What is USY?
United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the official youth organization of Conservative Judaism. Tifereth Israel USY (TIS USY) is a chapter in the Far West Region. The Far West Region spans over 25 synagogues throughout the West Coast. USYers are welcome and encouraged to attend the many events hosted by the region such as Kinnusim (retreats), dances, Far West on Wheels (a three-week bus tour), and the annual regional convention.
Click here to find out about upcoming regional programming.
About TIS USY
TIS USY hosts a diverse range of social, cultural, educational, and religious programming wherein we ultimately strive to instill a rich sense of leadership and community in our Jewish youth.
Click here to find out about upcoming TIS USY events.
Welcome to USY Advisors!
Ilan Sobel, our Senior USY Advisor, is a wonderfully unique individual. He has a B.S. in Chemistry and three years of experience as a Teva (Nature) Specialist at Camp Alonim. He has held several leadership positions including VP of Social Affairs for the Jewish Student Union at San Diego State. He is currently Lab assistant at Electroanalytical Chemistry. Most importantly, Ilan is a USYer! Ilan will oversee the Jr. and Sr. USY programs.
Linda Williams, our Junior USY Advisor, is well known in our community. She is currently attending Grossmont College and is focused on transferring to UCSD after completing her general education classes. She was a madricha for Torah School for 5 years and was very involved in USY for 4 years, serving as President for 2 years. Linda will oversee the Machar and Kadima programs.
Welcome to both!
Our Youth Department
- Machar (tomorrow) is our group for 2nd & 3rd grade students.
- Kadima (forward) is our group for 4th through 6th grade students.
- Jr. USY is our early teen group for students in 7th & 8th grade.
- Sr. USY is for our 9th through 12th grade students.
How to Become a Member
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to consider signing up your child/children to become paid member/s of our Youth Department. Members receive a discount on TIS youth events and only members are eligible to attend Far West regional events.
Download our 2018-2019 USY Membership Forms or pick up a copy in the Social Hall. Please fill out the application and leave the completed form with someone in the front office. You may submit your payment with your form or you may pay for your membership here.
For liability purposes we require that all attendees of our USY events fill out and submit a USY membership form. This doesn’t mean you have to submit payment to become a member, but simply to fill out the form that includes emergency contact information, health records, etc.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email our Interim Director of Jewish Education and Youth Engagement, Michelle Barbour, or call us at (619) 697‑6001 ext. 109.