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This month, the Diversity Program Inclusion Council (DPIC) celebrates the Hispanic and Jewish heritage. Staff Management | SMX proudly recognizes and acknowledges all of said cultures whom continue to …

This month, the Diversity Program Inclusion Council (DPIC) celebrates the Hispanic and Jewish heritage. Staff Management | SMX proudly recognizes and acknowledges all of said cultures whom continue to build a better tomorrow for all.


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  • 1. September CelebrationsBefore youve even stepped foot into a classroom, yourecounting down the days until Christmas break. IfSeptember only reminds you that youre back to thegrindstone at school, then take a look at some of thesefun September holidays thatll make the countdown untilChristmas go a little faster.Labor DaySeptember 3, 2012This holiday is celebrated every year on the first Mondayof September to honor the working people of the world.Labor Day is a day of relaxation and usually marks of theunofficial end of summer. Even though you get to restand hang out on Labor Day, school usually starts upagain the very next day! WORD SEARCHGrandparents Day AMERICAN HERITAGE LATINOSeptember 9, 2012 CELEBRATION HISPANIC MITZVAHWe have a day to celebrate our moms and a day to CHALLAH HOLIDAY ROSH HASHANAH Creating Diversity Awareness in the Workplacecelebrate our dads, so why not celebrate the people whobrought our moms and dads into the world, too? COMMUNITY INDEPENDENCE YOM KIPPUR September 2012 NewsletterGrandparents Day is celebrated on the Sunday following CULTURE JEWISHLabor Day every year. You dont have to do anything toocrazy that day, but why not make a cool card for thegrandparents or buy em a plant for their garden? Justspending some one-on-one time with them is also agood idea. Theyll appreciate it and maybe youll get tosample a batch of grandmas yummy cookies!Patriot Day in the U.S.September 11, 2012In 2002, President George W. Bush declared September11 as Patriot Day in the USA. This day is to honor allthose lost in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centerand the Pentagon. On Patriot Day, ceremonies andmemorials are held across the United States. What willyou being doing this?Mexican Independence DaySeptember 16, 2012September 16, 1810, marks the day when Mexicanpriest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called for the arrest of allSpanish settlers living in the town of Delores. He Each year, Americans observe Nationalsparked a revolution that lasted more than 11 years. By Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is national recognition of the more than 350 year Hispanic Heritage Month from September 151821, Mexico had managed to claim its independencefrom Spain. history of Jewish contributions to American to October 15, by celebrating the histories, culture. JAHM acknowledges the achievements cultures and contributions of American citizensAutumn Equinox of American Jews in fields ranging from sports whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, theSeptember 22, 2012 and arts and entertainment to medicine, Caribbean and Central and South America.The leaves are starting to change color and the air is business, science, government, and militarystarting to feel crisper. Yup, fall is here! The Autumn The day of September 15 is significant becauseEquinox brings the official end to summer. In Japan, the service. It is observed annually during theAutumn Equinox has been declared a national holiday to month of May. it is the anniversary of independence for Latincelebrate the changing of seasons and to pay respect to American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador,the dead. From this day on, our days will get shorter and Leading the way in implementation of the Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Inthere will be a lot less sunlight (in the Northern addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate theirHemisphere, that is). annual celebration is the Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition, formed in March 2007 independence days on September 16 and and convened by United Jewish Communities, September18, respectively. Also, ColumbusThe Staff Management | SMX DPIC includes: Kenyatta Draper, the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12,Lupe Gonzalez, Katie Smith, Roxanne Ramoutar, Dayna American Jewish Archives and the American falls within this 30 day period.Corona, Jessica Lewis, Justin Schwartz, Robert Cook, 
 Jewish Historical Society.Maurice Proffit and Lloyd Weathers" SEPTEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER DIVERSITY PROGRAM INCLUSION COUNCIL CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2012
