What A Year!

Written by Rob Nagus, Director Wow! What a year we’ve had at Hillel UofT! It was a year of growth, change, and meaning as Hillel UofT continues to redefine the way we think about Jewish engagement on campus. We started off with a bang. With much support from our student leaders, we started focusing on…

Dear First Year Me

Written by Rob Nagus   Dear First Year Me, I know you are both simultaneously excited and nervous- it’s finally about to happen. You’ve heard from friends and siblings, you’ve watched all the classic college movies, you’ve dreamed of this for years and now it is finally here. You are off to university. Take a…

Jewish Crash Course

Written by Rob Nagus, Director of Hillel UofT and Miriam Lustig, First Year Student Sometimes it can be challenging to walk into a Jewish space if you don’t feel you know enough about Judaism to be there. At U of T, we have met with a lot of students who didn’t realize that everyone is…

Hillel UofT’s Second Annual Shabbaton

Written by Rob Nagus, Director of Hillel UofT When Friday February 9th rolled around this year, a simultaneous sense of calm and excitement filled the area around the Wolfond Centre at the UofT campus. The sun was making its descent in the sky, the smell of delicious kosher food filled the building, and students were…

Stand On One Foot with Sarah

My name is Sarah Wapner and I am a 3rd year Political Science major at the University of Toronto. In addition to my role as a Jewish Social Entrepreneur at Hillel, I am very involved in a variety of extra-curriculars both at school and beyond, including being the Director of Outreach for the Campus Conservatives…

Shabbat Dinner Revamp

Written by Rob Nagus, Director at Hillel UofT Hillel at U of T has been hosting Shabbat dinners for years. Recently however, we decided it was time to really break down what we were offering on Friday nights for students to see if it truly was meeting their needs and determine what could we do…

Garb and Gender

Written by Andi Yumansky, Multi-Faith Intern On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 35 people of diverse faith backgrounds came together to share, listen, and discuss the intersections of religious garb and gender. The event was co-sponsored by Hillel UofT and the Multifaith Centre and featured a panel-style presentation from people of Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Sikh…

Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Written by Rob Nagus, Director of Hillel UofT Last year, when I started working at the University of Toronto, I was surprised to hear that we did not host a Rosh Hashanah dinner on campus. The general rationale was that many of our students are from Toronto and there just would not be enough interest…

Holocaust Education Week

Disclosure, Denial and Demands for Justice: Pivotal Moments Following the Asia-Pacific War Presenters from ALPHA Education examine pivotal moments of disclosure following the Asia-Pacific war. Excerpts from the documentary, The Apology (2016), illustrate how lost histories of the Second World War have been unveiled through testimony, research, and human rights activists. Alongside such disclosures are…

Meet The JSEs

Shalom, This year at U of T we have completely reimagined and redesigned our leadership model. Gone is the hierarchical and rigid model of the old student board as it has been replaced by our new Jewish Social Entrepreneur (JSE) initiative. Based on our discovery process that we conducted last year, we thought we needed…