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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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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