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 the Content team so they can create and enhance a vibrant Jewish life on campus. Through ongoing training, outcome driven goal setting and meaningful conversations, I hope to support our professionals as they develop their skills, innovate, stretch beyond their comfort zone and grow Jewishly.  Our strategic plan is incredibly thoughtful and extremely impressive. The mission and vision of Hillel Ontario inspires me deeply and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to ensure that our priorities are anchored in our day to day work on campus and in our communities.  

What are you *most* excited for this year?  So many things! Hillel Ontario is an inspiring organization and I am so excited to be a part of this dream team! The commitment to recruiting & retaining talent is amazing! I love working in a culture that has a start-up feel anchored in real professionalism. There is room to innovate, take risks and pilot new ideas. Our branding is amazing, the organization looks and feels fresh and engaging. Our commitment to education is core to our work and we are collaborating with all our educators to ensure that our students will have meaningful and relevant pluralistic experiences. Lastly, I’m so excited to join the Ontario Jewish community. I’ve had such a warm welcome and it’s been so wonderful learning about the nuances of each campus and their unique communities.

What’s one thing nobody at Hillel knows about you?  I have dual citizenship in Canada and Israel

What do you think you bring to the team? I bring over a decade of Hillel experience, a heart filled with passion for this work, a ton of deep relationships with key stakeholders,  a soul full of Yidishkeit and a deep desire to strengthen the Jewish Student Community!

 

Personal Favourites

Favourite Movie: Toss up between Fiddler on the Roof and The Intern

Best Toppings on a Pizza: Onions, Black Olives, Green Pepper and Feta

Favourite Jewish Holiday: Passover – So many family traditions!

Dream “Getaway” Destination: Bali

Song Title that Best Describes you: Forever Young

The Animal that best describes me is:  A Jewish Dog 🙂

Challah – Raisin or Plain? Multigrain!

Favourite Hamentashen Filling: Prune