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.
Our youth group begins with Katanim in 2nd grade, with activities that help create connections to friends and synagogue life. Official involvement with International USY begins with Kadima in 3rd through 5th grade. USY is further divided into a middle school group for 6th-8th graders (Junior USY), and a high school group for 9th-12th graders (Senior USY).
Katanim (2nd grade): $35 for TI members, $50 for non TI members.
Kadima (3rd-5th grade): $50 for TI members, $65 for non TI members
Jr. USY (6th-8th) and Sr. USY (9th-12th): $65 for TI members, $90 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!
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.
Don't forget to see what's coming up with USY!
For more information on our youth programs contact Ariel Holman, our Youth Group Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.