Fall/Winter Chatter Magazine 2016

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ANNUAL REPORT Chatter is published by TanenbaumCHAT for alumni, students, parents and friends. tanenbaumchat.org I 1



There is something profound happening every day at TanenbaumCHAT. What is the quality that makes us so special? Is it our exceptional faculty, who motivate students to contribute to society in countless ways? Is it our rigorous programming which guides students to achieve outstanding leadership roles in Toronto’s diverse communities? Or could it be the early mornings of minyan and late nights of Shabbaton preparations that keep our ever growing student body connected to their Jewish roots? At TanenbaumCHAT, our students do more than listen, they ask. Their curiosity leads them to search for answers to important questions both in and out of the conventional classroom. Each year, students test their creative potential with new programming, such as strengthening their connection to Jewish values by reaching fellow students in new Israel engagement programming, or contributing time to many organizations, outside their academics. At our school, our students are defined not only by what they do while they are here, but also by the ways they continue to shape the world outside our walls once they graduate. We couldn’t possibly cover all their contributions in one CHATTER Magazine, as our students are always innovating and finding new ways to positively impact both the student body and the larger community. We’ve compiled a glimpse of the student life at TanenbaumCHAT, as we want to let you in on the extraordinary TanenbaumCHAT experience that we re-define and cultivate each and every day. n

CHATTER magazine is published through the TanenbaumCHAT Advancement Office and is distributed to more than 7,000 TanenbaumCHAT alumni, parents and friends of the school.

HOW TO REACH US Wallenberg Campus 416.636.5984 Kimel Family Education Centre 905.787.8772 Director of Advancement – Frances Bigman, CFRE 416.636.5984 x 230 fbigman@tanenbaumchat.org


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Editor – Elie Guttmann ‘12 416.636.5984 x 354 eguttmann@tanenbaumchat.org


Front Cover: (from left to right) Rebecca Aharon ‘19, Eve Chapnik ‘17, Daniel Minden ‘17, David Romi-Babany ‘17, & Jordana Ansel ‘18




“CORE VALUES TO LIVE BY AND IDEALS TO ASPIRE TO” Education is one of the most effective ways to bring about change. TanenbaumCHAT proves the point. We are empowering a new generation of students with the intellectual tools – inquisitiveness, resilience, perseverance – and the Jewish rootedness to strive not just for success but for significance. Our mission is to challenge, and prepare students to live lives of high moral character, intellectual curiosity, Jewish commitment, and civic duty. It is anchored in five counter-cultural core values: The value of intellectual curiosity ensures that students will be well-prepared for university. Emphasizing that the point of school is not to get good at school or to impress university admissions officers. The purpose of school is to develop a strong work ethic, a love of ideas, a passion for reading, an appreciation of the arts, and a disposition towards asking good questions. In that way, we uphold a cardinal value in Judaism: a lifelong passion for learning. The value of character teaches our students to act with integrity, empathy, self-discipline, and derech eretz towards all people. In a world where it is common to demean and demonize others who have a different skin colour or sexual orientation or hold different religious convictions or political opinions, our role is vital. At TanenbaumCHAT, we teach our students to listen to, learn from, and honour and respect those who may not look like us, believe like us, or think like us. The value of connection relates to our Jewish roots. TanenbaumCHAT is first and foremost a Jewish school. We want our students to become not

just good people but good Jewish people who possess Jewish values to live by and sacred ideals to aspire to. We want our students to be Jewishly literate and competent. We want them to know how the rich resources of our tradition can help them answer life’s most challenging questions and problems. The value of community educates students to understand that Judaism strives for personal meaning. The value of community affirms that we are part of a sacred, global people. A TanenbaumCHAT education is designed to connect Jews as individuals to the Jews as a people past, present, and future. At the center of our consciousness as a people stands the State of Israel. While we want students to identify with the collective fate and future of both the Jewish people and Israel, we do not expect full agreement, only full engagement. The final value is contribution. Our students receive the finest General and Jewish Studies education. We challenge them to use their talents, gifts, and skills to advance not just their own goals but others’ goals. In an era when so many make happiness and success their primary goal, we want our students to develop a sense of social obligation to the world around them and become leaders and givers. We want them to do something in life that matters by making a difference in others’ lives. TanenbaumCHAT is not a luxury for the Toronto Jewish community. It is an essential agent of change that ensures a brighter future for the Jewish community and the world beyond. n tanenbaumchat.org I 3





