The goal of our Youth Department is to create the Jewish leaders of tomorrow by teaching our children and teenagers the values of our heritage and providing a safe place to grow surrounded by experienced and loving staff.
What does that look like in quarantine?
We hold weekly Zoom Lounges where the teens get to just hang, talk, and stay connected with their Jewish friends who they might have previously only spent time with at CBI USY and Far West USY events. We hold other (virtual) programming, from game nights to trivia to a teen-led Shabbat Club, and a Havdallah Club with a special guest speaker.
Normally, we would not be running summer events, but with camps and many other opportunities this summer cancelled or modified to be socially distant, we have decided to maintain our programming for incoming 7th-12th graders through summer and even continue to welcome our outgoing seniors though they’ve graduated. Not all camps are cancelled though–our own Camp B’nai Ruach is still happening, offering five weeks of virtual fun!
Our goal during this trying time is simple: keep Jewish youth connected with each other and with Judaism.
Join us for our weekly Lounge nights at 6:30pm
Contact Emily for information by clicking here
USY provides our teens with a foundation for life through Judaism and friendships.
United Synagogue Youth, or USY, is an international organization of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. USY provides a local place for teens in grades 7-12 to get together in a safe supervised Jewish environment. We provide leadership opportunities, social action opportunities, religious experiences and Israel awareness. Our chapter hosts a monthly Shabbat dinner and speaker on the first Friday of every month as well as social events throughout the month. We also provide the option for our members to participate at the regional level, which includes weekend retreats, dances, leadership roles, and an annual convention. On the international level there are summer trips in the USA as well as Israel, a convention, leadership roles and specialized interest groups. Most USYers stay active in Jewish life through college and as adults because it has become so much a part of who they are.
The CBI chapter is the 3rd largest in the far west region, which consists of 40 chapters covering 6 states. We have several chapter members on our regional board and over the years have had regional cabinet members as well.
Check out upcoming USY events on the Calendar or on Facebook. Join our Mailing List.
Complete our Membership forms online! These forms are required for USYers to participate in all chapter and regional events.
Help us provide scholarships so more teens can join our activities – click here to donate to the Paul Kahn Youth Scholarship Fund or the Hillary Beth Moss Youth Fund.