Who Are We?

The Pacific Northwest Region, lovingly known as the Pinwheel Region, is one of the 17 different regions in United Synagogue Youth. The region was founded in 1955 and has been educating, entertaining, inspiring and caring for USYers across the Pacific Northwest ever since. Pinwheel is most well known for our Ruach (spirit) and our sense of belonging/family. Our region (the largest geographically) extends throughout the Pacific Northwest of North America. We have chapters in 2 Canadian Provinces (British Columbia and Alberta) and 3 States (Washington, Oregon and Idaho).


What do we do?

Every year, the Pinwheel region hosts, plans and runs 4 different conventions: Fall Kinnus, Kadima Kinnus, Regional General Board Weekend, and Regional Convention. Each convention has a unique theme and includes a Social Action/Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) project or event. The purpose of our conventions is to bring Jewish teenagers in the region together for a weekend of fun, Judaism, life-long friends and even a little bit of learning.


Who Can Join?

In order to be eligible to attend Regional events you must:
-Be Jewish
-Be a high school student (Gr. 9-12)
-Be a member of a chapter in our region
-8th graders are eligible after January 1st of their 8th grade year
*See Chapters Page to find the chapter nearest you.