room experience, and time to hang out with friends from across Ontario.


Convention Details


Dates/Times Convention will be held from Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22, 2015. Convention sign-in in Toronto will begin at 8:30 AM. London & Hamilton will need to arrive in Toronto on Thursday night, home hospitality will be provided. Convention will begin at Agudath Israel at 2:00 PM on Friday and ends at 12:30 PM on Sunday. Please see the transportation section for details on departure and return times.


Application Information & Deadline Application can be found online at www.ecrusy.org. Please ensure you complete the entire application and submit with full payment either using credit card or by cheque to the regional office. Registration is due by Wednesday, November 18, 2015. All applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.


Registration Fee The registration fee for Convention is $138.00, including food, housing, and programming. Transportation is an additional $30. You may pay by credit card or by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to THE UNITED SYNAGOGUE OF CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM. The region does not offer payment plans for Convention. Financial assistance is available on a needs basis. For more information regarding financial assistance please visit www.ecrusy.org.


Cancellation Policy ECRUSY prices our conventions based solely on costs and does not make a profit from our events. As such we cannot provide full refunds after the registration deadline. The following is our cancellation schedule. All cancellations must be made in writing to Max Marmer, Regional Youth Director, either by mail, fax, or e-mail.


Cancellation on/before November 18 Full Refund
Cancellation after November 18 No Refund


Transportation ECRUSY provides transportation at an additional cost to the convention, please see the registration fee section for price. The approximate travel times are outlined below. A more up to date transportation schedule will be included in the pre-convention e-mail.


  Depart (Friday) Return (Sunday)
Toronto 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
London Travel to Toronto will be arranged on Thursday night. Travel from Toronto will be arranged for Sunday night.
Ottawa Please arrive at Agudath Israel Congregation by 1:30 PM on Friday. Pickup on Sunday will be at 12:30 PM.


Rooming USYers will be placed in home hospitality houses courtesy of members of Agudath Israel Congregation. Although many times beds are provided, this is not a guarantee, please bring sleeping bags and pillows with you just in case.


Shabbat The majority of our program occurs over Shabbat. No matter how much or how little exposure your teen has had with a traditional Shabbat experience in the past, our convention provides a special and unique opportunity to enjoy and participate in the enhancing of Shabbat through interactive, age-appropriate prayer, spirited song and cheering, and fun educational programs. On Shabbat, we refrain from the following: traveling, writing, handling of money, playing radios or musical instruments, and using telephones. We ask that you have your child leave their cell phone at home. If your child uses their phone during our programs or on Shabbat, it will be taken away until the end of convention.


Questions Should you have any questions before the start of convention you can contact Max Marmer, Regional Youth Director, in the Regional Office at (416) 667-1717 Ext. 106 or by e-mail at marmer@uscj.org


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