Our History

USY is USCJ’s youth group for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. USY empowers youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression, and social responsibility. Through year round programming and domestic and international travel opportunities, USY inspires in teens a deep sense of pride in and love for their Jewish identity. To learn more, visit www.usy.org.

The Eastern Canadian Region of USY (ECRUSY), serving grades 6-8 with Kadima and 9-12 with USY,  offers programming through chapters at USCJ synagogues in Greater Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton, Halifax, St. Catherines, Kingston and London as well as at regional and international programs.

ECRUSY has quite a long history. The region is more than 60 years old! In that time we have touched the lives of hundreds of Jewish teens and made a difference in our community.

Here’s the list of Presidents ECRUSY has had since 1960:

  • 1960 Joel Miller
  • 1961 Howard Kerbel
  • 1962 Seymour Epstein
  • 1963 Gershon Hundert
  • 1964 Barry Taub
  • 1965 Mark Hundert
  • 1966 Jack Kugelmass
  • 1967 Martin Penn
  • 1968 Warren Rubenstein
  • 1969 Barry Waltman
  • 1970 Jack Shinder
  • 1971 Judah Silverman
  • 1972 Joel Goldberg
  • 1973 Terry Marcus
  • 1974 Mark Goldberg
  • 1975 Hartley Cohen
  • 1976 Brian Birenbaum
  • 1977 Ruth Greenberg
  • 1978 Andrea Glatt
  • 1979 Ross Meltzer
  • 1980 Marshall Swadron
  • 1981 Michael Brooke
  • 1982 Michael Brooke
  • 1983 Phyllis Fram
  • 1984 No President
  • 1985 Brooke Jacobs
  • 1986 Justin Beber
  • 1987 Barry Levitt
  • 1988 Eric Grossman
  • 1989 Brad Kruger
  • 1990 Naomi Cohen
  • 1991 Tamara Kronis
  • 1992 Debbie Cohen
  • 1993 David Sonenberg
  • 1994 Zena Haberman
  • 1995 Sarah Kronis
  • 1996 Shira Spring
  • 1997 Daniel Sonenberg
  • 1998 Nikki Greenspan
  • 1999 Jon Levinoff
  • 2000 Zev Moses
  • 2001 Michael Ferman
  • 2002 David Goldberg
  • 2003 Leora Jackson
  • 2004 Eric Lander
  • 2005 Joshua Goldberg
  • 2006 Julie Zucker
  • 2007 Ezra Melekh Moses
  • 2008 David Chaim Wallach
  • 2009 Sarah Tobie Goldberg
  • 2010 Emma Sybil Pascoe
  • 2011 Jonah Benjamin Eisen
  • 2012 Noa Liat Zaifman
  • 2013 Jacob Noah Pascoe
  • 2014 Shira Rochelle Eisen
  • 2015 Breanne Sara Bornstein
  • 2016 Joshua Benjamin Bienstock
  • 2017 Molly Isabel Pascoe
  • 2018 Jenna Esther Rose Bienstock
  • 2019 Nava Afra Wolfish
  • 2020 Nava Afra Wolfish