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…

There Is No Hillel Without Israel

Visits to Israel, fluency in Hebrew, and historical knowledge of the land and people provide Hillel professionals with the ability to help strengthen a students’ relationship and connection with Israel. To forge and to sustain a durable, meaningful, long lasting relationship with the Jewish-democratic state, Israel must become real and vivid in the lives of…

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…

MEET LILY

Who Are You? Name: Lily Fostikova. Position: Program Coordinator, Russian Speaking Initiative (Jewski). Hometown: Richmond Hill/ Moscow. Where did you go to college/university: UTSC.   Joining The Family What is your role on campus: Engagement. What are you *most* excited for this year: Meeting new people, creating new programming, having a blast! What do you…

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…

Hiring Fall 2017!

  Hillel Ontario – VP, Education and Engagement Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jaime.walman@hillelontario.org by July 20, 2016. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information see full job description.     Hillel Ontario – Interim Director, York Hillel Interested candidates should please review the job description and…

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…

9 Must Try Shavuot Recipes

Shavuot starts tomorrow night and you may know that it’s customary to eat dairy food during this holiday. There is, of course, a debate in Jewish texts as to where this custom originates. Some Jewish scholars argue that it is based on the Torah, which says that dairy symbolizes the “land flowing with milk and…