Kobi Marimi to Represent Israel at Eurovision 2019

by | Feb 28, 2019 | Entertainment, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

As we all remember from Out of Sync, Netta Barzilai was the 2018 Eurovision winner representing Israel, and she has become an international superstar. Her hit song Toy is a worldwide phenomenon, and her newest song Bassa Sababa is climbing the charts. It’s a new year and it’s time to crown the 2019 Eurovision winner taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel!

Eurovision is a singing competition that takes place during a five day period in May, featuring the best new talent in Europe and a few countries outside of Europe. The competition is voted by celebrity musical judges as well as a fan vote. Israel has been participating in Eurovision since 1973 and 35 out of 41 times an Israeli representative has made it to the finals. Thanks to Netta’s win last year, this year will be the third time that Israel will host the show.

Meet 27-year-old Kobi Marimi, the talented Israeli who will be representing his country in this year’s Eurovision. Does anyone else think he looks like Freddie Mercury? Born in Ramat, Gan, Israel, Marimi began singing when he was 13 years old and never received any professional vocal coaching.

Marimi blew away the competition during his time on the television show HaKokhav HaBa (also known as Rising Star). After being eliminated during the quarter-finals of the competition, he was given a second chance and redeemed himself with an outstanding performance of Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. Since Marimi is representing Israel, which is the host country, he bypasses the semi-final round and is automatically placed in the grand finale of Eurovision. He will perform a song titled Home, which was written for him, in the final round.

We wish him the best of luck when Eurovision 2019 premieres May 14. Maybe we can have him perform next year at Out of Sync? Listen to the top covers that he sang during The Rising Star Competition, and you’ll be blown away by his rich, deep voice!

Hallelujah –  Leonard Cohen

Let it Be- The Beatles

Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

Sweet Dreams- Beyonce

This Is Me- The Greatest Showman

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

Weekly D’var: Ki Tavo

Weekly D’var: Ki Tavo

In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, Moses highlights how the Jewish People should build their relationship with G-d when they enter the land of Israel. A key element in relationship growth is showing gratitude for all that G-d has provided them. Moses demonstrates how to express gratitude by offering the first fruits of the land to G-d and encourages the people of Israel to do likewise. Moses foreshadows the day when the people will bring the first fruits to the Temple on the holiday of Shavuot, Pentecost; through this offering, the people will be blessed. Bringing the fruit to the temple shows the gratitude the people of Israel have for G-d bringing them to the promised land and sustaining them through the new produce.

What a joy to give blessings and to receive blessings. As we begin a new school year, we feel gratitude for all it took to come to this day. Moses concludes by telling the people that after 40 years of wandering the desert, they have attained “a heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear.” We have also sustained a long wandering during these last couple years of COVID restrictions, virtual school and limited social interactions. Thinking about that and what this new year may bring, we should give and receive blessings and go through the new school year with an open heart, a keen eye, and a listening ear to give.

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