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Social Action in Action

When I was a child, I remember going grocery shopping with my mom and we would often see homeless people outside asking for money or food. I would turn to my mother and ask her what we could do. As we grocery shopped for our family, she allowed me to pick out foods that I […]

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Lessons on Jewish Identity from My Grandfather

Today, May 2, we mark Yom HaShoah. It is a day set aside each year to remember a time in the lives of the Jewish people when it was not safe to be who you were; when a fundamental part of your identity put a target on your back. As the grandson of a Holocaust […]

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The Importance of Learning ‘Ivrit’ (Hebrew)

“Shalom Yeladim!” This is how teachers greet their students. In Ivrit (Hebrew), we say “Hello” with the word “Shalom”. It means “hello” and it also means “peace.” Imagine how many times a day we wish each other “peace!” And we are hardly aware of doing it. Down the hall, we hear a teacher saying “Kol […]

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Choosing A Jewish Day School Is A Journey

Twenty years ago, I had never considered a Jewish education for my own children. Fast forward to today: my three children are all Bialik graduates and I’ve been the Director of Admissions at Bialik for the past nine years! What happened, you may ask, and how did I do a full 180 to become an […]

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Changing the Narrative on Jewish Day Schools

Much has been made about the “crisis” of enrolment at GTA Jewish day schools and I want to acknowledge the concerns in our community about this state of affairs. Yet, while it is true that several schools are closing their campuses, the exaggerated narrative we hear is that the Jewish day school system in Toronto […]

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Bialik — A Place I Call Home

When my son Zane started at Bialik in September 1995, I never imagined how my family life would become intertwined with Bialik — as a parent, community member and as the Executive Director for the past four years. I always knew that, at Bialik, Jewish values and a caring community were front and centre, but […]

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ShinShinim – Bringing the Spirit of Israel to Bialik

“They are coming! Are they here yet?” Then, to thunderous applause “they” walk into our opening school assembly. Who could generate such excitement in school? The Boys in Blue? The Raptors? Drake? None of the above. “Who?” you ask. The ShinShinim, of course! Whoever said: “Dreams come a size too big so we can grow […]

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Cheshbon Nefesh: Reflecting on Rosh Hashanah and the Start of the New School Year

Welcome to our new school blog! I am pleased to launch this space where, together with other school leaders and faculty, I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas about Jewish education, pedagogy, technology, social emotional learning, and much more – and the ways that this translates into educating our Bialik students to become future […]

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