Israel & Advocacy
Hillel Ontario views Israel as a core component of Jewish Identity and provides students with a variety of opportunities to travel, learn about, and engage with the Land, State, and people of Israel. In addition, every campus both plans programs that strive to ensure that every Jewish student develops a vibrant and enduring relationship with Israel and educates their broader campus communities about Israel.
Some ways in which we do that:
- Partnering with the Jewish Agency for Israel, Hillel International, and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Hillel Ontario is able to place Israel Fellows and Shinshinim across our campuses to offer Jewish students the chance to get to know Israelis, providing the students with a first-hand perspective of contemporary, modern Israel.
- Partnering with Canada Israel Experience (CIE) to enable hundreds of students to travel to Israel every year. Through Birthright Israel, Masa Israel Journey, Onward Israel Internship initiatives, and all other community and campus partnerships, Hillel Ontario supports students’ ongoing exploration of Israel and connects them with Israel-related opportunities upon their return.
- Offering All Access Israel, a fully immersive trip focused on giving non-Jewish students the chance to experience Israel and the Palestinian Territories for themselves. While exploring the complexities that define the region, the trip focuses on learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through stories and people on the ground.
- Offering the Israel Learning Fellowship, a paid six-week discussion-based course unpacking topics related to Israel, Zionism, and anti-semitism. Participants gain a better understanding of the nuances and subtleties of Israeli history, culture, and society, and connect with other students and a mentor who share their Israel-related interests
Hillel Ontario fully supports Hillel International’s Israel Guidelines for Campus Activities.
With the support of the Schwartz-Reisman Foundation, Hillel Ontario has implemented a new advocacy strategy on campuses across Ontario to ensure that we can advance the safety and security of the Jewish student population when confronted with Antisemitic and/or anti-Israel bias on campus. Through placing trained, dedicated, campus-based professionals tasked with providing advocacy strategy and support to students on campus as an integrated part of the campus team, we are building and leveraging strategic relationships, and coalitions, increasing the number of Jewish and “friendly” non-Jewish students involved in student government and involved in campus based political campaigns. By doing so, Hillel Ontario students proudly stand up and display their Judaism and support for Israel.