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!

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

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