We want to thank the 187 EMTZAniks, nearly 30 staff, and all of the EMTZA family for joining us at EMTZA University Kinnus 2016! We wanted to share some highlights from our weekend together!
Following a high energy and ruach-filled opening plenary session, EMTZAniks enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie! Bellies filled, EMTZAniks divided into teams to take on the Big City Hunt, an online based scavenger hunt around Downtown Kansas City. Teams visited the world famous Kaufman Center, sang their hearts out on the steps of the Sprint Center, and visited the historic Muehlebach Hotel! USYers capped off the night with a “Just Dance” program, raising over $600 for Tikun Olam, and a seniors-only pool party!
Following a Disney sing-along shacharit minyan, we welcomed Jewish Vocational Services of Kansas City who spoke with us about their work in welcoming in new immigrant families to America. Inspired by our speakers, we put together more than 180 welcome bags to be distributed to the new families that will arrive to our country in 2017! We hopped on busses for a picnic lunch at Liberty Memorial Park and walked across the street to enjoy Union Station and Science City.
EMTZAniks welcomed in Shabbat with a spiritual music-filled Kabbalat Shabbat service, a meaningful sicha (discussion) about Judaism’s views on alcohol and the need for personal responsibility and making good decisions. We concluded the night with Greek Week, where we celebrated the myriad of activities one might find on the college quad. We also had the pleasure of learning with USY’s Central Shalicha Michal Chacham, who led an amazing program on artist Amit Shimoni’s “Hipstory” art collection and its relationship with Jewish leadership.
Shabbat Shacharit offered USYers 5 different creative tefillah options ranging from Meditation to Star Wars, culminating in a Torah Service and Musaf as a community. We spent the afternoon learning about the legacy of Shimon Peres, welcoming EMTZA First Timers, and our second sicha on how to build a Jewish life on college campus. Following a spirited session of Shabbat afternoon singing (affectionately known as “slowach”), we ventured across the street from the hotel to Barney Allis Plaza for Havdallah. We capped off the night with a Toga Dance, Breakout KC’s mobile escape rooms, and a late night performance by The Rockin’ Rope Warrior. Jump rope performer dazzled us with his amazing interactive show, before we concluded convention!
We want to thank our amazing co-chairs Gabrielle Abrams and Emma Shapiro of KCUSY, as well as our entire Regional Executive Board for all their hard work in planning convention. We’d like to thank chapter presidents and leaders from all over EMTZA for helping to lead programming, and to our amazing youth directors, advisors, and staff for helping make everything possible!
Thanks for your continued #emtzalove!
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November 24-27, 2016


Kansas City Marriott Downtown- Kansas City, MO

Convention Information

Ever dreamed of being able to go to college with you entire EMTZA family? Well now you can!
Get ready to experience EMTZA University and participate in all our favorite campus traditions! Join Mike, Sully, Ernie, Bert, and the rest of the gang to fill up your ruach meters and pursue your passions! Learn about the importance of being a member of a global Jewish community on campus! Experience an amazing Shabbat in the heart of downtown Kansas City, and celebrate Thanksgiving with all your favorite EMTZA friends! We can’t wait to see you November 24-27, 2016 in Kansas City!
-Emma Shapiro & Gabby Abrams



Registration Cost: $380

Price includes: food, board, activities, and convention regalia, but does not account for transportation costs


All transportation details and costs are arranged by your local chapter youth director. Check with your chapter representative for more specific details about travel arrangements


Any registration received after November 10, 2016 will be subject to a $40 late fee. If you wish to apply after this date, you must contact Ethan Helfand

Any cancellation up until November 3, 2016 will receive a complete refund. Cancellations between November 3, 2016 and November 10, 2016 will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund after November 10, 2016. All refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee.

Online Application

Please make sure to read the notes regarding creating a registration log-in on the registration webpage. If you have any trouble with the registration process, please contact Ethan Helfand at


EMTZA Regional Event Scholarship Application

THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE FOR KINNUS REMAINS NOVEMBER 3, 2016. There is limited scholarship available for Kinnus 2016. You should first be in contact with your chapter youth director to see if your synagogue is offering any scholarship. The application for EMTZA Regional Scholarship is now part of the registration process. The deadline is November 3, 2016 and neither late nor incomplete applications will be considered. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship application, please contact Ethan Helfand.