2018 Summer Opportunities

by | Feb 7, 2018 | Hillel Ontario, Job Posting, Opportunities | 0 comments

You have no plans for the upcoming summer? Here are different opportunities available to you!

 

Ontario Government Relations and Public Affairs Assistant

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is looking to hire an Ontario Government Relations and Public Affairs Assistant for 8 weeks during the summer. The student will work in the areas of provincial and municipal government relations, public affairs, and advocacy.  This person will help plan and execute projects/events, arrange and attend meetings with elected officials and Toronto’s Jewish social service agencies, prepare communications material; conduct online research as required; play a pivotal role in the shape and scope of advocacy activities that take place in the local community. In turn, this person will gain experience in the following areas: government relations, public affairs, community social services, community relations, program planning, working within a team setting, communications (written and verbal), and more. For more information or to apply email cosheroff@cija.ca.


 

Environmental Educator and Tzedakah Gardening Coordinator

Are you a full-time student?
Do you love environmental education, urban agriculture, and social justice?
If so, Shoresh hiring an Environmental Educator and Tzedakah Gardening Coordinator.

Apply today and spread the good word. For more info: http://shoresh.ca/hiring/

 


Amir Farm

Amir Farm is a Jewish-founded organization that helps summer camps run community gardens and farm programs at their camps. They are looking for college students and recent graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds to fill the following positions for the summer 2018:

Amir Farmer

Amir Farm Manager

To apply click here.


Tel Aviv University

Study abroad at TAU is a transformative experience in the perfect city for international students! Join us for a semester or a year in the cultural and economic heart of Israel. Study alongside students from all over the world, and take fascinating courses on topics from across TAU’s academic faculties. For more information click here.


Hebrew University

Consistently ranked one of the World’s Top 100 universities and Top 25 schools outside of the US, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites international students to Israel to experience the outstanding, first-class overseas study abroad programs offered at the Rothberg International School. Click here to find out more.


Israel Summer Bunisess Academy (ISBA)

An opportunity for undergrads to study and immerse themselves in the Israeli business environment. The ISBA offers course credit that will transfer back to a student’s home institution. For more information visit Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA).


Onward Israel

Spend 2 months in Tel Aviv at an Internship of your choice. When you’re not interning, see parts of Israel you have never experienced before. For more information visit Onward Israel.


Magen David Adom

Magen David Adom offers hands-on first aid and emergency-care experience in Israel. The program begins with a week-long intensive first aid training course, followed by work alongside some of the medics and paramedics going out in ambulances and dealing with real-life situations. Want to learn more? Visit Magen David Adom! 


Marva

Have you always been curious to learn more about the IDF? Marva is your opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges of Israel through the eyes of the IDF. Applicants have to be highly motivated. To find out more click here.


JNF University (JNFU)

JNFU was developed for individuals on campus to offer programming and events, missions to Israel and forums with young Jewish leaders. If this sounds interesting to you find out more on their website!


2018 Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat (CLP) at the Shalom Hartman Institute

Our societies in America and in Israel are falling short of achieving our ethical aspirations. The demise of civil discourse, widespread cynicism about democratic principles, and misbehavior by flawed leaders are a few of the central symptoms of this gap between our professed values and our lived reality. How can Jewish values inform our conversation about the dilemmas posed by this widening gap? Click here for more information and to apply for a timely exploration of character development and ethical leadership in the Jewish tradition this summer.


Pardes Summer Programs 2018

Join the Summer 2018 Pardes Executive Learning Seminar on ‘War & Peace: The Challenges of Sovereignty’ (June 24-28, 2018). Recharge at Pardes in Israel for 5 days and immerse in luxurious learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, with the world-class Pardes Faculty. Find out more and book at pardes.org.il/executive.
You can also join us for a fabulous summer of immersive learning, with 2, 3 and 5-week options. Limited grants available for student leaders, young Jewish communal professionals, and others. Click here or contact haley@pardes.org for more information.