  • 2. Pay Tribute Locally to Holocaust Survivors and Victims Holocaust Museums honor as Survivors and Victims any persons, How many Jews were killed Jewish or non-Jewish, who were displaced, persecuted, or during the Holocaust? discriminated against due to the racial, religious, ethnic, social, The estimated number of Jewish fatalities during the Holocaust is usually given as 20th Anniversary National Tribute and political policies of the Nazis and their collaborators between between 5.1 and 6 million victims. However, 1933 and 1945. Celebrate Jewish Americans to Holocaust Survivors and despite the availability of numerous scholarly The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored works and archival sources on the subject, who have helped weave the Eyewitnesses and National Tour persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Holocaust-related figures might never be Nazi regime and its collaborators. The Nazis, who came to power definitively known. Furthermore, it is important fabric of American history, To mark its 20th anniversary, the United States in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially to keep in mind that the available Holocaust culture and society. Holocaust Memorial Museum will hold a historic superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien statistics include a wide margin of error gathering of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust in threat to the so-called German racial community. because: Famous Jewish Directors/Producers: Washington, DC. Thousands from across the country Steven Spielberg: Schindlers List, Jurassic Park, E.T along with international delegations will come to honor During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted Not all victims of the Holocaust were Stanley Kubrick: The Shining, Full Metal Jacket other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority”: Roma registered. survivors, pay tribute to the rescuers, and recognize Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, •  Countless records that did exist were those who fought to defeat tyranny—while affirming Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Mighty Aphrodite, Antz Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, destroyed by the Nazis, or lost, burned, Roman Polanski: Rosemarys Baby, Chinatown the importance of teaching the lessons of the or damaged in military actions. ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Ben Stiller: Seinfeld, SNL, Reality Bites, Cable Guy Holocaust to new generations. The United States Socialists, Jehovahs Witnesses, and homosexuals. •  Records often contain fragmentary Aaron Spelling: Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place Holocaust Memorial Museum is also taking this information, failing to include, for example, Oliver Stone: The Doors, J.F.K., Natural Born Killers unique moment in time to thank those whose support Plan a visit to a local museum near you: the victims ethnic, national, or religious has made possible its national and global impact. Holocaust Museum and Education Center (Terre Haute, IN) affiliation. Jewish Actors/Actresses & Comedians: Barbara Streisand, Paul Simon, Harrison Ford, The Dallas Holocaust Museum (Dallas, TX) Before the Nazi takeover of power in 1933, The 20th Anniversary Tribute Dinner will be held on Noah Wyle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Patinkin, The Florida Holocaust Museum (St. Petersburg, FL) Europe had a vibrant and mature Jewish April 28, 2013, at the Washington Convention Center. Paul Newman, Sarah Jessica Parker, The Holocaust Memorial Center (Detroit, MI) culture. According to the American Jewish A Museum open house will be held on April 29, 2013. Robert Downey, Jr, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Yearbook, the Jewish population of Europe The Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles, CA) Sarah Silverman, Milton Berle, Jack Benny was about 9.5 million in 1933. By 1945, most Stay up to date on all events, activities, The Holocaust and Tolerance Museum (Chandler, Arizona, NV) European Jews, two out of every three, had Influential Jewish Scientists and news about the 20th anniversary. Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (Skokie, IL) been killed. Most of the surviving remnant of Albert Einstein: Most famous scientist neveragain.ushmm.org Holocaust Museum Houston (Houston, TX.) European Jewry decided to leave Europe. Jonas Salk: Developed the first polio vaccine Hundreds of thousands established new lives Holocaust Memorial of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA.) Carl Sagan: astronomer and popular science author Thousands of survivors, in Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia, Jonas Salk: Developed the first polio vaccine Holocaust Memorial (Milwaukee, WI) Great Britain, South America, and South liberators, and their family members attended the Tribute The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (Montreal, Canada) Africa. Business