Dear Friends,

It’s been an eventful summer and I hope that everyone is staying healthy and coping with our new reality as best they can. Know that in what is sure to be an eventful and unprecedented year on campus, 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 a lot of ideas on how to build community virtually and (when possible) in person.

We have a brand new staff team this year! I (Rob Nagus) am returning as Senior Director and Ariel Saffer-Spiro is returning as our Program Director. We also have a new Senior Jewish Educator, Rabbi Ariella Rosen, joining our team. Ruth Chitiz will be our Advocacy Manager and for the first time ever, we have both a Digital and Creative Strategist, Jeremy Starr and Elie Guttmann. 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!!!

Many of you have questions about the Wolfond Centre and how it will operate in the coming semester. The Wolfond Centre will be open as a study space as of September 14th, but there will be limited space and students will need to sign up for slots in advance. Please stay tuned to our newsletter and social media pages as we will be sharing the sign-up link next week. We will continue to monitor and update our policy based on both UofT and the city of Toronto guidelines.

We are very close to finalizing our plan for Allen’s Table this year, which is our nightly dinner program that runs Monday – Thursday from 5 pm – 7 pm. We are hopeful that it will be up and running as of September 14th but it will be take-out only and all the food will be pre-packaged. Your safety is our top priority and our Allen’s Table staff will be going through enhanced safety training to ensure that we are serving kosher food in a responsible manner.

It will be an interesting year on campus and we are excited to navigate these new waters 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.

Wishing you a great semester,
Rob Nagus
Senior Director, Hillel UofT (he/him)

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