Why are we standing On One Foot?

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Why are we standing On One Foot?

On One Foot has launched and we are jumping (on one foot, of course) with joy! As we all know, the third time’s a charm, so let’s kick the campaign off with a reminder of the successful past two years of On One Foot:

In 2016, this new and innovative peer-to-peer fundraising campaign was piloted on two of our campuses: Guelph Hillel and Queen’s Hillel. Together, they raised a total of $35,000 in five weeks to put towards their campus spaces. To sweeten the deal, we offered to buy a years supply of Wacky Mac for the team that raised the most. Stomachs started rumbling at Guelph Hillel, and they enjoyed their macaroni and cheese in their newly renovated house, complete with an outdoor room, a nap room, a beautiful modern kitchen, and a really cozy living room. They enhanced their experience in year two, winning again and being rewarded with a year of Netflix and Chill, not to mention their newly created Innovative Programming Fund.

But Guelph Hillel wasn’t the only campus that participated in On One Foot in 2017. Four new campus teams were added to compete with Guelph and Queen’s Hillel. In 2017, our impressive students raised a total of $105,000 to enhance Jewish campus life across the province. This is why students at Ryerson have a cool new Loft with two swings, Western students have a brand new, kosher kitchen, students at McMaster can actually feel comfortable chilling in their newly renovated lounge, and our students at UofT can finally call their Hillel space their Jewish home on campus.

There has been so much interest generated in the past two years that we are proud to say that we are going into year three with even more campuses participating. This year, students from seven of our campuses will be raising money to improve their campus experience: Guelph Hillel, McMaster Hillel, Queen’s Hillel, Hillel Ryerson, Hillel UofT, Western Hillel, and Hillel York. We can’t wait to see what exciting programs, renovations, new initiatives, and community support On One Foot 2018 will bring!

And now it’s time to hit the ground running! We can’t wait to see everyone in their slides after they get their first donation.

 

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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