9 Things You Didn’t Know About Israel

by | Sep 7, 2016 | Hillel Ontario, Israel, News | 0 comments

      1.  Our little friend, the USB stick was invented in Israel. The Israeli entrepreneur and engineer Dov Moran released the very first version of a USB stick in 1996 and won several awards.

        Ⓒ everythingit.info/?p=38


      2. Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world after Silicon Valley, and is sometimes also called The Start-Up Nation.

        Ⓒ technmarketing.com/marketing/an-interview-with-saul-singer-co-author-of-the-book-startup-nation-and-one-of-israels-greatest-thinkers/


      3. An Israeli company invented an anti-date rape straw. It detects rape drugs when put in a drink, and alerts the victim.

        Ⓒ www.tickld.com


      4. Thank you Israel for one of the most amazing GPS apps, Waze. Waze was launched by Israeli entrepreneurs, and was purchased by Google in 2013. They beat Dropbox, and many other very successful companies, when they won the Best Overall Mobile App award.

        Ⓒ waze.com


      5. Tel Aviv was ranked the 9th best beach city in the world by National Geographic. Lucky Tel Avivians, they have more than 300 days of summer and beautiful beaches all year round.




      6. The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher.

        Ⓒ www.answers.com/article/1101194/5-historic-israeli-stamp-sets


      7. Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth.

        Welcome To Israel – Street Sign


      8. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle Eastern World.

        Ⓒ www.ijvcanada.org

      9. About 1,000,000 notes are left in the Kotel (Western Wall) each year.

        Ⓒ english.thekotel.org


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.