Written by Nicole Tillin, Student President at Hillel York
February is known to be one of the busiest times of the semester – course work is slowly picking up, midterms are on the horizon, papers are being assigned, and most importantly, Hillel is there for students to provide a place to relax and events to de-stress.
For Hillel, this month has been filled with events with the goal of bringing students to the lounge and programming events to help students cope with their busy lives. We started off by hosting a screening of Jungle with JNF in the lounge, a film starring Daniel Radcliffe portraying the true story of Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg. It was a captivating film full of action and suspense paired with a heartwarming story of true friendship. Later that evening, students gathered at a professional art studio and got to paint the night away (along with painting their stress away); we designed lovely Hamsas and had the opportunity to display all our amazing talents.
A week later we screened a short film, co-directed by our very own Yoni Collins, Travelers, a feature documentary composed of five short films, which each tell unique stories about Jerusalem. A number of students came out to watch and Yoni was present for a Q&A session following the film.
The following week, our goal was to get students more involved in campus life. Student Union elections were happening and we encouraged students to take their democratic right in their own hands and vote for the party that best represents them. Once everyone voted, they came to the lounge for the “I Voted” Lunch and enjoyed some delicious pizza with everyone else who voted as well. Subsequently, Avram Heisler, member of CUPE 3903 came for a Q&A period to talk about the potential strike – something that many students were nervous about; he was there to answer any burning questions and to clarify many things for us.
To conclude the busy month of February, we hosted a Healthy Breakfast for students in the lounge (healthy breakfast means healthy mind!) and a talk on misconceptions on mental health by Leanne Matlow, author of “Thinking About Thoughts”.
Mental health is an extremely important matter, often overlooked by people. At Hillel, this is something we really value and we take the time to ensure students aren’t overwhelmed or too bummed out during such a stressful time. Hillel is always there for you – always feel free to drop by the lounge if you need a break (or even if you need a place to study) or talk to one of our friendly execs and staff who are more than happy to talk or even take you out for a coffee