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.


Personal Favourites

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