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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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

In their research on listening to survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, Bronwen E. Low and Emmanuelle Sonntag note listeners’ problematic tendencies towards one of two responses.  On the one hand, they can regard the narratives as so unfamiliar and foreign that they must be pushed away as overwhelming, untouchable, and inaccessible.  On the other, the stories can be seen as familiar, to the point that the listener cannot separate their own experiences and emotional response from what they take in.

But another, preferable response exists: Roger I. Simon and Claudia Eppert talk about a “chain of testimony” and suggest that listening imposes a duty on the listener.  Listening to personal testimony at the crossroads of memory and history “imposes particular obligations on those called to receive it – obligations imbued with the exigencies of justice, compassion, and hope that define the horizon for a world yet to be realized.”  In this way, bearing witness and listening to testimony demands a number of actions and responses, including that we “transport and translate stories of past injustices beyond their moment of telling by taking these stories to another time and space where they become available to be heard or seen.”

If we take Simon and Eppert’s charge seriously, as I believe we should, those of us who have been privileged to hear the direct testimony of survivors of the Holocaust.  Their words come not just with the specific knowledge they impart or the emotional impact they have on us – sorrow, anger, fear, horror – but with a duty, an obligation of some kind.  

On many of our campuses, this week is Holocaust Education Week, and this Friday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Given the significant number of Holocaust survivors and their descendants in Canada, the scheduled events and programs have a personal resonance for many of our students and their families, but their impact can be deep and meaningful for all of us, regardless of who we are and where we come from.  I encourage each of you to make time to participate in this week’s activities and to consider your place in the chain of testimony: what obligation does listening to narratives from the Holocaust place on you, and how do you carry those stories forward in time?

 

Weekly D’var: Shemot

Weekly D’var: Shemot

In this week’s parashah we learn the story of Moses, from his birth, through his flight from and eventual return to Egypt, to the acceptance of his role as leader of the Hebrew people.

After fleeing Egypt, for killing an Egyptian slave master, Moses was living rather peacefully as a shepherd in the land of Midian. The Torah describes for us Moses’s first interaction with G-d upon coming across a bush, “burning with a heart of fire [Exodus 3:3]”. G-d calls out to Moses and requests he take the Jewish people out of Egypt and eventually into the land of Israel. However, Moses argues with G-d, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? Who am I that I should take the Jews out of Egypt? [Exodus 3:11]” After initially refusing four times, Moses eventually agrees to G-ds request, and as we know, the rest is history. But why was Moses so unwilling to take up the position of leader, to the extent that he would argue with G-d? And why was G-d so set on having Moses lead the Jewish people? 

Perhaps the answer can be found through the incident that led to his flight from Egypt, years earlier, when Moses, as mentioned above, killed an Egyptian slave master for beating a Hebrew slave. Immediately, he was met with opposition from some of the Hebrew slaves, “who made you chief and ruler over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? [Exodus 2:14]” Moses felt discouraged and unsure of his ability to lead. However, it seems that G-d saw in Moses, a faithful shepherd, the ability to lead his people from slavery to freedom. Very often in Tanakh, the people that are most worthy to lead are the ones who deny that they are worthy at all. Moses may not appear to be the first choice for a leadership figure, suffering from a speech impediment and lacking charisma; however, Moses possessed certain qualities that made him the ideal leader to bring the Jewish people out of Egypt. We too possess qualities that can lead us to achieve incredible success and realize our full potential. We may often feel unmotivated or unsure of our own capabilities. Instead of feeling discouraged, I believe we can look to Moses who, despite all his doubts, stepped up to the challenge and became the greatest leader in Jewish history. 

Sam Virine
VP of Jewish Life at Hillel Waterloo & Laurier

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