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 International Student Cabinet 2021-2022

Hillel International Student Cabinet 2021-2022

Jordan Goldenberg, Ryerson University ‘23 and Leah Goldschmidt, York University ‘22, are representing Canadian Jewish students on Hillel International’s global stage. Here’s how they’re enhancing the Canadian Jewish campus experience for years to come:

This year I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate on  the Hillel International Student Cabinet, as one of two Canadian representatives. I am honoured to join the board of  22 students from the United States of America, Israel, Russia and Brazil. 

Over the years, I have been very active in Hillel at York University, and was thrilled when Hillel York’s staff approached me about the opportunity to bring my enthusiasm and passion for Hillel on an international scale. 

Hillel has always been a safe space for me — somewhere I could go to feel comfortable about my Jewish identity, but also a place where I could meet other Jews on campus; some who have become my best friends. Although I only recently joined the Student Cabinet, I can genuinely say I have met some of the most incredible students and staff who are so passionate about the Hillel movement.

I am constantly amazed by the work Hillel students are doing around the world to support and connect the next generation of our community.. We have members who have founded their own Hillels at colleges with barely any Jews, members who are advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and have launched successful international LGBTQ+ cohorts, and members who are doing tremendous work in combating antisemitism. Being around such passionate and motivating students has inspired me to go after my own aspirations within Hillel; creating space for Jews with disabilities. 

As a student with a disability, I am very passionate about expanding space for Jews with disabilities, and while Hillel has taken great strides to increase accessibility and inclusivity; there’s lots more we can do. Hillel has given me incredible resources and support to launch my own projects within this space.

I am thrilled to be representing Canada in this incredible opportunity, and am looking forward to the year ahead.

Leah Goldschmidt, Hillel York

My name is Jordan Goldenberg, and I am a third-year student at Ryerson University studying business management. I am also the President of Hillel Ryerson. The Cabinet is made up of students from around the world, working towards the common goal of engaging Jewish university and college students worldwide. The role of the Cabinet is to serve as a voice for Jewish students and a means of connection to the worldwide Hillel movement. Being part of the collective voice means everything to me, and I am excited to be that voice for Jewish students amplifying Canada and Hillel Ontario’s role on the global stage. 

At the beginning of October,  I had the opportunity to go to DC with the Hillel International Student Cabinet. It was an incredible experience to collaborate with and learn from a variety of leaders in the Jewish community and the Hillel movement. I learned so much from our two student co-chairs, fellow cabinet members and Hillel professionals. We had the chance to get to know the greater Hillel movement through meetings with staff members from various departments and positions within Hillel International; including, but not limited to, the communications teams, board members, the CEO, Adam Lehman, and many more. We spoke at great lengths about the role each of our local Hillels play on our campuses and what we can learn from one another. Since the summit, we have already hit the ground running, with many students taking on various projects at both the local and international levels. I learned so much about the global Hillel movement and how to be a better leader for Jewish students on campus and in the community.

I have always been passionate about bringing people together and there is no better way to do so than collaborating with Jewish students and Hillel’s internationally. This international collaboration allows us to share our common values while celebrating our differences in order to create the best Hillel atmosphere and programming possible.

Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson

 

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

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