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.

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

Blown Away

Blown Away

A few weeks ago, I joined a group of Hillel board members and lay leaders for a short presentation on Hillel’s Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF). Several students who had participated in the JLF program were on the Zoom call, as well as the Hillel staff who facilitate JLF cohorts on campus.

We were lucky to have a mini JLF experience. JLF was new to me, but as a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, I am a massive fan of adult Jewish education. I know firsthand the kind of transformative experience it could be to CHOOSE as an adult to learn about Judaism.

To say that I was blown away is an understatement. I heard directly from students that they had approached this program with some anticipation and trepidation but ultimately walked away feeling more connected to their Judaism and to their community than they ever thought possible. I saw Rabbis approach young people with openness and care; their focus was on making their cohort understand how Judaism was relevant to today’s world, not just their grandparents’ time. I felt the emotion that came across, even over Zoom, that showed me that these young people “got it” and could internalize how Judaism could play a role in their adult lives well beyond the eight-week program.

I was touched to hear that when the students were asked to “pay it forward”, the vast majority of them did, because they wanted others to have the chance to see what they saw, feel what they felt and learn what they learned. As a lay leader, it is so important to see that my work and philanthropic contributions are touching real people and making a difference in real lives.

This small taste was enough to make me want to support this program in the future and I hope others will join me in doing so – we work hard on Jewish identity and we don’t have enough programs that actually move the needle. This one does! 

Elisa Palter

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