Kadima (Hebrew: קדימה, literally "forward") is a youth group affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), specifically aimed at Jewish preteens living in North America in Grades 6–8.[1] Every USCJ-affiliated synagogue is entitled to a Kadima chapter.

Kadima serves as a "feeder" into United Synagogue Youth (USY), the primary USCJ youth group, aimed at Jewish high-school-aged youth.[1]

Kadima may have been founded by Rabbi Leon S. Lang at Oheb Shalom Congregation in Newark, New Jersey, between 1927 and 1939.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions About USY & Kadima | Nanuet Hebrew Center". www.nanuethc.org. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Schechner, David; Gordon, Mark; Sender, Barabara; Willner, Linda. "The History of Oheb Shalom Congregation". ohebshalom.org. Retrieved April 30, 2018.