Members of MTUSY, Conservative Judaism’s international organization for high-school teenagers, attend a sub-regional meeting in Atlanta.
Members of MiTY (Micah Temple Youth) competed against each other at The Escape Game Nashville.
CHAI & MiTY Middle MiTY (615) 377-9799 jgreenberg@ congregationmicah.org
HAI & MiTY is the newly-expanded hybrid program for Congregation Micah’s teens in grades 9-12. CHAI Society meets on Wednesday nights with Rabbi Flip Rice and Julie Greenberg and introduces teens to texts and topics taught by various rabbis and lay leaders throughout the larger Jewish community. CHAI Society also includes membership in MiTY (Micah Temple Youth, part of NFTY – the North American Federation of Temple Youth). Through both programs, students enjoy a variety of social and spiritual activities, including attending and hosting national and regional NFTY kallot. Locally, the youth develop social action projects, host lock-ins and hold
fundraisers like the Purim Carnival to support their travel and tzedakah efforts. CHAI & MiTY members are also automatically registered for monthly gender groups – Sisters @ Sinai and Honorable Men-schen – where students explore gender-specific ways in which Judaism can inform and strengthen their spiritual growth as young adults. Middle MiTY is Micah’s youth group for those in grades 6-8. The program includes similarly engaging activities centering on worship, social action and team-building. Their tzedakah contributions benefit the Ronald McDonald House, where students also volunteer by making meals for resident families and collecting aluminum pull tabs. The annual Rockin’ Lock-In hosted by local songwriters and musicians is one of the many highlights not to be missed. Call the Micah office or contact Education Director Julie Greenberg for details and come see what all the fun’s about! •
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MTUSY/Kadima Middle Tennessee United Synagogue Youth West End Synagogue 3810 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 269-4592 www.westendsyn.org Jordan Cohen, president Noah Crowley and Zoe Kress, advisers Helen Crowley, youth commission chair
he United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the official youth organization of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). USY is an international organization with thousands of high schoolage members. It provides a comfortable social and educational environment for Jewish teens in Nashville, the Southeast region, the United States and throughout the world. USY strives to build meaningful relationships between its members. MTUSY is West End Synagogue’s chapter of USY and
falls under the Ha-Negev region, which includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi. HaNegev is divided into three sub-regions; MTUSY is in the Ein Gedi sub-region. MTUSY participates in local, sub-regional, regional and national events including conventions, leadership training and Shabbatons with sister chapters. MTUSY plans a wide variety of local events such as Friday night dinners, Shabbat services for USY, social action projects such as Room in the Inn and activities like laser tag, swimming, baking hamantashen, leading services, movies, Ein-Gedi sub-regional conventions, Ha-Negev conventions, and Yom Disney in Florida. MTUSY is open to all Jewish youth in the grades 9-12. United Synagogue also has a youth group called Kadima, which offer social, cultural and religious events for children in grades 6-8. There are also regional conventions and events for this age group. If you are interested in learning more about USY or Kadima, please visit www.hanegevusy.org. You can also contact West End Synagogue at (615) 269-4592. •
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