The Heschel Blog
March 22, 2021
Why Jewish Education Matters

On March 11, 2021, The Toronto Heschel School hosted the Greater Toronto Jewish community for a fascinating discussion on Rabbi Sacks’s ideas about why Jewish learning is so relevant today. Our distinguished panel, moderated by our very own Head of School, Dr. Greg Beiles, included Dr. Daniel Held, Executive Director, Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for …

April 02, 2020
Mi Sheberakh

Thursday mornings are a special time at Heschel, when our Junior High students and teachers gather for Tefillah b’Tzibur. There are many beautiful Heschel traditions during our prayer service, but one of the most heartwarming is when we sing the Mi Sheberakh, or Jewish prayer of healing. We think of our loved ones, those in …

December 18, 2019
Chanukkah Festival of the Arts Concert

Last week, we participated in our 10th and final Chanukkah Concert as Heschel students. This year especially, we acknowledged how special this concert was for us and our entire community. We began our year by  learning about the word “Hineni.”  This concept integrated through most of our subjects. From our 10 years at Heschel, we …

October 30, 2019
Heschel Graduate in the CJN

Yasher Koach to Heschel graduate, Benjamin Beiles (2014), on his insightful article in the CJN about the value of studying Talmud. Beiles: My teachers were right: studying Talmud was worth it  

May 17, 2018
Thank you, Joanna

For the past four years, Joanna Shapiro has served as Co-Chair of Heschel’s Board of Directors. As she nears the end of this record-breaking term, we would like to thank Joanna for her outstanding leadership. Joanna delivered a moving Dvar Torah at this week’s Board Meeting, which can be read here.

March 13, 2018
Sparks of Change – A Parent’s Perspective

Alaa Abu Raya and Danielle Fenster, two of the 8 teens who came to Toronto as part of the Sparks of Change program, stayed in my home throughout last week.  I wanted to take this opportunity to give you some feedback on the experience in general and on their experience at Heschel in particular. With …