USY and Youth Groups

Sharon USY (SUSY) is a part of the greater United Synagogue Youth movement, and, locally, a member of the NERUSY region (New England Region United Synagogue Youth). SUSY was awarded the coveted 2013-2014 NERUSY Chapter of the Year Award and was also honored with the same award in 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2011-2012.

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Upcoming Programs

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Kadima (3rd-5th grade):
$35 for TI members, $40 for non TI members
Jr. USY (6th-8th) and Sr. USY (9th-12th):
$40 for TI members, $45 for non TI members
If your child is enrolled in Temple Israel Religious school, your membership is already paid for, but please still fill out the form link on your left!

Register for USY
by printing & mailing this form to the TI office:
PO Box 377, Sharon, MA 02067

USY 2018-2019

Hello Everyone! We are so excited for a new year of wonderful activities for Kadima, Junior and Senior USY. We also have some new friends with whom we are collaborating to bring more fun to our monthly activities as well as a new personnel structure.

Sharon USY (SUSY) is collaborating with South Area USY (SAUSY) for joint programming from Kadima all the way through Senior USY. This will mean more activities and social opportunities for our youth and more kids at events. The synagogues participating in the collaborative are as follows: B’nai Tikvah of Canton; Ahavath Torah of Stoughton and Temple Beth Emunah of Easton. Some events will be at Temple Israel and others will be at one of the collaborative synagogues or at a mutual location. Sharon USY will continue to have its own programming as well.

Leading the youth programming that is Temple Israel specific will be Allison Poirier, our rabbinic intern. Many of you know Allison from her Torah sessions for teens at Starbucks as well as leading Junior Congregation and other programming.  Allison’s email is

Gila Bauman is back as our Kadima advisor this year! Gila teaches in the Hebrew School; leads Rosh Hodesh groups for girls; runs Tot Shabbat and other programs.

The newest addition to the staffing model is Jessica Leigh. Jessica will lead all of the programming for the Sharon/ SAUSY collaborative. Since Jessica is new, please find a short bio and headshot. Jessica’s email is

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Jessica Leigh
Youth Director

Past USY Leadership:
SAUSY Youth Director: 2018-2019
SAUSY Advisor: 2015-2018
SAUSY Social Action Tikun Olam Vice President: 2013-2014
Randolph USY President: 2010-2013

I am a recent graduate from Worcester State University with a degree in Business and Economics. Currently I am working in finance at a company in Dedham, MA; while I pass on my love and commitment for USY.


About USY: No matter what age group you are in, we offer tons of fun and exciting programs: ice skating, laser tag, glow in the dark dodgeball, rock climbing, lounges, dances, Shabbat dinners, and holiday parties. USY membership allows your child or teen to attend these events and gives them the opportunity to participate in NERUSY events with teens from all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. In high school, there are also opportunities to travel across the country, to Israel, and around the world with USY.

As a youth movement, we provide opportunities for your child to socialize and grow within a Jewish context and begin to form a Jewish identity. Children and teens involved in USY also have the opportunity to work on projects in social action and tikkun olam, Israel advocacy, and Jewish education. High school and middle school students who choose, may serve on the general or executive boards of their respective groups, gaining valuable leadership experience.

Many Jewish youth begin to disconnect from their synagogues after they become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Studies have shown that those children and teens who are active in Jewish youth groups are far more likely to retain a connection to their Jewish heritage than those who are not. Joining USY is the perfect way to help your child create the lasting Jewish memories that will help keep them engaged throughout their lives. 

*Note: If you sign up for an event and cancel less than 48 hours in advance, we will still need to charge you as we have already bought your ticket/food!*