USY/SHMUSY - High School Group
USY Programs are open to all Jewish 9th - 12th graders! 8th Graders are welcome to participate in USY programming!
Lounge Nights are an incredible time to hang out in a relaxed setting. We eat pizza and have a fun activity every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Youth lounge.
The goals of SHMUSY Youth Groups include: fostering Jewish friendships outside of a classroom setting, celebrating and learning about Jewish holidays, and just having fun. Youth group, at any age, is an important part of beginning the journey of Jewish identity. SHMUSY membership gives you discounts to programs and allows us to make sure that we reach you regarding our upcoming programs. The link to the membership form is below. Please return it to the Anshe Emet Youth Department.
Click here to register online for the 2013-2014 school year. Please return your completed membership form to Karen Martin.
Links and Lingo
Birkat Hamazon (or benching): The prayer recited after eating (Grace after Meals).
D’var Torah: literally, “word of Torah”. A D’var Torah is a brief Jewish teaching, often rooted in the weekly Torah portion, yet relating to the current day.
Daven (or davening): “Prayer” or “praying” in Yiddish-English.
Havdalah: literally, “distinction or separation”. A Jewish ritual performed on Saturday night that marks the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the new week.
IA: an abbreviation for Israel Affairs, a vice presidential position on the SHMUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that works to offer creative and engaging Israel programming.
IC: an abbreviation for International Convention, an annual week-long gathering of 1000+ USYers from the US and Canada!
Kinnus: CHUSY’s Spring Convention, where the new CHUSY Regional Board is elected and installed, Chapter awards and handed out, and lots of fun is had by all.
Maariv: literally, “evening”, is the evening service recited daily by Jews all around the world.
Mem/Kad: an abbreviation for Membership/Kadima, a vice presidential position on the SHMUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that focuses on making Kadima a thriving program and increasing USY’s membership numbers.
Pilgrimage: USY’s 5-week teen summer trip to Israel. USYers have the option of also visiting Spain, Poland, or Eastern Europe with their group. Pilgrimage is an unbelievable, once in a lifetime experience.
Rel/Ed: an abbreviation for Religion/Education, a vice presidential position on the SHMUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that focuses on creating exciting and dynamic Shabbat and educational programs.
Ruach: literally means “spirit”. At Shabbat meals and at regional conventions and Shabbatons we gather together after meals and sing until we lose our voices! Most of the songs are easy to catch on, even if you’ve never heard them before.
SA/TO: an abbreviation for Social Action/Tikun Olam, a vice presidential position on the SHMUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that spearheads volunteer work, raising funds for T.O. and planning social justice programming.
Sicha, Kita: literally mean “discussion” and “class” respectively. At USY programming we sometimes form study groups and talk about all sorts of issues that relate to us, as Jewish teenagers.
Tikun Olam: Literally means “repairing the world”. Tikun Olam is USY’s Tzedakah Fund. 30% of the funds SHMUSY raises supports the Conservative movement in Israel and 30% supports scholarship funds for USYers in CHUSY who want to participate in USY’s summer and year-long programming. The remaining 40% is allocated by the SHMUSY board to charities of their choice.