Kadima/USY for Grades 6-12

First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped bake, decorate, pack and/or deliver apples and honey cakes so that we have funding for activities this year including:  Rachel Fisher, Gaylia & David Lassner, Lucie & Ana Nerenberg, Julia & Howie Herzog, Zsofie Biro, Ellen, Jean & Graham Dragushan, Penny Ross, Marvin Kurier, Sid Tafler.  

Also, a really big thank you to Jill Swartz and Mike Goldstein for donating their apples—and gratitude to Chanah Caplan, Corinne Sharpe & Zelda Dean for helping to manage the details.

First up for USY is an opportunity to fulfill some volunteer hours and raise money for events and for tzdakah – we’ve been asked to run the concession for the upcoming play, The Grandkid, on  Sat Oct 24 at 7:30 and Sun Oct 25 at 2pm, repeating the next weekend.  Please email me if you have time to help sell goodies during intermission.

Kadima kicks off with a Pyjama Breakfast, before Hebrew School at 8am on Nov 1.  The best part of this is it’s the end of Daylight Savings, so you won’t lose any sleep getting to Hebrew School early!  It’s a treat for those in Grades 6 & 7, and Grades 8-10 please come and help and join in the fun.  

Julia and Howie Herzog have generously offered to help plan and supervise events for Kadima—call them to participate or volunteer.

Looking forward to a fabulous year together

RaeAnn Brechner

Regional Events/Shanah Tovah from Pinwheel USY

Please mark your calendars. Scholarships are available, helping to make the local events more affordable.  Regional events are a great opportunity for our kids to meet other kids from Vancouver, Seattle and Spokane.
Please pencil in two local dates:
  • Oct 10-12: Emanu-El Family Shabbaton at Camp Miriam  and the kick off event for Kadima
  • Oct 26: the super fun “Kadima Kidnap Breakfast” scheduled before Hebrew School on.  We’ll be looking to the Grade 8 & 9 kids to help with the “kidnapping” as well as cooking the breakfast and entertaining this year’s Grades 6 & 7 kids. 
We’re hoping to have a strong contingent of high school teens at the Shabbaton so be sure you don’t miss out!  Please let me know if you’d like more info about either of these events. 
May the New Year be filled with joy and good health for you and your family, RaeAnn 
2014 – 2014 Regional Executive Board
Lindsey Carmen, Naomi Shaw, Sam Shere, Abby Diebold, Vanessa Diamond & Jack Friedman

2014 – 2015 Regional Staff
Aviva Tilles & Gilad Beresnestin

2014 – 2015 Pinwheel Region Youth Commission Chair
Steven Novick

2014- 2015 Pinwheel Regional Calendar

We hope to see you there …

November 14th – 16th

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish PINWHEEL
– Camp Solomon Schechter –

December 5th – 7th

– Winter Kadima Kinnus – 
Camp Solomon Schechter
December 21st – 26th
– USY International Convention – 
Atlanta, GA 

February 20th – 22nd  

– 8thGrade Shabbaton with New Frontier – 

TBD in New Frontier

February 27th – March 1st

– USY Spring Kinnus – 
   Portland, OR Area

Late April – Spring Kadima Kinnus – Home Hospitality TBD

May 15th – 18th

– USY Regional Convention – 

Camp Solomon Schechter

USY International Convention 2014, Pinwheel Region

The Best Week of Your Life
December 21 -26, 2014
From Sunday, December 21st to Thursday, December 25th Pinwheel Region USY will join hundreds of teens from around North America to participate in a fun filled 5 days of friends, ruah,  and summer reunions at USY International Convention in Atlanta, GA!
Pinwheel will then spend the rest of Thursday, December 25th getting to see more that Atlanta has to offer plus another night at the fabulous Omni CNN Center before heading back home on Friday, December 26th.
If you are ready NOW sign up here and save $50 with the Early Bird Discount.
For a musical look at what the week has to offer watch the IC ATL Music Video (featuring our very own Regional President, Lindsey Carmen).
If you have questions please see below for additional information concerning cost, UPDATED travel information, etc.
If you have any questions, please be in touch!   

We can’t wait to spend the best week of your life with you and the rest of Pinwheel at #ICATL.

Aviva Tilles

Pinwheel Regional Youth Director


The cost of International Convention is $1125 per person*.  

(Spokane Adir Price is $620) 

*Please note currently only accepting $400 refundable deposits to hold your spot. You will recieve an email in September to let you know its time to complete the application, including additional payments. 

The convention fee does not include flight travel costs. 

Package includes the following:

  • Accommodations and programming at the OMNI CNN CENTER for 5 nights
  • Kosher meals
  • All programming and sightseeing charges
  • Pinwheel IC t-shirt
  • Transportation to and from the airport in Atlanta
  • Additional day of sightseeing and meals in Atlanta once USY International Convention has concluded

For information concerning financial assistance please click here or be in touch with Aviva.


  • Prior to November 3, 2014: No cancellation fee
  • November 4 – December 1, 2014: $350 cancellation fee
  • After December 1, 2014: No Refund will be issued


  • Arrival into Atlanta Hartsfield (ATL) Airport.
  • Sunday, December 21st before 2pm.
  • Departure from Atlanta Hartsfield (ATL) Airport
  • Friday, December 26th before NOON

 There will be a staff member on the following flights to/from Seattle and Atlanta:

TO Atlanta:

Saturday, December 20th/Sunday December 21st

United Airlines 217 

  • Seattle/Tacoma International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  • Departs SEA at 10:45 PM
  • Arrives ORD at 4:36 AM (December 21st)

United Airlines 3612

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport
  • Departs ORD at 8:15 AM
  • Arrives ATL at 11:09 AM
FROM Atlanta:
Friday, December 26th
United Airlines 475 
  • Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  • Departs ATL 7:07 AM
  • Arrives ORD 8:14 AM
United Airlines 331 
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport
  • Departs ORD 10:10 AM
  • Arrives SEA 12:31 PM


Delta Airlines 281

  • Atlanta Hartsfield Airport to Seattle/Tacoma Airport
  • Departs ATL 8:20 AM
  • Arrives SEA 10:36 AM

If there are issues finding flights in these time ranges or for information on the flights that our staff or other USYers will be on from Portland please contact Aviva for information.

 IMPORTANT REMINDER: In order to attend IC, your 2014-15 USY dues MUST be paid to your chapter. If you have questions concerning this please let me or your chapter/synagogue staff know.


PLEASE call Aviva206-953-2545 

or email tilles@uscj.org