The Hebrew word Kadima means forward. Kadima is a youth group that helps 7th and 8th graders move into their roles as members of the Jewish community after their b’nai mitzvah. Kadima programs include social action projects, holiday celebrations, cultural activities, games, sports, arts and crafts, and conventions. Events are once or twice a month at Beth Jacob or other locations.
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Beth Jacob United Synagogue Youth (BJUSY) belongs to Emtza Region, the geographically largest USY region in North America. Emtza means middle and our region stretches from Denver to Wisconsin and from St. Louis north to Winnipeg, Manitoba. There are 17 chapters in Emtza Region with whom we have programs throughout the year. Teens in 9th through 12th grade may join BJUSY.
USY’s motto is “To learn, to teach, to do” and BJUSY offers opportunities for all of these. Regional events have a unique appeal; most USY activities are at the chapter.
A timely RSVP ensures that we have enough food, program materials, and even seats on a bus to convention. Some programs like a Lounge Night do not require an RSVP.
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Sending children to Kadima and USY events (especially regional events) is expensive. We have some scholarships and welcome donations to the fund. Scholarships are based on need and participation. All scholarship information is confidential. Scholarship forms are available at Beth Jacob, from our Program Director, Frances Fischer, or call 651-452-2226.
- Kadima membership is $36 a year. Beth Jacob’s gift to b’nai mitzvah is a one-year membership.
- BJUSY membership is $54 a year. Membership has its benefits: you save money on BJUSY programs and you can attend regional conventions.