5 Movies To Watch On One Foot

by | Jan 25, 2018 | Hillel Ontario, On One Foot | 0 comments

Winter is the perfect time for movie night! Bundle up in bed with a hot cup of tea or cocoa and watch one of our favourite on one foot picks! Whether you like action, romance, or animation, this list includes a movie for everyone!

 

Footloose


This musical is loosely based on true events, telling the story of a man who moved from the great city of Chicago to a small, rural town, where dancing and rock music is banned. The movie was released in 1984 and made a total of $80 million at the box office. While the characters in the movie have to hide their enthusiasm and love for dancing, we will be proudly dancing on one foot until February 10th.

 

Step Up


Step Up, released in 2006, shows how an unprivileged boy and a wealthy dancer end up working together. The romantic movie stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum as the main characters and is the first part of a five-movie series. In Step Up 1, Jenna Tatum Dewan is dancing on one foot A LOT! We challenge you to count how many times throughout the movie she is dancing on one foot, secretly supporting our campaign.

 

Karate Kid


Karate Kid is a 1984 film, which tells the story of a bullied teenager. A martial arts master agreed to train the teenager, so that he will learn to defend himself against his bullies. The movie is famous for its cover, where the main character practices karate, standing on one foot, just like we do for our campaign. In 2010 a remake of the martial arts classic was released starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.

 

Happy Feet


The computer-animated musical, Happy Feet, was released in 2006 and features the voices of Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, and Nicole Kidman. The Warner Brothers movie won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In the world of penguins, the right song will bring you together with your soul mate. Unfortunately, the main character doesn’t have a singing voice, but he doesn’t let that bring him down. Rather than singing, he introduces the art of dancing to his fellow penguins and wins everyone’s hearts. Rather than winning over people by dancing, we decided to take over the world on one foot.

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, this Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture movie is one that every foodie will appreciate. The Hundred-Foot Journey tells the story of an Indian family, who decides to move to France, where they want to open an Indian restaurant. Everything is working out perfectly, until the Michelin chef on the other side of the street meets her new neighbors.
Showcasing the different culinary spectrums, this movie inspires its viewer to go through life with an open mind towards different cultures and traditions. This includes our new tradition of fundraising on one foot.

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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