Press Release: Hillel Commends Ryerson University Administration and Student Union for Committing to Host Annual Holocaust Education Programming

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Toronto, ON – Yesterday, the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) Board of Directors voted unanimously to institute a Holocaust Education Week on campus. A similar motion was brought forward at the Semi-Annual General Meeting (SAGM) in November, but failed to pass due to a student walk-out.

In the weeks following the SAGM, Hillel students and staff worked closely with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), StandWithUs Canada and Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at Ryerson to highlight the importance of a week dedicated to Holocaust education.

Hillel has also been in direct contact with the Ryerson administration to explore ways to collaborate and combat anti-Semitism on campus, including making Holocaust education a priority. Ryerson University’s President, Mohamed Lachemi, met with Hillel Ryerson following the SAGM and has been working closely with faculty members to ensure the implementation of Holocaust Education Week on campus. The campus programming for the upcoming International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27th, is already underway.

Today, Marc Newburgh, CEO of Hillel Ontario, Sara Lefton, Vice President, Greater Toronto Area for CIJA, and Michael Levitt, Member of Parliament for York Centre, met with President Mohamed Lachemi. Throughout the past few weeks and during this meeting, President Lachemi assured the community of his desire to make Holocaust Education Week an annual and ongoing event on campus. To that end, President Lachemi and Ryerson faculty members will collaborate with Hillel Ryerson to create an annual meaningful learning experience for all Ryerson students.

“I’m thrilled that all Ryerson students will now receive Holocaust education as a result of the hard work of Jewish students on campus,” said Marc Newburgh, CEO of Hillel Ontario. “Holocaust education is an important piece of combating anti-Semitism on campus. We are very pleased that President Lachemi worked with us to resolve this matter and is making Holocaust education a priority. We look forward to continuing to work with the Ryerson administration and faculty members to make this week-long initiative a reality.”

“It’s a great achievement to finally pass this motion in favour of Holocaust Education Week through the RSU,” said Samantha Cooper, a graduating Hillel student who originally submitted this motion. “This success will ensure that current and future students have the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust and the importance of never forgetting.”

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Hillel strives to inspire every Jewish student in Ontario to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.

For more information, please contact:

Ilan Orzy
Associate Director, Advocacy
Hillel Ontario
416.913.2424 ext.3004
ilan.orzy@hillelontario.org

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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