Outstanding Networking Event

by | Mar 29, 2018 | Jewish Life at Ryerson | 0 comments

On March 7th, Hillel Ryerson hosted an outstanding networking event focused on showcasing Israel’s advancements in the field of biomedical engineering. About 45 students, 10 professors and employers as well as many other guests attended the event at the MAC Alumni Lounge. I planned this event as part of my Israel engaged campus internship this year.

Collaborating with the Ryerson Career Centre, the purpose of the event was to expose students studying biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences, and medical physics to the numerous opportunities they have as undergraduate students. In addition, the event was tailored to promote and educate students on the monumental impact Israeli biomedical innovation has on the world. The featured guest was Eliav Shaked, an Israeli-Canadian entrepreneur and biomedical engineer. He gave an incredible keynote presentation starting off with his journey as an army medic in the IDF and why he chose to study biomedical engineering and not medicine. His answer was, “As a doctor, you can only save one life at a time, while as a biomedical engineer, you can affect the lives of millions”. After getting his undergrad and master’s of biomedical engineering at Tel Aviv University and working for various Israeli start-ups, he was motivated to do more. In 2016, he received an invitation by Singularity University to participate in a program with 50 other entrepreneurs around the globe. The goal of the program was to motivate entrepreneurs to help 1 billion people in 10 years. He was coached day in and day out by global innovation leaders such as executives from Google and Microsoft. Motivated by the program, Eliav set out to launch his own revolutionary start-up company called Retispec. Located in the Ryerson biomedical zone at St. Michael’s Hospital, Retispec is currently developing an optical scanner that will diagnose Alzheimer’s years before symptoms emerge! Topping off his presentation, Eliav compared Israel’s and Canada’s biomedical industries. By outlining the chutzpa of Israeli entrepreneurs, he explained how Israel, although so small, attracts 1.5x more venture capital funding yearly than all of Canada!

Research, summer internship, biomedical graduate programs, and many more opportunities were showcased at the event. The presentations were followed by a professional networking fair that provided students the opportunity to connect with the professors and employers they were interested in.

Overall, the event was a successful night of discussing Israeli biomedical innovation, discovering new opportunities, and networking with industry and academia professionals. Because of all the positive feedback received, I plan to create a committee to host a similar Hillel event next year!

A Hillel Summer: Keeping Spirits High

A Hillel Summer: Keeping Spirits High

My name is Stacey Ianco and I am going into my third year at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management. Hillel has been my home away from home, and has helped me embrace my Jewish culture, enhance my Jewish identity, and meet new people.. 

This year has been like no other we have experienced. Throughout these challenging times, I have felt lucky to have remained connected with my fellow students – especially through my involvement in Hillel. 

Especially given the year we just experienced, Hillel has been vital to my Jewish campus life. That’s why I was so excited to hear that Hillel programming was going to continue during the summer.

Hillels Ryerson, York and UofT teamed up to create the Summer in the 6ix program, and I knew I wanted to participate. 

In addition to receiving some really cool swag, Summer in the 6ix connected me with activities and programming I

 could engage in alongside (virtually) other Jewish students across the GTA. We baked and decorated delicious sugar cookies over a Hillel Zoom meet, sharpened our knowledge and competed with other Hillel students in bi-weekly trivia games, and customized our Hillel t-shirts with tie-dye. In a summer characterized by distancing and separation, Hillel brought me closer to my community.

To be sure, this has been a difficult year for so many reasons. I am so appreciative of all that Hillel does for Jewish students across the province. Especially this year.

I will continue to be an active member of Hillel for all my years of university and the future. Hillel has given me the confidence I need to be a proud Jewish woman and has enhanced my university experience in many ways. 

I look forward to being able to create more special events to include and connect every Jewish student in Ontario for many years to come.

Stacey I., Hillel Ryerson Student Leader

Multi-Faith Shabbat Dinner at Ryerson University

Multi-Faith Shabbat Dinner at Ryerson University

This year, I had the privilege and honour of co-hosting Hillel Ryerson’s Multifaith Shabbat Experience. This is an annual social and educational event in partnership with Ryerson University’s Presidents Office where students and staff from across campus come together to share a meal and welcome Shabbat. 

This year, the organizing committee was faced with the challenge of keeping the core values of our usual multi-faith evening while holding it over Zoom. The Jewish community in Toronto has been changing how they bring people together since the pandemic began, and have found many ways to creatively find community in these times. 

Our committee came up with a variety of ways to translate our event to a virtual space, including sending prepared Shabbat boxes to attendees’ homes with the necessary items to celebrate, and hosting an educational Challah braiding workshop. Additionally, we created breakout rooms during the event to simulate the conversations held while sharing a meal at a Shabbat table. Each breakout room was facilitated by a Hillel student leader who led a thoughtful discussion around the importance of rest, while also speaking to their own personal connections with Shabbat. 

Each year, the Multi-Faith Shabbat experience is an opportunity for Jewish students, faculty, and our allies to come together and celebrate Jewish ritual on campus. We celebrate the universal values of Shabbat through inviting student leaders of other faiths to speak about what rest means to them. This year, we were honoured to hear students from the campus’ Catholic, Hindu, and Indigenous communities present and share their experiences. We also welcomed student leaders from several other clubs and organizations including the Ryerson Indian Association, Ryerson Student Union, and the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society. 

Honouring and showing our appreciation to Ryerson University’s faculty and administration is also an important element to our event. This year we invited members, including the university’s newly appointed Director of Human Rights and Dean of Ryerson’s Law School, to recite the Shabbat blessings alongside our students. Typically, the evening is a wonderful way for students to network with staff, and so in replacement we created a second round of breakout rooms for students to engage with professors and administrators who related to their field of study. 

For me, co-hosting the Multi-Faith Shabbat Experience was the highlight of the year. I am so thankful to Hillel for providing us with the outlet to create meaningful social and educational opportunities, and help us all find ways to foster positive experiences during this difficult time. 

  • Jen Miller, Hillel Ryerson

 

My name is Adam Rose and I am a second year Performance Production student at Ryerson University. This is the first year I have taken part in Hillel Ryerson and it has been nothing but a wonderful experience. A moment that stuck out to me was attending the well-loved and highly anticipated annual Multi-Faith Shabbat Experience.  

Since the event was held virtually this year, I was asked to be a breakout room facilitator to recreate what would normally be networking in person. It was so much fun and an absolute pleasure to guide conversations with students, faculty members, and President Lachemi himself about topics concerning the importance of rest during Shabbat. We took the time to reflect and be grateful for the week that had just passed and looked forward to the week ahead. 

I was also lucky enough to have been asked to create an artistic work that correlated with the Hamotzi blessing (for bread) for the event. The inclusion of tangible elements like students’ artwork allowed the sense of community and personability, which the Multi-Faith Shabbat Experience is known for, to continue online. Displaying the selected pieces also had the benefit of showcasing and elevating the talent spread across the range of unique arts programs that Ryerson University has to offer. I am very grateful and proud to have been a part of this experience and excited to further my Hillel Ryerson journey.

 

  • Adam Rose, Hillel Ryerson
X