By Alexandra Puntus
The Jewish Student Union, a national organization, is a new club that enables South students to learn more about Jewish heritage. Currently, this club serves 9,100 Jewish students attending 220 public high schools in 27 U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Accoring to club president Avi Mahgerefteh, “At JSU, teens debate real life issues, learn about Jewish ethics, and experience Israel advocacy and culture on their own terms.”
At meetings, club members receive free pizza and participate in weekly activities such as Jeopardy and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, Jewish editions. Mahgerefteh said, “Everyone is welcome and should join!” The club meets every Wednesday after school in room 419.
The primary purpose of JSU is to provide interested students an opportunity to stay in touch with their Jewish heritage. Their mission differs from that of the Hebrew Culture Club, which focuses on raising funds to support Jewish-affiliated organizations.
In addition to South-sponsored meetings, the national organization holds regional gatherings, activities, and competitions. For example, South students attended an event on Dec. 11 in Connecticut. In total, about 800 students attended. Attendees enjoyed a Shabbat dinner and met students who shared their culture.