After that experience, I was hooked. I spent the next summer with USY again, but this time in Israel taking in the breadth of the country with 26 of my new best friends plus our 4 phenomenal staff members. During the school year I was also highly involved in my chapter (KAUSY...Moo), Sub-Region (Olive Mercaz and always will), Region (H-A-Negev, H-A-negev, go HaNegev!), and International USY events. I served on the HaNegev Regional Executive board as the Israel Affairs Vice President my senior year of high school and have the fondest memories of all the conventions I attended. It is hard to explain what USY means to me in just this short blog post, but it truly has a special place in my heart. It had the greatest impact in shaping me into a better Jew and person while I was in high school. I am forever grateful for my experience in USY and am sure that others can say the same for their similar youth group experiences. If you would like to share your story to potentially be highlighted in next week’s blog post, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shabbat and Holidays team along with the Jewish Learning team under Missy Goldstein, are hosting a Youth Group Reunion Shabbat (or YGRS to abbrev) on October 19th to bring together students who are alumni of USY, BBYO, NFTY, and NCSY youth groups. UF Hillel is hoping to personally invite Jewish youth group alumni at UF and other Florida universities that are looking to participate. Please consider joining us to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. For those of you who did not have this experience, we also encourage you to see this youth group reunion in action and meet new friends as well. For more information or to invite others, please visit the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/118667544953144/
As a reminder, Traditional, Conservative and Reform services will begin at 7:30pm tonight followed by a delicious and FREE (thanks to our generous donors) kosher Shabbat dinner
at 8:45pm. We hope that you will join us!
Shabbat Shalom and Beat Vandy!