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Israel On Campus 2017-10-10T17:34:14+00:00

Supporting Israel On Campus

Hillel Ottawa is steadfastly committed to the support of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State with secure and recognized borders and as a member of the family of free nations. In recent times the dialogue on Israel on university campuses in Ottawa has become increasingly heated. At Hillel Ottawa, we provide a safe space for students to express a wide spectrum of views regarding their relationships with Israel. We have a dedicated Israel Awareness Committee that is passionate about promoting positive dialogue and leads student advocacy efforts on campus.

The Israel Awareness Committee (IAC) prepares student leaders for engaging in dialogue on Israel, not only promoting Israel but by answering common criticisms. Students are given the opportunity to engage in many forms of Israel Advocacy in an effort to defend Israel on their campus.

Student leadership engages members of parliament to speak to students, faculty and community members to show their support for the state of Israel. These past few years students had the opportunity to meet and speak with Hon. John Baird, Hon. Peter Van Loan, MP Mark Adler, MP John McCallum, MP Peter Stoffer, MP Joe Volpe, MP Jeff Watson, and MP Marlene Jennings at our annual Israeli Wine and Canadian Cheese events.

The IAC builds coalitions on campus and on a national and international level. Only though continued partnerships can we build a successful campus culture of open dialogue.

Make sure to click ‘Like’ on our Israel Awareness Committee Facebook Page and join the Israel Awareness Committee Facebook Group to stay up to date on events and activities.

Positive Dialogue Begins Here

We believe that the only way to bring about meaningful and lasting change is through positive dialogue. Check out some of our articles, posts, announcements, and other important information in our blog.

Do you like to paint? Do you want to have a relaxing night of interactive painting? Do you want to help raise money for sick kids? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the event for you!
Come one come all for Paint Nite! Create a masterpiece led by a local Ottawa artist. Admission is by donation to support Save A Child's Heart.
Save A Child's Heart is an organization which provides life-saving cardiac surgeries and medical care to children living in developing countries. Come learn about SACH, Israel, and how to paint with a diverse group of students. Everyone is welcome!
Thank you StandWithUs and CIJA for the sponsorship!
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Painting For Peace

November 7, 2017, 7:00pm - November 7, 2017, 9:00pm

Do you like to paint? Do you want to have a relaxing night of interactive painting? Do you want to help raise money for sick kids? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the event for you! Come one come all for Paint Nite! Create a masterpiece led by a local Ottawa artist. Admission is by donation to support Save A Child's Heart. Save A Child's Heart is an organization which provides life-saving cardiac surgeries and medical care to children living in developing countries. Come learn about SACH, Israel, and how to paint with a diverse group of students. Everyone is welcome! Thank you StandWithUs and CIJA for the sponsorship!

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FACES OF IAC
Meet our VP Events Amit Scheer
Second Year Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa
"Israel will always have a special place in my heart not only because of its meaning to me in the context of my Jewish identity but also because of what it represents and strives to be. The very existence of the modern State of Israel is remarkable and a tribute to its nation’s perseverance throughout its long and storied history. But the Jewish state does so much more than survive, it thrives. Israel’s unique democracy and moral, compassionate society show that it is possible to achieve fairness and pursue peace even in the most difficult of circumstances. Its rich culture, innovative spirit and impactful contributions to humanity make it an oasis that gives hope to both its people and to those around the world. I couldn’t be prouder to stand with Israel and the active optimism that it embodies."
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MEET our first year representative Gershon Tsirulnikov
First year Political Science, University of Ottawa
“My support for Israel comes primarily from tangible sources I’ve been exposed to first hand. Whenever I speak to people about the only thriving democracy in the Middle East, they’re incredulous! It’s very true that when someone hears of a place in this turmoil - filled region that sees people of all stripes and colours living harmoniously and taking every opportunity they’re given by their peers to get the best out of life, it comes as a shock. As I witness Jews and Arabs alike getting elected into positions of public office, the judiciary branch of government, and receiving high profile positions in every other field of work, my faith in the State of Israel in its form as a liberal and democratic country only increases. My love for this country is also based on its promotion of values that are sacred to me and to Canada, such environmental sustainability, promotion of democratic institutions, and LGBT rights. It’s absolutely understandable that there is criticism that can be attributed to its government, just like any other State, however, I believe that Israel is as ready as it has ever been for peace with its neighbours. The only legitimate peace is one that is agreed upon collectively by those involved, and I hope to continue to promote this through future discussions! I’m very open to chat, so come say hi!”
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Meet our VP Media for the year, Dylan Harris!
Fourth Year Psychology student at U of O
"As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, my love for Israel is particularly rooted in a deep admiration for what it means to the Jewish people – a symbol of resiliency and triumph, and a guarantor of the promise of “Never Again”. Since visiting Israel for the first time this past summer, I developed an even deeper personal connection to the land and its history, its core values of pluralism and tolerance, and its people."
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