Jewish club restarted after a year-long hiatus

After the Jewish club’s president Marina Dannecker graduated, the club slowly fell off the radar. But now, some students have decided to try and bring it back, including Dannecker’s younger sister.

Freshmen Alaina Dannecker and Nicole Rickerd, along with a third friend, are going to try to get the club back on its feet.

“Well, we would try to go to the club on Wednesdays, but no one would ever be in the room,” Rickerd said. “So finally, we decided that we would try to get the club started again.”

When the club was originally started in 2010 by junior Marina Dannecker, they participated in many intriguing activities.

“We had a Holocaust survivor come to speak to the school one time,” Dannecker said. “Over 100 students came to hear her speak. We also had Israeli soldiers and rabbi’s come and talk to us. We ate a lot of delicious and cultural food as well.”

The club also celebrated Jewish holidays together while Marina was president.

“We celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukah, Purim, and many other holidays in the club,” Dannecker said. “It was so much fun.”

The club also did a lot of volunteer work, trying to make a difference.

“I remember when my sister and the club planted trees for Tu B’Shevat (New Year of the trees.) They also did things like beach clean-ups,” Dannecker’s younger sister Alaina said.

Now that Marina has graduated, she hopes her little sister and her friends can take on the task of bringing the club back.

“I am really excited Alaina and her friends want to try and do this,” Dannecker said.

These three students want to restart the club, but they hope they can spread the word to old and new members, allowing the club to expand.

“There are already so many religious clubs, so why not bring the Jewish one back?” Rickerd said.

“We hope to get lots of students, Jewish or not, to come and celebrate Jewish culture with us. Maybe the club will be better than it ever was,” Alaina Dannecker said.

Written by Morgan Lanyon

Morgan is a senior at Mt. Carmel High School. She is kept constantly busy with varsity field hockey, Hebrew school, swim team, and being the co-Editor in Chief of the MC Sun. She has a problem with watching too much TV, and eating an excessive amount of snacks. She knows the lyrics to practically every Billy Joel song, and doesn't care who knows. She also knows about most celebrities, and can answer your questions almost as fast as the internet.