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 Gone is the hierarchical and rigid model of the old student board as it has been replaced by our new Jewish Social Entrepreneur (JSE) initiative.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…

In The Heart of the City

Written by Sarah Wapner, Jewish Social Entrepreneur at Hillel UofT In the week leading up to Frosh Week, I participated in an amazing leadership retreat with twenty other Jewish Social Entrepreneurs (JSEs) at Hillel U of T. The first program of its kind on a Canadian college campus, the JSEs came together for two days…

High Holidays at UofT

Don’t miss our delicious Rosh Hashanah dinner at Hillel! Click here to RSVP.   Downtown Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Offerings 2017 The following local synagogues have offered a limited number of free high holiday tickets to UofT students. Please contact Rabbi Julia Appel to make a time to come by and get your ticket…

MEET ROB

Who Are You? Name: Rob Nagus. Position: Director, University of Toronto. Hometown: Montreal/Edmonton. Where did you go to college/university: University of Calgary.   Joining the Family What is your role on campus: Director. What are you *most* excited for this year: Our amazing (and huge) Jewish Social Entrepreneur Cohort and the amazing community we will…

MEET JULIA

Who Are You? Name: Rabbi Julia Appel. Position: Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi, University of Toronto Hillel. Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts. Where did you go to college/university: Harvard College for B.A., Hebrew College for M.A. and rabbinic ordination.   Joining the Family What is your role on campus: Along with Rob and Shira, I engage…

MEET SHIRA

Who Are You? Name: Shira Unterman. Position: Program Director, Hillel UofT. Hometown: Toronto. Where did you go to college/university: Western University, BA ‘13 (Honours Specialization in History), MA ‘14 (History & Holocaust Education).   Joining the Family What is your role on campus: As the Program Director, I enjoy having good conversations with students over…

The New U of T

Written by Rob Nagus, Hillel UofT Director Time flies when you’re having fun!  That said, when I look back at everything we’ve done this since I became the Director of Hillel at the University of Toronto last August, I’m amazed that we were able to fit everything in. When me and our amazing Program Coordinator,…