PredecessorTorah Leadership Seminar
FounderHarold and Enid Boxer
TypeJewish youth organization
Legal statusSubsidiary of a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization
Headquarters40 Rector, New York City, New York, United States
  • United States, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Israel, Mexico
Coordinates40°42′19″N 74°00′50″W / 40.705279812590774°N 74.01396840186057°W / 40.705279812590774; -74.01396840186057
OwnerNatan Cohen
International Director
Rabbi Micah Greenland
Parent organization
Orthodox Union
Formerly called
National Conference of Synagogue Youth

NCSY (formerly known as the National Conference of Synagogue Youth[1][2]) is a Jewish youth group under the auspices of the Orthodox Union. Its operations include Jewish-inspired after-school programs; summer programs in Israel, Europe, and the United States;[3] weekend programming, shabbatons, retreats, and regionals; Israel advocacy training; and disaster relief missions known as chesed (kindness) trips.[4][5][6] NCSY also has an alumni organization on campuses across North America.[7]


In 1959, NCSY hired Rabbi Pinchas Stolper as the first National Director in the United States.[8]

During the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, the Orthodox youth of NCSY opposed social change, choosing instead to emphasize religious tradition.[9] In this period, at least one NCSY chapter took public action on this point, passing a resolution rejecting marijuana and other drugs as a violation of Jewish law.[9] At the 1971 NCSY international convention, delegates passed resolutions in this vein, calling for members to "forge a social revolution with Torah principles."[9]

According to the Orthodox sociologist Chaim Waxman, there has been an increase in Haredi influence on NCSY since 2012.[10] Waxman based this on NCSY's own sociological self-study.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Nathan-Kazis, Josh (October 14, 2009). "Rabbis Still Want Role in Abuse Cases". The Jewish Daily Forward. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Yeshiva University (April 2, 2009). "Yeshiva College Honors Student Zev Eleff Publishes Book on History of NCSY". Yeshiva University. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Jewish Teen Summer Trips". Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  4. ^ NCSY Background, Orthodox Union, 2000 Archived April 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Jewish Teen Summer Trips". Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  6. ^ "Home". NCSY Relief Missions. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  7. ^ "NCSY ALUMNI -". NCSY ALUMNI. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  8. ^ Bernstein, Saul (1985). Saul Bernstein, The Renaissance of the Torah Jew (KTAV Publishing, 1985), pp. 274, 339. Ktav Publishing House. ISBN 9780881250664. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  9. ^ a b c Diamond, Etan (2000-10-30). Etan Diamond, And I Will Dwell in Their Midst: Orthodox Jews in Suburbia (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), ISBN 0-8078-4889-1, p. 104. Univ of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9780807848890. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  10. ^ "Winners and Losers in Denominational Memberships in the United States - Chaim I. Waxman". Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  11. ^ Nathalie Friedman, Faithful Youth: A Study of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (New York: National Conference of Synagogue Youth, 1998).