Your high school age (9th-12th graders) have the opportunity to be a part of
BESY. Which is part of the largest region in North America. Emtza Region USY
stretches from Denver to Saint Louis, and all the way up to Winnipeg. There are
a total of 18 USY chapters in EMTZA Region with whom we will join together
several times throughout the year. Here is a guide to our annual
Kinnus This event is the largest event EMTZA Region holds throughout the
year. It is held at a hotel in a different city every year. This event takes
place over Thanksgiving weekend. Nearly 500 USYers attend this event. There are
educational programs along with SATO, and other social programs. We hold our own
services, and have great Shabbat experiences. This is the perfect time to meet
young Jewish teens from round the Mid west.
Winter Shabbaton This event is held in January or February in a different
city every year. You get a chance to stay in a home of another USYer from the
hosting chapter. 100-200 USYers tend to attend this program. This weekends
events are centered at the hosting chapters Synagogue. This event is somewhat
like a smaller and shorter version of Kinnus.
Spring Kallah This event is held in a camp setting during April or May. This
event centers around the election of our Regional Executive Board. Again 100-200
USYers attend this weekend.
Leadership Retreat This is an event held in a different city every year and
is aimed for the leaders of each chapter. There are leadership training
activities, Shabbat programs, Sichot, and Social and Educational programs.
BESY holds its own annual events too!
The Play This is our biggest event of the year. Each year our 7th-12th
graders put on a Musical Production to perform for our community. We hold
auditions at the end of November or the beginning of December. Contact
the youth department or synagogue office.
CMT (Chapter Membership Training) This event is held every spring. This is
the event that welcomes the 8th graders into USY and says goodbye to the
seniors. We hold our annual elections for our Chapter Executive Board.
The 2002-2003 year was a wonderful one for the B’nai Emet Youth Department.
We had a variety of programs in every area.
Play: The year’s play was “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum.” We had great participation and everyone had a lot of fun. From what we
heard, all who attended enjoyed the performance. We had many parents volunteer,
making an effort to help and improve the play production. We received several
thousand dollars in donations, and parents donated food for the snack sale
before the play. We had a crew of parents who built our new stage, sewed
costumes, put together the ad book, and of course, our parent play chairs worked
many late hours to make this year’s production a success.
Twin City Wide Basketball Tournament: This year was an incredible year
for BESY. We had tremendous participation in the tournament. The number of
players was so large that we had to register two teams. Thanks to synagogue
members who volunteered to coach both teams. USYers had fun playing ball, and
one of our teams won the tournament and became Twin City wide champions.
Religious/Education: We had many successes to celebrate. This year, we
quadrupled attendance at the Rebbe’s Tish. At Simchat Torah, we revised our
activities by adding an educational component to our program with the preschool
children. We were encouraging USYers to come to the daily minyan; and with some
success, four to five USYers were at the evening service at least once a week.
At the play rehearsals, we celebrated Hanukkah by lighting candles. Before the
play, we had all USYers at the Torah service.
SATO: Social Action/Tikkun Olam programs were incredible this year. We
started the year with a car wash fundraiser. The program was a success, we got
wet, had fun, washed a huge semi-truck and raised a lot of money. Our next
program was a food drive where we coordinated B’nai Emet memers for the holiday
food drive and collected several thousand food items for the St. Louis Park Food
Shelf. Penny War was another initiative that we had to meet. This was a regional
goal to raise money for Holocaust survivors. Everyone was very excited about
this event and we raised 50,000 pennies. The EMTZA region recognized this
accomplishment since we collected the most pennies in the region, and the most
pennies per member. At the same time we were collecting pennies, we launched
another SATO program, the winter clothing drive. Over 500 items were collected.
Another pilot program that we had this year was Rent-A-USYer. This program had a
good start and we will continue to expand it next year. Our last fundraiser was
the kidnapping of Rabbi Abramson from the bimah and his subsequent ransom at the
Purim play. Besides fundraisers, we also organized several direct service
CMT: CMT was a blast this year. The theme was “One Sweet World.” Every
component of CMT was well organized and conducted. The highlight of CMT was the
BESY board election. We had several members running for almost every position. A
nice addition to CMT this year was Jewish Community Action working with us to
organize social action programs. We did not find our last year’s time capsule
this year, so we hid our current time capsule during the day and wrote very
accurate directions. We are already looking forward to next year’s CMT to read
our messages in the time capsule. It can be concluded from the survey taken at
the end of CMT that it was one of the most successful Chapter Membership
Overall: This year was one of the best years for our chapter and our youth
group. In honor of our accomplishments, the seniors planted another tree in
front of the synagogue.