Jewish Heritage Month 2010
Celebrating Judaism

Highlights at Foothill College

Wednesday, Jan. 6
College Hour: Opening Ceremony Showcasing Hanukkah
Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Foothill's Jewish Heritage Month by honoring the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, known as the Jewish Festival of Lights. Enjoy Jewish music, traditional Hanukkah foods and games. Throughout the month, each JHM event is designed to highlight a Jewish holiday and help educate our community about the beauty of Judaism. Co-sponsored by ASFC Activities Board. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Thursday, Jan. 7
Comedy Hour: Celebrating Purim
Laugh and chuckle during this hilarious display of classic Jewish humor featuring New York comedian Jeff Applebaum, and other Jewish comedians including, high school student Sam Davidoff, Samson Koletkar, who is Indian, and Toby Muresianu, who is Romanian. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Monday, Jan. 11
Lecture Series I: Holocaust Survivor: Remembering Yom HaShoah
Isaac Goldstein will share his fascinating story of struggle and hope as he retells his experience living through the "Shoah," which is also known as the Holocaust. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Tuesday, Jan. 12
Lecture Series II: Shalom Bayit Celebrating Healthy Relationships
Love Shouldn't Hurt is a young adult outreach program that provides valuable prevention skills and information about dating violence. The interactive workshop gives young men and women the opportunity to talk about relationships, both dating and friendship, in an open, non-judgmental environment. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 10–11:20 a.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan. 13
College Hour: 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March & Luncheon
A great leader of the U.S. civil rights movement, Dr. King's famous I Have a Dream speech continues to inspire his hopes and dreams for all people and this country. Each generation has the opportunity to work hard to fulfill his vision of love and racial equality. Join the re-enactment of the March on Washington where Dr. King's speech was delivered. To celebrate keeping his dream alive, Jamal Cooks, Ph.D., will deliver an inspirational message during the luncheon. An assistant professor of secondary education at San Francisco State University, Dr. Cooks' research focuses on critical literacy, hip-hop and urban democracy, as well as culturally relevant pedagogy. A teacher who teaches teachers how to teach, he is renown for his candid opinions on education and inspiring tips for aspiring educators. Enjoy a delicious soul food lunch and entertainment. Co-sponsored by ASFC Activities Board and Foothill College African American Network.
Time: 11:50 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Tickets: $15, general; $12, student with OwlCard. A special group of free luncheon tickets will be awarded to the first 120 students with OwlCards who sign up in Room 2009 to participate in the commemorative march that precedes the luncheon.

Thursday, Jan. 14
Foothill Authors Series: "Towers of Gold—How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California"
Author and graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Frances Dinkelspiel will tell the incredible story of Isaias Hellman. His story captures a pivotal moment in American history: the rise of California from a frontier economy driven by the barter of hides and the exchange of gold to an economic steam engine leading the nation. The book can be purchased at the Foothill Bookstore at a 20-percent discount. There will be a book-signing immediately following the author's talk. Faculty and staff can earn PGA/PAA credit for attending. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Authors Series.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan 20
Club Day: Celebrating Shabbat
Join, start or restart a club and earn units for participating in campus club activities. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the most sacred holiday in the Jewish culture by celebrating Shabbat in an original way— by receiving a special Shabbat-in-a-box. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Thursday, Jan 21
Lecture Series III: Kabbalah
What is Kabbalah? You've probably heard that celebrities are intrigued by it. Rabbi Steve Fisdel will explain why Kabbalah is trendy today as well as its ancient and mystic origin. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan 27
Closing Ceremony: Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut
Foothill's Jewish Heritage Month celebrates its fifth year and commemorates Yom Ha'atzmaut, or Israel Independence Day. Savor falafel and hear live music performed by songwriter Mark Levy. A student of Jewish music history, Levy has performed throughout the Bay Area for 25 years and specializes in a variety of Judaic folk music styles, including Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Klezmer. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Ongoing JHM Exhibit

Celebrating the Holiday Exhibit

This exhibit features various Judaica and holiday decorations in the display cases in the Campus Center and Semans Library. Exhibit admission is free; on-campus parking is $2.

  • Campus Center Exhibit hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Semans Library Exhibit hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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