This December 24-28, nearly 1,000 Jewish teenagers, educators, staff, and alumni gathered in Chicago at USY’s 67th International Convention. The largest gathering of Conservative and Masorti Jewish teens, the convention welcomed young adults from across the globe to experience engage in interactive learning, gain leadership skills, build a strong Jewish future and give back to the local Chicago community. USY partnered with several … [Read more...] about USY 67th Annual International Convention Focuses on Teens as Agents of Societal Change
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By Maayan Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy More than 1,000 Conservative Jewish students and staff members converged on Chicago on Sunday for the United Synagogue Youth’s (USY) 67th annual international convention. The event is centered on fun, friendship, social action and interactive learning, according to USY’s website. However, 2017 festivities might be somewhat clouded by last month’s revelation that Jules Gutin, 67, the longtime director … [Read more...] about What Can the Jewish Community Learn in the Aftermath of USCJ Sexual Abuse Scandal?
By Robert Evans Two critical gatherings of American synagogue leaders attracted major support and interest from a significant percentage of Reform and Conservative congregations in recent days. The Biennial of the Reform Movement attracted an estimated 6,000 delegates in Boston; the Conservative movement’s convention in Atlanta, while on a significantly smaller scale, attracted representatives of several hundred congregations across North … [Read more...] about PERSONAL OPINION: Reform & Conservative Congregational Leaders Show Passion & Renewed Commitment!
By Elizabeth Kratz/JNS The congregational arm of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) has severed ties with the longtime director of the denomination’s youth movement after receiving “multiple testimonies” that corroborated an allegation of sexual abuse. Allegations about Jules Gutin, 67, who in 2011 completed his 20-year tenure as international director of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and since 2012 had conducted tours of Poland for USY, first came … [Read more...] about USCJ Severs Ties with Former Youth Director over Alleged Sexual Abuse
By Robert Leventhal A common complaint among today’s synagogue leaders concerns the significant decline in membership and attendance in recent years. It is no surprise that congregational leaders are searching for a “silver bullet” that will bring people in. Many leaders long for the “good old days” of the 1950’s, when many of their synagogues were being built. At that time, Jews wanted to belong to houses of worship like those of their … [Read more...] about Hope in Times of Decline