11 Pro Tips From Your Hillel Staff On How To Stay Warm This Coming Winter!

by | Nov 18, 2016 | Entertainment, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

It’s starting to get cold outside. While we have been so lucky to have such a beautiful fall, winter is coming! We collected advice from your favourite campus professionals on how to stay warm this winter… the Jewish way. We asked:

“What’s the best way to stay warm this winter?”


1. “Matching knitted Magen David undies and socks made by my auntie Esther.” – Rob Nagus, Director at Hillel UofT.



2. “As always, the answer is chicken soup. Lots of it.” – Ashira Prizant, Director at Queen’s Hillel.



3. “That vodka l’chaim wasn’t just to celebrate, it will also keep you warm!” – Lily Fostikova, Program Coordinator at Jewski.



4. “Don’t leave the house with wet hair!” – Shira Unterman, Program Coordinator at Hillel UofT.



5. “Chulent – take some food and cook it for 24 hours.” – Rabbi Julia Appel, Senior Jewish Educator at Hillel UofT.



6. “Visit Israel!” – Gila Cotler, Director at Guelph Hillel.



7. “Matzah-ball soup, huddle together and do a circle dance.” – Emily Goldstein, Director at Hillel Waterloo.



8 “Get your ugly Channukah Sweater ready.” – Anna Kissin, Director at Hillel York.



9. “Come have coffee or tea with us at the Western Hillel House.” – Carli Fink, Associate Director at Western Hillel.



10.  “Just like your mom always told you. Wear a hat!”– Judith Dworkin, Campus Director at McMaster Hillel.



11. “A hot cup of cocoa and a suvgania (Channukah donut).” – Allysa Moses, Campus Director at Ryerson Hillel.


Hillel Ontario Welcomes University of Toronto’s Anti-Semitism Working Group

Hillel Ontario Welcomes University of Toronto’s Anti-Semitism Working Group

Hillel Ontario welcomes University of Toronto’s recent launch of a new Anti-Semitism Working Group. The Working Group will review programming, activities, processes, and practices in place at the University of Toronto’s three campuses and develop recommendations to support the University’s response to antisemitism.

“The establishment of a working group focused on antisemitism is a much-needed measure for the University of Toronto,” said Rob Nagus, Senior Director, Hillel UofT. “Too often, Jewish students who have faced antisemitism on campus have felt that their serious concerns around anti-Jewish hate were dismissed. Given the positive impact of recent anti-racism initiatives on the campus community, it is incumbent on our institutions to also address the unique challenges inherent to combating antisemitism.”

“Across the nine campuses we serve, Hillel Ontario is committed to working with all university administrations to champion the voices of Jewish students,” said Marc Newburgh, CEO, Hillel Ontario. “We look forward to supporting the work of the University of Toronto by ensuring these voices are heard and acknowledged. Doing so will help the Working Group better understand how contemporary antisemitism manifests on campus.”

Hillel International Honours Hillel Ontario

Hillel International Honours Hillel Ontario

Hillel International recently honoured outstanding Hillels and Hillel professionals for creating innovative Jewish experiences and meaningful connections throughout the pandemic.

Among those recognized was Hillel Ontario, and its Chief Campus and Education Officer, Rabbi Seth Goren.

As a whole, Hillel Ontario – the largest regional Hillel in the world – was honoured with The Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz Innovation Award. This recognition is awarded to a Hillel for its creation of innovative processes that refresh, reinvent or revolutionize the relationships, communities and experiences helping students engage in Jewish self-authorship, or for helping staff improve the impact of their work by encouraging reasonable and calculated risk-taking, exploration, and curiosity.

In addition, Rabbi Seth Goren was honoured with The Richard M. Joel Exemplars of Excellence Award for his passion and outstanding devotion to the Jewish campus community, for enriching the lives of Hillel students and for ensuring that the organization reflects a culture of excellence.

I am privileged to work with such a talented, caring, and resilient group of campus professionals, led by Rabbi Seth Goren” said Hillel Ontario CEO, Marc Newburgh. “While confronted with so many significant challenges, this team has done an incredible job inspiring, supporting and empowering our students, creating meaningful and reimagined opportunities for connection that amplify Jewish campus life.”

About Hillel International
Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for more than 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.