USY Founders - Twin Cities Celebration
The celebration of USY comes “home” to the Twin Cities of Minnesota, whose EMTZA region is the birthplace of USY. As we honor our past, we will pay tribute to the synagogues that were involved in forming USY and helped it flourish in the Twin Cities: Adath Jeshurun Congregation (including the former B’nai Emet Synagogue), Beth El Synagogue, Beth Jacob and Temple of Aaron – as well as their rabbis. We will also recognize Rabbi Kassel E. Abelson, Rabbi Emeritus of Beth El and past president of the Rabbinical Assembly, who was instrumental in the formation of USY. Other Twin Cities rabbis have devoted themselves over the past sixty plus years to make USY a significant influence in the lives of thousands of Jewish teens, including Rabbi David Aronson, z”l;Rabbi Herman M. Cohen, z”l; Rabbi Morris Gordon, z”l and Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas, z”l. Through the USY Founders Fund, more of our youth will have the opportunity to participate in USY's transformative programs, including regional conventions, summer programs such as USY on Wheels and Israel Pilgrimage, and Nativ, a year-long program in Israel for recent high school graduates.