Why Springboard?

by | Feb 4, 2020 | Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

By: Renee Berkowitz

I’ve always had a hard time making decisions about my future. In university, I changed my major about three times. I thought about pursuing five very different careers, but the one thing that never changed for me was Hillel.

Hillel provided me with a place to meet so many amazing people and have leadership roles that I never thought I would have in my university career.  When it was time for me to leave university and go into the “real world” I knew I wanted to continue to give back to the community that gave so much to me and the Springboard Fellowship is the opportunity for just that.

The Springboard Fellowship has allowed me to learn so much about myself and about Judaism all over North America.  I have moved to London from Upstate New York, which is something I never thought I would do! Talking with students with whom I connect so much in whom I see much of myself inspires me to keep creating programs and bettering this community for them.  While training for the Springboard Fellowship, I was trained in Design Thinking, a new way to solve problems and think of how to develop programming and engage students.

Springboard also has a cohort all over North America that supports one another throughout everything we do.  Bouncing ideas off one another, seeing what other campuses are doing, and just knowing that people are doing the same thing you are is so amazing.  With monthly calls we are always further developing our learning, and seeing what new ways we can incorporate design thinking, innovation, and Jewish life into our campus.  This two year fellowship has already taught me so much, and I can’t wait to see what else it brings! Apply for Springboard today!

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.