Today is December 11, 2013 -
Learn the Lingo
METNY “lingo” can be confusing sometimes, so a vocabulary list has been devised for you to help you understand everything that is going on. Soon you will have heard these words so many times that they will become second nature! Meanwhile this list will help you get by.
Achshav – The International newspaper e-mailed to all members.
Advisor – Adults who work with USY chapters and supervise chapter and regional events.
Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society – An honor society for USYers who excel in areas of Hebrew study, Mitzvot, and Torah.
Basketball: USY has its very own basketball league. Speak to your Divisional Director for details.
Benching – (See Birkat) The prayer said after meals.
Birkat Hamazon – The prayer said after meals (See Benching)
Chazak – The Western Nassau Division of METNY
Chofesh – The Hebrew word for free time. At an event, Chofesh is a time to have fun with friends, catch up on old times, or just sleep!
Curfew – Some sort of time constraint that is supposed to be derived for our benefit, but not always viewed as such.
DGB – Divisional General Board
Dugma – Hebrew word used to mean “good example.”
The EMET – METNY Newspaper
Encampment – An 8-day long USY camp held during the last week in August. A wonderful end to the summer!
Etgar – Pilgrimage #2 (See Pilgrimage). It is everything that you did not do your first time around. Whereas Pilgrimage focuses on Israel’s history, Etgar focuses on today and studies it through volunteer work, living with Israelis, and study of the country and its social classes.
Executive Board – A group of 6 USYers who were elected by the people for the people. It consists of President, Israel Affairs VP, Religious/Education VP, Social Actions/Tikun Olam VP, Membership/Kadima VP, and Communications VP.
Hechalutzim – A USY club for those interested in learning and teaching about Israel and Zionism.
Hechalutzon – A newsletter given to all members of Hechalutzim (See Hechalutzim).
International Convention – An annual gathering during the winter break of USYers from all over America and Canada. It is a time to see your friends from Pilgrimage (see Pilgrimage), Wheels (see Wheels), Etgar (see Etgar), Ramah Israel Program, or to meet new people from other Regions.
Kadima – The pre-USY organization for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
Kallah – A weekend- long Regional Shabbaton held at a hotel from Friday to Sunday.
Kinnus – a home hospitality Shabbat- program held in local congregations from Friday afternoon until Sunday.
Kiryah – METNY Division that encompasses the 5 Boroughs of NYC- Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, & Staten Island
Kita, Sicha – Literally, kita means class, and sicha means conversation. In USY all three are incorporated in study groups. At every convention there is a theme, which is then the discussion during the study sessions throughout Shabbat.
Koach – METNY Division consists of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Putnam Counties, and Greenwich, CT.
Listserver – A “Listserver” (also known just as a “ListServ” or “List”) is a system that allows USYers to be informed about current events, updates, and anything else that might be important.
Macher – A big shot USYer, or past USYer.
Maariv – The evening service
METNY – Our USY/Kadima Region consisting of 4 Divisions. THE BEST REGION!!!
Mincha – The afternoon service
Nativ – A yearlong program designed for college freshmen. This consists of six months of study at Hebrew University and either four months of Kibbutz life, or community service jobs in Beersheva
Pilgrimage – USY’s six week summer tour of Israel. Also Poland/Israel Pilgrimage, Eastern European Israel Seminar, and Spain/Israel Pilgrimage.
Rakevet – METNY Division of Eastern Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
RGB- Regional General Board – Selected by the Exec. Board (see Executive Board). These individuals assist the Exec. Board in running the Region in certain areas.
Ruach – Singing, dancing, and SPIRIT!
Shacharit – The morning service
Shmira – Watchers/guards at conventions, Encampment, Kallah, and Kinnusim to make sure that no illegal activity is going on after curfew (see Curfew).
613 Mitzvot Corp – For just $6.13 (which goes to T.O. – see Tikun Olam) you can join the international Mitzvot club where you will receive special mailings.
Social Actions – Acts of loving kindness.
Tikun Olam – The USY Tzedakah fund for “repairing the world”; money raised to be allocated to the Conservative movement, charities chosen by the Region and scholarships for USY summer programs.
Wheels – A six and a half week tour of the United States, with stops in Canada. An amazing experience!