Best Musical Songs of All Time

by | Nov 22, 2018 | Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

What do lip syncing and musicals have in common? Show tunes! We’ve been talking a lot about our lip sync battle lately, but lip sync performances are really just musicals without the live singing. Some of our Out of Sync performers might be repurposing these musical numbers for their performance, so get familiar with our list of the best musical songs of all time.

 


Seasons of Love – Rent
Thanks to the lyrics from “Seasons of Love” in the jam-packed musical Rent, it was easy to memorize how many minutes there are in a year. The song is so powerful, all the cast needed to do was stand in a line and sing to make a great opening scene.

 


Defying Gravity – Wicked
“Defying Gravity” from the iconic broadway musical, Wicked, is the shows best known ballad with all the impressive high notes a song could ever need. Although Elphaba did it best, Glee did a version of the song too.

 


My Favourite Things – The Sound of Music
It wouldn’t be a list of best musical songs without Julie Andrews! The Sound of Music features a lot of songs that make the cut, but “My Favourite Things” takes the top spot for its poetic lyrics and charming scene.

 


I Feel Pretty – West Side Story
Even if you haven’t seen West Side Story, you probably still know the words to “I Feel Pretty”. It doesn’t just live in the film, the song has appeared in an episode of Friends and even Saturday Night Live.

 


You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray
Just because it’s not the original version of the musical Hairspray, doesn’t mean it can’t make the list! “You Can’t Stop the Beat” features an impressive roster of artists and is one of the most memorable scenes from the 2013 version of Hairspray.

 

Now that you’re ready to sing along to some show tunes, grab your tickets for Out of Sync and enjoy the show – your favourite musical song just might be featured!

A Hillel Staff’s Perspective

A Hillel Staff’s Perspective

Students have had a very different academic year. One that they have never experienced before. There has been isolation, lack of extracurricular activities and little to no in-person contact. In a recent McMaster Hillel student executive meeting on zoom, I said “we are in the business of community so we need to think creatively about what it feels like to be part of this community. ” How does one do this in a pandemic, when campus is closed and when we don’t see each other at all? How do we know how each of us are doing? Are we alone? Are we lonely? Are we coping? Do we bring our best selves to a Zoom and then grapple alone with our worries? These are the questions that I struggle with when trying to support a community despite the challenges that exist for us. 

From the beginning, Hillel pulled out all the pandemic stops to connect with students. Shabbat in a box and delivered to you? Yes! Zoom games night? Yes! Mental health and wellness box? Sign up here! We have you covered. These programs and services were created to keep our community together while at our own homes. We are able to connect through a screen and eat dinner, not together, but knowing that there were over 70 students enjoying the same meal in the comfort of their own homes as well. And we connected face to face over Zoom before and after, while enjoying our rugelach, of course!

All of these programs are great, but the individual connections are even more paramount. A text to a student to check in, a happy birthday wish on their special day or an unfortunate condolence call for those who have lost loved ones. For me, it’s putting in the extra effort to make a student feel special and finding ways to do this. Does the student have dietary needs that we can fulfill and can we make this student feel seen in making a special box for them? Did a student forget to sign up for Shabbat but do we have an extra meal for them anyway? Can we put an extra dessert in a bag, just because we know that student had a tough week? Even though we are in Hamilton, can we make an extra effort so our Toronto or out-of-province students also feel a part of our community and send them mailings and deliveries so that they feel part of our programming? Having inclusive programming is a cornerstone of Hillel’s mandate. In a pandemic, even more so. 

I miss seeing the students. I miss hanging out in the Hillel office and chatting over a bagel and cracking jokes over the lineup at the toaster. I miss bumping into students on campus, catching up on their lives, and being part of a place where they come for comfort and support (and food!).    With all the programming and outreach we have done in the past 10 months, I hope that we can continue to maintain our virtual community. That even though we are not in person, our students know we are still here for them. While the medium may have changed, the sentiment certainly has not.

 

 

 

 


Judith Dworkin,
Director, McMaster Hillel

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.”

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