Thinking & Learning
Teaching through the Arts

At the Toronto Heschel School we recognize the value of learning through the arts. We admire the arts for their capacity to nurture imagination, flexible thinking and creative problem solving. Research shows that students who learn in arts-rich environments have better academic outcomes, social and emotional development, as well as higher levels of civic engagement, self-motivation, and self-discipline.

The Toronto Heschel School integrates learning through the arts throughout its curriculum. The Centre for Excellence in Integrated Judaic Arts supports teachers with on-going professional development, mentorship and opportunities to work collaboratively to create, implement, and enhance our unique Judaic Arts curriculum. The Centre also supports special arts workshops, guest artists, and art-based field trips.

Programs supported by the Centre include:

  • The Dramatized Haggadah
  • Integrated Ceramics Program
  • Judaic Arts Dance Workshops
  • Slavery to Freedom Textual Arts
  • The Human Rights Graffiti Project
  • Shmuel Alef and Bet Song-Writing Program
  • and more…