34 episodes

Step inside the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, a vibrant school committed to providing children and families an open door to diverse Jewish life and exceptional academics in a unique downtown community.

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Step inside the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, a vibrant school committed to providing children and families an open door to diverse Jewish life and exceptional academics in a unique downtown community.

    Prizmah's Israel Educators Mission

    Prizmah's Israel Educators Mission

    Morah Rena, our Vice Principal and Rabbi Marc Wolf recount their participation in Prizmah’s Israel Educators Mission, in which 23 school leaders and Israel educators were brought together to consider the question “What has changed and what stays the same in Israel Education after October 7th?”

    • 16 min
    Meet This Year's ShinShiniot!

    Meet This Year's ShinShiniot!

    This year's ShinShiniot, Shelley and Raz share their experience as part of UJA's ShinShinim Israel engagement program. They are joined by Principal Amy, our Vice Principal, Morah Rena, and Jess Weiss, a ShinShinim host family.

    • 21 min
    Curricular & Community Response to Israel

    Curricular & Community Response to Israel

    In our first podcast episode of the year, Principal Amy, Eric Cohen, our Director of Judaics, and Morah Adeena, our SK core teacher, discuss our curricular and community responses toward the current crisis in Israel. Stream this new episode and past episodes on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

    • 12 min
    A Memorable 25th Year

    A Memorable 25th Year

    In our final episode during the 2022-23 school year, we recount the many events and celebrations that have taken place over the last month, and look ahead to next year. A big thank you to everyone who helped make these events possible, and who celebrated out 25th anniversary with us.

    • 12 min
    Observing Yom HaShoah

    Observing Yom HaShoah

    Leora Schaefer, the Executive Director at Facing History and Ourselves, Michelle Sadowski, an Educator for the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program at the Azrieli Foundation, Jaime Saltz, the Grade 5 Core Teacher, and Principal Amy engage in conversation on the week of Yom HaShoah about the best practices surrounding the introduction of Holocaust education, and how our students observe such an impactful event in history. We also hear from Shira Wolch and various students across all Toronto Jewish Day Schools at the Yom Hashoah V’hagvurah 2023 Community Commemoration.

    • 26 min
    Tikkun Olam Day - From Our Students

    Tikkun Olam Day - From Our Students

    In this bonus episode, Middle School students detail their experiences during our school's first ever Tikkun Olam Day, a day dedicated to promoting social action within our community. Students volunteered their time  with Makers Making Change to create switch adapted toys for kids with disabilities, building and painting ramps at StopGap to make our city more accessible, prepping meals for The Breton Food Cupboard, and sorting clothing donations at Transforming Style. 

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Danielle K-A ,

Re-engaged!

I am an alumni parent who was very involved in the growth of PPDJDS. I continue to be involved in a small way but I don’t have kids in the school and I don’t have a feel for daily life at the school - particularly now that there is a middle school. I have been “out” for three years. My kids are in 9 and 11. This podcast makes me feel totally re-engaged! I love hearing the voices of people I worked so closely with and I love hearing from the people who are creating this new evolution in the PPDJDS journey. Everyone who has ever loved this school should listen to this podcast. Mazel tov!

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