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.

A Hillel Staff’s Perspective

A Hillel Staff’s Perspective

Students have had a very different academic year. One that they have never experienced before. There has been isolation, lack of extracurricular activities and little to no in-person contact. In a recent McMaster Hillel student executive meeting on zoom, I said “we are in the business of community so we need to think creatively about what it feels like to be part of this community. ” How does one do this in a pandemic, when campus is closed and when we don’t see each other at all? How do we know how each of us are doing? Are we alone? Are we lonely? Are we coping? Do we bring our best selves to a Zoom and then grapple alone with our worries? These are the questions that I struggle with when trying to support a community despite the challenges that exist for us. 

From the beginning, Hillel pulled out all the pandemic stops to connect with students. Shabbat in a box and delivered to you? Yes! Zoom games night? Yes! Mental health and wellness box? Sign up here! We have you covered. These programs and services were created to keep our community together while at our own homes. We are able to connect through a screen and eat dinner, not together, but knowing that there were over 70 students enjoying the same meal in the comfort of their own homes as well. And we connected face to face over Zoom before and after, while enjoying our rugelach, of course!

All of these programs are great, but the individual connections are even more paramount. A text to a student to check in, a happy birthday wish on their special day or an unfortunate condolence call for those who have lost loved ones. For me, it’s putting in the extra effort to make a student feel special and finding ways to do this. Does the student have dietary needs that we can fulfill and can we make this student feel seen in making a special box for them? Did a student forget to sign up for Shabbat but do we have an extra meal for them anyway? Can we put an extra dessert in a bag, just because we know that student had a tough week? Even though we are in Hamilton, can we make an extra effort so our Toronto or out-of-province students also feel a part of our community and send them mailings and deliveries so that they feel part of our programming? Having inclusive programming is a cornerstone of Hillel’s mandate. In a pandemic, even more so. 

I miss seeing the students. I miss hanging out in the Hillel office and chatting over a bagel and cracking jokes over the lineup at the toaster. I miss bumping into students on campus, catching up on their lives, and being part of a place where they come for comfort and support (and food!).    With all the programming and outreach we have done in the past 10 months, I hope that we can continue to maintain our virtual community. That even though we are not in person, our students know we are still here for them. While the medium may have changed, the sentiment certainly has not.

 

 

 

 


Judith Dworkin,
Director, McMaster Hillel

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.”

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