Principal’s Message

I am delighted and honoured to be the Principal of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in the Miles Nadal Jcc.  As we enter our 20th year, it is a time to reflect upon all of the wonderful things Paul Penna DJDS brings to the downtown Jewish Community.  Paul Penna DJDS offers the opportunity for an inclusive, innovative and relevant Jewish education in the heart of Toronto.  Paul Penna DJDS serves the educational needs of a diverse group of students coming from many different parts of our city.  What they all have in common is a desire to be part of a warm and welcoming school community that incorporates Jewish tradition and learning into so many aspects of school life.  Above all else, Paul Penna DJDS provides a warm and nurturing environment for children to grow, learn and experience Jewish life as an integral part their formative school years.

For me, arriving at Paul Penna DJDS feels like coming home.  As a child, I roamed the halls of this building as a student at the Community Hebrew School and a participant in so many artistic and athletic programs.  I feel deeply connected to the Downtown Toronto Jewish Community, and I am so excited to work with a dedicated group of faculty and staff to lead Paul Penna DJDS into its next decade. The twenty years of the school’s past will be integral in setting the direction for a bright and exciting future.

I welcome you to come and see the school and feel the energy that exists here each and everyday.  This is truly where Judaism Grows. Downtown.