Exodus speaks of the questioning child and of the parental obligation to teach their children; “And when, in time to come, your son asks you, saying, ‘What does this mean?’ You shall say to him…” (13:14). The ancient (and modern) houses of study revolve around a debate to expand one’s knowledge. The scientific method involves the positing and testing of a hypothesis which in turn, creates new knowledge to be shared. Many of us are familiar with the story of the mother who asked her child upon his return home at the end of the school day not whether he learned something in school but rather whether he asked a good question. This year, students at the Wallenberg Campus continued to broaden their thinking in and out of the classroom. Curiosity, whether it be about an academic discipline, a desire to help a cause, or improve oneself drives our students. Our search for knowledge has led to new courses, trips, disciplines and programs led by a faculty that continue to ignite our students passion for learning. We look forward to continuing to grow in both knowledge and wisdom, to challenge ourselves and each other, so that each member of our school stretches to reach their potential for themselves and for our community. n 4 I CHATTER MAGAZINE FALL / WINTER 2016


BUILDING CHARACTER Over the course of a busy school year, there are a large collection of pivotal moments in the fast-paced world of Student Activities. Whether we are planning Shabbatons, spirit days, holiday events, club activities, fundraisers, assemblies or school shows, we continue to be impressed with the high level of detail, commitment and creative ingenuity that goes into our student-led projects. Students gain an array of hard and soft skills, as they tackle creating and balancing a budget, organizing spaces, working in teams on a project or pushing themselves outside their comfort zone. It’s exciting and rewarding watching them discover something new about themselves. Benjamin Shafran ‘19 reflected on his grade 9 Shabbaton experience, “I was shocked to hear that I was going to lead the benching service. I didn’t expect the Shabbaton to be so inclusive and accommodating about services, and I figured everyone leading the service would be from the [Talmud class, since it is an] academic level class and they know [most of] the prayers and blessings.” We continue to build character as we make an effort to support those in need outside of our school community. Our first major fundraiser THINK PINK, demonstrated our strength as a community. We raised awareness and funds for RETHINK BREAST CANCER - a Toronto based organization that empowers young people to bring a fresh approach to battling this disease. Much like the innovation taken by RETHINK BREAST CANCER, our student leaders were challenged to be creative and high-level thinkers when planning for THINK PINK. The committee used various creative techniques when approaching publicity, education and all elements of their fundraising. The result was a stellar example of vision, leadership by example, and good old-fashioned fun that raised over $7000 for Rethink Breast Cancer in a single day. Everyday we’re building character and catching a glimpse at the future leaders of the Jewish community through hands-on experiential learning inside and outside the classroom. n

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Igniting the Fire of Learning in our Students ‫להבעיר את אש הלמידה של תלמידי טננבאוםצ’אט‬ Intellectual curiosity is a quality that demonstrates a deep and persistent desire for knowledge. At TanenbaumCHAT, students come from all different backgrounds and learn from one another, and their teachers, in a respectful, tolerant and meaningful way. In the classroom and through our extensive extra-curricular programming, we foster a “Growth Mindset” to create a love of learning and resilience in our students that is necessary in their post secondary studies and in life beyond TanenbaumCHAT. We strive to allow our students to understand why we are learning something and why we are engaging in a specific task, in an effort to create a sense of awe and wonder for our students and to help drive them to use their new learning to make positive changes in the world in which we live. ‫אנחנו שואפים לאפשר לתלמידים שלנו להבין מדוע אנחנו לומדים‬ ‫ ומדוע אנחנו עוסקים במשימות משוימות‬,‫משהו‬. Moot Beit Din, DECA, Mock Trial, Chidon Hatanach, Town Hall, Model UN, just to name a few, are some of the many experiences that we offer that arouse curiosity and develop lifelong learners to address real-world issues and challenges. Students and staff are inspired to learn lishma, for learning sake, and not simply only for an extrinsic reward. As one walks through the halls of TanenbaumCHAT, you can’t help but notice the students that are debating interesting topics with their teachers, the teachers that are sharing captivating books that they have just read with their students and the teachers that are talking to a group of students about a Jewish Halacha or about a political issue in the news. We often say, that we work hard but also play hard, and it is this sense of balance that creates the top notch TanenbaumCHAT experience. “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning” (William Arthur Ward). When the fire within our students is ignited, the wick shines brightly with a glowing light. We love to learn and we learn from each other as one united community. “‫ כשאש הלמידה מתחיל‬.”‫הסקרנות הוא הפתיל של נר הלמידה‬ ,‫ בטננבאוםצ’אט‬.‫ הפתיל זורח באור זוהר‬,‫להבעיר בתוך התלמידים‬ ‫אנחנו אוהבים ללמוד ואנחנו לומדים אחד מהשני כקהילה אחד‬ ‫ומלוכדת‬. n



