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

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President