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.

Weekly D’var: Netzavim

Weekly D’var: Netzavim

This week’s parsha, Nitzavim, begins with an expression of the universality of God’s covenant with the Israelites. It wasn’t enough to say ‘all of you’ who are standing before God, rather, we are given a list of all those assembled before Moses as he instructed them before they entered the land of Israel. In this list, we see a hierarchy of social and religious significance; we are told that among those present are tribal leaders, elders, officials, men who have households, children, wives, and ‘strangers’, the servants.

Moses continues to remind the Israelites of God’s actions during their journey out of Egypt, the commandments they have been given, and the consequences of both living by and living against the conditions of the covenant. There are warnings of curses and anger and wrath and promises of blessing and sustenance and reward. This is, at its simplest, Moses’ final attempt to give the Israelites a moral compass, a sense of right and wrong in God’s eyes, as they finally cross into the land promised to their ancestors, but without Moses’ leadership.

There is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful pieces of language in the Torah towards the end of Moses’ instructions to the Israelites (Deut. 30 12-16):

[This instruction] is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it. I set before you this day life and prosperity, death and adversity. For I command you this day, to love your God, to walk in God’s ways, and to keep God’s commandments, God’s laws, and God’s rules, that you may thrive and increase, and that your God may bless you in the land that you are about to enter and possess.

As Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur near again, this week’s parsha is a reminder that when we are celebrating, showing humility and remorse, asking one another and God for forgiveness, we are equal. The opportunity to act righteously, care for ourselves and others around us, and enjoy prosperity is accessible and within the reach of every one of us, regardless of privilege and position, as is the opportunity near to us to turn from our misdeeds and transgressions towards goodness in the new year.

Shanah Tovah U’metuka
A Happy and Sweet 5783!

A New Hillel Home in Kingston!

A New Hillel Home in Kingston!

Kingston, ON – September 21, 2022

For 50 years, the Otterburn House in Kingston, Ontario was the home of Queen’s Hillel. Since 2018, however, Queen’s Hillel has been without a permanent location, necessitating the use of temporary rental space on-campus.

Over the past year, Beth Israel Synagogue invested in an intensive rejuvenation project to give the Otterburn House its first major update since 1992. Today, with the invaluable support of two community visionaries, we are excited to share that our Queen’s Hillel staff, Yos and Leora Tarshish, will be making the Otterburn House both their own home, and a renewed base for Queen’s Hillel. By creating a welcoming community grounded in their own lives, Yos and Leora will serve as a model for what Jewish living in all of its dimensions can be, and leverage the successful models of Base and Moishe House.

On behalf of Hillel Ontario, Chief Executive Officer, Rabbi Seth Goren said the following:

“Hillel Ontario has been striving to ensure that Queen’s Hillel once again had a space to meaningfully engage Jewish students in Kingston. Yos and Leora Tarshish have been working tirelessly to nurture strong and resilient Jewish students, build innovative micro-communities, and empower the next generation of community advocates. With the invaluable support of community philanthropists who are committed to the Kingston community, and to the future of Jewish students at Queen’s, Hillel Ontario could not be more pleased to see Hillel once again have a permanent home in Kingston.”

On behalf of Queen’s Hillel, Director, Yos Tarshish said the following:

“Leora and I are incredibly excited to be moving into the Otterburn House, and welcoming a new generation of Jewish students into a space that holds such a special place in the history of Queen’s Hillel. The space has been lovingly restored by the hard work of the Beth Israel Otterburn Committee, led by Arnie Palmer, Michael Springer, Richard Kizell and Mark Malinoff, and it is a true testament to the vigour and tenacity of the Kingston Jewish community. Jewish student life has been steadily growing in Kingston for more than a decade, and Hillel is at the forefront of ensuring that the Jewish community on campus is both vibrant and inclusive. We are honoured to engage Jewish students on campus in Kingston, and are immensely grateful for the opportunity to bring Hillel activities back to Otterburn.”

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Hillel Ontario is the largest regional Hillel in the world, serving nine universities, with a combined Jewish student population of 14,000.

For additional information, please contact:

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer
jay.solomon@hillelontario.org

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