At our core, we are a youth organization associated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We work to provide fun, engaging, and innovative programming for Jewish youth, starting in Kindergarten, and progressing all the way up to the 12th grade...but we are much more than this!
We teach our youth to be kindhearted, generous, and compassionate. We guide them in the advocacy of Israel, while showing them that every life matters.
We teach respect, not only for others, but for ourselves as well, in a world where darkness sometimes makes it difficult to see the light in which we live.
We teach dignity, the consciousness of not possessing honor, but the understanding that we deserve it.
We are accepting, tolerant, and go above and beyond to open our arms to the world around us, in a time where, too often, others close their doors.
We are proud. We stand strong.
We are the Etz Chaim Youth Department.
About our Youth Director
Steven Resnick grew up in Longwood, Florida where he was involved in Kadima, USY, and BBYO. Following high school graduation, he started staffing Kadima and USY programs for local chapters, as well as for the HaNegev region. Steven was a Chapter Youth Director at the Sunrise Jewish Center (Sunrise, Florida) for 5 years, Jacksonville Jewish Center (Jacksonville, FL) for 2 years and has spent the last year based out of Newton, Massachusetts as the Assistant Director of Youth Activities for the New England and Hanefesh regions of Kadima and USY. Steven also served as Secretary on the Jewish Youth Director’s International Board for the 2014-2016 term. Steven’s grandparents, parents and siblings all participated and worked with Kadima and USY in some capacity, so he definitely has this work in his blood!
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Do I have to be a member of the synagogue to join the youth group or participate?
We accept anyone, as long as they are Jewish. This means your friends from around town can be a part of our amazing Youth Program, and they can get a wonderful experience just like you!
2.) How often does each group meet?
This usually depends on the month, but each group meets at least once a month, with Gesher and Junior Kadima meeting less than USY and Kadima.
3.) What sort of activities do you offer?
We offer something for everyone. From social action projects to social events. From dances to dine ins. From breakfasts to dinners. We have a wide variety of programming to fit a wide variety of needs.