Jewish Heritage Month 2007
Jews Around the World

Highlights at Foothill College

Wednesday, Jan. 10
Opening Ceremony with Games Galore
Foothill’s Jewish Heritage Month celebrates its first anniversary with birthday cake as well as the kick off of the college’s second Annual Jewish Heritage Month which runs through January. Play a variety of Israeli games and enjoy free falafel. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Thursday, Jan. 11
The Israeli Afro-American Experience
Inspired by Israel’s 1991 airlift of Ethiopian Jews, journalist and author Cookie Lommel founded Operation Unity in 1992. She saw the airlift as a humanitarian move that embodied the values of an Israeli kibbutz, a village in which cooperative labor provides for everyone’s needs. Her award-winning Operation Unity programs involve students from America’s inner cities in the life of Israel’s kibbutzim to break down racial, ethnic and cultural barriers, and promote an appreciation for what people from diverse backgrounds can achieve by working together. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Tuesday, Jan. 16
Film Series I: Everything Is Illuminated
Experience the extraordinary as you follow Elijah Wood, an American Jewish boy, all the way to Eastern Europe to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a Ukrainian village during World War II. Poignant, yet funny, Everything Is Illuminated will make you believe in miracles. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan. 17
The Real Kabbalah: History & Here
What is Kabbalah? You’ve likely heard it has something to do with Madonna and Hollywood. Or does it? Want to know what the red string bracelet trend is? Find out what Kabbalah is really about from Rabbi Steve Fisdel, director of Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Mystical Studies. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Room 6107
Free Admission

Martin Luther King Jr. Event: March & Luncheon
Join Foothill’s 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Luncheon & March. Dr. King is celebrated as a great leader of the Civil Rights movement. His hopes and dreams for his people, and this country, are still honored, and each generation has the opportunity of working to fulfill his vision. Co-sponsored by the Associated Students of Foothill College Activities Board and the college’s African American Network.
Time: 11:50 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Tickets: $12, student with OwlCard; $15, faculty and staff.

Thursday, Jan. 18
Muslim & Jewish Dietary Laws & Luncheon
Learn about Muslim Halal laws and Jewish Kashrut laws from speakers Rabbi Joey, executive director for the Jewish Study Network, and Youssef Ismail, representative for the Islamic Network Group. Then join the speakers and other guests as you enjoy a complimentary Kosher and Halal meal.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Film Series II: The Ritchie Boys
The Ritchie Boys is the untold story of a group of young men who fled Nazi Germany and returned to Europe as soldiers in U.S. uniforms. They knew the psychology and language of the enemy better than anybody. In Camp Ritchie, Maryland, they were trained in intelligence and psychological warfare. Not always courageous, but definitely determined, bright and inventive, they fought their own kind of war and saved lives. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Room 5210
Free Admission

Monday, Jan. 22
A Life of Theater & Survival
Ms. Chayale Ash is a star of the Yiddish theater and a Holocaust survivor. Her indefatigable spirit enabled her to survive Russian labor camps other hard times. Hear the amazing story of her life and how she used humor to survive. A complimentary reception follows the event. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1401
Free Admission

Tuesday, Jan. 23
Jews of China
Were there Jews in China? Explore the history of the Chinese Jewish diaspora from Jonathan Hirshon, a respected amateur historian. His presentation will detail the unique history of the Jews in China from antiquity through World War II. As a member of the board of trustees at Temple Emanu-El in San Jose, his fascinating presentations on the Jews of the diaspora deliver history in an approachable, interesting and evocative manner. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan. 24
Club Day & Dance Gala
Join, activate or reactivate a Foothill Club and watch Lysya Dance Ensemble’s beautiful repertoire. A local folk dance troupe, the ensemble will perform traditionally Jewish dances as well as dances from other cultures. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission


Film Series III: Kissing Jessica Stein
In this romantic comedy set in New York City, Jessica Stein falls for a girl after she decides to answer an intriguing newspaper ad on women seeking women. See how the need to take a daring leap can lead to the discovery of who you truly are. Co-sponsored by Foothill Gay Straight Alliance. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Thursday, Jan. 25
Comedy & Bagel Spread
Jewish comedians have always had us rolling in the aisles. Get a good chuckle by attending this comedy hour with local comedian Jeff Applebaum. After the show, enjoy complimentary traditional Jewish bagels and lox spread, sponsored by Posh Bagels. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Monday, Jan. 29
Donate Blood & Save Lives
By donating just five minutes of your time, you may save three lives. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Volunteer Center and Stanford Blood Bank. For more information, call or e-mail Foothill Student Activities Coordinator Steve Mitchell at (650) 949-7635 or mitchellstephen@foothill.edu. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location:Parking Lot 5
Free Admission

Ritual Judaism
Under the guidance of Rabbi Joel Fleekop from Congregation Shir Hadash, discover the rich traditions of the Jewish people as you discuss the unique judaica items from all over the world that are used to enrich their lives, including the talis, mezzuzah, menorah and more. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 10 a.m.–Noon
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Tuesday, Jan. 30
Sing for Freedom
From the 1930s through the 1960s, an alliance grew between Blacks and Jews, which inspired many great anthems for change. Abel Meeropol, Shel Silverstein, Janis Ian, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs are just a few of the Jewish-born songwriters whose powerful lyrics spirited along the struggling Civil Rights movement. Their songs epitomize the hopes and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and still resonate today. You'll hear this remarkable chapter of history from singer/songwriter Mark Levy. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan. 31
International Jewish Feast & Closing Ceremony
Feast with us at a celebration of Jewish foods from around the world. Also learn about a traditional Bedouin ceremony.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission



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