Give Your Matzah a Makeover!

by | Apr 10, 2019 | Hillel Ontario, Jewish Holiday | 0 comments

Spring has sprung (sort of), exams are in session, and Passover has arrived! Matzah, eaten on its own, is very dry and a bit flavourless, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out our favourite ways to eat matzah for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!

Breakfast Ideas

Avocado Matzah


Your favourite breakfast doesn’t need to stop when it’s Passover. Avocado on matzah is a popular breakfast item for the Hillel Ontario staff. There are many variations to this simple recipe, whether it be adding egg on top, or tomatos, there are many ways to make this dish delicious!
Recipe here.

Matzah and Cream Cheese

Figuring out what to have for breakfast in the morning during Passover can be a struggle. Cream cheese on matzah is an easy go to, and surprisingly it tastes delicious. Add some lox, tomato and cucumber, and you’re good to go!
Recipe Here

Lunch Ideas

Matzah Pizza


Matzah Pizza is a childhood classic. It has all the great toppings you put on a normal pizza with a nice added crunch from the matzah. Pile on the toppings and you won’t even realize you are eating matzah. You can have this meal more than once during Passover by simply switching the toppings.

Recipe Here

Matzah Nachos

This is recipe is super easy to make. All you need to do is swap your tortilla chips for Matzah and you’re all set! Pile on the cheese, add your favourite veggies and you will want to eat this dish every day of Passover.

Recipe Here

Dinner Ideas

Matzah Crusted Chicken Cutlets

While this might seem like a weird combination, the texture of the matzah really adds to the flavour of the chicken. It is crunchy and filled with flavour. Many of us at Hillel Ontario have made this and strongly suggest you give it a try!

Recipe Here

Matzah Lasagna

While it’s doesn’t taste like noodle lasagna, this matzah lasagna is cheesy, crispy and delicious. Hillel Ontario staff definitely recommend this dish, and it’s their go-to meal to make during Passover. If you are in a rush and looking for an easy simple dinner, try this out!

Recipe Here

Dessert Ideas

Chocolate Caramel Matzah

The absolute best thing about Passover is matzah covered in chocolate caramel. Surprisingly, not everyone at Hillel Ontario has even tried this Passover treat! Chocolate matzah is a must have in my house during Passover, and it should be in yours! The only problem about chocolate matzah is that it is insanely addictive–it’s hard not eating an entire tray in just one sitting!
Recipe Here

Matzah S’mores

Martha Stewart has a unique approach to matzah that is simple to make. This is a new recipe for the Hillel Ontario staff, but we all agree it’s worth a try this year!
Recipe Here

We hope some of these recipes have inspired you to try something new with matzah this Passover! Let us know if you try any of these recipes by tagging us on Instagram (@HillelOntario) so we can see what you create! If you are looking for other great Passover recipes check out these Jewish blogs: What Jew Wanna Eat, Jewlish, and The Nosher.

Weekly D’var: Netzavim

Weekly D’var: Netzavim

This week’s parsha, Nitzavim, begins with an expression of the universality of God’s covenant with the Israelites. It wasn’t enough to say ‘all of you’ who are standing before God, rather, we are given a list of all those assembled before Moses as he instructed them before they entered the land of Israel. In this list, we see a hierarchy of social and religious significance; we are told that among those present are tribal leaders, elders, officials, men who have households, children, wives, and ‘strangers’, the servants.

Moses continues to remind the Israelites of God’s actions during their journey out of Egypt, the commandments they have been given, and the consequences of both living by and living against the conditions of the covenant. There are warnings of curses and anger and wrath and promises of blessing and sustenance and reward. This is, at its simplest, Moses’ final attempt to give the Israelites a moral compass, a sense of right and wrong in God’s eyes, as they finally cross into the land promised to their ancestors, but without Moses’ leadership.

There is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful pieces of language in the Torah towards the end of Moses’ instructions to the Israelites (Deut. 30 12-16):

[This instruction] is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it. I set before you this day life and prosperity, death and adversity. For I command you this day, to love your God, to walk in God’s ways, and to keep God’s commandments, God’s laws, and God’s rules, that you may thrive and increase, and that your God may bless you in the land that you are about to enter and possess.

As Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur near again, this week’s parsha is a reminder that when we are celebrating, showing humility and remorse, asking one another and God for forgiveness, we are equal. The opportunity to act righteously, care for ourselves and others around us, and enjoy prosperity is accessible and within the reach of every one of us, regardless of privilege and position, as is the opportunity near to us to turn from our misdeeds and transgressions towards goodness in the new year.

Shanah Tovah U’metuka
A Happy and Sweet 5783!

A New Hillel Home in Kingston!

A New Hillel Home in Kingston!

Kingston, ON – September 21, 2022

For 50 years, the Otterburn House in Kingston, Ontario was the home of Queen’s Hillel. Since 2018, however, Queen’s Hillel has been without a permanent location, necessitating the use of temporary rental space on-campus.

Over the past year, Beth Israel Synagogue invested in an intensive rejuvenation project to give the Otterburn House its first major update since 1992. Today, with the invaluable support of two community visionaries, we are excited to share that our Queen’s Hillel staff, Yos and Leora Tarshish, will be making the Otterburn House both their own home, and a renewed base for Queen’s Hillel. By creating a welcoming community grounded in their own lives, Yos and Leora will serve as a model for what Jewish living in all of its dimensions can be, and leverage the successful models of Base and Moishe House.

On behalf of Hillel Ontario, Chief Executive Officer, Rabbi Seth Goren said the following:

“Hillel Ontario has been striving to ensure that Queen’s Hillel once again had a space to meaningfully engage Jewish students in Kingston. Yos and Leora Tarshish have been working tirelessly to nurture strong and resilient Jewish students, build innovative micro-communities, and empower the next generation of community advocates. With the invaluable support of community philanthropists who are committed to the Kingston community, and to the future of Jewish students at Queen’s, Hillel Ontario could not be more pleased to see Hillel once again have a permanent home in Kingston.”

On behalf of Queen’s Hillel, Director, Yos Tarshish said the following:

“Leora and I are incredibly excited to be moving into the Otterburn House, and welcoming a new generation of Jewish students into a space that holds such a special place in the history of Queen’s Hillel. The space has been lovingly restored by the hard work of the Beth Israel Otterburn Committee, led by Arnie Palmer, Michael Springer, Richard Kizell and Mark Malinoff, and it is a true testament to the vigour and tenacity of the Kingston Jewish community. Jewish student life has been steadily growing in Kingston for more than a decade, and Hillel is at the forefront of ensuring that the Jewish community on campus is both vibrant and inclusive. We are honoured to engage Jewish students on campus in Kingston, and are immensely grateful for the opportunity to bring Hillel activities back to Otterburn.”

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Hillel Ontario is the largest regional Hillel in the world, serving nine universities, with a combined Jewish student population of 14,000.

For additional information, please contact:

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer
jay.solomon@hillelontario.org

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