The Heschel Blog
October 21, 2021
Through the Classroom Window: Moon Observation

“Through the Classroom Window” is an opportunity for teachers to share the inspiring learning that takes place in their classrooms, giving others a glimpse into the heartbeat of the school. Today, we hear from Grade 8 teacher Yarden Bourlas, who shares about Heschel’s innovative Grade 8 astronomy unit Space and Time, with deep learning on …

October 15, 2021
Through the Classroom Window: Making Connections Between Hebrew and Arabic

“Through the Classroom Window” is an opportunity for teachers to share the inspiring learning that takes place in their classrooms, giving others a glimpse into the heartbeat of the school. Today, we hear from Grade 8 teacher Elana Moscovitch about a recent visit to her classroom by Heschel’s 2021/22 ShinShinim, with a powerful lesson about …

January 22, 2021
Reading to the Grade 1 Students

Two weeks ago the grade eight students had an opportunity to read to the Grade 1 students and do an art activity with them. At The Toronto Heschel School, we believe the connection between older and younger students is important. This is a fun way for younger students to make friendships with older ones and …

May 28, 2019
Junior High is Making Fundraising FUN

The Communications committee, a part of the student council dedicated to making the Heschel Yearbook, has been working diligently throughout the year to ensure that our 2018-2019 yearbook is the best it can be. Remarkable student leaders along with staff and committee members have spent their time and effort to create and personalize this phenomenal …

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 …

May 08, 2019
Grade Eight Diversity Workshop

On Tuesday, April 29, our Grade 8 class participated in a diversity workshop with Grade 8 students from the As Sadiq school. As it is an Islamic school, we discussed the differences between Judaism and Islam, and we were able to learn a lot about each other’s cultures and beliefs. We also engaged in different …

March 28, 2019
Grade Eight Drum Making Workshop

On Monday the grade eight class participated in an incredible four- hour drum making workshop. It was exhausting but the end result was worth it. We tied the pieces of the drum together, decorated the handle, and even created a drum sounder. We were guided by Rick Monaco who has been a music educator and …

March 27, 2019
Junior High Debate Tournament

On March 12, the Junior High Debate  Team competed in the Jewish Day School Debate Tournament. This was the first year debating in front of a crowd for us.  We really did not know what to expect and ended up having a fun time.  We learned many useful skills that helped us with practice debates …

January 17, 2019
Toronto Heschel School’s Grade 8 Dance 2018 – Libi Bamizrach – לבי במזרח

The poem, “במזרח לבי” – “My Heart is in the East”, was written by Yehuda Halevi during the Golden Age of Spain. In the poem, Halevi expresses that although life in Spain was comfortable, he could not appreciate the joys of his present moment because he yearned so deeply to be in Israel – the …

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