Office of Multicultural Student Success

Jewish Heritage Month

 Planning committees are open to all UT students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee for Jewish Heritage month, please email omss@utoledo.edu.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE AWESOME VIRTUAL EVENTS AND RESOURCES LISTED BELOW 
 

21st Century Anti-Semitism: Exploring Hate, Oppression and Identity, hosted by WashU Hillel

Tuesday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m.

Join WashU Hillel for a conversation on identifying and combatting anti-Semitism in all its forms. This program will consist of roughly an hour of panel conversation followed by half an hour of breakout-room learning on various topics moderated by the panelists. 

This event aims to jumpstart the creation of a community of students, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who are passionate about building relationships across cultural lines, fighting anti-Semitism, and discovering new allies in the fight against hate. No prior knowledge is needed to leave with a working definition of anti-Semitism, how to identify it, and how to address it, in addition to how anti-Semitism interacts with other types of oppression and hate. We will address topics such as anti-Semitism on social media and in the classroom, the intersections of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and the role that white supremacy plays in anti-Semitism.

 Event Info and Registration Here

Remembering to Never Forget: A Discussion with Zahava Rendler, hosted by Bowling green State University's Hillel

Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm on Zoom

Remembering our past and speaking our truth unites us. Zahava Rendler shares the story of her past to shed light on possibilities of the future. Her remarkable story encourages resilience, personal growth, and human connection. Rendler is a member of the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s Coppel Speakers Bureau, which provides Holocaust survivors, descendants of survivors, and other experts a forum to share their stories with schools, organizations, and civic groups, providing a moving and memorable experience. 

Event info here

SHABBAT 101

FRIDAY, APRIL 9th AT 6:30P.M. ON ZOOM

Not quite sure what Shabbat is all about? Want to learn more? Join us for an intro to Shabbat where we'll discuss the meaning behind the prayers and rituals we perform every Friday. Sign up for the event through Hillel and pick up your supplies in OMSS (Student Union 2500) the day of the event  - limited to the first 15 people that sign up.

Event Info Here

SHABBAT DINNER

FRIDAY, APRIL 16th at 6:30p.m. ON ZOOM

In Jewish tradition, the world is created in an evolution of seven days: six days of work that culminate in the seventh day, Shabbat, a day of rest. Shabbat is not a postscript, it is as important a part of bringing the world into being as any of the days of active creativity. Judaism teaches that we, human beings, are responsible for continuing the work of creation to make the world a better place, day after day, week after week. That work requires Shabbat. (Description from OneTable). Sign up for the event through Hillel - limited to the first 15 people that sign up.

EVENT INFO HERE 

Mezuzah Making Program

Sunday, April 18 at 2:00p.m. on Zoom

Join Hillel to make your very own Mezuzah! A mezuzah consists of two parts. There’s the holder, which is the part you see on the doorpost, and a small scroll of parchment inside (called a klaf in Hebrew). The scroll has verses from the Torah inscribed on it, including the Shema prayer. For religious Jews, affixing mezuzahs to doorways fulfills a biblical commandment. There are plenty of other reasons to have a mezuzah though. Some people believe that a mezuzah provides special protection for the family that lives inside. It’s also a nice reminder that we have a connection with God/Spirit and/or other Jewish people, and that our homes are special places. It’s a symbol that a sense of Jewish identity and commitment exist in that household, and a way to tell the world, “Hey! I’m Jewish and this is a Jewish home!” (description from JewBelong and more information can be found HERE

EVENT INFO HERE 

History of Judaism Trivia Night

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm on Zoom 

Join Hillel to learn more about Judaism through fun competition! Amazon gift cards for winners!

EVENT INFO HERE

PROJECT LINUS 

WedneSDAY, APRIL 28th From 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Hillel

The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers”.  Please join Hillel for a night of giving back to the community!

EVENT INFO HERE


Learn More About Jewish Life And Culture Through ThESE Resources

TOLEDO HILLEL

Toledo Hillel is on the front lines providing our amazing students with meaningful Jewish experiences. 

FIND IT HERE

HEY ALMA

Alma [ahl-ma] is a Hebrew word meaning a woman of childbearing age who has not had kids. Which is really weird and oddly specific, we know. When Alma launched in 2017, we called ourselves a publication for “ladies with chutzpah,” one that would cover everything from Jewish pop culture to what’s happening in the news to personal pieces about identity, feminism, and more. We still do all that, though these days we think of ourselves as a publication for anyone — regardless of gender — who cares about Jewish identity and culture and how they fit into everyday life. Still with lots of chutzpah. 

FIND IT HERE

ONE TABLE

OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. OneTable is a national nonprofit funded to support people (21-39ish) looking to find and share this powerful experience. Our approach to Shabbat dinner is non-prescriptive. We encourage our participants to envision what their gathering might be, and we work alongside them to provide the support they need to create that result. OneTable’s primary goal is for emerging adults to become the producers of their own experiences, and for Shabbat dinner to become a platform for community building. We envision a whole generation of millennials slowing down, joining together, unplugging from the week, creating intention in their lives, and building meaningful communities. 

FIND IT HERE

JEWBELONG

Most Jews know that Judaism can be a little intimidating, which for some people is a good enough reason to run for the door. Or maybe you gave Judaism a try, but you didn’t get enough out if it to keep you coming back. The fact is that Judaism sometimes gets a bad rap and that’s led to too many people missing out on the good stuff. JewBelong is out to change all that by helping you find the joy, meaning, relevance and connection that Judaism has to offer. Our easy explanations and meaningful rituals are just the beginning. We exist for Jewish people, for people who aren’t Jewish but are part of a Jewish community, for anyone who has felt like a Jewish outsider (which TBH is probably most of us), and especially for Disengaged Jews (DJs for short). That’s literally why our name/tagline is JewBelong: for when you feel you don’t! 

