Open Houses and Events

Learn What a Heschel Education Would Mean for your Child

Open Houses and 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:

Fall Open House for Prospective Families

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
7:30 pm

This event aims to give parents a good sense of what makes Heschel special.  This is a can’t-miss event if you are researching Jewish day schools in Toronto!  Learn about who we are, what we do, and how our students’ journey allows them to emerge as creative, critical-thinking mensches upon graduation.

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Heschel/PJ Library Early Years Chanukkah Party

Sunday, December 18, 2022
10:00 am

Bundle up and join us to celebrate the Festival of Lights at our outdoors Early Years Chanukkah Party on Sunday, December 18 at 10:00 am. Children aged 18 months to 6 years are welcome to join the fun as they explore our festive activities. The event is open to all youngsters in the wider Jewish community, so please invite your friends—a good time will be had by all!

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Heschel Parent Coffee Klatsch

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
7:30 pm

Coffee time! Join us on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 pm for coffee and dessert with current Heschel families to learn about school life from the parent’s perspective.

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Heschel/PJ Library Early Years Tu Bishvat Event

Sunday, February 5, 2023
10:00 am

Children aged 18 months to 6 years and their parents are invited to attend our Early Years Tu Bishvat Event on Sunday, September 18 at 10:00 am. Non-school families are also welcome, so please invite your friends—a good time will be had by all!

Register HERE

Spring Open House for Prospective Families

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7:30 pm

Learn what makes Heschel special at our Open House on Wednesday, March 8! You will hear from Greg Beiles, our Head of School, and a school parent, about our educational approach and philosophy, helping you to get a good sense of whether The Toronto Heschel School would be a great fit for your family. We’ll also take a spin around the school.

Register HERE

Heschel/PJ Library Early Years Passover Event

Sunday, March 26, 2023
10:00 am

Kids aged 18 months to 6 years and their parents are invited to celebrate with us at our outdoors Pesach event on Sunday, March 26 at 10:00 am. There will be arts & crafts, music, and games related to the holiday. Everyone is welcome!

Register HERE

Recent Event Videos:

Almost as good as having been there!

Junior High Information Evening

Get ready, as three members of our outstanding educational team, and our Head of School, Greg Beiles, walk you through a typical day in junior high at Heschel. This recording documents our latest Junior High Information Evening, which took place on March 20, 2022. The video also includes recordings of two Grade 8 Human Rights speeches. (1 hour)

Fall Open House 2021

If you missed our Open House on November 10, 2021, never fear, watch it here in its entirety! (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.