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Why We Love Israel In The Winter

Our students often say that they prefer going on Birthright in the summer over the winter so that they can extend their trips. However, lots of trip leaders will tell you that winter trips are just so much more fun! Your Hillel Ontario staff agrees with that! Here are seven good reasons why you should…

Meet Seth

Who Are You? Name: Seth Goren Position: Vice President, Education and Engagement Hometown: Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA (just outside of Philadelphia) Where did you go to college/university? I went to the University of Pennsylvania for what seemed like forever (undergrad, graduate, and law school), and then attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion for…

Meet Bev

  Who Are You? Name: Bev Shimansky Position:  Chief Campus Officer Hometown: Montreal, Quebec Where did you go to college/university?  Mcgill University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University & Spertus College   Joining the Family What is your role at Hillel? My primary role is to supervise and nurture the campus Directors and…

18 Rosh HaShanah Resolutions

We all make them and most of us don’t keep them! Here is a list of our favourite resolutions that we challenge you to keep this year. We’ve even added some extra resolutions to see how far you’ll go!   Be a better you: – Work out more frequently – Eat healthy food – Call…

All About Masha

Masha Jewski is not your average Matryoshka. While other Russian dolls wear flowers, Masha wears two shades of blue, the color of Hillel Ontario, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and other Jewish and Israeli organizations, to welcome Jewish students from different communities. Masha herself is from Thornhill and studies at York University. However, she is…

Dear First Year Me

Dear First Year Shira, Here are 10 things you should know upon entering your first year of university: The meal plan is your friend BUT pizza does not make for a balanced diet, especially when it is eaten 3 meals a day. Meet with Profs – they have the most incredible knowledge that they want…

10 Yiddish Expressions And Their Meaning

Goy Goy is the Yiddish word for non-Jew. In Hebrew, the plural of ‘Goy’ is ‘Goyim’ and ‘Goyish’ is the adjective. via GIPHY   Klutz The literal translation of ‘Klutz’, or also ‘Klots’ is “a block of wood”. However, it is mostly used to describe a clumsy person. via GIPHY   Mensch The word “Mensch” stems from the…

Did you know that these Nine Celebrities are actually Jewish?

There are many Jewish celebrities who embrace their Judaism and publicly talk about it. Beyond the obvious examples of Adam Sandler and his Hannukah song or Natalie Portman, who’s Israeli, there are many celebrities you may not know are actually Jewish. Who are you most surprised by?   Lena Dunham Most people who think about…

Dos and Don’ts on Birthright Israel

Do: Wear proper hiking boots on hikes. It’s about traction, not fashion!   Don’t: Be lazy. Bring your water bottle everywhere you go! You will need every sip!   Do: Bring a hat! It might not look super cool, but it’s for sure cooler than having sunstroke.   Don’t: Wear sleeveless tops on hikes. You…

6 Influential Jews Who Show Their LGBTQ Pride

In honor of Pride Month, we put together a list of seven influential Jews who are supporting the LGBTQ community. Some are actively supporting LGBTQ organizations, while others came out as gay or transgender and act as role models to other members of the LGTBQ community. These famous figures share in common a passion for…