Exciting News!

by | Jan 23, 2020 | Press Release | 0 comments

We are thrilled to announce that Hillel UofT’s Kosher Forward Campaign has successfully resulted in the university bringing kosher food options to campus. Hillel UofT began direct conversations with the administration months ago to ensure that Jewish students would have access to kosher food options on campus. We are grateful to the staff and students who have worked so hard to make this a reality for the Jewish campus community at UofT, and especially want to recognize Food Services, Ancillary Services and the Vice Provost – Student Life. The strength of the partnership between Hillel and the U of T administration is testament to our collective ability to provide our students with ongoing support and access to the services they need.

Over 400 students, allies, and supportive organizations signed the Kosher Forward petition and helped spread the word about Jewish students’ needs on campus. Hillel U of T is especially thankful to the Campaign Chairs, Sofia Freudenstein and Chaim Grafstein, for their tremendous leadership throughout this campaign.

As of January 27th, 2020, UofT will be providing packaged kosher food at the Robarts Library and Medical Sciences food courts. On January 29th, 2020 kosher food will also be available at the Law Cafe. For more information on available options at each location, check the sign on the fridges and look for the “COR” symbol on the labels. The starting menu will include:

Wraps & Sandwiches:
Egg Salad and Tuna Salad
Grilled Eggplant Wrap
Asian Tofu Wrap
Pesto Chicken Wrap
Pesto Chicken Flatbread

Cold Salads:
Chopped Green Salad
Asian Noodle Salad
Asian Hearts of Palm and Mango Salad
Tuna Caesar Salad
Chicken Cobb Salad

Prices range from $6.49 to $9.79

For more information, please contact:

Rob Nagus
Senior Director
Hillel at The University of Toronto

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.