Youth Groups

United Synagogue Youth (USY)

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

Activities include: Social justice, USY Shabbat, Teen High Holy Day services, USY Encampment, Israel Pilgrimage, USY on Wheels, International Convention….and just plain fun!   We welcome you to join us!

For details: 
Contact Tamar Mor: or ‭(732) 485-9188.

USY membership form

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

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, (860) 233-2774 or

Jr. USY Youth group for Grades 6, 7, and 8

Jr USY is a 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:

  • Socialize with their Jewish peers.
  • Take a responsible role in synagogue life.
  • Participate in various mitzvah projects.
  • Experience a wide variety of activities including: trips, social justice projects, sports, dances, Laser Tag, Rock “n” Bowl, and more!
  • Regional events offer opportunities to connect with other Kadimaniks from throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

We welcome you to join us!

CONTACT or 860-233-2774.