Youth Groups

Your South Hills Pittsburgh Jewish Teen Connection!

List of Upcoming Teen events


BGUSY (pronounced Bah- Goo- See) is short for Ben Gurion United Synagogue Youth. We are a Jewish teen-oriented youth group based at Beth El. BGUSY is a Central Region USY chapter, and we provide THE BEST opportunities for Pittsburgh Jewish teens to connect with each other, as well as with other teens in the region’s many participating states.

We provide the perfect balance of Jewish events and activities and more secular activities for Jewish teens. We provide a comfortable and invigorating environment for teens to discover and/or strengthen their Jewish Identity.

KADIMA is a Beth El youth group for kids in grades 6-8. We provide fun opportunities for social engagement and social action several times a year. Learn more

Our Youth Directors

Ilana McAfoos

USY Advisor

Ilana is a full time student at the University of Pittsburgh; currently a junior majoring in Anthropology with an archaeology concentration. She plans to minor in museum studies and receive her certificate in American Sign language. She has continued her Jewish involvement through Hillel, working both on the board and as a Jewish Education intern. She was involved in USY in 8th-12th grade and is very excited to bring her love of Judaism and USY to the BGUSY Chapter. She looks forward to working with the USYers  to build a strong and vibrant community and help create life-long connections to both Judaism and their community.

 

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Jacqueline Radin

Kadima Advisor

A graduate of Beth El Nursery School, religious school, Kadima, and BGUSY, Jacqueline could not be more excited to come full circle by filling the role of Kadima Advisor this year.  As a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Jacqueline has remained active in the Jewish community through Hillel, teaching Sunday school, staffing USY conventions, and participating on a Jewish Leadership Institute trip to Israel.  Jacqueline is working as a freelance photographer while she finishes her American Sign Language certificate and prepares for grad school.  She looks forward to building relationships with the Kadimaniks while helping them establish their own Jewish identities and form strong bonds with the community around them.

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