September 2017     

Welcome to the September Seaboarder!
~Meet the REB~

Keep An Eye Out For...
A Letter from the Regional President 
By Hannah Wandersman 
A Letter from the Executive Membership/Kadima VP 
By Abby Elson 
A Letter from the Israel Affairs VP 
By Michelle Bradley
A Letter from the Religion/Education VP 
By Gabi Shapo 
A Letter from the Social Action/Tikun Olam VP 
By Gabrielle Zwi 
A Letter from the Communications VP 
By Julia Feldman 
Israel Update
The Parents' Corner

Grades 6-8
October 27-29, 2017
Sandy Hill Camp in Northeast, MD

Grades 9-12
November 17-19, 2017
Capital Retreat Center in  Waynesboro, PA                 Fall Convention 2016        
Grades 9-12
December 21-24, 2017
Beth Hillel Congregation B'nai Emunah in Wilmette, IL

Grades 9-12
December 24-28, 2017
Chicago, IL

Grades 6-12
Sundays in January-March 2018
Frost Middle School, Rockville, MD

A Letter from the Regional President - Hannah Wandersman
Hey Seaboard! I'm Hannah Wandersman, your 2017-2018 Regional President, and I am so excited to kick off this year together! After an amazing kick off event, I can really tell that we are going to have a great year! I love to hear your feedback: what you like, what you don't like, and anything in between. Please don't hesitate to contact me for anything by emailing me ( ). Can't wait to hear from you soon and see you all at Fall Convention!!
    B'Ahava (with love),
Ask Regional Teen Engagement Director - Sasha Bloch!
We asked Sasha what she is most excited for this year. Here is what she said:

This year, I'm looking forward to taking all of our current incredible experiences to the next level. From including Claire Sodden Memorial Weekend and the North Carolina Shabbaton on the regional calendar to the inspiring programs the chapter leadership has planned, I have no doubt that 2017-2018 is going to be one for the record books! We've already started to bring in awesome new members at the USY Kick-Off Extravaganza. I'm so excited for these new faces to combine with our already fantastic energy to keep Seaboard anchored as the best region in USY!!!

