Dear Friends,

My name is Yos Tarshish and I am the new Assistant Director and lead professional for Queen’s Hillel. Last week I relocated to Kingston from London, ON together with my wife, Leora, who is also joining the Queen’s Hillel team as our Senior Jewish Educator. Two years ago we relocated from Jerusalem to join the staff at Western Hillel, which we have absolutely loved, but it’s now time for us to shed our purple and don our blue, gold, and red.

The past 6 months have seen many changes take place in our world that none of us were prepared for. No one has escaped the impact of the pandemic and the new academic year will certainly pose new, as yet unforeseen challenges. I hope that despite everything, everyone is staying healthy and coping with our new reality as best they can. I want you all to know that Hillel is here for you every step of the way, whether it is for programming, guidance, support, or just someone to talk to. We have plenty of ideas on how to build community virtually and (hopefully soon) in person.

Leora and I aren’t the only brand new staff members though, that will be supporting Jewish student life at Queen’s this year. We also have a new Advocacy Coordinator, Mitchell Gould, joining our team. Renee Berkowitz will be our Springboard Innovation Fellow and for the first time ever, we have both a Digital and Creative Strategist, Jeremy Starr and Samantha Henry. I know that I speak on behalf of the whole team when I say that we can’t wait to meet you all and feel free to reach out to any of us at any time!!!

It will certainly be a dynamic year on campus and we are excited to explore this new world together, as a community. Please know that Hillel will be here for you all year, whatever you need, so please, reach out to us anytime, we would love to hear from you. Please stay tuned to our newsletter and social media pages as we will be sharing lots of information, events, opportunities and content there all year long.

Wishing you a great semester,

Yos Tarshish (He/Him/His)
Assistant Director, Queen’s Hillel

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