When I first began CRUSY, I had no idea what I wanted out of my life, or my Judaism. Now almost six years later, and getting ready to deploy in the next coming months, I have to sit back and wonder what brought me to this place in my life. I must say that I accredit USY and CRUSY to many of the values and relationships that I have gained. Knowing that any time, and out of the blue, I am able to call up, video chat, or message any one of the friends that I have made and ask for help, share stories, or simply reminisce. And when you are so far away from home for years at a time, it is more than just a comfort to have these people, this family, in your life. CRUSY showed me that there is more than just praying and services to Judaism. There are concepts, and values, that are not only just of the Jewish people, but teach you to be a decent human being. And I know that I will carry them with me wherever I go. Being one of the only Jews in the United States Marine Corps, it gives me a certain pride knowing that I was raised by a community of my peers and that every single one of them, through CRUSY and USY made a difference in my life. And that I will never forget them no matter where this life takes me.
Class of 2010