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‘Jewpardy’ links Park students

Park students use religion to connect on a deep level
Gabby Fadden
Senior Noam Halpert leads a game of “Jewish Jeopardy” May 2. Jewish Student Union meets every Thursday.

Jewish students at Park gather for a game of “Jewpardy” (Jewish jeopardy) on May 2nd. “Jewpardy” is used as a fun way to connect with other Jewish students at Park and learn more about their culture. The JSU club meets on Thursday of each week to discuss past, current, or upcoming Jewish holidays.

Senior Director Noam Halpern said he joined JSU to meet other Jewish students at Park. He says the goal of this club is to unite Jewish students.

“The biggest thing for me is getting to know other Jewish students,” Halpern said. “The main goal is to just create a cohesive Jewish community at St. Louis Park.”

Freshman Isa Melendez said she joined JSU to discover more about her religion and meet new people at Park who are also Jewish.

“I joined JSU to learn more about my religion and to hang out with people who are also Jewish,” Melendez said.

According to freshman Elioria Estrin, they joined JSU to meet more Jewish friends and hangout with people who are also in the club. Estrin said they like to play games based off of upcoming Jewish holidays. They said the main goal of this club is to lend a hand to other Jewish students.

“I joined so I could be closer to other Jewish people in St. Louis Park and so I could have time to hangout with my jewish friends,” Estrin said. “We do different activities involving around the holidays that are coming up.The main goal is to support other Jewish people in the school district and just to have fun with other Jewish people and people who want to be here.”

Senior Director Noam Halpern said JSU focuses on holidays that are coming up,play fun games and bond with each other.

“Usually the weekly activity is whatever is related to the holiday that’s nearby or any current events,” Halpern said. “We just kind of eat snacks and have fun.”

Freshman Isa Melendez said she joined this club to follow her religion. She said it helps her stay connected with her culture and have fun together as a community.

“We learn about Jewish holidays and play Jewish games like Jeopardy,” Melendez said. “It inspires me to keep doing Jewish things and participate in Jewish traditions.” ”

When asked “what inspires you most in this club,” senior Noam Helpern says he was able to find himself on a deeper level.

“It helps me express myself and show my identity,” Halpern said.

Estrin said she is inspired by her religion and the club helps them learn more about it.

“It inspires me to learn more about my Jewish identity, especially more about the modern ideas,” Estrin said.

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