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United Synagogue Youth (USY) was founded in 1951 as the youth organization of the Conservative Movement.  It has grown from a handful of chapters to a thriving and successful international organization with over 300 chapters across North America, as well as a sister youth organization in Israel called Noam. USY promotes and supports youth-driven leadership at every level of the organization through its active youth board structure at the chapter, regional and international level.  It is no surprise that many of our community rabbis, youth staff, lay and professional leaders throughout the Jewish community are, in fact, former USYers.


USY teaches 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 Israel, 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 and love for their Jewish identity. 


USY hosts a variety of North American cross country trips, as well as volunteer trips to the Dominican Republic and Oregon. In addition, USY runs several summer programs in Israel (and Eastern Europe).


Each December, USY hosts a week of fun, friends, community service, Jewish and Israel education, and more at the annual IC. There are scholarships available for Canadians traveling to IC and other cross-border programs.


Nativ is USCJ's gap year program, dedicated to creating and inspiring the next generation of Conservative Jewish leaders. From September to May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel.

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