Statement on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

With the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in recent days, the affected communities, students, and our colleagues at local Hillels in the southern states are constantly on our mind. We wish them strength during this difficult and challenging time. Hillel Ontario is looking to explore ways in which we can support the rebuilding efforts.…

Meet Seth

Who Are You? Name: Seth Goren Position: Vice President, Education and Engagement Hometown: Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA (just outside of Philadelphia) Where did you go to college/university? I went to the University of Pennsylvania for what seemed like forever (undergrad, graduate, and law school), and then attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion for…

Meet Bev

  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…

18 Rosh HaShanah Resolutions

We all make them and most of us don’t keep them! Here is a list of our favourite resolutions that we challenge you to keep this year. We’ve even added some extra resolutions to see how far you’ll go!   Be a better you: – Work out more frequently – Eat healthy food – Call…

All About Masha

Masha Jewski is not your average Matryoshka. While other Russian dolls wear flowers, Masha wears two shades of blue, the color of Hillel Ontario, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and other Jewish and Israeli organizations, to welcome Jewish students from different communities. Masha herself is from Thornhill and studies at York University. However, she is…

There Is No Hillel Without Israel

Visits to Israel, fluency in Hebrew, and historical knowledge of the land and people provide Hillel professionals with the ability to help strengthen a students’ relationship and connection with Israel. To forge and to sustain a durable, meaningful, long lasting relationship with the Jewish-democratic state, Israel must become real and vivid in the lives of…

Dear First Year Me

Dear First Year Shira, Here are 10 things you should know upon entering your first year of university: The meal plan is your friend BUT pizza does not make for a balanced diet, especially when it is eaten 3 meals a day. Meet with Profs – they have the most incredible knowledge that they want…

MEET LILY

Who Are You? Name: Lily Fostikova. Position: Program Coordinator, Russian Speaking Initiative (Jewski). Hometown: Richmond Hill/ Moscow. Where did you go to college/university: UTSC.   Joining The Family What is your role on campus: Engagement. What are you *most* excited for this year: Meeting new people, creating new programming, having a blast! What do you…

10 Yiddish Expressions And Their Meaning

Goy Goy is the Yiddish word for non-Jew. In Hebrew, the plural of ‘Goy’ is ‘Goyim’ and ‘Goyish’ is the adjective. via GIPHY   Klutz The literal translation of ‘Klutz’, or also ‘Klots’ is “a block of wood”. However, it is mostly used to describe a clumsy person. via GIPHY   Mensch The word “Mensch” stems from the…

Did you know that these Nine Celebrities are actually Jewish?

There are many Jewish celebrities who embrace their Judaism and publicly talk about it. Beyond the obvious examples of Adam Sandler and his Hannukah song or Natalie Portman, who’s Israeli, there are many celebrities you may not know are actually Jewish. Who are you most surprised by?   Lena Dunham Most people who think about…