Letter To Our SFUSY & Kadima Teens

SFUSY_May16Shalom, SFUSY and Kadima!

Welcome back! I hope you all had great summers, and I can’t wait to hear all about them. Whether you were at Camps Ramah, Newman, or Tawonga, on USY on Wheels or USY Pilgrimage, or hanging out in San Francisco, the fun doesn’t end when school starts again!

My name is David Herrera; I am the Youth Advisor for San Francisco USY and Kadima at Congregation Beth Sholom. During the year ahead, we have a number of incredible opportunities for you to continue the camp and summer program fun by connecting with other Jewish teens concerned with social action, Israel awareness, leadership skills, religious education, or simply watching a sports game. Whatever your passion, we have something for you.

The SFUSY Chapter Board has worked hard this summer to create a great year of really fun events for SFUSY. Likewise, our Kadima Vice President, Eli Ganz, has worked to plan some awesome events for the Kadima-niks this year.

Our events start up in September, but be sure to save all of the dates below! SFUSY events are for teens in Grades 9 – 12; Kadima is for kids in Grades 6 – 8. Check out our calendar below, save the dates, and drop in on an event!

For more information about SFUSY and Kadima send me an email, give me a call, visit the New Frontier USY Region’s website, or join our Facebook group.

It’s going to be a great year, everyone!

David Herrera
Youth Director, SFUSY and Kadima

SFUSY & Kadima Chapter Calendar

September 2016:

  • 9/18: SFUSY Goes to Urban Putt! (SFUSY, Grades 9 – 12)
  • 9/25: New Frontier Regional Kadima Day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 11:30am-5:30pm, $45 per child (Kadima, Grades 6 – 8)

  • October 2016:

  • 10/3, 4, 12: Launch Kadima 5777; High Holy Day youth programming at CBS on Rosh Hashanah Days 1 & 2 and Yom Kippur, $50 per child includes cost of one year Kadima membership (Kadima, Grades 6 – 8)
  • 10/24: Simchat Torah Celebration with CBS (SFUSY, Grades 9 – 12)

  • November 2016:

  • 11/6: Peninsula Kadima @ Dave and Busters; an inter-chapter event with Kadima chapters from San Francisco, San Jose, Saratoga, Palo Alto, Foster City, and Redwood City at Dave and Busters in San Jose. 3pm-5pm, Congregation Sinai, San Jose (Grade 8 ONLY)
  • 11/18-20: New Frontier Regional Fall Kinnus; the first regional convention of the year for USY hosted at Camp Newman (SFUSY, Grades 9 – 12)

  • December 2016:

  • 12/4: SFUSY Event ( Grades 9 – 12)
  • 12/11: Kadima Event (Grades 6 – 8)
  • 12/25-29: USY International Convention; five days of programs and events for one thousand Jewish teens from all over the US and Canada, and parts of South America, Europe, and Israel aimed at building connections to Judaism, social action/justice, global Jewry, and new friends. Hosted in Dallas, TX. (SFUSY, Grades 9 – 12)

  • January 2017:

  • 1/15: New Frontier Regional Mini-Mission Mitzvah; a Regional USY day spent volunteering in one city in our beautiful New Frontier Region. Projects change every year, but past days have been spent sorting food at a food bank, building bikes and games for under-privileged youth, planting trees and picking up trash in local parks, and so much more! (SFUSY, Grades 9 – 12)

  • February 2017:

  • 2/5: SFUSY Israel Celebration (Grades 8 – 12)
  • 2/10-12: New Frontier Regional Winter Shabbaton; a regional convention hosted by Sacramento USY at Mosaic Law Congregation (SFUSY, Grades 9 – 12, Grade 8 also invited)
  • 2/26: Kadima Event (Grades 6 – 7, Grade 5 also invited)

  • March 2017:

  • 3/5: SFUSY Day of (Social) Action (Grades 8 – 12)
  • 3/31-4/2: New Frontier Regional Kadima Konvention; a regional convention for Kadima! CBS will be hosting middle schoolers from all over Northern California and Reno, NV in this weekend long Kadima event!
    (Grades 6 – 7)

  • April 2017:

  • 4/23: SFUSY Event (Grades 8 – 12)
  • 4/30: Final Kadima Event of the Year (Grades 5 – 7)

  • May 2017:

  • 5/19-21: New Frontier Regional May Convention; the final convention of the year for USY. Hosted in Santa Rosa at the Flamingo Resort. (SFUSY, Grades 8 – 12)
  • Youth & Family High Holy Days Programming

    CBS is a stand-out family destination
    for the High Holy Days!
    PreschoolMural1CBS offers a selection of age-specific programs and services for children and/or their parents. With the exception of the Family Services, a modest donation is requested for each participating child.

    If you have any questions, please contact us via email or call 415.940.7092.

    Our popular and interactive Family Services are designed for families with young children ages 2 – 11. The services provide an opportunity for children to connect with the rituals, music, and stories of the High Holy Days in a warm and fun context. Older siblings are always welcome. The Family Services this year will feature the engaging and family-friendly Machzor Katan, and occur at 8:45 a.m. on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur. No tickets are required.

    We’re also pleased to announce Launch Kadima 5777, a unique, new program specifically designed for Jewish students in Grades 6 – 8. Led by David Herrera, a charismatic and popular leader among Bay Area youth, Launch Kadima 5777 is an engaging and fun way to kick off the New Year. It doesn’t matter whether you know all there is to know about "doing Jewish" or if it’s all just Hebrew to you, Launch Kadima provides a supportive and engaging experience for young Jews of all stripes and knowledge levels. Just $50 for three days of song, art, learning, and fun – Rosh Hashanah Days 1 & 2 and Yom Kippur – and that price includes your annual Kadima membership! Ain’t that (New Year) sweet! Click here to sign your kid(s) up.

