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The Gesher (bridge) level of USY is USY’s, USCJ’s youth movement, program for middle school teens and pre-teens. Gesher 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. Gesher 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.

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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.


  • Gesher 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.


Scholarships are available for USY dues and programming. Scholarships are available on an ongoing, as needed basis. Please apply here. For any questions reach out to our Youth Director Ethan Fine at 

6:45 pm Saturday, Nov. 11 – 8 am Sunday, Nov. 12

Join us for the BJUSY Mystery Bus Ride! We can’t tell you where we’re going, but it’s always fun! We’ll meet at Beth Jacob, go on the bus ride, and return and sleep at Beth Jacob. Also, any Jewish teens in 9-12th grade are welcome to join us, whether or not they’re Beth Jacob members.

Early bird cost is $35; starting October 23, the cost goes up to $45. As always, we strive to ensure that cost is not an obstacle for people to attend BJUSY programming. Please check the box below if cost is an issue.

Lots of BJUSYers are already getting excited! BJUSY Mystery Bus Ride 2022 is coming soon; make sure you’re a part of it!