May 2017     

Welcome to the May  Seaboarder!
~Cherish The Moment: USY Memories~

Keep An Eye Out For...
Continuing the Journey: A Senior Going On Nativ
By Ashira Brown

A Final Voice: A Tri-Chair Chairing Senior Spring Convention
By Aaron Dinkin

A Letter From the Editors
By Julia Feldman and Gabi Shapo

Monthly Favorites...
Israel Update
The Parents' Corner

Grades 6-12
August 21-27, 2017
Capital Camps in Waynesboro, PA
Israel Update
By Matan Admi, Israel Affairs VP
For my last "Israel Update", I'd like to reflect on Israel's eventful month. This past week, President Donald Trump visited Israel on his first foreign trip outside of the US. Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to visit The Western Wall in East Jerusalem, although it should be noted that Barack Obama did visit in 2008 while still on the campaign trail.
In other news, May 23rd (and 24th) marked the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem day, which celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem. As a result of the Six Day War in 1967, Israel regained East Jerusalem, reuniting the Holy City with the rest of Israel. Every year on Jerusalem Day, Israelis have an enormous celebration to commemorate a reunited Jerusalem.

Jordan Kalfon: I learned that Seaboard provides all sorts of formal and informal lessons to all of its members. From kehillah, or community, to lobbying with AIPAC, or how to run a program at different levels, we in Seaboard have countless opportunities to grow in numerous facets that stretch beyond USY.

Matan Admi: Before being elected to REB, I wasn't always the best at getting my work done on time and staying focused when I needed to get something done. After being on REB, I can safely say that I'm a much better worker, and not just for USY related work. This year helped me develop a work ethic that will stay strong for the rest of my life.

Matthew Kaminow: Leading isn't always something intuitive. That may seem obvious to you, but before being on REB, I figured being at the front of the room and in charge meant people listened to you. That doesn't work. A skill that I feel that I've developed a little, and one that will help me in the future, is commanding the attention of people around me.

Zack Sieff: The best thing that's come out of the year is the sense of family we've created on board. I can talk to any of the REB members about anything, anytime, and I know they'll always be there to listen. I didn't think it was possible to have this level of friendship with more than one or two people, but I'm so glad I do. I know I'll be in contact with them for a long time :).

Hannah Wandersman: My favorite memory from my year on REB from Encampment, the first convention we planned together. One memory that stands out to me in particular is when we were all standing together under the stars on the first night of Encampment. I felt so close to everyone for the first time.

Renana Harris-Blumenthal: REB has made my year different because it helped me prioritize my passions. I still had time to do everything I wanted, but I made sure I gave 100% to all of my USY work and was proud of everything I shared with the region.
The Parent's Corner
By Livia Sauvage
HELLO! I am Livia Sauvage, but you may know me as the weird girl who danced in a pink tutu in Seaboard Sailor, or Seaboard's talent show, at Fall Convention in 2016. I will be graduating high school this year, as well as ending my time in USY. Currently, my most memorable time in USY has been getting to do what I love: laugh (which is practically every second). During the Seaboard Sailor show, I danced interpretative-ly to one of my (and my friends') favorite songs, "Chandelier" by Sia. While seemingly random and strange, I embraced my quirkiness with laughter and pure joy, which is what brought my performance to the next level.
I couldn't be happier to have been involved in USY throughout my high school career. While I'm sad to be leaving, I'm happy to say that USY has shaped me into the person I am today, continuing to explore my Jewish identity, smile, and laugh!
We asked  Ashleigh Trudell what she is most excited for ab out being a USYer! Here is what she said:
I'm counting down the days until I'm a USYer! I'm excited for the new leadership opportunities and to learn even more about my religion in USY. Plus, the idea of learning more ruach makes me smile. The main reason I'm thrilled to be a USYer, however, is that I get to continue to connect with other Jewish teens in a non-judgmental environment where I can be myself.
While I'm excited to enter USY, I will never forget all of the memories I made with my Kadima family. One of my favorites is the time my bunk had a chocolate party after our trip to Hershey Park at Encampment 2016. I loved hanging out with my friends an d enjoying a sweet treat after a long day. I can't wait to make even more memories like this one in USY!
Continuing the Journey: A Senior Going On Nativ
By Ashira Brown
I can't believe it was just sophomore year when I went on the Chocolate World ride sixteen times (for real!!) with my friends during Hershey Park Day because it was raining. Now, I'm a senior and Spring Convention will be my last event in Seaboard USY.
I'm going to miss the people and the programs at conventions, but I'm excited to continue my Jewish journey on Nativ, the conservative gap year program in Israel. USY has taught me how to love being a conservative Jew, and I'm looking forward to learning about what is important to me while visiting beautiful places with the community I've grown to love. Although Senior-Spring will be hard, I know I will be spending an entire year with people that matter to me most.
Hebrew phrase: סוף הדרך (sof ha-derech)
Literal Meaning: "end of the road"
Slang Meaning: something that is really good
Example: "That falafel was סוף הדרך!"
A Final Voice: A Tri-Chair Chairing Senior Spring Convention
By Aaron Dinkin
Tri-chairing my very last convention is without a doubt one of the greatest opportunities I could have. It gives me one last chance to be involved in the region and to make a few more long-lasting memories. Chairing a convention is hard work, but it's extremely rewarding to see your commitment, both in and out of meetings, pay off right in front of you. The opportunity to spend my last few months of USY planning Spring with the Regional Executive Board and two other tri-chairs has made my last convention even more special to me. I feel like I've been able to make my mark on Seaboard USY and the rest of the senior class in a way that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. There couldn't be a better possible way for me to end my time in USY.

A Letter From the Editors
By Julia Feldman and Gabi Shapo
WHAT A YEAR. We are so thankful to have been a part of the 2016-2017 edition of the Seaboarder . It's been an incredible journey going from editing just a few articles to creating each month's central theme and redesigning the format. By sharing your experiences through articles and comm test entries, you've grown as writers, helped us grow as editors, and allowed the entire Seaboard Region to see a new side of USY. 
Thank you for everything you've done to be a part of the Seaboarder , even if it was by simply skimming over one edition. It all means the world to us.
With lots of love,
Gabi Shapo and Julia Feldman
"My favorite Kadima and USY memories are all chilling with my friends during Shabbat chofesh because there isn't much to distract us from each other. #commtest #HSUSY" -Avi Glassman (9th Grade)
"My favorite Kadima and USY memories are every single havdalah since 6th grade encampment - love them all❤️ #commtest #CUBSEY" -Joe Rubin (9th Grade)
Thanks so much for submitting your responses! Here's this month's #commtest question:  What are you most excited for in USY this upcoming year? Post your response in the Seaboard USY Facebook Group with the hashtag comm test for the chance to have your post featured in the first edition of the 2017-2018 Seaboarder !