BL Spotlight

Jewish Awareness Club at BL

Jewish Awareness Club has been a part of the Boys’ Latin community for quite some time. This is a student-driven club run by Matt Sacks, Danny Robinson, and Josh Lurie. They are considered the dream team of all local Jewish associated clubs around town. Together they have compiled goals for the club that will be fulfilled throughout this upcoming year and for many years to come.

The JAC’s core values are to inform all students, not just those of the Jewish faith, about the culture, customs, and holidays practiced by Jewish people. The club traditionally celebrates Jewish holidays when they occur. For example, Purim, a Jewish holiday that occurs in the spring, commemorates the defeat of Haman, the Persian leader that tried to extinguish the Jews.

For the holiday of Purim, all members of the club make traditional cookies called Hamantaschen. The purpose behind the Hamantaschen cookies is that Haman wore a three-cornered hat. The way Jewish people destroy the symbolism of the hat is to eat the Hamantaschen that is in the shape of a triangle.

Another memory from past years is when the three leaders built a Sukkah for the holiday of Sukkot. With a lot of time and effort, the three leaders successfully made a traditional Sukkah, and they were able to host the Gilman School Jewish Awareness Club.

A Sukkah is a hut that is covered in natural materials like tree branches, flowers, and bamboo. The Sukkah commemorates the times in ancient Israel when Jews would build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. During the holiday of Sukkot, Jews around the world eat and sleep in their Sukkah’s.

Last year, the Jewish Awareness Club was fortunate to host a Holocaust survivor named Rubin Sztier. He talked about his early life and how he suffered in the Concentration Camps. This was an important assembly for the Boys’ Latin community because there are only so many holocaust survivors still alive, so being able to hear from a survivor could truly be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Jewish Awareness Club’s goals for this year are very simple yet critical to having another fantastic year. The goals that the Jewish Awareness Club leaders have brainstormed for the 2014-2015 school year are as followed:

  1. More guest speakers.
  2. Having kosher or cultural food at every meeting.
  3. Interacting with other Jewish Awareness clubs around the Baltimore area.
  4. Finally, having a consistent number of kids at every club meeting.

The Jewish Awareness Club has made a structure and layout for another successful year. The JAC welcomes any BL student/teacher to join the club’s mission to educate the school about Judaism and Jewish celebrations. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask the club leaders Matt Sacks, Danny Robinson, and Josh Lurie. Mr. Whitehair will be hosting the Jewish Awareness Club in his room every day 1. Please come support the Jewish Awareness Club!

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