FIND IT HERE

THE TORAH STUDIO

The Torah Studio is an accessible and inclusive learning space that encourages people to take ownership of our traditional Jewish texts.  Torah study should be easy to start, or start again! We make sure our classes are affordable, frequent, and inclusive of all backgrounds and experience. We're excited to start offering more classes that cover a wide breadth and depth of Jewish texts every week. Once you fall in love with Torah learning, you should have access to those spaces anytime.  Torah has been the center of the Jewish conversation for over 3000 years. We want to give you the tools you need to feel ownership over our texts, the fun and the difficult together, so you can be feel like a part of the conversation! 

FIND IT HERE

GROWTORAH

GrowTorah aims to cultivate a more passionate, compassionate and sustainable future driven by Torah values. What we do: GrowTorah develops experiential & environmental Torah education programs for Jewish institutions.  Our flagship Shorashim Partnership program has us manage and teach in 14 garden programs at 14 Jewish Day Schools. GrowTorah's newly launched national program, the Anafim partnership is accepting requests from interested schools.

FIND IT HERE

DAYENU

Dayenu is building a movement of American Jews confronting the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. We mobilize Jewish support for climate solutions, build our collective power, and raise up a spiritual, religious, and moral voice in the national and global movements confronting the climate crisis. 

FIND IT HERE

THE NOSHER

Welcome to The Nosher! We’re your go-to guide for everything from how to make the best matzah ball soup to informing you about the secret Jewish roots of fish and chips. Food plays a crucial role in Jewish life, and The Nosher covers it all from holiday recipes to Jewish restaurant trends to tips on the best new Jewish and Israeli foods at Trader Joe’s. 

FIND IT HERE

THE JEWISH FOOD SOCIETY

Our goal is to preserve beloved Jewish foods and to celebrate new ones. We’re as likely to share a grandmother’s Old World kreplach recipe as we would a newfangled maple-glazed challah from Vermont. What they have in common is this: They tell the stories of how Jewish people live and love, how they celebrate and mourn, and the way they cook. The Jewish Food Society’s mission is to honor and revitalize Jewish culinary traditions, but you don’t have to be Jewish to take part. We want to get people curious about the rich scope of this truly diverse cuisine. It’s not all bagels, pastrami and babka. There’s Iraqi sabich, Persian gondi and Yemenite kubaneh. Soul foods that you will want to know, and to taste. 

FIND IT HERE

KESHET

Keshet envisions a world in which all LGBTQ Jews and our families can live with full equality, justice, and dignity. By strengthening Jewish communities and equipping Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge they need to make all LGBTQ Jews feel welcome, we work to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. We also create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued and advance LGBTQ rights nationwide. 

FIND IT HERE

EDJUDAICA

Edjudaica is dedicated to making Jewish learning imaginative, meaningful, relevant, and accessible to all ages. We believe that Jewish wisdom can enhance the way we live our daily lives by inspiring action in our local and global communities and reconnecting us to the beauty of the present moment.   

FIND IT HERE

ISRAEL MUSEUM 

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In nearly seventy years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture. 

FIND IT HERE

SEFARIA

Explore 3000 years of Jewish texts and English translations.

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AISH.COM

A popular website for Jewish wisdom, holidays, and more.

FIND IT HERE

HILLEL AT HOME   

Hillel International has launched a Hillel at Home series that has "virtual meet-ups and online gatherings that bring you together with Jewish and Jew-ish students from around the world in real-time!" 

6 JEWISH AMERICAN OBJECTS FOR JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 

In April 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish American objects in our collections shed light on why Jewish families immigrated to the United States, and the many ways they contributed to American society. The National Museum of American History has gathered a collection of objects to highlight for the month.

VIEW THEM HERE 

AUSCHWITZ MUSEUM VIRTUAL TOUR  

The Auschwitz camp became a symbol of terror, genocide and Shoah for the world. It was created by the Germans in mid-1940 in the suburbs of Oświęcim, incorporated by the Nazis into the Third Reich. 
Division of Auschwitz 
In 1944, at its peak, the camp consisted of three parts: 
Auschwitz I, created in 1940 on the premises and buildings of pre-war Polish barracks; 
Auschwitz II-Birkenau , the largest of the entire complex, created in 1941 in the village of Brzezinka, 3 km away from Oświęcim, from which the Polish population was displaced and the houses taken from them were demolished. In Birkenau, the Nazis also built most of the mass extermination facilities; 
Auschwitz III. In 1942-1944, mainly at various German industrial plants as well as agricultural and breeding farms, more than 40 sub-camps were created, using prisoners' slave labor. The largest of them, called Buna, was created in 1942, 6 km from the Auschwitz I camp, at the Buna-Werke synthetic rubber and gasoline plant. They were built during the war by the German concern IG Farbenindustrie, to which the SS provided prisoners for work. 

 

JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER TOLEDO RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo has created a website that includes important information regarding COVID-19 and many Jewish educational resources and activities. Activities include a virtual tour of Israel, a list of Jewish shows and movies on Netflix, and Hadassah Magazine's spring guide to Jewish literature!  

 

KANOPY MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES AVAILABLE FOR FREE! 

Check out some movies and documentaries related to Jewish Studies. Just log in with your utad to stream for free. "At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together. Start watching today and expand your worldview with us." 

 

Last Updated: 4/5/21