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BHUSY Glossary

(Most terms come from SHMUSY's Links n' Lingo page.)

BHCBE: Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, the synagogue we are a part of.

BHUSY: Beth Hillel USY

Birkat Hamazon (or benching): The prayer recited after eating (Grace after Meals).

CHUSY: Chicago Region USY

CHUSYFest: CHUSY's Fall Convention, usually held at the Perlstein Resort and Conference Center at Camp Chi in Lake Delton, WI. An action packed Shabbat, a trip to an indoor waterpark, and a Saturday dance are only some of what we do at CHUSYFest!

D'var Torah: literally, "word of Torah". A D'var Torah is a brief Jewish teaching, often rooted in the weekly Torah portion, yet relating to the current day.

Daven (or davening): "Prayer" or "praying" in Yiddish-English.

Havdalah: literally, "distinction or separation". A Jewish ritual performed on Saturday night that marks the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the new week.

IA: an abbreviation for Israel Affairs, a vice presidential position on the BHUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that works to offer creative and engaging Israel programming.

IC: an abbreviation for International Convention, an annual week-long gathering of 1000+ USYers from the US and Canada!

Kinnus: CHUSY's Spring Convention, where the new CHUSY Regional Board is elected and installed, Chapter awards and handed out, and lots of fun is had by all.

Maariv: literally, "evening", is the evening service recited daily by Jews all around the world.

Mem/Kad: an abbreviation for Membership/Kadima, a vice presidential position on the BHUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that focuses on making Kadima a thriving program and increasing USY's membership numbers.

Pilgrimage: USY's 5-week teen summer trip to Israel. USYers have the option of also visiting Spain, Poland, or Eastern Europe with their group. Pilgrimage is an unbelievable, once in a lifetime experience.

Rel/Ed: an abbreviation for Religion/Education, a vice presidential position on the BHUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that focuses on creating exciting and dynamic Shabbat and educational programs.

Ruach: literally means "spirit". At Shabbat meals and at regional conventions and Shabbatons we gather together after meals and sing until we lose our voices! Most of the songs are easy to catch on, even if you've never heard them before.

SA/TO: an abbreviation for Social Action/Tikun Olam, a vice presidential position on the BHUSY board and also on the CHUSY Regional Board, that spearheads volunteer work, raising funds for T.O. and planning social justice programming.

Sicha, Kita: literally mean "discussion" and "class" respectively. At USY programming we sometimes form study groups and talk about all sorts of issues that relate to us, as Jewish teenagers.

Tikun Olam: Literally means "repairing the world". Tikun Olam is USY's Tzedakah Fund. 30% of the funds BHUSY raises supports the Conservative movement in Israel and 30% supports scholarship funds for USYers in CHUSY who want to participate in USY's summer and year-long programming. The remaining 40% is allocated by the BHUSY board to charities of their choice.

USY: United Synagogue Youth, the youth group of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ)


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