USY teens lighting the way

The Northern California and Nevada region of United Synagogue Youth recently elected its 2012-13 executive board, which includes (from left) president Sara Rochman and vice presidents Rachel Steinberg, Noah Lightman, Karina Redding, Aaron Pluemer, Sarah Poisner and David Herrera. The candles were part of their May 19 installation, with outgoing board members “passing the torch” to the new leaders. The ceremony took place in Redwood City immediately after Havdallah. More than 70 teens from across the region attended the four-day convention, participating in a range of activities. They also collected more than 30 pounds of school supplies, which were donated to an interfaith community that supports homeless families. The teens also raised $500 for charity. The NorCal/Nevada region is one of 17 regions in USY, which is part of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.