A Conversation With Tal Nimrodi

by | Jan 5, 2018 | Food, Hillel Ontario, Israel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Thanks to our new initiative Unbox Israel, which is made possible by Matana and CIJA, our students receive a box filled with different Israeli goods each month. In November our campuses received a box filled with delicious nut-butters from the Israeli company RUSTYS nut-butters and treats. We were lucky to be able to interview Tal Nimrodi, the founder of RUSTYS. As a one-woman show, she sources, produces, and distributes her products to stores around Israel – read on to find out more about her story!

Hillel Ontario: How did RUSTYS begin? What got you interested in this line of work?
Tal Nimrodi: I used to cycle a lot and I was always looking for something that was both healthy and delicious. That’s how I started making RUSTYS in my kitchen in Tel Aviv.

HO: What is the impact RUSTYS has on the Israeli society?
TN: We use locally sourced nuts to help promote local agriculture and promote the use of good ingredients in everyday food. We are helping people make healthier eating choices and promote fitness, sustainability and health through the different workshops and events we do around Israel.

HO: How many employees do you have? Can you tell us more about your team?
TN: I have 1 full-time employee who is currently studying to be a naturopath. She lives in Beit Yehoshua and is very passionate about eating healthy and using food as medicine. In addition to that, we have a team in the north of Israel producing our products for us.

HO: What is the mission and the vision of RUSTYS?
TN: Our mission is to put nature’s goodness in jars so that all consumers can enjoy and indulge real food. Our vision is to be a strong brand that is associated with creativity, fun, delicious and nutrition choices for every day busy people.

HO: What differentiates you from other nut-butter producers?
TN: We use raw almonds and roasted peanuts from Israel and we stone grind them, combining them with organic flavors from around the world to celebrate natures’ ingredients and their source.

HO: Where do you see RUSTYS in the future?
TN: We are hoping to span out across all of Israel and are hoping to also start selling online in the US and Canada and focusing on our Mediterranean story of local and organic products that are delicious and don’t compromise on taste.

HO: Is there anything else you want to share with us?
TN: We believe in a full-circle system where we use locally sourced ingredients that come from the earth and in turn, we want to give back to that system by providing educational programs. You can check out our website to read more of the story behind our products.

HO: Thanks so much Tal for taking your time to work with us! Please let us know when you expand to Canada, so we can make sure our students know where they can purchase your products.

 

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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