24 Things You Need To Pack For Birthright Israel

by | Apr 28, 2017 | Birthright, Entertainment, Hillel Ontario, Israel | 0 comments

School is over and you’re leaving for Israel soon! Now is the time to get everything ready and start packing! Here is a short (or not so short) list of things you don’t want to forget.

  1. Towel
    Because who likes to share a towel?
  2. Deodorant
    Israel is hot, especially in the summer. Do yourself (and others) a favour and avoid BO. Your bus will thank you too.
  3. Hat
    Summer in Israel means hot sun and very little shade. Make sure to pack a hat to keep a cool head.
  4. Water Bottle
    YOU. WILL. NEED. IT.
  5. Pyjamas
    With a long packing list, you might forget the basics. A reminder to pack your PJ’s!
  6. Toothbrush
    … and while you’re at it, don’t forget to pack your toothpaste! We know, your roomie might bring one, but it’s always better to have more than one.
  7. Water shoes
    Because cutting your feet in the Dead Sea really hurts. Trust us, it’s not on your bucket list.
  8. Water Bottle
    And we don’t mean one of those tiny bottles.
  9. Shampoo
    Because ocean water won’t cut it.
  10. Sunscreen
    We all like a good tan, but trust us, the sun in Israel is strong enough to give you a fresh glow, even if you put sunscreen on.
  11. Swimsuit
    Whether it’s the beach, the pool, or the Dead Sea, you will be grateful for every opportunity to take a refreshing break from the Israeli heat.
  12. Water Bottle
    Did you pack it yet?
  13. Chargers
    You surely want to share all your experiences with your friends back home. But how will that work with no power?
  14. Underwear and Socks
    No explanation needed.
  15. Hiking Boots
    Israel has so much to see, and each terrain is prettier than the next. You don’t want to focus on every step you take.
  16. By the way, don’t forget to pack your water bottle!
  17. “Clean” clothes for Shabbat
    Shabbat is the one day/ night that you will want to put on something other than shorts and a t-shirt. Use this opportunity to dress up – ideally in white!
  18. Shorts
    Embrace the farmer’s tan!
  19. Pants/ Sweatpants
    For those chilly desert nights.
  20. In case you still have doubts, you NEED to bring a water bottle.
  21. Many t-shirts
    See deodorant (#2 above).
  22. Adapters*
    What will happen when your phone dies, or when you can’t shave, or straighten your hair?
  23. Camera
    Because we know you want your picture reposted on Hillel Ontario’s social media.
  24. Did we say water yet?
 *Electrical equipment has to be adaptable to 220 volts and have an adapter for the prong. Equipment on a motor (i.e. electric shaver) must be adaptable to 50HZ

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Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

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