A Letter from the Executive Membership/Kadima VP - Abby Elson
Hi Seaboard! This year in USY is already off to an amazing start, and I can't wait for what's to come!  
When I moved to Maryland a few years ago, I was nervous about attending my first USY convention because I didn't know anyone. However, I was immediately welcomed into the incredible Seaboard USY family. Since then, I have developed a passion for USY and love everything that the organization stands for. My goal for this year is to further develop the welcoming and inclusive environment for every single person who walks into a Seaboard event; longtime member or first-timer.  In addition, I strive to be a support system for anyone in the region who has any questions, ideas, concerns, etc. I know Seaboard is full of amazing leaders, and I want to be there to help you all grow! To contact me, you can always reach me at , and I will try to respond as soon as I can! Also, don't be afraid to come say hi! I always carry snacks with me and am happy to share :)
I am excited to make new friends and to see all of your passion for USY!  I look forward to spending time with everyone at Fall Convention in November and throughout the rest of the year!
 (Meleem Eem Seaboard) מילים עם סיבורד
Hebrew Phrase: לעשות חיים (la-asot chayim)
Literal meaning: "to make life"
Slang meaning: "yolo" and "live your life to the fullest"
Example: "Let's go to Hershey Park, la-asot chayim!"
A Letter from the Israel Affairs VP - Michelle Bradley 
Hey Seaboard! My name is Michelle Bradley, and I am the 2017-2018 Israel Affairs Vice-President. I'm so excited work with all of you throughout the year! My main goal is to help each USYer find their connection to Israel. Some may be religiously connected, while others may be connected through the technology created there.
This year, I'm most looking forward to working with the fantastic Regional Executive Board and my amazing counterparts on Chapter and Regional General Board. I also cannot wait for everyone to get fired up about the new Shira B'Seaboard playlist on Spotify, because we are going to add so many more songs for all of you to jam out to!
Finally, I love to make puns and joke around, so if you ever have a funny joke pass through your head, feel free to tell me. If you want to reach me at any point for something important, or just for fun, you can email me at or text me at 703-431-8057.
                Fall Kadima Kallah 2016                              International Convention 2016
A Letter from the Religion/Education VP - Gabi Shapo 
Hi Seaboard! My name is Gabi Shapo, and I am THRILLED to serve as your 2017-2018 Religion/Education Vice-President! I am a junior at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA, and can beat just about anyone in an underwater hand-stand competition.
This year, my ultimate goal is to bring every member of Seaboard closer to our religion and the Jewish community. I understand that we all come from different backgrounds and levels of observance at home, and I plan to establish programs, materials, and prayer services to teach about Judaism, tradition, discuss controversial judaic topics, and to help everyone on their own personal journey of developing their Jewish identity.
    There's so much to get excited for this year! Whether you're participating in the NEW What Does it Mean? breakout Shacharit during conventions, listening to our soon-to-come online ruach and sloach recording database, singing your heart out during our online monthly ruach and sloach sessions via WebEx, or by signing up for Study With a Buddy (SWAB), a tutoring system for USYers to independently learn and teach different services and prayers, there are SO MANY options for you to learn and connect while having fun!
Most importantly, I want to hear your ideas so YOU can make an impact on Seaboard. Please don't hesitate to email me at with anything that comes to mind. I look forward to sharing this year with you and the rest of the region!
B'ahavah (with love),
"I'm most excited for meeting new friends and making new memories!! #Commtest #CuBsEy "-Ari Loggia (11th Grade)
"Most excited for... Ruach and Sloach with my Seaboard family!!! #commtest #BIOM " -Jake Foreman (10th Grade)
A Letter from the Social Action/Tikun Olam VP - Gabrielle Zwi 
Shalom! My name is Gabrielle. I also go by Elle. I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I'm super passionate about accessibility, environmental sustainability, and music (I'm currently recording an album and four of the songs on it are either about USY or reference something from USY!!!).
I am soooo excited to be your Social Action and Tikun Olam Vice-President! I have three main goals for this year. First, I hope to guide USYers in taking tangible and impactful actions with the causes we learn about and with the organizations we support through our Tikun Olam Fund. Second, I'm implementing Mitzvah Mentors (a program that pairs USYers with B'nai Mitzvah students to create meaningful mitzvah projects) across chapters in the Seaboard Region. Last, but not least, I want to double the amount of money we raised last year for our Tikun Olam Fund!
This year, I'm going to try to attend at least one event at every chapter in the region, and I'm excited to do so! You can contact me at or on Facebook at Gabrielle Zwi. 
Israel Update
By Michelle Bradley, Israel Affairs VP
USYer Question of the Month:
I heard that there are some fraud charges surrounding Netanyahu. What is happening with that?
The fraud charges around Benjamin Netanyahu are not about him. What really happened was that his wife, Sara, ordered expensive foods and other sorts of accessories through the Prime Minister's bank account instead of using her own personal account. She is suspected of misusing 359,000 shekels (about $100,000) and trying to cover up these expenses. The investigation for this charge has been long-running, because it involves someone as high up as the Prime Minister's wife. Also, it  has taken into account every possible detail. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit is expected to be charging her within a few weeks for these unjust actions. His announcement will be very prominent in the Israeli news because of how long the investigation has been going on.
A Letter from the Communications VP - Julia Feldman 
Hi Seaboard! I'm Julia Sinclair Feldman, and I am thrilled to be your 2017-2018 Regional Communications Vice-President!! As your Regional Comm, I want to make communication a two-way street by giving YOU the opportunity to share your opinions, experiences, and ideas. I believe it's important that all of our voices are heard, because together, we are Seaboard USY. Let's create an interactive COMMunity where we are all able to connect on a more personal level throughout the year, expressing our thoughts and experiences!
    This year, I am so excited to hear all of your thoughts through the various comm initiatives such as the # comm test, Snapchat Swap, #whyusywednesday, a yearbook, and comm programming!! If you have any questions or are curious about any of these programs, please contact me at !! Also, don't hesitate to introduce yourself in person or by email! I look forward to getting to know all of you this year and hearing all of your perspectives in life! One thing you'll learn about me is that I cannot clap on beat, so if you see me struggling at conventions, please come over and help me out.
    Lots of Love,
Thanks so much for submitting your responses! Here's this month's #commtest question:  What life lessons have you learned from USY? 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 !
Parents' Corner
By Adina Kugler, Encampment Tri-Chair & Congregation Sha'are Shalom Chapter President 
A little over two years ago, I attended my very first Encampment. I was so nervous to be away from home for a full week, but when I saw the Regional Executive Board (REB) and Tri-Chairs leading the entire camp, I was no longer nervous and knew for sure that I wanted to plan Encampment one day too. This past summer, I was chosen as an Encampment Tri-Chair, and I couldn't have been more excited. Throughout the week, I learned the powerful lessons of hard work, creativity, and, most importantly, adapting to changes. Inevitably, a few things went wrong throughout the week, programs needed to be adjusted because of weather, and the REB, Tri-Chairs and I needed to make changes to the schedule. At the beginning of the summer, I never would have believed that I could learn so much from helping to lead this program. As a team, however, the REB, other Tri-Chairs, Sasha, the seniors, and I learned what it meant to improvise and come together to make things happen. We may not have been prepared for every little change, but we worked together and created an amazing week that nobody will ever forget. If I had a chance to redo Encampment, I might hope for a little less rain, but I am certainly glad that this experience was everything I'd hoped for it to be and more.