    Days of AWEsomeness programming will explore the themes of the High Holy Days through communal prayer, games, storytelling, and music. Days of AWEsomeness is open to children in Kindergarten – Grade 5. Click here to reserve space for your kid(s).

    Childcare will also be available for children ages newborn – Pre-K during all High Holy Days services. Click here to reserve space for your kid(s).

    Report From New Frontier USY Convention

    David Herrera, our CBS Youth Advisor, sent the following report following the Annual New Frontier United Synagogue Youth Convention.


    SFUSY_May16Over Memorial Day weekend, nine San Francisco United Synagogue Youth (SFUSY) teens headed up to Santa Rosa for New Frontier USY's annual May Convention. We spent the weekend with 100 other USYers from all over Northern California and Reno, Nevada, learning with and challenging each other. From davening Shacharit to questioning the future of Jewish practice in a technology-driven world, our SFUSY teens displayed the freethinking and discipline that they have worked so hard to develop and build on this year.

    The May Convention is the most important convention of the year for our chapter and the region at large. Each year, the USYers of New Frontier elect the Regional Executive Board for the coming year. This year, we are so proud to congratulate SFUSYer India Jeremy, the 2016-2017 New Frontier USY Executive/Programming Vice President! We know that India will serve the region well in her new role, continuing to display the genuine commitment that has compelled her SFUSY service of the past two years. Mazel tov, India! We also say goodbye this year to Josh Horwitz, a graduating member of SFUSY and the outgoing 2015-2016 New Frontier USY Religion/Education Vice President. Josh has made his chapter and region proud this year with his hard work and dedication. All of SFUSY wishes you well in college next year, Josh! Never forget where you've come from!

    Lastly, SFUSY is incredibly proud to present Congregation Beth Sholom with the four Regional Awards won by SFUSY this year: Highest Number of Registrants for USY On Wheels 2016 Summer Program; Best Social Action/Tikkun Olam Program, 2015-2016; Best Israel Program, 2015-2016; and Chapter of Excellence, 2015-2016. Thank you to everyone who has helped SFUSY this year; we would not have these awards without you.

    May Convention marks the end of the 2015-2016 year for San Francisco USY and Kadima. We will take a break for summer, and begin our 2016-2017 year in September! Be on the look out for invitations and updates following summer break!

    Want more information on SFUSY and Kadima? Email our Chapter Advisor and Teen Educator, David Herrera!

    Keep up with SFUSY throughout the year on Facebook and Instagram. Click the links and hit follow!

    Have fun this summer, SFUSY! See you in September!

    Introducing David Herrera, CBS Youth Advisor

    HerreraCBS is pleased to introduce our new Youth Advisor, David Herrera.

    David recently wrote an open letter to our USY, Kadima, and Shabbat School families. We're sharing it here so that the CBS community at large can have an opportunity to learn a bit more about David.


    Dear CBS families of 5th - 12th grade students,

    Hello! My name is David Herrera, and I’m happy to introduce myself to you as CBS’ new Youth Advisor.

    In addition to my work with the CBS USY and Kadima community, I will also be the Teen Educator for CBS’ Shabbat School program. In each of these roles, I will work closely with Michael Lederman, CBS Director of Congregational Learning.

    My primary focus will be supporting the growing SFUSY chapter for CBS teens in 8th - 12th grade and building up our Kadima chapter for youth in 5th - 7th grades. I will engage USY and Kadima participants in opportunities to grow as individuals, Jews, and global citizens. SFUSY has an established slate of fun and exciting events that we will continue, so be sure to keep an eye on your emails and phones for upcoming event announcements!

    Many of the CBS teens and I already know each other from our mutual participation in USY regional events (as participants and staff, respectively). On the other hand, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting most of you! With that in mind, I thought I’d provide you with a little background on me, just to get the ball rolling.

    I was raised in a Conservative Jewish congregation in Modesto, CA. Once I became old enough, I began participating in USY chapter and regional events. During my first year of USY participation, when I was a freshman, I took on the role of Religion/Education Vice President for the Modesto USY Chapter. Gradually, I moved up the ranks from Rel/Ed VP to President of the Modesto chapter, serving in this capacity for three terms. During the last of these terms, I also served our region (the incredible New Frontier!) as Executive/Programming Vice President.

    Since my graduation from USY, I’ve never been far from our region in spirit. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I headed to Israel on the Nativ College Leadership Program, an invaluable experience that I encourage all high school juniors and seniors to look into — it’s also a part of the continuing USY experience that the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism offers. Following Nativ, I studied for a year in England before moving back home this past summer and taking a position as Regional Staff for New Frontier. All the while, in both Israel and England, I remained connected with New Frontier, often getting calls and emails from USYers in all levels of regional leadership; I was always happy to offer my advice and support.

    Outside of USY, I have experience working with Jewish youth and teens as a religious school teacher, b’nai mitzvah tutor, Ramah camp counselor, and chapter advisor. (Ramah chapter advisor or USY chapter advisor? If the latter, we should drop it as it really isn’t “outside of USY.”)

    I’m very excited to begin my work with the CBS kids. If you have any questions or concerns as the year progresses, or if you just want to say ‘hi,' my contact information is below. I usually work from home, but I am available most hours of the day. Please be aware that I am shomer shabbat, meaning that I do not check my phone, email, etc. on Shabbat or any of the chaggim.

    I can’t wait to meet you all and your kids!

    David Herrera
    SFUSY and Kadima Chapter Advisor

    David Herrera