He puts on his headphones and focuses on the screen of his computer – going through the playlist of songs for the night. Which one will be best to start with? What are two great songs to mix together? Which playlist will keep the crowd moving?
These are questions that DJ Arno, Elan Arnowitz, thinks of when he is DJing parties. But his upcoming gig will be different.
The 15-year-old Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School sophomore wanted to take his two passions in life – Israel andDJing – and do something for a bigger cause, Israel. IsraelRave 2014 is an event for teens, by teens – raising money for Israel and having a good time doing it.
“I decided to create a social event and fundraiser where fellow teens, who are also passionate about Israel, can come together while sharing a common interest and have a great time,” Arnowitz said.
IsraelRave 2014 will raise money for the Jewish Federation’s Israel Emergency Fund, create positive public relations and awareness for Israel, and encourage teenagers to have fun while supporting a great cause, Arnowitz said. The event is scheduled to be held on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.
This event is open to all teenagers. The goal is to raise $3,000. Sponsors include the Jewish Federation and Capital Camps.
“Everyone loves to dance, and it gets people excited and moving while supporting a great cause,” Arnowitz said. And he has the support of friends and a planning committee to help him with this vision.
Jonah Eisen, another sophomore at JDS, said that his role on the planning committee was to reach out to high-schoolers and raise awareness for the event. “I contact these teens via text, snapchat [a photo messaging application], Facebook message and other social media platforms,” said the D.C. native. He reminded those familiar with the event to sign up, and told those who didn’t know about they event why it was being put on and why they should come. “We feel it is important to reach out to teens who are passionate about Israel because they are very willing to support this cause,” Eisen said.
Samantha Haas, a 15-year-old from Rockville, goes to JDS but used her previous public school connections to spread the word about IsraelRave 2014. “Most of the people I am reaching out to are non-Jewish teens in public school. I used to attend Wootton High School, so I’m able to connect with many teens in public schools,” she said. “It is important to spread awareness about Israel to all different types of teens, especially those that are unaware of what is happening. We want as many teens to know about this event as possible, that way more people will be able to learn about Israel while having fun.”
Arnowitz was inspired to do this event by other schools, mainly universities, holding danceathons – all-night dancing events to raise money for cancer. “Music has an effect on people and why not use it to engage the teen community.”