Hillel Ontario views Israel as a core component of Jewish Identity and as a portal to Jewish life for students. We strive to ensure that every Jewish student develops a vibrant and enduring relationship with Israel.

We provide a variety of experiences for students to engage with Israel, as well as opportunities for students to educate their campus communities about Israel.

Hillel Ontario’s Israel Engagement Strategy has four core pillars:

  • Building Relationships with Israelis: 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 engage Jewish students with Israelis, providing the students with a first-hand perspective of ‘contemporary modern’ Israel.
  • Israel Education: Through our Israel Engaged Campus initiative, we provide students the ability to see, experience, and learn the latest trends in Israeli culture, history, food, innovation, and technology.
  • Israel Advocacy: In partnership with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), we work to combat anti-Semitism and discrimination on campus, improve the quality of Jewish student life, and advocate in support of the people of Israel.
  • Israel Experience: Whether it’s the first trip, or the 10th, we 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’ return trips to Israel.  A full list of opportunities to “Get To Israel” can be found on our campus websites.

Hillel Ontario fully supports Hillel International’s Israel Guidelines for Campus Activities.

To learn more about our Israel Initiatives, please contact Seth Goren at seth.goren@hillelontario.org.