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United Synagogue Youth (USY)

Teens from The Emanuel Synagogue are members of WHUSY chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY). WHUSY (West Hartford USY) is composed 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!

Jason Kaye

We welcome you to join us!
Jason Kay

Fill out a USY membership form here.

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

USY Shelanu Jan 12 cropUSY 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

Click here to see photos of our activities.
CONTACT Nancy Fichman, USY Shelanu Advisor
(860) 233-2774,


Kadima: Youth group for Grades 6, 7, and 8

Kadima is an international 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, 860-233-2774.