In the Fall, we recruited a cohort of seven students to come together for four sessions to watch and discuss the four-part Israeli miniseries “The New Jew”. At our final session, the group met with the series creator Moshe Samuels and its star, popular Israeli comedian Guri Alfi. We had an animated discussion, including highly insightful questions dealing with Israelis' views of Americans, the diversity of American Jewish life, and the future of Jewish life in Israel and the United States. 

We started the Spring semester by focusing on Jewish Heritage Month (JHM) at Foothill College and the holiday of Tu B’shevat. We partnered with Foothill on two of their JHM programs toward the end of January. The first event was a tree-planting ceremony to observe Tu B'Shevat. The other event Hillel planned with them was an observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Holocaust survivor Gabriella Karin.

A highlight of the Spring Semester was the display of the Beyond Duty Exhibit throughout the month of April at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose. Community members came out in strong numbers to view the exhibit dedicated to righteous diplomats who saved Jews during the Holocaust. To inaugurate the exhibit, our top-level donors joined together with faculty and administrators from SJSU, as well as diplomatic representatives from consulates of Chile, China, Germany, Brazil, and Italy which are countries of origin of five of the righteous diplomats featured in the Beyond Duty Exhibit.

Also participating in speaking at the event were Shlomi Kofman, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Stephen Perez, Interim President of SJSU, Carrie Zeidman, President of the Board of Hillel SV, Sarita Bronstein, Executive Director, and Jasmine Haner from the Students Supporting Israel Club at SJSU. The featured keynote speaker was Manli Ho, the daughter of Chinese diplomat rescuer Dr. Feng Shan Ho who is one of the diplomats represented in the Beyond Duty Exhibit.