Dear First Year Me

Written by Michal Coret Dear First-Year Me, You probably think Hillel is pretty cool, kinda nice, maybe even fun. You met some friendly people at the Hillel BBQ and felt FOMO each Wednesday when your Inquiry class was from 11:30-2:30 all year round, making you miss Bagel Lunch. Right about this time in first year,…

McMaster-Ryerson Joint Hillel Shabbaton

Written by Rebecca Buckler, VP of 1st Year Engagement This month, McMaster and Ryerson Hillel came together for a highly anticipated inter-campus Shabbaton. Hillel members from both campuses spent Shabbat in Hamilton learning, reflecting, singing and of course eating! The Shabbaton was especially eye opening and unique as we were able to gain perspective from…

Israeli Wine and Cheese

Written by Leor Naftali, McMaster Hillel Israel Committee and Hasbara Fellow This past semester, McMaster Hillel held yet another successful Israeli Wine and Cheese. This event takes place annually at the University Club and is always a huge success! The overall theme varies from year to year, highlighting different aspects about Israel such as it’s booming…

Stand On One Foot with Zev

I am so excited to be participating in Hillel’s On One Foot campaign! McMaster Hillel has given me so much this year. Bagel lunches, shabbat dinners and many Jewish events on campus that give me the opportunity to connect with Jewish peers and feel at home. I cannot wait to participate more in the years…

First Semester Retrospective

Written by Judith Dworkin, Director of McMaster Hillel This semester has been action packed and amazing!  Where does one start when summarizing an awesome semester?  We kicked off the new year with a Welcome Back BBQ, Shabbat dinner and Clubs Fest that saw record numbers from last year.  We met over 50 first year students…

Yad Vashem comes to McMaster

Written by Rebecca Benjamin, VP Education This Holocaust Education Week, McMaster Hillel hosted several events to engage and educate both the Jewish and greater McMaster community on the Holocaust. On Monday and Wednesday, we held our first-ever exhibit in the student centre. This exhibit showcased pieces from Yad Vashem, which focused on how Holocaust survivors…

Brunch and Learn

Written by The Education Committee, McMaster Hillel Executive McMaster Hillel held its first Brunch and Learn on Oct 3rd, where students had the opportunity to learn more about Sukkot, how it is celebrated around the world and what it means personally to each person. This program was student led by our VP, Education, Rebecca Benjamin…

Meet Our Student President

Shalom and welcome to McMaster Hillel! I am the Hillel President for 2017-2018, and I am going into my fourth year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. With energy levels as high as an El Al flight, Hillel will continue to strengthen the Jewish community at McMaster and provide inclusive and educational programming. I…

Hit The Ground Running

Written by Rebecca Benjamin, VP Education This year is off to a great start! We hit the ground running with welcome back programs, giving everyone the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, and meet new ones. On Friday September 15, McMaster Hillel hosted our Welcome Back Shabbat dinner with over 80 students coming together for…

High Holidays 2017-2018 Academic Year

All three of the synagogues in Hamilton, Beth Jacob Synagogue (Conservative), Temple Anshe Sholom (Reform), and Adas Israel (Orthodox) welcomes students to services on the high holidays. They do not require students to have a membership or to have previously purchased tickets. Students are welcome free of charge however,  you will still need to reserve your seat.…