SCUSY: Sonoma County United Synagogue Youth
Sonoma County United Synagogue Youth (SCUSY) is a program for our youth ages 14 through 18 sponsored by United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Congregation Beth Ami’s teens undertake a variety of fundraisers and tzedakah (charity) projects throughout the course of each year and plan and attend monthly social activities. Members of our award-winning chapter have many opportunities to participate in regional, national and international events, which are held in Northern California, across the nation, and elsewhere in the world. USY is a wonderful way for teens to connect with other Jewish teens and to enhance leadership and Judaic skills. We hope that you will give USY a try by stopping by. See you there! Visit the SCUSY website and www.usy.org!
This past year has been a big one for Sonoma County United Synagogue Youth, or SCUSY, which won Chapter of the Year award for the USY region of New Frontier. This honor was bestowed upon our small but mighty chapter after a year of fun and instructive events ranging from cooking delicious food, hiking amongst the majestic redwoods at Armstrong Woods, leading a Friday Night service, and so much more. Even though last year was incredible, this upcoming year will be building on the strong base created previously and will continue to strive for greatness.
Chaverim Teen Program
Chaverim is an exciting program for the Jewish teens of Sonoma County.It provides an outlet for 8th through 12th graders in the community. It is a unique opportunity for Jewish teenagers to get together for social and educational events that inspire involvement in Jewish life.
Each grade meets twice a month for a director-led peer dinner discussion centered around Jewish ethical and moral topics that relate to every day teen lives. In addition to those monthly meetings, teens meet one or more times a month for social events. Some of these events include: camping, shabbatons, skiing, dances, sleepovers, bowling, services, social action, community service, pool parties, and so much more in between. Members can also choose to participate in planning events through leadership and leadership training opportunities.
To be a member of Chaverim you do not have to be affiliated with a synagogue, you just need to be Jewish.
Chaverim is a second family to all of its members, and is a great way to make life-long friends. Chaverim is also very lucky to have an amazing director, Rick Concoff. Rick leads all of the discussions and chaperones all social events. Without Rick, Chaverim would not be as wonderful as it is. Rick is able to relate to teens on a level most adults cannot.
The birth of this program was inspired by Congregation Beth Ami’s long-respectedKehillah program and Congregation Shomrei Torah’s successful Tzaddikim program. The best of both programs have been brought together in a new format, bringing meaning and Jewish continuity to post B’nai Mitzvah students.
The program is overseen by Congregation Beth Ami’s Rabbi Mordecai Miller and Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, and is supported by a parent-led Advisory Committee.