Tzedek Hillel engages students in social action
programming both on the university campus and in the broader community.
Framed by the Jewish imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut
chasadim (acts of loving kindness), and tikkun olam (repairing the
world), students are encouraged to get involved in volunteerism,
social justice and community action.
In February 2004, Tzedek Hillel at Hillel of Greater
Toronto received the Tzedek Exemplar of Excellence Award from Hillel
International. This annual award honours original, innovative and
creative programs that work towards the mission of tikkun olam.
the 2005-2006 Year
This year incredible leaps have been made
in spreading the message of tikkum olam to students across Toronto.
Focus Africa was a tremendous success with the real-life hero of
the film "Hotel Rwanda", Paul Rusesabagina and UN Special
Envoy Stephen Lewis addressing humanitarian issues. Many students
have taken it upon themselves to jump start the Save Darfur campaign
on campus. The two hurricane recovery missions to Mississippi and
New Orleans provided students with the opportunity to participate
in rebuilding communities devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The annual tutoring program in partnership with King Edward Public
School ran at full capacity this year.
Tzedek Hillel is looking forward to working with
many new partners this year. We began working with the Ronald MacDonald
House this summer--a home away from home for families of children
who must travel to Toronto to receive life saving medical treatment--and
will continue working with them this year. We also had a tremendous
volunteer day with Habitat for Humanity and are looking forward
to another build soon!
We are also excited to announce a new ongoing
volunteer opportunity--a Homework Club program in partnership with
Jewish Family and Child Service. Volunteers will be asked to commit
to helping children with their homework one evening per week.
The UofT tutoring program will also be up and
running for its 7th year!
Tzedek Hillel will again be focusing its attention
on the genocide in Darfur with many educational and advocacy programs.
Tzedek Hillel will be on the move again this year!
Plans are under way for trips to Uruguay, Central America, Israel
and more rebuilding efforts in the United States.
Hillel Volunteer Opportunities
These are our ongoing opportunities
for the year. We will offer one day volunteer programs that you
can sign up for.
Edward Public School Literacy Tutoring Program
We are very excited to be running this program for 7th year! It
is a partnership with King Edward Public School which is located
on Lippincott Street near the UofT campus. We are looking for up
to 20 students who are prepared to commit one hour per week to tutor
an elementary school child. The day of the week and time are based
on the tutor’s schedule. The program is based on the academic
calendar so tutors are not expected to go to the school during breaks
2) JF&CS Homework
This is the first year that we are running this program and are
very excited to be getting it off the ground! We are looking for
up to 15 students who will help children with their homework. The
program will run Tuesday nights from 6-7:30pm at the Promenade office
of JF&CS. This program will also run based on the academic calendar.
(Jewish Women International)
This is also a new partnership program for Hillel and JWI. We are
going to train our students to go into high schools and youth groups
to talk to students about dating abuse and abuse in the home. Workshops
will begin running at CHAT and move to other organizations from
there. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for students who
enjoy mentoring high school students and facilitating workshops.
Volunteers may present as many or as few times as they wish.
4) Street Youth
The Toronto District School Board is opening a new school for street
youth who can gain high school credits by doing visual art co-ops
in the community. The school will be opening this year. Volunteers
are needed to help launch the school and eventually to mentor the
We are in the process of creating a volunteer program for our students
which will build on the partnership which already exists between
the two organizations. Stay tuned for details!
How to get involved
Contact Stephanie Krasman at 416-913-2427 [email protected].