Our highly capable and caring faculty inspire our students on a daily basis.
Our general studies teachers are all certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). In addition to the required undergraduate degrees, the majority of our staff have Master’s Degrees. Most of our staff have also pursued further expertise with multiple Additional Qualifications (AQ) courses. Many are Hebrew speakers, which allows them to integrate Jewish Studies and practices across the curriculum.
Our Hebrew teachers are certified teachers, either through the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) or the Centre for Jewish Education (CJE). Their knowledge of Hebrew, combined with their deep understanding of the most current approaches in language instruction, creates an exciting classroom experience.
Students in SK through Grade 3 have Associate Teachers, many of whom are certified teachers. These staff members work closely with our teachers to ensure that the needs of all of our students are met in the best possible way.
Our arts specialists have had professional careers as artists and musicians. Through their talent and experience, they provide the guidance and inspiration that enable our students to develop important skills and to explore new and creative forms of artistic expression.
Paul Penna DJDS provides our children with an education that tells them, shows them and involves them. The words integrated and arts-based are meaningful. The magic that happens in our classrooms is created by our magnificent teachers and supported by dedicated staff. The school’s commitment to inspiring curiosity, honouring diversity and creating community is alive in everything that happens in our gem of a private school. Creative methodology, rooted in Jewish values, sends our children out into the world as well-prepared, independent, free-thinking young people.
Brian Abracen: Brian is a seasoned professional in the digital marketing space. He has a strong background in
business strategy consulting, project management, and communications. Earlier in his career, he worked as
Manager, Interactive Communications at Federation CJA in Montreal. Brian was a Board member of the Annex
Shul, as well as their Marketing and Communications Director. He has also recently been accepted into the latest
cohort of the Joshua Institute. Brian’s daughter is currently in Grade 4 at Paul Penna DJDS .
David Blumberger: David has been practicing law and solving problems at a major a corporation for the last 12
years. David is a true generalist with experience dealing with a wide range of corporate commercial, advertising
and marketing, intellectual property, technology, licensing, franchising, real estate, procurement, M&A,
compliance and litigation issues. Prior to moving to an in-house legal role, David was an associate at a large
downtown Toronto law firm. David has an H.B.A. from The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of
Western Ontario and an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School. David is father to Samantha currently enrolled in
Grade 5, and Lily in Grade 1 at Paul Penna DJDS.
Scott Greene: Scott is a long-time Ontario public servant with a focus on public policy. Prior to working for the
Government of Ontario, Scott worked in consulting, with a focus on IT systems in the public sector, in both New
York and Toronto. In addition, he started his career as a policy analyst with the City of New York’s Office of the
Mayor. Scott is a graduate of the University of Rochester (B.A.) and the London School of Economics and Political
Science (MSc). Married to Sarah Lambert, they have three children: Rafi (who graduated Paul Penna DJDS in
2018), Bess (Class of 2020) and Ezzy (Grade 5).
Sarah Flicker: Sarah is a York Research Chair in Community-Based Participatory Research and Full Professor in the
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University since 2006. Sarah is an experienced facilitator,
gathering and synthesizing diverse opinions on complex subject matters. Sarah has previous Board experience,
including serving for 8 years on the Planned Parenthood Toronto Board. Sarah has been a recent volunteer at the
school as a class rep and parent ambassador, and spearheaded the Orange Shirt Day initiative in our school. She
has also volunteered to be the next co-chair (with her mother) of the Grandparents committee. Sarah is a parent
to Gabriel currently enrolled in Grade 6 and Gemma in Grade 2 at Paul Penna DJDS.
Lisa Milgram: Lisa has close to 20 years of experience in healthcare management with a focus on program
development and operational management. Lisa is passionate about improving patient care while maintaining the
sustainability of our provincial healthcare system. She has been at Cancer Care Ontario, now part of Ontario
Health, for the last 15 years and together with her colleagues has been successful in expanding their programs
through proposal submissions for external funding. She is responsible for policy development, process
improvement, budgeting, evaluations, increasing appropriate use of technology, and creating positive stakeholder
relationships with Ontario hospitals, the Ministry of Health, and pan-Canadian health sector partners.
Lisa holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, a BComm from McGill
University, and is a certified Project Management Professional. Lisa’s son is currently a member of the Grade 2 class at Paul Penna DJDS.
Daniel Naymark: Daniel is a trial lawyer and the principal of Naymark Law, a litigation boutique law firm. He has
experience in a broad range of commercial and civil disputes, public interest litigation and regulatory matters. He
opened Naymark Law in 2015 after working at a Bay Street firm for several years and clerking at the Superior
Court of Justice in Toronto. He holds a JD (2008) from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from Huron College at
Western University. Daniel has been active as a board member and volunteer with several non-profit organizations, both in and out of the legal community. He is the father to Florence currently in Grade 4 and
Nathan in Grade 1.
Karen Rosen: Karen is a partner of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP, serving as Corporate Department Chair and Financial
Services & Insolvency Lead at. A significant portion of Karen’s practice is devoted to corporate and commercial
lending and borrowing. Karen is a member of her firm’s Conflicts Committee and represents her firm as a member of Toronto Opinion Group. Karen is an active mentor to her firm’s associates, students and young partners. Karen’s son Sam is currently in our Grade 4 class and her daughter Becky is a proud alumnus.
Jessica Weiss: Jessica is Counsel to the Executive Director of Professional Development and Competence at the Law Society of Ontario where she supports the development of policy recommendations in the competence area. Jessica is a strong communicator and has substantial experience working with various stakeholders, including the Board of Directors (of the Law Society). She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012 and has recently begun a
certificate in adult learning and development at OISE. She served on the Board of Act to End Violence Against Women and participated on their Advocacy committee. Jessica is a parent ambassador carnival volunteer, and was a parent rep for the Day of Giving. Jessica currently has 2 daughters in Grades 1 and 3 at Paul Penna DJDS.
Paul Penna Downtown
Jewish Day School
750 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2J2
(Located in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre)