Meet Bev

by | Sep 14, 2017 | Fun, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

 

Who Are You?

Name: Bev Shimansky

Position:  Chief Campus Officer

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Where did you go to college/university?  Mcgill University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University & Spertus College

 

Joining the Family

What is your role at Hillel? My primary role is to supervise and nurture the campus Directors and the Content team so they can create and enhance a vibrant Jewish life on campus. Through ongoing training, outcome driven goal setting and meaningful conversations, I hope to support our professionals as they develop their skills, innovate, stretch beyond their comfort zone and grow Jewishly.  Our strategic plan is incredibly thoughtful and extremely impressive. The mission and vision of Hillel Ontario inspires me deeply and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to ensure that our priorities are anchored in our day to day work on campus and in our communities.  

What are you *most* excited for this year?  So many things! Hillel Ontario is an inspiring organization and I am so excited to be a part of this dream team! The commitment to recruiting & retaining talent is amazing! I love working in a culture that has a start-up feel anchored in real professionalism. There is room to innovate, take risks and pilot new ideas. Our branding is amazing, the organization looks and feels fresh and engaging. Our commitment to education is core to our work and we are collaborating with all our educators to ensure that our students will have meaningful and relevant pluralistic experiences. Lastly, I’m so excited to join the Ontario Jewish community. I’ve had such a warm welcome and it’s been so wonderful learning about the nuances of each campus and their unique communities.

What’s one thing nobody at Hillel knows about you?  I have dual citizenship in Canada and Israel

What do you think you bring to the team? I bring over a decade of Hillel experience, a heart filled with passion for this work, a ton of deep relationships with key stakeholders,  a soul full of Yidishkeit and a deep desire to strengthen the Jewish Student Community!

 

Personal Favourites

Favourite Movie: Toss up between Fiddler on the Roof and The Intern

Best Toppings on a Pizza: Onions, Black Olives, Green Pepper and Feta

Favourite Jewish Holiday: Passover – So many family traditions!

Dream “Getaway” Destination: Bali

Song Title that Best Describes you: Forever Young

The Animal that best describes me is:  A Jewish Dog 🙂

Challah – Raisin or Plain? Multigrain!

Favourite Hamentashen Filling: Prune

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.

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