Open Houses and Events

Learn What a Heschel Education Would Mean for your Child

Open Houses and virtual events are a wonderful way to learn about Heschel’s unique educational philosophy and to see the ways in which it permeates every aspect of the school, from curriculum and teaching methods, to the design of classrooms and timetables, to community-building.

Upcoming Events:

Coffee and Conversation

Prospective and incoming parents are invited to join the Heschel leadership team and representatives from our Early Years faculty, Chevra, and the Board for an in-person casual event where you can ask questions, get to know us, and take a tour of the school.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
7:30-8:30 pm
Register HERE

Recent Event Videos:

Almost as good as having been there!

Fall Open House 2021

If you missed our Open House on November 10, 2021, never fear, you can watch it in its entirety HERE!  (82 minutes)  This video includes:

  • 0:00         Overview and school video – Bailey Daniels, Director of Admissions
  • 12:30        Discover Heschel – Greg Beiles, Head of School
  • 45:38       An Alumna Perspective – Alexandra Goldman (’12)
  • 50:00      A Parent Perspective – Jonathan Lebi
  • 56:00       FAQs and Q&A
  • 1:14:48     JK at Heschel – Heidi Friedman, Director of Early Years and Child Study, JK-Gr 2
The Art and Science of a Heschel Education

This outdoor virtual event explored Heschel’s integrated approach to Jewish learning, with special features from our garden, art room, and outdoor classrooms. Our Head of School, Greg Beiles, and two of Heschel’s stellar educational team, discussed Heschel’s carefully crafted interdisciplinary curriculum. If you missed it, you can watch the full recording below. (57 minutes)

Meet the Kindergarten Teachers

In this event from December 2020, Heidi Friedman, Director of Early Years, and four of Heschel’s outstanding JK and SK teachers share their insight into Heschel’s kindergarten program. (41 minutes)

Visit our Fall 2020 Open House!

Our Virtual Fall Open House took place on Monday, November 9, 2020.  If you missed it, please check out a few of the highlights in the videos below.  If you would like to access the full 95-minute recording, please send a request to

Greg Beiles, Head of School, shares insight into Heschel’s approach to teaching and learning. (32 minutes)

Our Director of Early Years, Heidi Friedman, shares how JK is taught at the school. (7 minutes)

Veteran Heschel parent Joanna Shapiro shares how The Toronto Heschel School can be a good fit for all types of children. (9 minutes)

Why Jewish Education Matters: A panel discussion in honour and memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l

Jews around the world have been mourning the loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l since November 2020. Rabbi Sacks zt”l left us many teachings to contemplate, including the importance of Jewish education. On March 11, 2021, The Toronto Heschel School hosted a panel discussion on Rabbi Sacks’s ideas about why Jewish learning is so relevant today.

Our distinguished panelists included Dr. Daniel Held, Executive Director, Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Rabbi Dr. Benji Levy, Founding Partner, Israel Impact Partners; past CEO of Mosaic United, Rabbi Or N. Rose, Director, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Hebrew College, Massachusetts, Rabbi Yael Splansky, Senior Rabbi, Holy Blossom Temple, and Dr. Rachael Turkienicz, Founder and Director, Rachael’s Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics.