Below are different USY and Jewish terms. Some of the terms below are words with correct definitions that are commonly used in USY and some have a slang definition that were made up or evolved to have a different meaning in the USY and teenage community.
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- B'kol Echad (בקול אחד) (\bĕ-kōl\ \ēchäd\) Noun - Literally, in one voice. This is the song booklet USY uses for ruach sessions, blessings after meals, and Z’mirot.
- Bracha Achrona (ברכה אחרונה) (\brächä\ \ächrōnä\) Noun - The blessing said after eating cake, wine, or certain fruits.
- Birkat Hamazon (ברכת המזון) (\bērkä t\ \hämäzōn\) Noun - The blessing recited after eating a meal with bread, thanking G-d for the food we have just eaten.
- Far West Cabinet (\fär-wĕst-kab-nit\) Noun - Far West Cabinet is the elected board for Far West USY. Cabinet is made up of a President, Executive Programming VP, Israel Affairs VP, Religion/Education VP, Social Action/Tikkun Olam VP, Membership/Kadima VP, Communications VP, and Parliamentarian.
- Chofesh (חופש) (\kab-nit\) Noun - Literally meaning free time. This is the time during a USY weekend where you can hang out with your friends, play sports, take naps, play games, and basically do whatever you want WITHIN THE RULES of the Kinnus.
- Closing Circle (\klō-ziŋ sər-kəl\) Noun - Done at the end of a Kinnus (weekend) where everybody gathers in a circle and sings certain songs
- Darren Klein (\dârĕn-klīn\) Noun - The best program director in all of USY!
- Far West Mincha (מנחה) (\fär-wĕst-mĭnchä\) Noun - The crazy and energetic service we do in Far West USY at the end of Shabbat. This service is full of dancing and ruach. During this time USYer’s will get out of their seats to sing and dance throughout the service, bringing the service to life. We also read a preview of next week’s Torah portion.
- Far West On Wheels (\fär-wĕst-ȯn-wēls\) Noun - A two and a half week bus trip throughout different parts of the Western United States (and possibly Canada) with USYer’s from all over Far West.
- Havdalah (הבדלה) (\häv-də-ˈlä\) Noun - The liter meaning is separation. Havdalah comes from the Hebrew word L’Havdil which means to separate. At the end of Shabbat we do Havdalah to separate the holiness of Shabbat from the regular week.
- Hevrah (חבורה) (\hĕvĕrä\) Noun - The Hevrah Program brings together Jewish teens with special needs and active USYers.
- International Convention (IC) (\in-tər-ˈnash-nəl kən-ˈven(t)-shən\) Noun - Over 1,000 USYers from all 17 regions join together for five amazing days every year at the end of December. During this week, we will all engage in Social Action projects, icebreakers touring the host city, reunions with friends from the summer, night programs, dances, and International Executive Board elections. There is also either a Pre-Convention or Post-Convention program where our region joins one or two other regions for a smaller convention before or after the big event.
- Kabbalat Shabbat (קבלת שבת) (\käbälät shə-ˈbät\) Noun - A collection of psalms and poetry recited to welcome Shabbat.
- Kadima (קדימה) (\kädīmä\) Noun - Kadima is the youth group for 4th - 6th graders.
- Kima (קיםה) (\kēmä\) Verb - Kima is a USYer’s worst enemy. Kima is when USYer’s are woken up and are supposed to get ready to begin their day.
- Kol Ha’Maarav (קול הא'מארב) (\kōl-hämä-äräv\) Noun - Kol Ha’Maarav is the Far West USY newsletter which is given out at the end of every Kinnus.
- Maariv (מעריב) (\mä-ärēv\) Noun - The evening service.
- Merrill Alpert (\mĕrĭl ălpărt\) Noun - The best regional director in all of USY!
- Musaf (מוסף) (\mōō-säf\) Noun - The additional service following the Torah Service on Shabbat and Festivals
- Nativ (נתיב) (\nätēv\) Noun - Nativ is a unique program for those special USY graduates who demonstrate academic and leadership skills. It is a standard academic year from September to May. It is a year-long College Leadership Program for the Conservative Movement in Israel and you will receive college credit at most colleges and universities.
- Parsha Play (\ˈpärshä\ \ˈplā\) Noun - A play done during the Saturday torah service where a group of USYers act out the weekly Parsha using comedy
- Pesukei D’Zimra (פסוקי דזמרא) (\pĕs ōōkā-dĕ-zĭmrä\) Noun - A selection of psalms and passages from the Torah chosen precisely to increase the kavanah, or spiritual focus, of the one who is praying. We recite these psalms and passages before Shabbat morning Shacharit.
- Ruach (רוח) (\rōō-äch\) Noun - Literally, it means spirit. USYer’s gather together in big circles to show off their ruach, by singing traditional Hebrew songs after meals. Don’t worry if you don’t know the songs! They’re easy to learn, and you’ll catch on quickly when you hear everyone singing and teaching the songs.
- Shacharit (שחרית) (\shä-khä-rēt\) Noun - The morning service.
- Shaliach (שליח) (\šälē-äch\) Noun - An Israeli sent from Israel to spread their love for the Jewish homeland to Jewish teens in America.
- Sicha (שיחה) (\sēchä\) Noun - It literally means a conversation. In USY, sichot are study groups usually made up of 15-20 USYers, which take place throughout the weekend. These sessions are designed to teach about educational aspects of the weekend’s theme, Israel, SATO, or Judaism.
- Shloffloff (\shläf-läf\) Noun - A game adapted from NOAM, everyone stands in a circle and one person has a rolled up newspaper and goes around and hits a person on their head, if they say their name then that person says shloffloff, if they say shloffloff then everyone says that person's name.
- Tikkun Olam (תיקון עולם), S.A.T.O (Social Action Tikkun Olam) (\tēk-ōōn ōläm\) Noun - Educating USYers about social challenges in our world, taking part in social action projects, and fundraising for Education, projects, and fundraising for worthy causes to help better society
- USY Pilgrimage (\'U' 'S' 'Y' pil-grə-mij\) Noun - An amazing USY summer trip! Travel to Israel (and possibly Poland, Spain, or Eastern Europe) for 4 to 6 weeks and become exposed to the history and contemporary realities of Judaism and Israel. You’ll climb the fortress of Masada, ride camels in the Negev, pray at the Kotel (הכותל) and drink tea in a Bedouin tent. You’ll experience the sights and sounds of the Jewish homeland with new friends and gain a new love for Israel.
- Yump-a-Dump (\yämp-ä-dŭmp\) Noun - A song which USYer’s sing during Far West Mincha
- Z’mirot (זמירות) (\zym-rōt\) Noun - Traditional songs sung at the Shabbat table before and after meals
- Zalman Spivack (\zälmĕn spēvăk\) Noun - The best Israel Shaliach in all of USY!