Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Thank you to everyone who attended Purim services and helped us sell Pasta box groggers and kidnap the Rabbi! We are proud to say that we raised a total of $250! Congrats WOUSY!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

There has been nothing but exciting things going on in West Orange USY lately. I was seriously looking forward to the Teens as Toddlers Night. Who doesn’t love dressing up in pajamas and acting half your age? After fun human twister ice breaker, we enjoyed animal crackers and juice boxes. Of course we said a prayer first in honor of Tu B'shvat. Finally we got to the most anticipated part of the night: finger painting. Ironically the paint seemed to be child proof because it was difficult to figure out how to open them. Once we finally got them open, we had fun making pictures as well as a mess. At our temple there are little tricycles and slides for actual toddlers so at the end of the night everyone rode around and just hung out. Highlight of my week for sure!

Our latest SA/TO project is our West Orange discount cards! For only $10 you can get a reusable card with discounts to popular stores in West Orange like Chopstix and Mark and Julies! Help us help you save some money and help the world!

As a SATO tip: when your electronics are done charging, taket hem out of the ourlet to conserve energy. It is also better for your battery

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

To me, USY is like a utopian society. The one thing that sticks out to me the most about USY is that everyone is Jewish. At conventions, we lose our voices from all of the great ruach. At dances, we thank God that all of us are together for the night as one region. At chapter events, we have fun socializing, playing fun games, and enjoying each other’s company. When I first joined USY, I was looking forward to it, but felt shy as I attended my first convention. By the time it was over, I thanked God that I was part of a world that everyone shared the same thing: being Jewish. Everyone had been so friendly and welcoming! When I go to school the day after a convention ends or two days after a dance, I always wish that there could be an encore because of the ruach everyone had. When I look at the Facebook pictures of a previous chapter event and I find one of myself in it, I always give myself a laugh because most likely I will be making a funny pose or face. I like to encourage people in my synagogue to join USY because of the events we do, and of course, making friends. I am looking forward to Wednesday, February 8, 2012 because of: Teens as Toddlers! It costs $10 to come to the event and it runs from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. But, if you bring an extra $10, use it to by a West Orange USY discount card. You’ll get discounts from several places here in West Orange, but I can’t tell you what they are unless you buy one. Come to the event dressed up in your pajamas. It will certainly be very childish if you come.

                        Nathaniel Bargad, Religious/Education VP

 

 Sunday, January 15th, 2012

It’s that time of the year when all of the holidays are gone and you are already counting down the days to spring break! Well, when you are in USY, you start counting down the days to the next event rather than the next break. This past winter vacation, I went to USY International Convention. It was so much fun, and I wish I could go back every second I have the chance. The weekend before the convention, Hagalil and Hanegev (the Florida region) had a pre-convention together in Marlboro. I had met so many people and the best thing was that these people are just like you and me. We all shared a love for USY and Judaism. When we got to Philly, we were greeted the minute we got off the bus. The staff told us that this convention would be nothing like we had ever seen before, and they were right! Some highlights were our very own Hagalil President was elected the International President of all of USY and having 613, an acapella group, sing for us. I could not have had a better experience and now I am having major USY withdrawl. Thank God that West Orange is having KAYITZ IN JANUARY! It will be an amazing event THIS WEDNESDAY, January 18th from 6:30-8:00 at Bnai Shalom! I now have to go get my well worth spent $20 and a white T-shirt! $10 for admission, $10 for the new awesome discount cards, and something white to tie-dye!I love summer and this is the best way to spend it!

Can't wait to see everyone on Wednesday!!
Ally Fabes, Membership/Programming VP

 Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

You know those Mondays that you just walk in to school feeling awesome because you had a good weekend? I hope you do because otherwise your life must be pretty uneventful. Well, that great feeling was how my week began. Do you want to know why? Of course you do if you’re taking the time to read my blog post. This past weekend was the West Orange USY Teen Shabbat! I am usually the first one to get bored during a long service but this Shabbat was particularly special. It was partly because I had Israeli guests staying at my house from Merchavim High School in Israel, and partly because I got to spend Shabbat morning with my friends from West Orange USY. I failed to learn my torah reading, which is pretty embarrassing, but I did get to lead a prayer with a ton of little children who were half of my age and twice my size (because I am REALLY short…I prefer being called “fun size” though). After I did my part, even though it was extremely unimpressive and overpowered by a ton of screaming 10 year olds, all of the congregants pretended that I was an Anim Zmirot superstar. I have to say, my part did not even come close to President Rachel Mendelowitz’s dvar torah where she related last week’s parshah to her USY encampment experience. At the end, we all gathered together for Kiddush to eat stale Challah and defrosted black and white cookies, not to mention the watery egg salad, and the white fish salad disguised as tuna. I know it sounds bad but the Kiddush was just another fun conversation continuing to enjoy our USY chapter. I was a little bit upset when it was time to go home and even though I got to take a long Shabbat nap, I was disappointed that the much anticipated teen Shabbat was over. Thank G-d that the West Orange USY Chanukah Bash is this week! I have to go out now to get my $5-10 secret Chanukah Harry gift to exchange with one of my friends tomorrow night, Wednesday December 21, from 6:30 to 8:30. And I’m sure the firemen are excited to eat the cookies that we will bake for them. My house is all decorated for the holiday and I just set up my menorah. You know what that means… it’s time for me to go celebrate Chanukah with my family. I hope that you have a happy Chanukah! If the candle light isn’t enough to light up your life, check out this unbelievable video. ENJOY :):)

Love,

Rebekah Lillianthal, Communications VP

 Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Check our the new regional Hagalil website!! It's really awesome.

http://www.hagalilusy.com/

See everyone tomorrow at Israel Adventure!

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Welcome to WOUSY Updates! Check this out this page regularly for news about upcoming USY events/applications, israel updates, fun facts, videos, and other fun and exciting stuff!

 

**HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT ISRAEL ADVENTURE NEXT MONDAY, DEC. 5TH! RSVP to rachelmendelowitz@gmail.com**

 

 

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