Jewish Life on Campus
Western Hillel offers unique opportunities for students to explore their own Jewish identity in a variety of ways. We offer programs created by students for students to engage them in the most meaningful experiences. Whether your interests lie in Jewish Life and Education, Tzedek and Social Action, Arts and Culture, Athletics, Israel, Leadership Development or anything in between, opportunities for involvement exist through Western Hillel.
We are fortunate to have the Albert & Temmy Latner Jewish Students’ Centre of London, located at 1192 Richmond Street, a fantastic central location two blocks north of the main gates of campus. Our house serves as a meeting place, social space, centre for programming, provides a safe welcoming atmosphere for all and is considered a home away from home by our students.
Some of Western Hillel’s signature initiatives include:
The Chicken Soup Hotline
Any student feeling under the weather can order a home made chicken soup delivered straight to their door. Parents can order too! Click here to order soup for a student at Western.
Not From Toronto
As a large percentage of our Western Jewish community comes from very close social networks in Toronto, we recognize it’s not always easy for students from outside Toronto to find their place. By bringing these students together, they are able to make new connections and build relationships which make navigating the Western community that much easier.
First Year Students
First year can be overwhelming. Western Hillel’s first year council includes representatives from each residence, and a junior council that connects to our senior leadership executive committees.
Shabbat Across London
Students eagerly await the chance to take part in our annual Shabbat Across London Initiative. Last year, 50 students hosted over 500 students in their own homes on the same night for Shabbat Dinner. Western Hillel provides all the tools with Shabbat in A Box and subsidies.
Holocaust Education Week
Our annual Holocaust Education Week has grown to be an impressive commemoration of one of Jewish History’s most significant and tragic events.
Ask Big Questions
Ask Big Questions works with colleges, universities, and organizations to engage young adults in reflective community conversations about purpose, identity, and responsibility. These conversations build trust, strengthen the community, and deepen understanding across lines of difference.