What Is The NCSY? Learn About Our Mission & Vision

NCSY is a world-recognized organization that has played a pivotal role in the lives of Jewish teens across the globe. With the vision of Harold and Enid Boxer a”h, the OU founded NCSY in 1954 to provide Jewish teens with an opportunity to build a strong connection to their Jewish roots through inspiration and leadership skills. What is our mission & vision?

NCSY and JSU are dedicated to connect, inspire and empower Jewish teens and to encourage passionate Judaism.

NCSY connects with Jewish teens through innovative, cutting-edge social and recreational programs to help them develop positive Jewish identities.  NCSY inspires teens through informal education, retreats and summer programs.  NCSY empowers teens through leadership development and provides guidance on how to become committed leaders of the Jewish community and instruments for positive change and renewal.

NCSY is committed to providing a safe space where teens can celebrate their Jewish heritage, embrace their tradition, develop a positive Jewish identity, acquire invaluable leadership skills, connect with dedicated Jewish role models, and learn to live spirited Jewish lives.

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Meira Spivak: meira@ncsy.org


NCSY: By The Numbers

1,200 = Number of cities in North America with active NCSYers

2,000 = Number of teens that spent their summer in Israel with NCSY last year

35,000 = Number of teens that NCSY reaches every year

98% of NCSY alumni have married another Jew

95% of NCSY alumni have provided a Jewish education for their children

85% of NCSY alumni have visited Israel at least once