United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) is the largest network of Conservative Jewish congregations in the world, united by a shared purpose to inspire current and future generations of Jews to seek meaning, find connection, and experience wholeness in a world that is complex and ever evolving. USCJ closely works with the Rabbinical Assembly, the international body of Conservative rabbis, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.
|Formation||February 23, 1913|
|Founder||Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter|
|Legal status||501(c)(3) religious organization|
|Headquarters||New York City|
Chief Executive Officer
|Rabbi Steve Wernick|
|Mission||We strengthen kehillot—Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue. We are the network that ensures there are thriving centers of Jewish practice across North America, Israel, and beyond that celebrate both tradition and contemporary life. Together, we demonstrate what an authentic and dynamic Judaism looks like, inspire people to be a part of it, and advance its critical role in the world.|
|United Synagogue of America|
USCJ works to strengthen Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue. It functions as the network that ensures there are thriving centers of Jewish practice throughout North America, Israel, and beyond that celebrate both tradition and contemporary life. The organizations strives to demonstrate what authentic and dynamic Judaism looks like, inspire people to be a part of it, and advance its criticle role in the world.
Representatives of twenty-two Jewish congregations in North America met at the Jewish Theological Seminary on 23 February 1913. The representatives formed the United Synagogue of America to develop and perpetuate Conservative Judaism. The group elected Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter the first president.
The name of the organization was changed to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in 1991.
Role and descriptionEdit
USCJ sponsors the following programs:
- United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the youth movement of USCJ. The organization's mission is to empower Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.
- Nativ is USCJ’s academic gap year program in Israel for in-bound college freshmen.
- The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem is USCJ's learning community in Israel.
- "Jewish Synagogues Unite". The New York Times, 24 February 1913. p. 6.
- "USCJ History". United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
- "United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism". Exempt Organizations Select Check. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- "Financial Statements and Auditor's Report" (pdf). United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. June 30, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- "Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies". American Jewish University.
- Menken, Yaakov (2005). The Everything Torah Book: All You Need To Understand The Basics Of Jewish Law And The Five Books Of The Old Testament (2nd ed.). Avon, Massachusetts, United States: Adams Media. p. 177. ISBN 978-1593373252.
- Young & Young Adult Programs. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.