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Congregation Beth Shalom Youth Department


The Congregation Beth Shalom Youth Department is an auxiliary of Congregation Beth Shalom located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Youth Department and congregation are part of the Southeast/ HaNegev region of United Synagogue Youth and the Southeast Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism




KUSY 2023 / 2024 Board:



KUSY Advisor:

Rachel Abrams

KUSY Youth Commissioner:

Kendra Fabry



National USY Website

KUSY” (Kehilla United Synagogue Youth) is Beth Shalom’s youth department, a chapter of USY (United Synagogue Youth), USCJ’s (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) youth movement. Our youth department consists of three age groups, with fun programming fostering social connections in a Jewish peer group.

Chaverim - grades 3-5

Chaverim  (Hebrew for “Friends”) is for 3rd through 5th graders. This program provides a social Jewish environment, and builds connections between the public and private school kids of Beth Shalom. Chaverim paves the future for engagement in Gesher and USY. We usually meet about once a month, usually on Sundays from 12:15-2:00.


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Gesher - grades 6-8

Gesher (“Bridge” in Hebrew) is USY’s program for middle-schoolers with programming closely tied to USY, including recreational activities, holiday celebrations, leadership development, weekend retreats, community service projects and more. Our Beth Shalom chapter meets about once a month usually on Sundays 12:15-2:00.


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USY - grades 9-12

USY is for teens in 9th through 12th grade. We offer activities several times a month.

USY empowers 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.


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In addition to our chapter programming, Gesher and USYers get to participate in programs with other Gesher and USYers from all over our region.


Our programs are open to any Jewish students in the above grades.



  • Join Today:
  • Youth Scholarship Fund:
    • Congregation Beth Shalom is pleased to be able to assist families in providing a Jewish experience to their children through the USY Make a Change Fund, the Israel Scholarship Fund, the Klein Family Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund, and other Youth Scholarship Funds pursuant to the criteria on the form.
    • Click Here for the Youth Scholarship Fund Application 


To join any of the Beth Shalom Youth Groups or for more information please contact:

Youth Advisor, Rachel Abrams

Mon, July 22 2024 16 Tammuz 5784