Who is Netta?

by | Nov 5, 2018 | Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

If you’ve had an eye on our social media lately, you’ll know we’ve been talking about chickens and toys and music and might have been wondering what it all means. They all have one thing in common: Netta! Now that we’ve announced the Israeli singer as our celebrity guest for Out of Sync, it’s time to get to know her!

After taking the crown in Eurovision 2018 with her electro-pop song “Toy”, Netta, from Hod HaSharon, Israel became a hit not only in Israel and the Jewish community, but in LGTBQ+ communities as well, because of the song’s message of inclusiveness and diversity. She has spoken up about these communities numerous times and performed at the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv to show her support.

“Toy” isn’t just a pop song….it was inspired by the #MeToo movement. The lyrics “I’m not your toy”, backed by a happy beat, are meant to send a message of female empowerment, but Netta has made a point to say that this song can empower anyone. The chicken noises aren’t just for fun either – Netta says it’s to imitate a “coward” or “chicken”- the type of person her song fights against.

Although we might know her from Eurovision, Netta didn’t start her career with the win. Before competing in Eurovision as a solo-act, she was a part of another musical group,  “The Experiment”, where she performed with a full band and of course, her loop pedal. She also competed (and won!) in Israel’s Rising Star series, which brought her to Eurovision 2018. Before her music career made it to TV, Netta served in the Israeli Navy Band and studied music at the Rimon School of Jazz & Contemporary Music in Rama Harashon, Israel.

After Eurovision, Netta has used her platform to continue spreading her message of empowerment, and it’s been well received – she’s even been featured in a commercial for Partner TV, Israel’s official partner of Netflix!

Netta uses her loop pedal and powerful voice to create her unique sound – including chicken noises – for the backtrack of her song. Her animated personality combined with her out-there sense of style makes for a great one woman show – and we can’t wait to see it!

Intrigued? Netta’s first Canadian performance will happen at Out of Sync! Tickets are now on sale! Buy yours at www.outofsync.ca/tickets – See you there!

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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