Professionals: to Survivors: A Reunion of a Milton Hershey: Hersheys Chocolate founder Special Family, held during the Staff Management | SMX is teaming up with the Illinois Holocaust Museums 10th anniversary. Michael Dell: Founder of Dell Computer Museum, located in Skokie, IL (just 10-15 min away from downtown). Larry Ellison: Founder and CEO of Oracle During the month of September, employees of SM | SMX will be able Steve Ballmer: CEO of Microsoft to visit and tour the facility for a discounted price of $8.00. Sir James Goldsmith: Financier/Banker, Goodyear Installation of From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide. As a living memorial, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Artists: the Museum educates people 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077, (847) 967-4800 Frida Kahlo: Mexican, Surrealist, Self Portraits. about genocide after the Marc Chagall: Painter, Designer, Artist Holocaust and inspires them to Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Marathon Man (1976) Modigliani: Artist, Elongated Faces/Masks work to prevent it today. Great Movies Director: Norma Jewison Director: John Schlesinger Camille Pissarro: Father of Impressionism to Watch Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Rosalind Harris Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Oliver, Roy Scheider, William Devane With celebrating Awards: Won Golden Globe for Awards: Won Golden Globe for Best Designers: World War II veterans who Jewish Heritage during Best Actor & Best Picture Actor in a Supporting Role Synopsis: In pre-revolutionary Synopsis: A graduate history student Calvin Klein liberated the Nazi concentration the month, check out Russia, a poor Jewish peasant is unwittingly caught in the middle of Ralph Lauren camps tour the Permanent must contend with marrying off an international conspiracy involving Exhibition. some movies that his three daughters while stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war Levi Strauss feature specific themes antisemitic sentiment threatens criminal, and a rogue government Kenneth Cole PHOTOS FROM US HOLOCAUST actors and social issues his home. agent. MEMORIAL MUSEUMSEPTEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER DIVERSITY PROGRAM INCLUSION COUNCIL CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2012
  • 3. National Museum of American History Celebrated CHCI Celebrates The Original Latin Bombshell 35 years of Diosa Costello Developing the Next Generation Created in 1997, the Smithsonian Latino Center works pan-institutionally with the entire network of Latino Leaders of Smithsonian museums, research centers, programs and almost 200 affiliates nationwide Mexican Independence Day to ensure that Latino culture, achievement and Mexicos Independence Day is celebrated annually In 1978, a small group of Hispanic Members of Congress contributions are celebrated and recognized. on September 16, on the anniversary of Grito de established the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Dolores. Mexican Independence Day is one of the (CHCI) with the vision of bringing the promise of the The Smithsonian Latino Center ensures that biggest holidays in Mexico, celebrating the day that American Dream to the next generation of Latinos. More Latino contributions to the arts, sciences, and Mexico gained independence as a country. than 30 years later their dream remains embedded in humanities are highlighted, understood, and CHCIs programs, which today count with more than 5,400 advanced through the development and In the year 1500, Spain conquered Mexico and alumni across the country who are Latino leaders in all support of public programs, research, museum named it New Spain. Life was hard under Spanish sectors - public, private, and nonprofit. collections, and educational opportunities at the rule and many of the native Mexicans (Mayas and Smithsonian Institution. Aztecs) were forced into slavery. More than 300 CHCI programs serve more than 1,500 young Latinos years later, on September 16, 1810, a priest named annually. Many are first in their family to go to college, and the majority comes from families with annual incomes Diosa Costello is a trailblazing Latina entertainer who by the Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla started a revolt below $30,000. CHCIs unique model of educational late 1930s was a well-known star in New York´s musical theater against the Spanish. The Spanish were finally services and leadership development – promoting college and cabaret scene. The National Museum of American History defeated in 1821 and now Mexican Independence is readiness, supporting college attainment and providing began recovering her legacy in 2006. In 2011, she donated her celebrated every year to remember the beginning of direct access to the most powerful network of Latino costumes and shared her story with curators Marvette Pérez, the struggle for freedom. leadership – helps ensure career success and has put Dwight Bowers at the the Smithsonian Castle. Much like the Fourth of July, people celebrate with thousands of young people on a pathway to achieving the American Dream. Costello (b. 1917) began her career in Spanish Harlem and got food, songs, fireworks, and - of course - a day off her big break when she co-starred in producer-director George school. