Why IC Should Be For You by President Rachel Shapiro

Why IC Should Be for You


In case you somehow haven’t heard, USY’s 2016 International Convention is going to be held in Dallas, TX!!  This is a huge deal, as SWUSY has only hosted IC once before, and it’s the first time that it will be in Texas.  Although IC is still almost a year away, and registration information won’t come out for several months, it’s never too early to start thinking about signing up for IC!  As someone who was lucky enough to attend IC 3 times, I figured that I would share with you just a few of the reasons that I think everyone who can should go to IC.  


  1. Ruach– One of my favorite things about SWUSY is that we are filled with ruach.  We have so much energy, passion, and love for USY.  Now imagine the amazing ruach of our region, and multiply it times 1000.  That’s what it’s like to be in a room with so many USYers from all over North America, singing, dancing, praying, and having the absolute best time together.
  2. Programming– Another thing I love about IC is the unique programming that we are able to take part in.  We have had inspiring speakers, such as Ruth Messinger, the president of American Jewish World Service, partnered with incredible organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League and Keshet, and been able to visit exciting locations such as the World of Coke, the National Civil Rights Museum, Camden Yards, and so much more.  By coming to IC, you get the opportunity to experience programming that can’t be replicated at any other USY event.
  3. Summer Programs Reunions– Whether you toured the country on USY on Wheels, travelled to Israel with USY Israel Pilgrimage, or attend Camp Ramah every summer, IC provides the perfect opportunity to reunite with all of your friends from summer.  I know from experience just how exciting it is to be able to see all of your friends after having been apart for 6 months or more.
  4. Friendships– IC gives each and every USYer the opportunity to make incredible new friendships with other teens from all over North America.  The number of friends I have made at past ICs astounds me.  I love that wherever I go in the country, I have someone who I call up to visit, because I truly have friends everywhere.  Not only that, but the quality of these friendships is amazing considering the fact that I’ve only spent a handful of days with most of these people in real life.  The friendships you form at IC are so incredibly special, and are something that I wouldn’t trade for the world.


So start thinking today about registering for IC Dallas 2016!