8 Miracles Of 2016 Help Us Remember The Miracle Of Channukah

by | Nov 25, 2016 | Entertainment, Hillel Ontario, Jewish Holiday | 0 comments

Channukah is around the corner. We light the menorah with its eight candles every night of the holiday to remember the great miracle that happened after the battle against the Greeks. The Holy temple was destroyed and all that was found was a small amount of oil that would only provide light for one day. Instead of lasting one day, it lasted for full eight days.


While we don’t usually experience such miracles today, there were definitely some miraculous events that happened in 2016.


  1. For the first time in American history, a woman secured a presidential nomination from one of the two major political parties.

    © Huffington Post


  2. Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar! After being nominated for a total of seven Oscars, Leo finally won his first Academy Award for his acting in The Revenant this year.

    © www.variety.com/2016/film/news/leonardo-dicaprio-oscar-speech-climate-change-1201717970/


  3. The Chicago Cubs finally overcame their 71-year curse to win the World Series.

    © www.thecomeback.com


  4. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walked this year at the Toronto Pride Parade. As the first Prime Minister to ever walk at a Prime Parade, Trudeau will hopefully have a positive impact on the future of LGBTQ communities.

    © www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/07/03/justin-trudeau-black-lives-matter-kick-off-toronto-pride-parade.html


  5. Partly thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, scientists were able to find the gene linked to ALS. This brings them a step closer to finding a cure.

    © www.eonline.com


  6. This year, a new treatment for skin cancer was found. It has been shown to increase the survival rates of melanoma patients by 40%.

    © www.orogoldschool.com/news/top-skin-care-questions-answered/


  7. The first plane circled our planet without using a drop of fuel! It was 100% solar powered. The two pilots of the plane predict that within the next 10 years, all commercial flights will be solar powered. If this is true, it will be a great relief for our environment!

    © www.finance.yahoo.com/news/david-pogue-solar-impulse-000000088.html


  8. We had a very mild winter, a hot summer, and a long, beautiful fall.


    © www.everythingzoomer.com

Hillel Ontario Welcomes University of Toronto’s Anti-Semitism Working Group

Hillel Ontario Welcomes University of Toronto’s Anti-Semitism Working Group

Hillel Ontario welcomes University of Toronto’s recent launch of a new Anti-Semitism Working Group. The Working Group will review programming, activities, processes, and practices in place at the University of Toronto’s three campuses and develop recommendations to support the University’s response to antisemitism.

“The establishment of a working group focused on antisemitism is a much-needed measure for the University of Toronto,” said Rob Nagus, Senior Director, Hillel UofT. “Too often, Jewish students who have faced antisemitism on campus have felt that their serious concerns around anti-Jewish hate were dismissed. Given the positive impact of recent anti-racism initiatives on the campus community, it is incumbent on our institutions to also address the unique challenges inherent to combating antisemitism.”

“Across the nine campuses we serve, Hillel Ontario is committed to working with all university administrations to champion the voices of Jewish students,” said Marc Newburgh, CEO, Hillel Ontario. “We look forward to supporting the work of the University of Toronto by ensuring these voices are heard and acknowledged. Doing so will help the Working Group better understand how contemporary antisemitism manifests on campus.”

Hillel International Honours Hillel Ontario

Hillel International Honours Hillel Ontario

Hillel International recently honoured outstanding Hillels and Hillel professionals for creating innovative Jewish experiences and meaningful connections throughout the pandemic.

Among those recognized was Hillel Ontario, and its Chief Campus and Education Officer, Rabbi Seth Goren.

As a whole, Hillel Ontario – the largest regional Hillel in the world – was honoured with The Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz Innovation Award. This recognition is awarded to a Hillel for its creation of innovative processes that refresh, reinvent or revolutionize the relationships, communities and experiences helping students engage in Jewish self-authorship, or for helping staff improve the impact of their work by encouraging reasonable and calculated risk-taking, exploration, and curiosity.

In addition, Rabbi Seth Goren was honoured with The Richard M. Joel Exemplars of Excellence Award for his passion and outstanding devotion to the Jewish campus community, for enriching the lives of Hillel students and for ensuring that the organization reflects a culture of excellence.

I am privileged to work with such a talented, caring, and resilient group of campus professionals, led by Rabbi Seth Goren” said Hillel Ontario CEO, Marc Newburgh. “While confronted with so many significant challenges, this team has done an incredible job inspiring, supporting and empowering our students, creating meaningful and reimagined opportunities for connection that amplify Jewish campus life.”

About Hillel International
Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for more than 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.