The Heschel Blog
October 07, 2021
ShinShinim Bring Israel to Heschel

As part of Heschel’s commitment to Israel engagement and education, we are proud to welcome two new UJA ShinShinim to our school. Ma’ayan Gordon and Semyon Steklov are Heschel’s ninth pair of Israeli teen emissaries, who volunteer for one year to bring Israel to our community. We spoke with them to learn more about their …

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October 01, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we began the annual Torah reading cycle anew, with parshat Bereishit: “In the beginning…” We read how at the beginning of Creation:   וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים  מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם The spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.   We also practiced the middah: Be a source of calm. This week, we …

September 30, 2021
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Heschel

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation reminds us of the importance of the connection between land, language, and community, and the consequences that arise when those connections are severed. Today at Heschel, each class spent time learning about Truth and Reconciliation in an age-appropriate way. To begin, our students learned the significance behind why we …

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September 24, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we celebrated Chag Sukkot, also known as Zeman Simchateinu—the time of our rejoicing. We observed the middah “celebrate together with others,” doing so as we learned inside of the sukkah, waved the lulav, and enjoyed the first rains of fall. On Monday, we will celebrate the seventh day of Sukkot, also known as …

September 24, 2021
Heschel FAQs: Who you gonna call?

Here we are at the start of a new school year, and Heschel parents, both new and veterans, have lots of questions to ask! At Heschel, we work as a team of teachers, child study specialists, educational leaders, and administrators to provide your children with a meaningful educational experience. Families are important partners in children’s …

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September 17, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Next week, we celebrate Chag Sukkot. Sukkot is also known as Zeman Simchateinu​​—the time of our rejoicing! Our middah next week is: Celebrate the good things in our lives.  Among the many laws governing the building of a sukkah, there is one that states that a sukkah must be large enough to contain a person’s …

September 17, 2021
What’s New with Heschel’s Hot Lunch Program?

As you have probably heard by now, Heschel’s Hot Lunch program is back for the 2021-22 school year! Heschel parents Janis Mussat and Lauren Black have taken on the roles of Lunch Program Co-Chairs and they are introducing some exciting changes for the program. We spoke with Janis and Lauren to learn more. What are …

September 17, 2021
Meet Your New Chevra Co-Chairs!

Shanah Tovah and welcome to a new and exciting school year! Over the past 18 months, as the world around us changed in a way we could not have imagined, we have all experienced so many emotions. We have laughed and cried; we have been courageous, struggled, and overcome obstacles. We have felt these feelings …

September 10, 2021
Awe and Wonder in the Harvard Business Review

It seems that The Toronto Heschel School is not the only educational institution promoting a sense of awe and wonder! An article entitled “Why You Need to Protect Your Sense of Wonder — Especially Now” appeared at the end of August on the Harvard Business Review website. The article states that feeling amazement at the world around us …

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