The Heschel Blog
October 22, 2021
The Heschel Gallery: Form Communicates Meaning & We Were All at Har Sinai

The Heschel Gallery is a new Heschel Hive column that will appear at the end of every rotation throughout the year. It will feature students’ artwork with an explanation of the project by Morah Lisa for context. This will be a wonderful way to be able to appreciate the diversity and beauty of the students’ creations! We …

March 17, 2021
When Nature and Middot Perfectly Align

We learn, teach, and practice our middot (ethical measures) along with our students. The same is true of our environmental ethos. As the Grade 4 class engages in tefillah as a community in our Heschel field, we see the intersection of our middot and our environmental appreciation. Students arrive early and call welcoming greetings to …

February 05, 2020
Grade 3 Paper Making Workshop

Last week, the Grade 3 students enjoyed a visit from Orna Shazar, a fibre artist, who ran a workshop about paper making. We explored how paper making is inspired by nature and had an opportunity to look at an old wasps nest. Students learned how different materials can be used to make paper and they …

January 13, 2020
Grade 4 Basketball Clinic

The Grade 4 Deqalim class demonstrated excellent Derekh Eretz, in keeping with recent Middot. Based on their Derekh Eretz, the students were able to choose a special activity. They chose to have Morah Danya’s brother, Jared Mintz (who used to be a professional basketball player), come to run a basketball clinic. Deya and Harel explained that, …

May 08, 2019
Holocaust  Memorial – יום השואה

Last week, the grade eight class lead a commemoration in honour of the six million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust. The sad and poignant ceremony was attended by students in grades 5 to 7 as well as parents and friends in our community. After the ceremony, grade 8 students presented their memorials of …

February 11, 2019
Havdalah on Ice 2019

On January, 26 2019, we had our annual Havdalah on Ice at the Scotia Bank Pond in Downsview Park. At the event, the school community took part in celebrating a weekly ritual. Havdalah is a weekly ceremony marking the end of  Shabbat. The prayers are said once it gets dark outside on Saturday night. Everyone …

January 25, 2019
Environment Week

This week was Environment Week, an annual event organized by the Environment Committee. Environment Week is always the week of Tu Bishvat; the birthday of the trees. On Environment Week, we organize nature, Tu Bishvat, and conservation related activities. At recess, students are invited to participate in activities such as blind taste tests, energy bike …

February 21, 2018
Yasher Koach to Clara

Yasher Koach to Heschel student Clara Glick (Grade 5) for winning Second Prize in the annual Jewish Music Week Student Art Contest. The winning contest art pieces will be framed and on display at “The Gallery at the J” at The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Avenue) from Sunday, May 27 until Wednesday, June 13. …

February 02, 2018
Grade 5 Dance Workshop

We took a dance workshop with Alpha and Jamas to prepare for our Living Haggadah performance.  They told us about where they came from in West Africa and some of their customs.  Everyone knows how to dance because music and dance were a large part of their culture, and they had different beats for different celebrations.  …

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