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What is convention/Encampment/Kinnus?

USY/Kadima conventions are unlike any other Jewish Youth Movement's. With incredible programming, larger than life Ruach (Spirit) and wonderful people that become your lifelong friends, Mizrach USY conventions are definitely something you don't want to miss out on!

The duration of a convention is from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Some highlights include a fun-filled Saturday program like ice skating, interactive activities, meaningful prayer, and meeting so many other Jewish people just like you!

USY/Kadima allows us to discover our Jewish identity, leadership skills and our individuality in the world. You will make so many new friends along the way that become your second family. 

Frequently Asked Questions?

Who is eligible for conventions?

• As in all Kadima and USY events, participants do not need to be members of a synagogue to join us. They do however need to be a member of a USY/Kadima chapter. Please contact our regional office if you have questions about how to join a chapter.

How does Transportation work?

• The Regional Office provides buses from centralized locations.

Can a USYer drive himself/herself to convention?

• USYers may not drive themselves to/from convention under any circumstances. The only exception is when a local USYer is coming directly from school. At that point, they give the keys either to their parents (who come to get the keys) or give them to the Regional Youth Director to keep for the duration of the convention.

Can Participant come late/leave early?

• This question is handled on a case by case basis. We feel that with limited conventions during the year, each minute is important, but we would rather have your child there for some of the convention versus none. Due to national policies, participants may not come/go during Shabbat. Please contact us directly with any questions.

What kind of programming goes on at convention?

• The specifics change from convention to convention, but you can usually expect all of the following in our action packed schedules:

•       A fun and educational Israel Program

•       A Social Action program (i.e. Going somewhere in the community to help, Making something to donate) **sometimes these activities can be used for community service hours

•       Lots of free time with your friends (i.e. Hang out time, Sports)

•       A fun Saturday night program

•       Meals and Services

A parent/USYer packet with final details and a packing list will be sent out a week before convention.

What is included in the convention fee?

• For the most part our conventions are all inclusive. Included in the convention fee is all kosher meals during the convention, kosher snacks, lodging, all programming and transportation.

• Teens are encouraged to bring spending money (for regalia – regionally designed items or snacks/food while traveling) and money for our Tzedakah initiatives, Tikun Olam.

What kind of supervision is there at these events?

• The Regional Youth staff are the planners and facilitators of the regional conventions. Each chapter delegation is also required to send at least one staff person per ten participants. All staff members, paid or volunteer, go through a background check before staffing events.

Is scholarship available for conventions?

• In most cases, scholarship is handled through the local synagogues. In cases of extreme need, the region is able to assist financially as well, but please contact your synagogue before approaching the region for scholarship. When you sign your child up for Convention you will find the regional scholarship application as part of the online registration system.

How is Rooming determined?

For Encampment, convention is at a camp and rooming is in cabins/bunks, determined by grade. For Fall, Winter and Spring, rooming is determined upon request.

What is a YPO?

The YPO is the Youth Protection Officer. At every convention there is a predetermined staff member who is designated YPO. This person's job is to be there as a Counselor for the teens. Meaning, if there is ever a situation where a USYer or Kadimanik feels concerned or bullied, this person is there to help mediate the situation. Once the USYer/Kadimanik gets their badge they will find a phone number and name on the back letting them know who the YPO is and we make sure the person is introduced to the group at the beginning of convention.

Sample Schedule

Friday Night

3:00-3:30 Registration

3:30-4:15 Opening Ceremony

4:20 Candle lighting

4:30-5 ice breakers

5:00 Sicha (Discussion group)

6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat Ma’ariv

7:00 Dinner

7:45-8:15 Ruach

8:15-9:30 :Evening Program (Something Shabbat friendly all together)

9:30-10:00 Bechira (Different options to learn about USYs core values. Israel, Social Action, Religion Education and more!)

10:00-10:15 Oneg

10:15 Lila Tov


9:00 Arrive at Synagogue

9:15-12 Shacharit/Torah/Musaf

12:00-12:40 Lunch

12:40-1:00 Ruach

1:00-1:45  Sicha 2 (Discussion groups)

1:45-3:30 Chofesh (Free time!)

3:30- 4:00 Mincha

4:00-4:45 Sicha 3 (Discussion group)

4:45-5:30 Sudah Shlishit (dinner)

5:30-6:15 Slow Ruach/Maariv/Havdalah (Singing to set the environment for ending Shabbat)

6:15-7:15 Program (Group Program all together!)

7:15-7:30 Changing

7:30-10  Night program (Also all together sometimes a Dance or outing)

8:45 Return to shul with luggage

9:00 – 10:00 Shacharit

10:00 – 10:45 Brunch

10:45 – 11:45: Program (Group Program all together!)

11:45 - 12:15 Summer Programs Video and Closing Convention