CFHU Ottawa Welcomes New HU Community Ambassadors

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Promoting Hebrew U in Canada

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University’s Ottawa chapter welcomes Israeli newlyweds as community ambassadors

Orit and Daniel Tor, CFHU’s new Hebrew University of Jerusalem Community Ambassadors in Ottawa.Ottawa’s Jewish community is gearing up for an injection of Israeli culture and politics: Orit and Daniel Tor have recently moved to the city and are excited to take on the role of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Community Ambassadors.

The role is in Orit’s DNA: she was born in Sweden, where her parents worked as Israeli community ambassadors. Of Yemeni and Hungarian descent, she grew up in a small religious moshav in the country’s northeast. She spent her international service working with Israeli youth, followed by a year in Melbourne, Australia, and several months in South Africa also working with young people. She is a recipient and alumna of the prestigious Bronfman Youth Fellowship as well as the Stand With Us fellowship, and has worked at the Knesset as a tour guide.

Daniel, 27, is originally from Netanya. After serving in the Israeli army in a combat unit, he completed his BA in politics and economics at the University, followed by a master’s degree in political science and gender. He’s a longtime volunteer at the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, and has been working in the past two years in one of the best chef restaurants in Israel that is located in the Jerusalem market, drawing on the diversity of Israeli cultures (and his own Moroccan ancestry) to develop interesting, international meals. He’d love to run a series of Israeli food and culinary workshops for Ottawa citizens, “and not just falafel and hummus! We’re foodies. We want to explore a broad range of food culture from Israel.”

Fittingly, the two met at The Hebrew University, where they were both political science students and active in student government: they served consecutive terms as president of the student union. A friendship blossomed into a romance:  Orit and Daniel married this past summer. As political science aficionados, they’re thrilled about their extended Ottawa honeymoon at the centre of Canadian government and politics.

As Hebrew University Community Ambassadors, the couple looks forward to promoting Hebrew U to the Jewish and wider community. That might mean bringing in Hebrew U professors for workshops and lectures, visiting and working within the city’s Jewish and elementary and high schools, connecting with Hebrew U alumni in the city, and working with university students and Hillel. They’ll be hosting a variety of events and smaller programs, and spending time at the city’s Jewish community centres. They’ll have an office at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. “Please drop by and visit us, anytime,” says Orit.

Orit and Daniel are also looking forward to flexing their culinary skills by hosting community members for Shabbat meals and chagim — and would be happy to accept invitations into the homes of community members as well. “We’re super-excited to meet everyone,” says Daniel. “This is a beginning for us. We just graduated. We just got married. And we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

 

Please follow Orit and Daniel on the Ottawa Chapter Facebook page @CFHUOttawa, message them at otor@cfhu.org or dtor@cfhu.org, or stop by their office at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. 

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