Why We Love Israel In The Winter

by | Sep 29, 2017 | Birthright, Fun, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

Our students often say that they prefer going on Birthright in the summer over the winter so that they can extend their trips. However, lots of trip leaders will tell you that winter trips are just so much more fun! Your Hillel Ontario staff agrees with that! Here are seven good reasons why you should definitely consider going on a winter trip this year!


A few years ago I joined a Birthright trip as part of the Mifgash. That winter, I had the most amazing time, experiencing all the possible weather conditions you can imagine – it was like having summer, winter, fall, and spring in only one week! The weather ranged from hot and sunny, to rainy and windy, all the way to freezing snow.

Where else can you experience something like that?


Winter is the perfect time to experience the burst of colors of Israel’s nature.


I love winters in Israel! Israelis are so much nicer in the winter when the temperatures are normal – some might even be polite! Just don’t  expect them to stand in lines 😉


Have you ever partied for Sylvester in Israel?

Why do I love Israeli winters? It’s the perfect weather to go diving and kite surfing in Eilat. The water temperature never goes below 21 degrees – every divers dream!

Why should you go? Winter trips provide participants the opportunity for more intimate and interesting ways to get to know Israel. No lines at attractions and higher chances for unique experiences.


I love Israeli winters because that’s the time when you can actually enjoy browsing through the Shuk without sweating.


I think being in Israel is enough reason to go on Birthright this winter, but if you really want me to give you a reason then here you go: What sounds better than having a snowball fight with your Birthright bus and Mifgash in the Golan Heights? I personally can’t think of much….  

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.