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United Synagogue Youth (USY)

Teens from The Emanuel Synagogue are members of WHUSY chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY). WHUSY (West Hartford USY) is composed of teens from The Emanuel Synagogue, Beth El Temple and B’nail Tikvah Shalom


Activities include:

  • Social justice
  • USY Shabbat
  • Teen High Holy Day services
  • USY Encampment
  • Israel Pilgrimage
  • USY on Wheels
  • International Convention
  • Just plain fun!
Jason Kaye

Jason Kay

We welcome you to join us!
Fill out a USY membership form here.

Click here to download the USY calendar for the remainder of 2016.

Activities through May 2017. More info to come:
Saturday, December 17: Stomp it Out – Mental Health Awareness Dance
with BBYO in Woodbridge
Join hundreds of Jewish teens in Woodbridge for a great night as we stomp out the stigma about mental health issues featuring DJ Earworm. $36 covers transportation, food, entertainment, etc. Register by December 12 at
Friday, January 13: Shabbat dinner
January 27-29: Regional winter convention, Beth El West Hartford
West Hartford USY is hosting an amazing weekend filled with run, ruach, friends, and featuring special guest Scott Fried to lead some fantastic programs. Registration information will be out soon. 8-12 graders are invited and encouraged to participate. We are also looking for volunteers to house USYers, help out with meals, and help chaperone at various times during the weekend. Please contact Jason Kay at
Saturday, February 11: Total Blackout Night (Emanuel)
Join us for our favorite program of the year. How talented are you in the pitch black? Challenge yourself and have some fun with friends, food, and neon lights.
Saturday, March 4: Israel Program
Sunday, March 26: Social Action gardening program (Emanuel)
Friday, April 21: Shabbat dinner
First week of May (date TBA): West Hartford JCC Israel Festival teen program
May 12-14: Regional Spring Convention
Wednesday, May 24: Yom Yerushalayim BBQ

CONTACT Jason Kay  (609) 651-0891



USY Shelanu (for Students with Special Needs Ages 12 – 21)

USY Shelanu Jan 12 crop.USY Shelanu, meaning Our USY, is the first Conservative Movement Jewish youth group serving this population in Connecticut. Current sponsors of this initiative are The Emanuel Synagogue, Beth El Temple and JTConnect. Nancy Fichman, a member of The Emanuel Religious School special needs team is the advisor.


Click here for a USY Shelanu Membership Application


Nancy Fichman, USY Shelanu  Advisor

Click here to see photos of our activities.


CONTACT Nancy Fichman, (860) 233-2774,



Kadima: A youth group for Grades 6, 7, and 8

Kadima is an international youth organization under the auspices of the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism. Its purpose is to involve Jewish pre-teens in a meaningful relationship with Judaism in a positive environment that is educational, religious, and social.


Our Kadima middle-schoolers will:Kadima

  • Socialize with their Jewish peers.
  • Take a responsible role in synagogue life.
  • Participate in various mitzvah projects.
  • Join in a wide array of activities, including trips, social justice projects, and sports. Some favorites are Rock “n” Bowl, Laser Tag, and dances.
  • On a regional level, Kadima members may attend overnights, dances, and other events with other Kadimaniks from throughout Connecticut and WesternMassachusetts.

We welcome you to join us!

CONTACT, 860-233-2774.

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