Toys Worth Menschioning

by | Oct 19, 2018 | Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

Kids may have become more tech-savvy and appear uninterested in toys these days, but most of us remember playing with toys – especially during the Jewish holidays! But just because we’re all grown up doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce or spin the dreidel once in a while! Ranging from Jewish editions of classic toys and board games, to traditional toys for the holidays, here are some Jewish toys that will bring you back to childhood or maybe even spark a new tradition.

Mensch on a Bench

Although it’s not a traditional Chanukah toy, this Mensch on a Bench toy was created in hopes of sparking new Chanukah traditions following the Elf on a Shelf craze we saw years ago. The concept even survived an episode of Shark Tank and has been a growing new tradition ever since.

 


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Dreidel

We’re all familiar with the Dreidel, the quintessential toy we spin at Chanukah as kids (and adults!). Although it’s a Chanukah tradition to celebrate and just have fun with family, you can even get competitive and join a Dreidel tournament now.

 

Tefillin Barbie

Maybe we didn’t grow up with Tefillin Barbie, but Barbies are one of the most iconic doll toys of all time. If you ever felt like you were missing out on owning a Jewish Barbie, now someone actually makes Tefillin Barbies, and handmade Barbie-sized Torah’s for those who want to keep their Barbie collection going.

 

 

Plastic Toy Shofar

Plastic Shofars were and still are a fun way to join in on the high holiday celebrations as a kid and make some noise. You can even get a plush Shofar, which might be easier on the ears – sorry parents!

 

Groggers

Groggers are the ubiquitous noisemaker used on Purim among all the colourful masks and flowers. You can make your own as part of the celebration and make some noise in Purim, but the classic wooden grogger is the original toy of the holiday.

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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