USY kicks off IC NOLA

USY international president Michael Benjamin Sacks rides a float inside the Hilton Hotel at opening ceremonies for IC NOLA (Photo by Alan Smason)

With colorful Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold and the music of a traditional New Orleans street parade marching band, 700 members of United Synagogue Youth (USY) joined in unison to jump, shout and celebrate the opening ceremonies of the IC NOLA (International Convention, New Orleans, LA).

For more than 20 minutes, the 19 regions represented at the convention streamed into the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel to the powerful sounds of popular Israeli and Jewish dance music. They danced around the auditorium filling the room with their own brand of ruach, or spirit.

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