Who Are You?
Name: Rabbi Julia Appel.
Position: Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi, University of Toronto Hillel.
Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts.
Where did you go to college/university: Harvard College for B.A., Hebrew College for M.A. and rabbinic ordination.
Joining the Family
What is your role on campus: Along with Rob and Shira, I engage students in charting their own Jewish journeys. We also all coach and mentor students in our Jewish Social Entrepreneurs leadership platform. I specifically initiate learning and discussion opportunities, holiday celebrations, spiritual growth experiences, as well as tending to pastoral care needs and religious questions.
What are you *most* excited for this year: Launching our new Jewish Social Entrepreneurs leadership platform and working with our JSEs to create their dream initiatives.
What’s one thing nobody at Hillel knows about you: I edited two books on the Bosnian War.
What do you think you bring to the team: Lots of energy.
Favourite Movie: Pride and Prejudice, the BBC miniseries.
Best Toppings on a Pizza: Mushroom, Carmelized Onions, and Goat Cheese
Favourite Jewish Holiday: Purim
Dream “Getaway” Destination: Negril, Jamaica
Challah – Raisin or Plain: Toronto-style sugar topped.
Favourite Hamentashen Filling: Apricot