Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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Tzedek Hillel

Tzedek Hillel continues to be one of Hillel’s most popular tools for engagement as it seeks to pursue justice and transform communities. Framed by the Jewish imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness), and tikkun olam (repair of the world), the Tzedek Hillel program engages and empowers students in meaningful public service and encourages creative thinking when addressing social justice issues. In the process of bringing about meaningful social change, participants grow intellectually and spiritually.



Volunteer Opportunities

My Monthly Mitzvah: Nurturing Independence - Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Join Hillel and DANI (Developing and Nurturing Independence) ( as we have some fun downtown for an afternoon.  DANI is an organisation whose mission is to create opportunities for Jewish young adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges to participate fully as valued members of the community.  DANI has invited us to join their clients for a downtown field trip on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 1-5.  Spaces for volunteers are limited, so you MUST RSVP to Jess [email protected]
If you've even been to the Wolfond Centre, you may have noticed that the basement is home to Reena's Pathways programme.  The clients and staff would love to have volunteers from Hillel to hang out and socialise with the clients, as well as assist the staff.  This is a great opportunity to get involved right in our own community.  Interested? Contact Jess [email protected]  
Volunteer Mentors Wanted - Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is operating a new project called Newcomer Services for Youth.  This project offers a mentorship program for in-school and out-of-school newcomer youth.  The main objective of this project is to assist the integration for newcomer youths into the Canadian academic system and society.
As a mentor, you would work with newcomer youth for a minimum of one hour per week. Mentors assist based on the needs and goals of the newcomer. Examples of assistance can be through tutoring, cultural activities, recreational activities, and post-secondary planning.
Interested?  E-mail Jess [email protected]
**If you speak a language other than English, please let us know.


Tzedek News

Northwestern University's Student Leaders Meet with Midwest Israeli Consul General
Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University's student group, Students for Israel (SFI) invited more than 30 diverse campus leaders to participate in a leadership dinner and discussion with Midwest Consul General Orli Gil Jan. 20.

Goucher Hillel Unveils Its Own Ask Big Questions
At Goucher College, there is a tradition of engaging in campus-wide discussions on issues that are important to us, and that are relevant to the world. In keeping with that spirit, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Goucher Hillel launched the Ask Big Questions program last week with their first question "Where do you feel at Home?"

Rutgers Hillel Celebrates Tu B'Shvat
Rutgers Hillel celebrated Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish Arbor Day, with a birthday party for the trees. All of the traditional Tu B'Shvat foods were present, along with falafel and more. And it wouldn't be a birthday party without birthday cake!

Hillel Launches Study Abroad Initiative, Combines Jewish Roots and Global Inspiration

Hillel Takes the Ultimate "Business Trip" to Israel
It was a recruiter's dream: 64 top young business minds from around the world gathered for ten days. But these MBA students and young professionals weren’t interviewing for jobs — they were painting, packing and gardening their way across Israel as part of Hillel's first Business Alternative Break in Israel.

Hillel Activists Rally for Israel and Peace
In the wake of the recent Israeli conflict with Gaza, Hillels all around the country have been demonstrating support for Israel through rallies, dialogue and speaking events, and in a number of cases, Hillel students have worked with Muslim students to rally together for peace.