Category: Newsletter

Moving (Back) to Campus

Written by Max & Tamar, Hillel Waterloo Staff As we begin a new year on campus, we are excited to welcome a new member to our staff team. Tamar Patolsky started this summer as our Springboard Ezra Fellow and she cannot wait to jump in. Keep reading to learn more about Tamar! I’m Tamar and…

Wise, Strong, Rich and Honourable

Written by Max Marmer, Director   This past year with Hillel has truly allowed me to explore all aspects of one of my favourite quotes from Pirkei Avot. “Who is wise? One who learns from every person… Who is strong? One who overpowers their inclinations… Who is rich? One who is satisfied with their lot……

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…

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…

(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!…

Happy Summer!

Written by Emily Goldstein, Hillel Waterloo Director “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” by Søren Kierkegaard Looking back on the past year, I am proud of the variety and depth of the programming at Hillel Waterloo. From Bubble Soccer in Waterloo Park to Paint Night in the Student Life Centre,…