Written by Matan Boni, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Israel Fellow
David Ben Gurion said once “If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.” I was raised by this notion that you should never say “it can’t be done” or “there’s nothing I can do”. In this past semester, I have faced a lot of challenges, but every time, I remembered that we should look forward and try again.
Two weeks ago, 28 staff from Hillel Ontario attended the Hillel International Global Assembly in Denver, Colorado. This year’s conference was very special for me because “Radio Gesher”, the innovative initiative I created at Western, together with student co-producers Shai Wallach, Mozie Elmaleh, Ellie Fenyes, Ben Gotttesman, Alina Zabolotsky and Corey Kamen, won the movement’s “Israel Education and Engagement” award.
Bringing this project to life wasn’t easy….coordinating with the radio station, student’s hectic schedules and peers in Israel was difficult but I remembered that there’s always a way to succeed. We are very proud of this international recognition for Radio Gesher.
I’m looking forward to my final semester at Western Hillel. The past three years have been amazing for me. I arrived in Canada not knowing a single soul and today I’ve made so many meaningful relationships and friends that will remain with me for a lifetime. The Jewish community in Canada is so special with its relationship with Israel and the warm welcoming and support I’ve received over the years. Even when I go back to Israel, I plan on keeping in touch with everyone at Western, meeting them when they come visit their second home in Israel and advocating not only for Israel, but for the entire Canadian Jewish community.
I wish all the students good luck on your exams and remember that even when they say it can’t be done – we can still do it and succeed עלו והצליחו May you prosper!