5 Reasons Why You Should  Join Your Hillel’s On One Foot Team

by | Oct 19, 2017 | Entertainment, Hillel Ontario, On One Foot | 0 comments

On One Foot (OOF) is an innovative, peer to peer fundraising campaign, first launched in 2016 at Guelph and Queen’s. Due to it’s amazing success, On One Foot will be kicking off January 2018 across seven campuses and we can’t wait to see the results.

But first, let’s talk about what we have accomplished on campus with the help of student fundraising. OOF 2017 took place on six of our campuses and we raised more than $105,000! Each of the participating Hillels chose where they wanted to direct their donations. Hillel Ryerson and McMaster Hillel decided to renovate their spaces on campus and made them more comfortable, useable and welcoming – and Western Hillel is getting a brand new kosher kitchen as we speak!!  Hillel UofT however, is smartly saving their money, with a BIG plan to renovate their space in the Wolfond Center as part of a larger capital campaign.

After a very successful pilot year, which helped Guelph Hillel turn their Hillel House into a home for all Jewish students on campus, the Guelph OOF team decided to build an innovative programming fund. Thanks to OOF, Guelph Hillel has quadrupled its programming budget and has the ability to plan the most amazing programs for even more students.

Queen’s Hillel also built an innovative programming fund. This increase in their resources allowed them to have a professional photo booth at Bar Mitzvah Bash, bring their student leadership on a bonding trip to an escape room, rent an inflatable Sumo costume at their opening BBQ, and even rent a bus to take students on a hike at Rock Dunder. And there are many more events to come!

 

If this wasn’t convincing enough for you, we put together a list of five reasons that will make it hard for you to resist being part of On One Foot!

          1. On One Foot is the perfect networking opportunity.
            Students participating in On One Foot raise money through the help of their networks. It’s a great opportunity to network with your friend’s and family’s connections and therefore meet new people and build new relationships, which might come in handy in the future. 
          2. Get a free headshot!
            As part of OOF, every participant is offered the opportunity to take a professional headshot for their website profile. You will be able to use this headshot later on for your social media accounts, whether it’s your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook profile. Or, feel free to print it and send it to Bubbie and Zaide to make them happy. 
          3. Do something meaningful that doesn’t require a lot of your time.
            Often getting involved with a fundraising campaign can be very time consuming. The beauty with getting involved with On One Foot is that you can decide how much time you want to invest, ranging from pressing ‘send’ on a pre-written email, to creating amazing content for your social media channels and standout events to increase donations on campus!

         

      1. Surprises, SWAG and Special Treats 😉
        We have amazing things to give out to every OOF participant this year! Join your campus team to get fun giveaways, enjoy unexpected surprises, and participate in weekly challenges. The team that raises the most money will also get a prize of their choice. In past years, that prize was a year supply of Wacky Mac, and a year of Netflix! 
      2. Raise money for something that is important to YOU!
        The core idea behind On One Foot is that Hillel students get to raise money for something that is important to them. When you join your team, you are involved in the discussion about where the money should go. Does your Hillel need a renovation? Would you like to invest in an Israel Fellow? Join your team and pitch your idea as soon as possible!

 

Join your On One Foot team! We will be in touch with you shortly to provide you with more information on next steps.

Till then, stay balanced!

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Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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