Out of Sync 2020 Playlist

by | Feb 29, 2020 | Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a very restful break and are slowly getting settled back into school. With Out of Sync less than a month away, we have created an Out of Sync 2020 Spotify Playlist to get you pumped for the show! Included in the playlist are songs chosen by each campus that best represent their team. Read more to find out which song each campus chose!

Come Together – Beatles

“Hillel UofT has so many diverse and incredible students coming together to help support Jewish life on campus” Hillel UofT

I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston

“Get ready to feel the music with Queen’s Hillel. A vibrant campus full of fun and with a careful eye on the competition” Queen’s Hillel

Bye Bye Bye – N’Sync

“Hillel Ryerson will be saying “bye bye bye” to the rest of the competition” Hillel Ryerson

Home – Phillip Phillips

‘Whenever you step into Hillel York, you are never alone and they are going to help make this place your home” Hillel York

God’s Plan – Drake

“Western Hillel knows Hashem has the right plan for them” Western Hillel

From Now On – The Greatest Showman

“Hillel Waterloo and Hillel Laurier know they “will come back home” after they win Out of Sync!” Hillel Laurier/Waterloo

A rumour in St. Petersburg- Anastasia

“Confused? Have you guessing? That’s why they chose it” Guelph Hillel

Everybody- Backstreet Boys

“McMaster Hillel wants everybody to know that they’re going to take home the win at Out of Sync!” McMaster Hillel

Happy listening! Is there a song that you would like to hear during the Out of Sync after party? Let us know in the comments! Did you know that a donation of $18 gets you a ticket to see the show and free entry to the after party with open bar? Join the audience and vote for us to win on February 1, 2020 at the Great Hall in Toronto! Click here to claim your tickets.

 

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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