Jewish students are outraged at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus BDS decision

The library at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. (Thomas Guignard/Flickr Creative Commons)

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for Jewish students at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. The campus student union passed a motion supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, which would curtail activities and services that “normalize Israeli apartheid.” The main issue that sprung up: kosher food. Who’s going to find a kosher caterer that supports BDS?

To understand the resolutions, as well as what daily life is like for Jewish students at UofT’s Scarborough campus, we’re joined by Tyler Samuels, a graduate from the campus who now works at Hasbara Fellowships Canada and still has many Jewish friends who are affected by the student union’s recent actions.

Plus: We discuss the CBC’s recent list of 18 “words and phrases you may want to think twice about using” and how it affects Jews; our hosts debate latkes versus sufganiyot; we’ve got a whole slew of recommendations for Hanukkah music, movies and books; and Ilana recites a snippet from Lemony Snicket’s modern classic, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming.

What We Discussed

Our Hanukkah Recommendations

  • “A Week and a Day” by Boyz II Menorah (YouTube)
  • Hanukkah Gone Metal by Gods of Fire (
  • “Light One Candle” by Peter, Paul and Mary (YouTube)
  • “Miracle” by Matisyahu (YouTube)
  • “Candlelight” by The Maccabeats (YouTube)
  • The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket (Amazon)


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