Classified – September/ October 2016

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The Barry Rubin Prize – Essay Competition, presented by CIJA

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Who? If you are currently studying at a university or a college in Canada this is an amazing opportunity for you to win $500.
What?  Write a 1800-2500 word long essay answering the question “With Iran striving for increased regional influence, what possibilities and limitations exist for enhanced Israel-Arab cooperation?
How? Submit your essay to barryrubinprize@cija.ca in order to take part in the competition.
When? The submission deadline for The Barry Rubin Prize id February 7, 2017. Click here for more information.


CJPAC – School Year Internship

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Who? Students who are enthusiastic and passionate about Canadian politics, the Jewish community and Israel.
What? The Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) is looking for a school year intern. The Internship Program is 20 hours per week and runs from October 2016 to April 2017.
Highlights include:

  • Support new and exciting programming implemented across the country
  • Support and help implement CJPAC events
  • Help with database management and data entry/administrative tasks
  • Meet and network with political activists and community leaders
  • Opportunities for education and enhancement of your political skills.

When? Your application is due on September 30th, 2016 at 5PM.
How? Click here to apply.


Jewish Family & Child Homework Club – Volunteer Tutor 2016
Jewish Family & Child Homework Club Volunteer Tutor 2016

Who? University students, especially in the Toronto area.
What? JF&CS is looking for volunteers to tutor at the Homework Club. The tutors will provide homework help for students in grades 4 and up. Ideally all tutors will have a good understanding of the school subject areas including: elementary, middle and secondary school subjects, as well as a good understanding of learning disabilities and behavioural issues.
When? Tutor sessions will take place from 6 pm – 7:30 pm for the school year Tuesday or Wednesday.
How? For more information, or to apply please contact Andrea Pines, at 416 638-7800 x 6266, or email apines@jfandcs.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

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