Jewish Heritage Month 2011
Breaking Stereotypes

Highlights at Foothill College

Wednesday, Jan. 5
College Hour: Opening Ceremony Featuring Jeff Applebaum & Jewish Comedians
The stage is set for laughter as we celebrate our sixth annual Jewish Heritage Month during Welcome Week. Jeff Applebaum and his crew of local Jewish comedians will tear the house down with jokes for all. Throughout the month, each JHM event will focus on different ways Jews have and continue to break stereotypes. 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. 6
Foothill Authors Series: "Business Mensch: Timeless Wisdom for Today's Entrepreneur"
The founder of Noah's New York Bagels, Noah Alper is a consultant to aspiring entrepreneurs and a dynamic motivational speaker. His experience includes concept creation, marketing, retailing, food service and sales management. In his new book, Business Mensch: Timeless Wisdom for Today's Entrepreneur, he weaves together Jewish ethical teachings and more than 35 years of business and non-profit management experience. Six and a half years after founding Noah's New York Bagels, he sold the business for $100 million. At that time, it was the largest kosher retailer in the U.S. He is also the founder of six other ventures, including the grocery store company, Bread & Circus, once the Northeast's largest natural foods chain and now part of Whole Foods Market. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Authors Series.
Time: Noon–3 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Lecture Series I: Exodus Panel
Jews from the four corners of the world will speak about growing up as a Jewish minority in their native countries, and the challenges of fitting in with and adapting to the American Jewish community. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan. 12
College Hour: 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March & Luncheon
Celebrate history, enjoy soul food and hear an inspirational message at the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon. A great leader of the U.S. civil rights movement, Dr. King's famous I Have a Dream speech continues to inspire the hopes and dreams of all people. 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 the dream alive, U.S. Air Force Col. Yvonne Darlene Cagle, M.D., , NASA's lead Ames Research Center astronaut science liaison and strategic relationships manager for Google and other Silicon Valley programmatic partnerships, will deliver an inspirational message during the luncheon. Dr. Cagle's groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA's lead in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness. A native of Novato, she holds bachelor's degree in biochemistry from San Francisco State University and doctorate from the University of Washington. Enjoy a delicious soul food lunch and entertainment. Members of the Foothill College African American Network (AAN) are now selling tickets for the event. For information and to purchase tickets, call or e-mail AAN Liaison Maria Apodaca, (650) 949-7713. Co-sponsored by ASFC Activities Board and Foothill College AAN.
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.

Tuesday, Jan. 18
Lecture Series II: Kabbalah for Modern Times
What is Kabbalah? You may have heard celebrities are intrigued by it, but what are its origins? Explore the mystery and splendor of Jewish mysticism with a local community rabbi. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Toyon Room (Room 2020)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan. 19
Club Day: Celebrating Diversity
Join, start or restart a campus club and earn units for participating. Jewish Heritage Month will sponsor a special treat with Jewish foods from all over the world. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Thursday, Jan. 20
Sumo Performance
In anticipation of the afternoon's film screening (see below), local Sumo wrestlers will demonstrate their sport for the campus community. You'll have a chance to join the fun and ask these athletes about their sport. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Thursday, Jan. 20
Film Screening: A Matter of Size
Jews can be sumo wrestlers? This award-winning comedy profiles a group of people from the Israeli city of Ramla, who are fed up with the sanctity of diets and the 'dictatorship of the thinness' of the diet workshop they participate in. But when they discover the world of sumo, where people of significant body size are honored and appreciated, the group learns about an Eastern tradition that celebrates individuality, and makes peace with their body sizes and images. The film is a comedy about a 'coming out' of a different kind—overweight people who learn to accept themselves. Released in 2009, A Matter of Size is the winner of three Israeli Academy Awards and eight audience awards from film festivals in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Washington, Detroit, Seattle, Minneapolis, Rockland County and Karlovy Vary. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Tuesday, Jan. 25
JHM Open Mic Event
You're invited to read from your favorite Jewish poets or authors. Celebrate the rich literary history of this strong and vibrant culture. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: 10–11:50 a.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Jan. 26
College Hour: Closing Ceremony Celebrating the Birthday of the Trees
Since Tu B'shvat occurs in January, we're closing our celebration with the Birthday of the Trees! Rabbi Dana L. Magat from San Jose's Temple Emanu-El will lead a Tu B'shvat seder, and then we'll dedicate a new tree on the Foothill College campus. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Free, Ongoing JHM Events & Exhibits

Not What You Expected Exhibit

This exhibit features various images of the diversity of Jews throughout the world in the display cases in the Campus Center and Semans Library. Exhibit admission is free; on-campus parking is $2. Purchase parking permit from dispensers in any student parking lot.

  • 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.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional event, driving and parking information:


Foothill College JHM 2011 Planning Committee

Sabina Manasherob, chairwoman; Amy Ackerman, Ryan Bellon, Benji Berlow, Raphael Bivas, Vivian Cohen, Stephanie Franco, Miriam Gershenson, Troy Joseph Goldenberg, Yakov Kestebaum, Inga Manasherob, Erin Clifford Ortiz, Idan Raz, Rachel Rosen, Ori Shadmon, Cynthia Southerby and Natasha Temple


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