Israel Awareness Club holds first meeting today, February 16

Danielle Fox ('13)/Eastside entertainment editor

The Israel Awareness Club held its first meeting of the year today, February 16. To commence the meeting, co-founders Ilana Levinson (’11), Alex Feldman (’11), Nina Orwitz (’11) and Amanda Balakirsky (’11) explained the club’s primary goal: to educate East students and faculty members about Israeli culture and the country’s role in the global community.

“We are trying to raise awareness in the school to bring a positive light to Israel. We want to be an active group that supports Israel,” said Levinson.

The club members discussed hosting an Israeli bake sale, which would offer some of Israeli cuisine’s most relished sweets, such as hamentashen. The co-founders also proposed to throw a birthday party for Israel on May 14, Israel’s birthday.

Looking for ways to recruit new members, the club brainstormed ideas to spread the word. Club member Sarah Minion (’12) suggested to post signs with English sentences that incorporate Hebrew words around East to capture the public eye.

One unique activity that the clubs plans to incorporate into their meetings is Skype conversations with senior Avi Grayson who moved to Israel from New Jersey in the seventh grade.  Members formulated questions for Grayson, such as what is school life like? How does army recruiting work for teenagers and young adults? And, what is Israel’s take on Egypt’s current political situation?

For East students looking to bring awareness to a good cause, the Israel Awareness Club is the perfect opportunity for any cultural enthusiast.