Why a Middle School?

Why Now?

Expanding the School’s program by two years and creating a stand-alone Grade 6, 7 and 8 Middle School allows Paul Penna DJDS to best deliver against our vision – by continuing the innovative and unique Paul Penna DJDS education through seminal, educational and Jewish periods in students’ lives and providing a compelling offering for downtown Jewish families.


Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School provides children and their families an open door to diverse Jewish life and education in a unique downtown community. We strive to deliver an excellent Jewish and general education for students and further focus thoughts and actions on social justice and critical thinking.


Graduates of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School will have a strong Jewish identity, deep sense of curiosity, and commitment to social justice that enables them to make a positive impact, not only on their Jewish community but also on their local, Canadian and global communities. Their families will actively engage in this journey, extending the impact our graduates create in repairing the world

A Paul Penna DJDS Timeline

A look at where we are coming from and where we are going.  See all of the amazing things we have accomplished along the way

2018 Our History
2019 Our History
2019 Our History
2019 Our History
2019 Our History
2019 Our History
2020 Our History
2020 Our History
2020 Our History
2020 Our History
2020 Our History
2020 Our History
2021 Our History
2021 Our History
2021 Our History
2021 Our History
2021 Our History

A Paul Penna DJDS Podcast

Episodes are ordered from least to most recent. 

Questions and Answers

Paul Penna DJDS Task Force Membership

Scott Greene

Jay Rosenthal 

Amy Ballon, Yvonne Bombard, Mark Carbonelli,  Jennifer Gold, Adam Liederman, Karen Rosen, Daniel Stern, Marlene Taube-Schiff

Dr. Amy Platt 
Elana Paice Lidsky 
Cheryl Fine

Professional Advisory 
Kathy Friedman – Jewish Studies Curriculum Consultant
Dr. Daniel Held – UJA Liaison
Dr. Marc Kramer – Educational Consultant 
Rena Markus – Vice Principal
Sandra Nagy – Future Design School 
Kate Sable – Director Core Curriculum
Darren Schisler – Slalom Consultant
Dr. Marian Small – Professor of Mathematics
Ali Wolfond – Faculty Member

Middle School Educational Advisory Panel

Kimberly Dixon – Superintendent, TCDSB
Elaine Danson – Consultant Private Business (Toronto)
Rabbi Ed Elkin – Rabbi, Narayever Congregation
Dr. Esther Geva – Professor, OISE, Toronto
Devora Goodman – Consultant, Toronto
Dr. Jessica Hockett – Educational Consultant, Chicago
Dr. Jill Kessler – Educational Consultant, Scottsdale
Karen Kollins – Associate Program Director – Camp George
Dr. Jonathan Levy – Head of School, CHAT

Cathy Lowenstein – HOS Emeritus, Vancouver Talmud Torah
Sandra Nagy – Director of Learning, Future Design School
Leora Schaefer – CEO, Facing History Canada
Dr. Marian Small – Math Educator, University of New Brunswick
Nancy Steinhauer – Head of School, Mabin School

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Paul Penna Downtown
Jewish Day School
750 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2J2
(Located in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre)


(416) 928-3537