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch and George Lopez will be Abbots 1939 Broadway musical Too Many Girls. Her support for receiving the Medallion of Excellence Award this year. the then-unknown Cuban entertainer Desi Arnaz resulted in a role that launched him in the U.S. To learn more about CHCI and the upcoming heritage events, visit: www.chci.org Throughout her career she has appeared in Hollywood films such as They Met in Argentina and The Bullfighters; on Broadway, most notably as Bloody Mary in South Pacific; on music recordings; and alongside her husband, Cuban bandleader Pupi Campo. U.S. Postal Service’s Distinguished Americans Stamp Legendary Series Inducts José Ferrer in 2012 The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) "Diosa Costello was more than a performer," said Pérez. "She is a cross-platform immersive education Hispanic Ferrer (1912-1992) , whose career spanned the worlds of theater, initiative based on bilingual mixed media was a producer, a club owner and, most significantly, a pioneer. film, television and music, is considered to be one of the most As the first Latina on Broadway, she paved the way for other Talent accomplished talents of his generation and the first Latino to win the experiences created to enhance visitors Latinos. One of the last remaining members of her generation, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Honored Oscar for Best Actor. He won several Tony Awards for his work on Latino Cultural Heritage through innovative and her story and her costumes speak to the Latino influence on stage and performed in more than 60 movies, garnering three American performing arts." on Forever Academy Award nominations. Arguably his most famous role was engaging online experiences. that of Cyrano de Bergerac for which he won both a Tony Award for Stamp Best Actor (1947) and the Oscar for Best Actor (1950) for his film American Me (1992) Nothing Like the portrayal of the same role. He remains one of the few actors to ever Great Movies Director: Edward James Olmos Holidays (2008) win both awards for playing the same character on stage and on film. to Watch Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Pepe Serna, Director: Alfredo De Villa Stars: Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Pena, With celebrating Danny De La Paz John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Synopsis: A Hispanic movie Hispanic Heritage during Debra Messing, Vanessa Ferlito Latin Music Legends Forever Stamps tracing the life of Santana, a Synopsis: A Hispanic movie filmed in Recognizing the impact of Latin music in America the Postal Service issued a the month, check out criminal kingpin, from his life in Chicago follows a familys hardships some movies that the mean streets of L.A. to prison during Christmas time. Their lives Latin Music Legends (Forever) commemorative stamps. These stamps honor to his eventual release. Things get converge and old wounds begin to five key artists: Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente, and feature specific themes complicated when Santana begins resurface as they try to make peace for Celia Cruz. The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland. actors and social issues to reconsider his lot in life after so the holidays. many years in crime.SEPTEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER DIVERSITY PROGRAM INCLUSION COUNCIL CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2012
  • 4. Rosh Famous Firsts by Hispanic Americans Hashanah Hispanic-American politicians, baseball players, and more is Jewish Admiral, U.S. Navy: David G. Farragut. In 1866, he Oscar, Best Actor: New Year Yom Kippur became the first U.S. naval officer ever to be awarded José Ferrer, 1950, Cyrano de Bergerac September 25-26, 2012 the rank of admiral. The first Hispanic American to Begins become a four-star admiral was Horacio Rivero of Oscar, Best Supporting Actress: Sept. 16, 2012 Yom Kippur means the "Day of Atonement." That is, the day when we Puerto Rico, in 1964. Rita Moreno, 1961, West Side Story try to make up for any wrong things we have done. It is a day of fasting which starts at sunset on the 10th of Tishrei and finishes when night General, U.S. Army: Richard E. Cavazos, 1976. Oscar, Best Supporting Actor: falls on the 11th Tishrei. In 1982, he became the armys first Hispanic four-star Anthony Quinn, 1952, Viva Zapata!. Feast of the Trumpets remembers general. worlds creation. Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur is also called "The Sabbath of Sabbaths." It is the most holy Star of a Network Television Show: is a time for personal introspection day in the Jewish year. It is the day when God decides what will happen Astronaut: Franklin Chang-Dìaz, 1986. He flew on a Desi Arnaz, 1952, I Love Lucy. to every Jewish person in the year ahead. and prayer. total of seven space-shuttle missions. The first female Yom Kippur is not like other special Jewish days. It does not remind us Hispanic astronaut was Ellen Ochoa, whose first of four Broadcaster of the Year: On Sunday night, Jews will begin celebrating one of about something that happened to the Jewish people in our long history. shuttle missions was in 1991. Geraldo Rivera, 1971 their most important religious holidays, Rosh Instead, it is all about each individual Jewish persons behavior. Hashanah. It remembers the creation of the world. Nobel Prize in Physics: Luiz Walter Alvarez, 1968, for Hall of Fame Inductee: Roberto Clemente, 1973. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means the "head of the According to the famous Jewish writer Maimonides (the Rambam), we discoveries about subatomic particles. Later, he and his He was also the first Hispanic player to serve on the year.” all have the choice of what kind of person we want to be. Just like Adam son proposed the now-accepted theory that the mass Players Association Board and to reach 3,000 hits. and Eve in the Garden of Eden, each person can choose to be evil or It is also called the Feast of the Trumpets. The dinosaur extinction was caused by a meteor impact. good. Judaism teaches us that we have the power to decide which path blowing of a rams horn, a shofar, proclaims Rosh we take. Team Owner: Arturo "Arte" Moreno bought the Hashanah, and summons Jews to religious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Oscar Hijuelos, 1990, Anaheim Angels in 2003, becoming the first Hispanic services. Jews used the rams horn as a trumpet in Every person makes mistakes. We may even commit sins from time to for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. owner of any major U.S. sports franchise. In 2005, Biblical times to announce the new moon, holidays, time. Yom Kippur gives us the chance to ask forgiveness and make up he renamed it the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. and war. Today, a variety of horns are used, for our sins. On the days leading up to Yom Kippur we can ask Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Nilo Cruz, 2003, for his play including curved antelope horns. forgiveness from people for anything we have done that has caused Anna in the Tropics. Football Hall of Fame Inductee: them sadness or harm. On Yom Kippur itself, we can confess our sins to Tom Fears, 1970. He also became the first Hispanic Traditional Jewish foods accompany Rosh God and pray for His forgiveness. Hashanah. Typically, a blessing will be said over First Hispanic Opera Diva: Lucrezia Bori, American head coach in 1967. two loaves of bread, known as “challah.” The who debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1912 On Yom Kippur: round shape symbolizes a crown, a reminder of the •  It is considered a mitzvah (commandment) to eat well LPGA Hall of Fame Inductee: Nancy López, 1987. kingship of God. Challah also stands for the circle on the day before Yom Kippur. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee: In 1978, she became the first player to have won the of life, and the hope that our lives endure without •  It is custom to wear white. Women wear white clothes Carlos Santana, 1998. the Rookie of the Year Award, Player of the Year end. and men may wear a kittel (long white garment). Award, and Vare Trophy in the same season. •  Jews do not wear leather shoes and women do not wear makeup, U.S. Attorney General: Alberto Gonzales, 2005 Apples dipped in honey symbolize the hope for a put on oil or perfume. Heavyweight boxing champ: "sweet year" ahead. Honey is spread on challah. •  On Yom Kippur Jewish adults fast, no eating or drinking. Anyone over U.S. Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayor, 2009. John Ruiz, 2001, defeating Evander Holyfield Tzimmes, a mixture made from carrots, cinnamon, the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah (13 years for boys and 12 years for yams, prunes, and honey, is also traditional. She is also the third woman to hold the position. girls) is considered and adult and expected to fast for the whole day. First Supermodel: Christy TurlingtonSEPTEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER DIVERSITY PROGRAM INCLUSION COUNCIL CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2012