Don’t Fear- Go To Israel by Nathan Bishop

Hello SWUSY, Nathan here, your 2015-2016 Programming/Israel Affairs Vice President. I want to take a moment and tell y’all a little bit about what has been going on in Israel over the past four and a half months, 30 Israelis have been murdered and 301 wounded by terrorists. There have been 83 stabbing attacks, 22 vehicle ramming attacks, and 15 shootings against Israeli civilians. This is a fact stated in The Jerusalem Post. However, I am not publishing ...

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Why IC Should Be For You by President Rachel Shapiro

Why IC Should Be for You


In case you somehow haven’t heard, USY’s 2016 International Convention is going to be held in Dallas, TX!!  This is a huge deal, as SWUSY has only hosted IC once before, and it’s the first time that it will be in Texas.  Although IC is still almost a year away, and registration information won’t come out for several months, it’s never too early to start thinking about signing up ...

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State of AAUSY, by AAUSY president Jacob Laves

Every morning when I leave my room I pass a gavel hanging on my wall that reads “AAUSY President’s Gavel”. Every morning when I check my phone’s calendar I see a schedule packed with AAUSY events, and every morning I am more confident than the day before that AAUSY is a strong thriving chapter. This has never been more true than right now, heading into the 2016 spring semester.

It’s taken a lot of effort, but ...

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You Tu Can Learn About Tu B’Shevat! By Swizzle Editor Eden Torbatian


I think that we can all agree that winter is normally a very drab time of year. There is hardly any sunlight, cold weather, and most importantly, the trees are completely bare!

But I think that one thing that many of us fail to realize is that trees have their own birthdays too! And the celebration of this birthday is called Tu B’Shevat!

Tu B’Shevat starts on Monday, January 25, 2016 (or “The 15th ...

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Learn New Orleans Lingo With Comm Bayle Goldman!

 In one week, SWUSY will be celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Get to know some popular lingo below so you can sound like a native next week!

  • Ball (bal masque, tableau ball)- A Mardi Gras krewe’s formal event and dance
  • Banquette (ban’ ket)- Sidewalk–French meaning a small bank along the road
  • Bayou (by’ you)- Slow stream, or body of water running ...
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SA/TO Down South by Ava Feer

A letter from Jacob: Even before the revival of the Swizzle, SA/TO Down South has been a cornerstone of SWUSY. It’s changed through the years and had many different authors, but at its heart SA/TO Down South has always maintained the same goal: to educate the region about Social Action issues in our region, in our country, and across the world. Everyone who writes for it has the freedom to explore whatever topic they want. This year’s inaugural ...

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Why Go To Spring Kallah? By Mem/Kad Sydney Suss



“I’M A GOLDEN BOYYYYYYY, COME HERE TO ENJOYYYYY” I scream at the top of my lungs about 3 octaves off from the actual pitch of the song. I turn onto the road and take another sip of my tea. A flashback of IC sets into my head as I remember jumping up and down in my hotel room dancing with my roommates. Excitement rushes back through my body. Spring convention. Two weeks away. My family.

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Wheels Wednesday; A Word From REC Jacquie Mitzner

Forty-three USYers. Five staff. Six and a half weeks. One family. These things are what changed my life for good; for the better. This past summer, I was extremely fortunate to spend my summer on USY on Wheels Bus A. For anyone who may not know, USY on Wheels is a six and a half week trip around the U.S., with about 40 other USYers from all over the United States and Canada. Some people may be disgusted or afraid ...

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What USY Means to Sydney Suss

Hello Swusy,

This is Sydney Avielle Suss. For this article, I am not here to sit around and type about what it’s like to be me, or a Mem/Kad, or anything to that importance. I hope to write every month for the Swizzle, maybe letting the reader know that will make my promise to Bayle and Eden more viable.

I had been meaning to write something for the Swizzle, as I honestly haven’t ever written anything for it and Bayle ...

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Golden Memories In the City of Gold, by SWUSY President Rachel Shapiro

On the first Friday night of the trip, our group stood in a park on a hill overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.  With my 41 new friends and I all gathered, our group leader asked us to share our favorite memories from the first week of USY Israel Pilgrimage.  For some people, it was our visit to the Western Wall.  For others, it was the archaeological dig.  For me, it had been to our visit to the ...

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