What are USY, Kadima, and Machar?
USY stands for United Synagogue Youth and is the youth movement of Conservative Judaism. On the International level, USY has over 20,000 members in grades 7 to 12. These members are divided into seventeen regions. Tifereth Israel USY is a chapter in Far West Region. Each Region is made up of chapters from local synagogues and in Far West there are over 40 chapters with approximately 2,000 USYers. Kadima is similar to USY except that the programming is geared to those in grades 4 to 6. Machar introduces first, second and third graders to youth group activities.
What Does USY Do?
USY sponsors many types of programs that include a variety of teen tours to Israel, Poland, Eastern Europe and Spain. Far West Region sponsors leadership weekends, Kinnusim (weekend conclaves), dances, Far West on Wheels a three-week bus tour, and a regional convention. TIS USY sponsors, social, educational, social action, and religious programming on a monthly basis and strives to instill a sense of teamwork and a community.
What Does Kadima Do?
Kadima is a chapter based youth program. About every six weeks, TIS Kadima will sponsor social, educational, and social action programming for the youth of TIS in grades 4 to 6.
For more information about USY and Kadima, contact Tifereth Israel USY at email@example.com.
To download our Machar and Kadima membership application for 2012-13, click here.
To download our Jr. and Sr. USY membership application for 2012-13, click here.
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