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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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.

Hillel International Student Cabinet 2021-2022

Hillel International Student Cabinet 2021-2022

Jordan Goldenberg, Ryerson University ‘23 and Leah Goldschmidt, York University ‘22, are representing Canadian Jewish students on Hillel International’s global stage. Here’s how they’re enhancing the Canadian Jewish campus experience for years to come:

This year I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate on  the Hillel International Student Cabinet, as one of two Canadian representatives. I am honoured to join the board of  22 students from the United States of America, Israel, Russia and Brazil. 

Over the years, I have been very active in Hillel at York University, and was thrilled when Hillel York’s staff approached me about the opportunity to bring my enthusiasm and passion for Hillel on an international scale. 

Hillel has always been a safe space for me — somewhere I could go to feel comfortable about my Jewish identity, but also a place where I could meet other Jews on campus; some who have become my best friends. Although I only recently joined the Student Cabinet, I can genuinely say I have met some of the most incredible students and staff who are so passionate about the Hillel movement.

I am constantly amazed by the work Hillel students are doing around the world to support and connect the next generation of our community.. We have members who have founded their own Hillels at colleges with barely any Jews, members who are advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and have launched successful international LGBTQ+ cohorts, and members who are doing tremendous work in combating antisemitism. Being around such passionate and motivating students has inspired me to go after my own aspirations within Hillel; creating space for Jews with disabilities. 

As a student with a disability, I am very passionate about expanding space for Jews with disabilities, and while Hillel has taken great strides to increase accessibility and inclusivity; there’s lots more we can do. Hillel has given me incredible resources and support to launch my own projects within this space.

I am thrilled to be representing Canada in this incredible opportunity, and am looking forward to the year ahead.

Leah Goldschmidt, Hillel York

My name is Jordan Goldenberg, and I am a third-year student at Ryerson University studying business management. I am also the President of Hillel Ryerson. The Cabinet is made up of students from around the world, working towards the common goal of engaging Jewish university and college students worldwide. The role of the Cabinet is to serve as a voice for Jewish students and a means of connection to the worldwide Hillel movement. Being part of the collective voice means everything to me, and I am excited to be that voice for Jewish students amplifying Canada and Hillel Ontario’s role on the global stage. 

At the beginning of October,  I had the opportunity to go to DC with the Hillel International Student Cabinet. It was an incredible experience to collaborate with and learn from a variety of leaders in the Jewish community and the Hillel movement. I learned so much from our two student co-chairs, fellow cabinet members and Hillel professionals. We had the chance to get to know the greater Hillel movement through meetings with staff members from various departments and positions within Hillel International; including, but not limited to, the communications teams, board members, the CEO, Adam Lehman, and many more. We spoke at great lengths about the role each of our local Hillels play on our campuses and what we can learn from one another. Since the summit, we have already hit the ground running, with many students taking on various projects at both the local and international levels. I learned so much about the global Hillel movement and how to be a better leader for Jewish students on campus and in the community.

I have always been passionate about bringing people together and there is no better way to do so than collaborating with Jewish students and Hillel’s internationally. This international collaboration allows us to share our common values while celebrating our differences in order to create the best Hillel atmosphere and programming possible.

Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson

 

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