Dear First Year Me

Written by Max Marmer   Dear First Year Me, Your first year of university can be exciting, overwhelming, and sometimes a bit scary, but here are a few quick tips to help make the experience a successful one. Find Communities for Yourself – Study communities within your classes, living communities with roommates and floormates, and…

March Madness

Written by Max Marmer, Director of Hillel Waterloo March Madness was less about sports for us at Hillel Waterloo and more about great friends and great programs! Nevertheless, we all came out winners this month and no one left disappointed. Every week in March we gathered at a Starbucks on each campus for a regular…

Shared Culture and Innovation

Written by Max Marmer, Director of Hillel Waterloo February and March are months that are known to bring on ‘the blahs’, a feeling of low energy and a bit of cabin fever caused by short winter days and the cold keeping us indoors. Hillel Waterloo has had some great events this month to help our…

Something You Didn’t Know About Hayley

Hayley is pictured here at farthest left with other members of Hillel Waterloo.   Written by Hayley Levine, Executive Member, Hillel Waterloo A community is not an easily built endeavour, nor is it easily found. However, when I joined Hillel Waterloo five years ago, I found myself quickly accepted into a community of friendship, learning…

The Story of Chanukah

Written by Max Marmer, Director at Hillel Waterloo The story of Chanukah tells of Antiochus’ campaign to eradicate the practice of the Jewish religion. Antiochus sieged the Temple mount, vandalized the site, erected idols that the Jews were required to pray to, and violated the Temple with pigs blood. The Jews were forbidden from studying…

A Unique Story

Written by Jordan Geist, Holocaust Education Week Committee Chair Holocaust Education Week at Hillel Waterloo has become an event that we take much pride in organizing and running. The week of events included a narrative exhibit highlighting well-known and little-known heroes and heroines of the Jewish resistance throughout the lands of Europe as well as…

Jewski Waterloo Grand Opening

Written by Allison Kapps, Waterloo Jewski Intern Creating connections between people with shared backgrounds and values is one of the most important goals of any Hillel. To that end, Hillel Ontario created Jewski, a well known niche program that aims to connect Russian speaking students to each other as well as to the greater Jewish…

Meet Our Student President

Oh, chai there! My name is Maytal and I’m so excited to be back this year as Hillel president. I’m in my fourth year of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo (if you don’t know what that is, don’t worry about it, neither does anyone else in my program). If you haven’t already noticed,…

(F)rosh Hashanah

Written by Max Marmer, Director, Hillel Waterloo The new school year always comes with much anticipation and excitement. We welcome new students to our campuses who bring fresh energy and enthusiasm and enjoy reconnecting with old friends after the summer. It brings more sweetness to the New Year than apples and honey on Rosh HaShanah!…

A Message To The Waterloo Community

Hillel Waterloo has been in conversation with the Federation of Students at the University of Waterloo about the unfortunate scheduling of Clubs & Societies Days during Rosh Hashanah. We expressed our concern that Jewish students will not have the opportunity to learn about the ways in which they can get involved in other clubs on…