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.

Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Over this past Family Day Weekend, I spent a lot of time reflecting both about the challenges we face, but also about the incredible strength and resiliency of this community. Jewish students are often at the forefront of hate and discrimination on campus and online, but we are at our most powerful – and most effective – when we work together as one.

With that in mind, I want to provide several important advocacy updates.

First, I am excited to share that Hillel Ontario has begun convening meetings to coordinate advocacy initiatives amongst Jewish campus organizations across the country. The time has come for Hillel Ontario to lead the way in encouraging cooperation to accomplish the goals we collectively share. Joining us in these monthly discussions are Hillel Montreal, Hillel BC, Hillel Ottawa, CJPAC, Hasbara Fellowships and StandWithUs. We appreciate their willingness to engage with us in these important conversations.

Second, I want to update you on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) matter that galvanized much community discussion last week. In addition to endorsing a motion to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the union misrepresented the recently released report of the Antisemitism Working Group and its approach to what does or does not constitute antisemitism. Hillel views these type of divestment motions as part of a wider issue of antisemitism on campus, and we have made that point clearly and consistently to university leadership and members of the Working Group for the better part of the past year.

Late Friday, Working Group members released an important statement, which both criticized the rhetoric of union leaders, and vindicated our belief that hate speech directed at Israel, Israelis or Jews based on actions (real or imagined) of the Israeli government is antisemitism. This is an important moment; one that underscores why our approach to these issues, and the allies we foster across campus are so critical. While we may not be able to stop every divestment motion from passing, we can – and we will continue to – have our voices heard by university leadership to ensure antisemitism remains on the margins. This is precisely what happened last week at the UofT.

Jewish students deserve to study, live and socialize in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Hillel will continue to condemn antisemitism, defend Israel and our right to self-determination, and build essential relationships on campus to secure the well-being of the students we so proudly serve.

And, we will do so in concert with our allies; because we believe we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Weekly D’var: Toldot 5782 by Scott Goldstein

[Warning: Ted Lasso show spoiler] I just finished watching the second season of Ted Lasso, and I cannot get the image of the finale out of my head. Haven’t seen it yet? That’s ok, I’ll recap part of this week’s Torah portion as you go catch up and then tie it in at the end for when you get back.

When not detailing the intricate politics of well-digging and water rights, this week’s Torah portion takes some time to highlight our favourite biblical twins – Jacob and Esav (a.k.a. Esau). Some may even refer to this as the first twin study on “Nature vs. Nurture” (shoutout to my psychology peeps) ever recorded. We are presented with brothers that were raised in the same environment but turned out to be polar opposites. I’ll let you read the riveting stories of birthright transactions and elaborate deceptions on your own, but the narrative we are presented with is clear: Jacob is good, and Esav is bad. Here’s the problem I had with this narrative: If Esav was raised in a good environment, but still did bad things, then is the Torah telling us that our destiny is sealed by nature?

I just finished watching Ted Lasso, and I cannot help but think about how loveable Nate (played by Nick Mohammed) is a perfect example of what I think our Torah portion is trying to tell us. Ted Lasso (played masterfully by Jason Sudeikis) created a nurturing environment where Nate could grow from invisible kit manager to assistant coach that everyone loves. Despite all that, it comes down to the decisions Nate made to allow jealousy to influence his actions, leading him to leave Richmond FC and betray his teammates by joining West Ham United.

I think the story we read in the Torah is reminding us that both nature and nurture are really important (just as science does), but our decisions, ultimately, are our own. Whether it’s Esav going down in history as the ultimate example of bad decision-making or Nate likely being the reason we see Ted cry next season, the lesson is clear… be like Jacob because we can make good decisions no matter the circumstances.

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