Summer Internship In Israel

Boost your career with a top quality internship program in Israel. Intern at one of the country’s best companies and organizations with Top Israel Interns. Stay for a semester, or just for the summer. Get trendy apartment accommodation in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, career advancement programming, tours of the country and more. Scholarships of up to $4500 available!  http://www.topisraelinterns.com

You can find the list here:

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/internships-in-israel


 

Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Over this past Family Day Weekend, I spent a lot of time reflecting both about the challenges we face, but also about the incredible strength and resiliency of this community. Jewish students are often at the forefront of hate and discrimination on campus and online, but we are at our most powerful – and most effective – when we work together as one.

With that in mind, I want to provide several important advocacy updates.

First, I am excited to share that Hillel Ontario has begun convening meetings to coordinate advocacy initiatives amongst Jewish campus organizations across the country. The time has come for Hillel Ontario to lead the way in encouraging cooperation to accomplish the goals we collectively share. Joining us in these monthly discussions are Hillel Montreal, Hillel BC, Hillel Ottawa, CJPAC, Hasbara Fellowships and StandWithUs. We appreciate their willingness to engage with us in these important conversations.

Second, I want to update you on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) matter that galvanized much community discussion last week. In addition to endorsing a motion to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the union misrepresented the recently released report of the Antisemitism Working Group and its approach to what does or does not constitute antisemitism. Hillel views these type of divestment motions as part of a wider issue of antisemitism on campus, and we have made that point clearly and consistently to university leadership and members of the Working Group for the better part of the past year.

Late Friday, Working Group members released an important statement, which both criticized the rhetoric of union leaders, and vindicated our belief that hate speech directed at Israel, Israelis or Jews based on actions (real or imagined) of the Israeli government is antisemitism. This is an important moment; one that underscores why our approach to these issues, and the allies we foster across campus are so critical. While we may not be able to stop every divestment motion from passing, we can – and we will continue to – have our voices heard by university leadership to ensure antisemitism remains on the margins. This is precisely what happened last week at the UofT.

Jewish students deserve to study, live and socialize in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Hillel will continue to condemn antisemitism, defend Israel and our right to self-determination, and build essential relationships on campus to secure the well-being of the students we so proudly serve.

And, we will do so in concert with our allies; because we believe we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Weekly D’var: Toldot 5782 by Scott Goldstein

[Warning: Ted Lasso show spoiler] I just finished watching the second season of Ted Lasso, and I cannot get the image of the finale out of my head. Haven’t seen it yet? That’s ok, I’ll recap part of this week’s Torah portion as you go catch up and then tie it in at the end for when you get back.

When not detailing the intricate politics of well-digging and water rights, this week’s Torah portion takes some time to highlight our favourite biblical twins – Jacob and Esav (a.k.a. Esau). Some may even refer to this as the first twin study on “Nature vs. Nurture” (shoutout to my psychology peeps) ever recorded. We are presented with brothers that were raised in the same environment but turned out to be polar opposites. I’ll let you read the riveting stories of birthright transactions and elaborate deceptions on your own, but the narrative we are presented with is clear: Jacob is good, and Esav is bad. Here’s the problem I had with this narrative: If Esav was raised in a good environment, but still did bad things, then is the Torah telling us that our destiny is sealed by nature?

I just finished watching Ted Lasso, and I cannot help but think about how loveable Nate (played by Nick Mohammed) is a perfect example of what I think our Torah portion is trying to tell us. Ted Lasso (played masterfully by Jason Sudeikis) created a nurturing environment where Nate could grow from invisible kit manager to assistant coach that everyone loves. Despite all that, it comes down to the decisions Nate made to allow jealousy to influence his actions, leading him to leave Richmond FC and betray his teammates by joining West Ham United.

I think the story we read in the Torah is reminding us that both nature and nurture are really important (just as science does), but our decisions, ultimately, are our own. Whether it’s Esav going down in history as the ultimate example of bad decision-making or Nate likely being the reason we see Ted cry next season, the lesson is clear… be like Jacob because we can make good decisions no matter the circumstances.

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