Your Go-To Out Of Sync Spotify Playlist

by | Jan 17, 2019 | Entertainment, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

Out of Sync is just around the corner which means it’s time to start getting pumped for the show! We have created a Spotify playlist with all the classic songs that will make you want to get up and dance and lip sync (or sing) your heart out!

Here are a few of our favourite songs on the playlist:

Livin’ On A Prayer- Bon Jovi

If you have ever gone to overnight camp, or a bar/bat mitzvah, then you know how wild people get when this song comes on. Everyone knows all the words, and you can’t help but grab all your friends and sing at the top of your lungs.

Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

We have all seen the epic Wayne’s World car scene with Wayne and Garth belting out Queens Bohemian Rhapsody. If you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend you do! This is the perfect song to jam out to in your car alone or with friends. Kudos to you if you know all the words to the song!

Mamma Mia- ABBA

Any song by ABBA is a hit, but by far the most popular one has to be Mamma Mia. It’s a great feel good song to get up and dance to. Unleash your inner Donna and the Dynamos, find the craziest disco outfit you have, and you are set for a great performance.

Wannabe- Spice Girls

While there are many great 90s songs to choose from, Wannabe by the Spice Girls made it to the top of our list. Not only is it an incredibly catchy song, the Spice Girls are one of the greatest girl bands of all time. Find your Mel B, Mel C, Posh, Baby, and Ginger Spice and you’re ready for an epic lip sync battle.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Elton John

Lastly, we all need that perfect duet song, and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart is a classic. It’s fun, upbeat and has some catchy harmonies that will be stuck in your head all night long!

Click here to download and listen to the Spotify playlist

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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