My name is Josh, and I am in my third year of the Mechanical Engineering and Society program. Through attending Hillel events and serving on its student executive last year, I have had loads of fun, learned a lot, gained meaningful leadership experience, and made some of my closest friends.

It’s easy to forget about the importance of Jewish community when you get to university. Between classes, labs, midterms, extracurriculars and just being away from home for the first time, it can be hard to feel the same sense of tradition and belonging that you felt at home. McMaster Hillel has made it their mission to give you a Jewish home here at university. However you identify, whether you’ve never been to Israel or have lived there all your life, if hearing the world “shul” gives you the shivers or you go thrice daily, we are your mishpacha (family) on campus.

If you see me at our infamous weekly bagel lunch (browse this website or look at our Facebook page to find out more about this awesome event and others) or just walking around campus, don’t be a stranger and please come say hello. If you have any questions or suggestions about Jewish life at McMaster or would like to get involved, I would be more than happy to discuss

I am looking forward to spending events, shiu’rim, Shabbat dinners, Israel days, conversations over coffee, and more with you. For this year and the ones to follow, I hope to strengthen the McMaster Jewish community and make it a place to grow, learn and have fun.


Josh Arbess

McMaster Hillel President 2019-2020

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