Beth El Congregation
This is the convention for middle school students. It is 6th, 7th, and 8th graders first taste of USY. It is also where the regional board and chapter presidents meet. They help teach middle school students about the wonders of CRUSY. Each year, our region, CRUSY (Central Region United Synagogue Youth) holds an annual weekend convention, Kadima Kinnus (gathering) exclusively for 6th through 8th graders. Last year, we had an exciting Kadima Kinnus in Columbus, Ohio.
Our Kadima’niks will spend an enriching weekend in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere with other pre-teens from around our CRUSY region. In addition to our middle school students, USY Chapter Presidents and the CRUSY Regional Board will join us to assist with leading programming and to share their enthusiasm. The weekend will include an enjoyable Shabbat experience with singing, learning and socializing. It is a time to make new Jewish friends in a safe, friendly and well supervised environment. On Saturday after Shabbat, we will enjoy a fun social program.
Q & A for Kadima Kinnus
Who is eligible to attend CRUSY’s Kadima Kinnus?
Any currently paid member of a Kadima chapter (grades 6-8) may attend. Kadima members belong to chapters in our
United Synagogue affiliated congregations within our region.
What is the cost for the weekend and where will it be held?
The fee covers all but travel costs to convention. Programming and services for the weekend will be held at
Beth El Congregation in Akron, Ohio as well as most of our meals, except for a dairy breakfast on Shabbat
morning, which will be served in the homes of the hosting families.
What about supervision?
There is a 1:8 ratio of adult staff to Kadima’niks. The staff includes Kadima advisors in our region, parents, college
students, graduate students, and teachers. The CRUSY region’s USY Regional Executive Board members and USY
Chapter Presidents also attend the weekend in addition to our Kadima Kinnus co-chairs. Out of town Kadima advisors
will be travelling with the Kadima’niks.
There will be at least 2 Kadima guests to a home. Parents of Kadima’niks as well as other families from Beth El Congregation will be housing our Kadima’niks and staff. Hosting families will provide transportation to and from their
homes to Beth El Congregation and accompany walkers on Shabbat. Our hosts will provide a dairy breakfast on
Shabbat morning and snacks while at home. We will provide the hosting families with the names of their guests and
phone numbers prior to the weekend and you, the parents of the traveling Kadima’niks will be provided with the name
and phone number of the family that is hosting your child. We take special requests, such as pet allergies, etc., into
consideration. The attached application provides a place for each Kadima’nik to request a friend with whom they would
like to be housed. Walking distance accommodations for Shabbat will also be arranged where requested.
What will the Kadima’niks need to bring to the weekend?
Prior to the convention, each Kadima’nik will receive a packing list. It will include the need for all males who have
been Bar Mitzvah to bring a tallit and t’fillin. All females who have been Bat Mitzvah and are accustomed to wearing a
tallit and t’fillin may do so. All males will be required to wear a kippah during the weekend.
Will Kadima Kinnus attendees need to miss any school?
All participants must arrive at Beth El Congregation by 3:00 PM in order to assure enough time for us to provide
programming before Shabbat. Therefore, depending on the city you are coming from, in order to arrive in Columbus on
time, your child will probably have to miss some school on Friday, December 6. We are happy to provide a note for
anyone that needs authorization for their school.
CRUSY Kadima Kinnus December 6-8, 2013 – Arrival on Friday at 3:00 PM.
Congregation Beth El, Akron, Ohio
Cost: $160 does not include transportation to and from the convention.
Please contact your Kadima advisor for travel information.