If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years that I can be certain of, it’s that life never fails to throw you curve balls, constantly changing your plans, requiring you to adjust accordingly. These curve balls, unexpected changes to our plans, carry the potential to have both positive and negative effects on our lives.
However, I like to believe that everything happens for a reason and that things tend to work out the way they should. I have recently been thrown a curve ball, requiring me to adjust my plans and stay in Ottawa for another year. I apologize for suggesting in my last Campus Life column (April 13) that I would be leaving this beautiful and vibrant city. I am so excited and grateful to have another year (or more!) here in Ottawa. This city has become a home to me, and I look forward to seeing what this year brings.
It’s a new school year, offering everyone a fresh start and a clean slate. The beginning of every school year is filled with ample opportunities, be it getting involved in the Jewish student community, involving oneself in the invaluable experience of Israel advocacy, meeting new people, studying harder, socializing more frequently, and did I mention getting involved with Jewish student life on campus?
Luckily for Jewish students on Ottawa’s university campuses, there are many social and cultural opportunities in which to involve ourselves in the Jewish community.
With the High Holidays in full swing, the Chabad Student Network (CSN) has invited all Jewish students to its big dinner before Yom Kippur on September 22, to be followed by services. CSN will also host a break-fast the following night. During Sukkot, CSN’s main sukkah will be in front of Ottawa City Hall and meals and events will be held there throughout the holiday. CSN will wind up the holiday period with a Simchat Torah bash. Contact Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about any or all of these events.
Hillel Ottawa will also be hosting cultural events for Sukkot, including Darbukah in the Sukkah with Cantor Daniel Benlolo. Look forward to a musical Kabbalat Shabbat, many Shabbat dinners, bagel lunches, and so much more. Visit www.hillelottawa.ca for details on upcoming events.
It’s going to be a very exciting year for both Hillel Ottawa and the Chabad Student Network. Be sure not to miss out. All events are geared towards both undergrad and graduate students of all ages.
Want the opportunity to visit Israel for free? Apply to Birthright Israel today! Registration is now open at www.israelforfree.com. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. If you have any questions about Birthright or your eligibility, contact Scott Goldstein at email@example.com.
Take advantage of the clean slate this new school year brings, and embrace all of the exciting opportunities that are bound to come your way. Get involved in the community in any way you feel comfortable. Welcome the curve balls life throws your way with the confidence that things will all turn out as they should. I am sure this will be an exciting year. Looking forward to seeing you all, both old faces and new, around on campus and at community events. If you have any questions about Jewish student life on Ottawa’s campuses, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to answer any questions or address any concerns.
Wishing everyone an easy and meaningful fast on Yom Kippur. Here’s to a great year to come!