Sadly, anti-Jewish sentiment isn’t new. As the Passover Haggadah tells us, each generation in history witnesses actions against the Jewish people, with our continuing existence serving as testimony to our resilience and communal strength.
Just as Pharaoh in the Passover story took action against our ancestors, some have carried this legacy of bigotry and intolerance into the present day. Today, Hillel Ontario confronts BDS, antisemitism, and anti-Zionism head on and proactively responds to forces that would make campuses unwelcome and unsafe spaces for Jewish students.
Midrash tells us that deliverance and liberation from Egypt were a communal experience, but that the actions of one person made it possible: when the Israelites were hemmed in by the Egyptian army on the shore of the Red Sea, the waters did not part for them to pass until Nachshon ben Aminadav waded in up to his nose, demonstrating with faith and confidence that a better future was possible.
The Schwartz/Reisman Foundation believes that this better future is possible, which is why they invested in Hillel Ontario’s new advocacy strategy and think you should too. While the Passover story centres on Moses and the essential role he played, smaller individual contributions, like those of Nachshon, are similarly significant. As we head into the re-telling of the story, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation invites you to play a significant role by helping to ensure that Ontario’s university campuses remain welcoming for everyone.
In honour of Passover and the story we want to be able to tell, we will match your advocacy gift from the Schwartz/Reisman funds, dollar for dollar, until April 30, 2019. As the only Jewish organization that is on campus every single day, your gift will bolster Hillel’s mandate to support Jewish students who may need to fight antisemitism and oppose those who demonize Israel.
Wishing you and your family and community a happy, healthy, and safe Passover holiday.