I am delighted and honoured to be the Head of School of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Paul Penna DJDS offers the opportunity for an inclusive, innovative and relevant Jewish education in the heart of Toronto. Our school serves the educational needs of a diverse group of students coming from many different parts of the 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 rigorous learning into multiple areas of school life. Above all else, Paul Penna DJDS provides a dynamic and nurturing environment for children to grow, learn and experience Jewish life as an integral part of their formative school years.
The last six months have been unique for all of us. At Paul Penna DJDS, we rose to the occasion; through our digital learning environment, our values of community, diversity, individuality, learning and social action shone brightly. What our school was able to do to support our faculty, students, and families was nothing short of spectacular. For me, it affirmed my pride in leading this community and it solidified my knowledge that at Paul Penna DJDS, our students receive a first class education in a remarkable community. The values, lessons and relationships that are formed here are the kind that last a lifetime.
Being at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day school feels like coming home. I am deeply connected to the downtown Toronto Jewish community that I grew up in. I have the good fortune of engaging with a dedicated group of faculty and fellow administrators who work hard each day to make the school experience the best it can be. Paul Penna DJDS is building upon the strength of our history and extended community and moving forward with innovation and energy.
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.