Shabbat/Holiday Programming Tzedek  Israel Centre of Excellence  Jewish Education Ask Big Questions JLIC Jewski  Harvey's Table  What is Taglit- Birthright Israel? 


Shabbat and Holiday Programming


 Hosting festive and meaningful celebrations, meals and religious services is an important cornerstone of our  program. Hillel will act on behalf of Jewish Toronto students' on matters related to Jewish observance and ensure  all religious needs are met on campus. If you are looking for a Shabbat meal in downtown Toronto, we have you  covered. Hillel of Greater Toronto, Aish in the Annex, and Chabad @ UofT proudly present 'The Downtown  Rotating Minyan' - a weekly Friday night service and free kosher Shabbat meal available for students throughout  the academic year. Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur services are available at the Wolfond Centre and York University as  well as many congregations throughout the city that will make specific arrangements for students.


 Hillel also provides:

 • Sukkahs/Lulavs/Etrogs on all campuses for Sukkot

 • Chanukah candle lighting and candsles and menorahs for students

 • Magillah reading for Purim

 For specific information, please contact the Wolfond Centre or emailing [email protected].










 Hillel offers students the opportunity to engage in a wide array of volunteer opportunities throughout the year and

 simultaneously empowers students to develop their own social action projects on campus. We give students the tools

 to pursue justice and sustainability in our community and around the globe. Using the philosophy of Tikkun Olam, repairing  the world, our programs connect students to meaningful public services and encourage creative thinking when addressing  social justice issues. Tzedek programming also provides travel opportunities for students who want to reach out and gain an  understanding of other global communities. For more   information on how to get involved, contact Tamar Berger at  [email protected]









Israel Centre of Excellence - providing compelling Israel engagement



 1. To integrate a more holistic picture of Israel naturally into the campus conversation

 2. Serve as testing grounds for innovative initiatives that engage wider circles of students

 3. Inspire other campuses to think creatively and proactively about sophisticated and resonant Israel engagement

 4. Create a paradigm for best practices and innovative thinking

 5. Develop benchmarks for what constitutes success in the Israel sphere for students and professionals

 Hillel of Greater Toronto is honoured to be chosen as one of four Israel Centers of Excellence for Israel  engagement on campus throughout North America.


 Israel is an important component of our vision for a meaningful Jewish experience and Hillel will continue to further  develop creative and compelling models for presenting Israel within the campus community education to meaningfully  engage more students with Israel and enhance their understanding and connection to the Jewish state. With this  designation, we have an opportunity to think about Israel in new ways and serve as a hub of resources and strategies

 for the wider Hillel world. Contact Shirin Ezekiel at 416-913-2428 or [email protected]

 if you would like more information or to get involved. Online sign up sheet – EVENT BRIGHT









Jewish Education/Spirituality


 Interested students enjoy many opportunities to enhance Jewish knowledge and literacy as well as spark a life-long  curiosity for Jewish learning. At Hillel, there are many opportunities for conversations regarding meaning and  self- discovery. Whether one-on-one with one of our rabbis or professional staff, or joining one of many classes or  immersive experiences, Hillel enables students to broaden and deepen their understanding and connection to Judaism, in  an open, honest and engaging way.










Ask Big Questions


 Ask Big Quesitons promotes civil discourse and society by providing an open space for University of  Toronto students to engage in the BIG questions of life. Through student-led discussions, roundtable  conversations with professors & community leaders and a dynamic website, AskBigQuestions fosters  discussions around practical and existential topics ranging from politics to social change, from biology to  G- d. These questions which use Jewish wisdom as a spark for conversations provide a common starting  point for community members of all backgrounds to interact with one another.

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Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC)


 The mission of JLIC is to enable, encourage, and advance Jewish education and commitment of Jewish students;

 to instill Jewish pride; to provide avenues to spiritual development and exploration for Jewish students from all  backgrounds; and to strengthen Jewish communities in a manner that also encourages openness and mutual

 respect to all Jews.


 The Goals of JLIC are:

 • Maximize the growth and development of Torah learning.

 • Build personal relationships with students and help further their religious growth.

 • Develop future Jewish leaders.

 • Strengthen the Jewish connection between Jewish students and Israel.

 • Provide counseling, services, and religious support and guidance to all Jewish students.

 For more information, please contact:Rabbi Aaron Greenberg, [email protected] 416.843.0245

 or Miriam Greenberg , [email protected] 416.564.0604












 Jewski is an organization for Russian-speaking, Jewish, young adults of the GTA ages 18-26. It is designed to  connect people within this community as well as facilitate networking, leadership development and the building of  meaningful relationships. Jewski enables young adults to explore their culture and identity while contributing to  their growing community within Toronto and the GTA. Jewski events range in variety from a Soviet-themed pub  night to intimate Shabbat dinners, road trips to large American-Russian Shabbatons to intimate groups discussing  Jewish identity. Don't miss the opportunity to join our annual highlight - the Taglit-Birthright Israel:CIE  Russian- Canadian Adventure. Twenty Canadian-Russians are joined by twenty Russian students from cities across  the Former Soviet Union for a unique opportunity to explore and learn together in Israel.

 For more information, Like us on Facebook Please email Alona Geysman or Yulia  Korolitsky for more info, event updates or proposals! We hope to see you soon!









Harvey's Table


 Enjoy Hillel's popular, nightly hot kosher meals, served from 5:30-7:00pm at the Wolfond Centre. A full, three course meal for  only $5.00! Graciously sponsored by Allen and Judy Berg.













What is Taglit- Birthright Israel?


 Taglit-Birthright Israel provides Jewish young adults aged 18 to 26 the gift of a first time, peer group, educational trip to  Israel. The founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift  in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world. The purpose is to  strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to reinforce participants' personal Jewish identity and connection  to the Jewish people. The gift of the 10-day trip is provided by our partners: private philanthropists through The Birthright  Israel Foundation; the Government of Israel; and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations,  Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel). Canada Israel Experience,Hillel of Greater Toronto and the United Jewish  Appeal Federation are among the partners providing Birthright Israel trips for youth in Canada. For more info and registration  please visit or email [email protected].





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