Channukah Gift Ideas

by | Nov 29, 2018 | Hillel Ontario, Jewish Holiday | 0 comments

Channukah is fast approaching! With the early start to the holiday this year, it’s no surprise we’re behind on our gift buying. Whether it be for Mystery Maccabee or a family gift exchange, check out our list of gift ideas that aren’t just a dreidel or gelt.


1. Out of Sync tickets!

Only during Channukah can you buy discounted tickets to see your friends own the stage and see Netta’s first ever Canadian performance! Not only is it the perfect last minute gift that you don’t have to go out and get, but you’ll be supporting Hillel campuses with your ticket! Save more than 25% on General and VIP Tickets, and bring your parents and siblings for a limited time offer worth more than 50% off! Get your tickets this week folks!


2. Personalized Gifts

Personalization is the perfect touch to an otherwise generic gift and is guaranteed to make the receiver feel special. The options for personalization are endless, you can get anything from Channukah-themed baby clothes to insulated wine cups


3. Themed Drinkware

Dress up a bottle of wine with this Menorah wine bag or get some Channukah-themed drinkware for the wine-lover in your life, or a mug if they’re a coffee drinker.


4. DIY gifs

If you have time to put one together, handmade or DIY gifts are almost always the most meaningful. There are plenty of DIY menorahs, or you can even take some inspiration from handmade cards and add a personalized message.


5. Edible Gifts

Edible gifts that include a DIY option, like this Channukah House, are the perfect gift for the kid who has too many toys or someone who likes the reward of creating something edible. You can also create your own edible gift, like these edible DIY dreidels, or even a fresh plate of latkes!


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.