A CLUB & COMMITTEE FOR EVERYONE A student’s emotional and social happiness has direct positive effects on their curricular success; participation in the student community of clubs, committees, and events builds on a student’s core character. Extra-curriculars hold the potential to guide students to communicate through collaboration, while critically thinking, and sometimes leads students to acquire creative skills, such as digital literacy and design. The ability to be flexible, adaptable, and be patient with others, outside the classroom, to achieve a common goal, can motivate them. Tapping into virtues otherwise untouched and building a character that strives to be a global citizen and leader in the Jewish community, as well as contribute to their own identity and life beyond their 4 years at TanenbaumCHAT. As Co-Directors of Student Activities, it’s our role to take each individual student and find a place and/or voice for them through extra-curricular programming. Years of active and highly involved student participation has lead to a vast array of clubs and committees run annually at the Kimel Centre, making our challenge that much easier. We work closely with all student leaders and it’s with their help that on any given day, walking down the halls, before, during, or after school you can see students pushing their creative limits, planning upcoming events, or actively meeting with their clubs. We take pride in the diverse and vibrant daily school life that is, in essence, the spirit of the school. It’s not only the Book Club, Jewish Affairs, Debate Society, Gender Rights & Awareness, Video Game Club, Cancer Awareness Week, Politics Club, UJA Week, Stress Relieving Club, Rock Your Cause, or Shabbatons that makes up the student life. TanenbaumCHAT’s student life is made up of every student that takes the step to lead, participate, help, and include others into the community. n

“The Shabbaton program, developed through years of tradition, allows students to spend a Shabbat together without distractions. In a single weekend, students have the opportunity to connect with peers and to their spirituality in an unforgettable setting.” - Eve Chapnik ’17

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For the past two years, our administration and lay leadership have acted in accordance with an ambitious five-point strategic plan:

We are excited to announce that, as of

1) Expanding the educational program; 2) Intensifying recruitment efforts; 3) Identifying cost efficiencies; 4) Sharing facilities with other Jewish communal institutions; 5) Raising the funds to ensure the sustainability and growth of our two campuses. The space- sharing initiative with Leo Baeck is one of the exciting fruits of our labour.

We are energized by the spirit of creative community collaboration and thrilled to have made such significant progress in strengthening our position on the Kimel campus so that we can continue to educate as many Jewish teenagers as possible.

Please note we are not merging operations. As a community day school, we will continue to build strategic relationships and opportunities with all feeder schools. We will remain true to our mission to challenge, support, and prepare our students to live lives of high moral character, intellectual curiosity, Jewish commitment, and civic duty. With the support and leadership of the UJA, we continue to seek ways to engage this Jewish population and build the structures that will strengthen the Jewish identity of today’s children and tomorrow’s leaders.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM FUNDING EXPENSE MANAGEMENT September 2017, The Leo Baeck Day School will be moving their Atkinson elementary school branch to our Kimel Centre. Taking on this tenant will maximize the use of our 136,000 square foot facility and bolster our status as an educational hub in the Vaughan region.



Our Middle School Leaders

Spanning thousands of years from biblical days, Jewish leadership has been in the forefront of almost every aspect of our lives. Some of us have been touched by leaders like Raoul Wallenberg and Golda Meir, while others have learned from the leading ways of Albert Einstein or have been captivated by the musical talents of leaders like Leonard Bernstein. The list is truly so expansive, it would be too numerous to list them all. What were the qualities that these individuals possessed that made them leaders? How did they find themselves in the roles of motivating others? How did they gain the confidence to take on challenges and make difficult decisions while still inspiring others? These are just a few questions that were answered at TanenbaumCHAT’s Inaugural Student Council Leadership Workshop, where middle school students from Jewish Day schools across the GTA recently attended. Our Student Activities Coordinator at the Wallenberg campus, Josh Sable ‘90, came up with the idea to run a program geared towards elementary school Student Councils to help them develop the skills required of leaders, to run successful programs and fundraisers, and increase school spirit. During the 3-hour workshop, students discussed various styles of leadership, picked up helpful tips from leadership experts, and had opportunities to share examples of successful programs in their specific schools. Josh and his leadership team emphasized the importance of giving all students in a school a sense of belonging and a sense of school pride. “It was exciting to see so many student leaders from different schools who share a real passion for leadership, programming and collaboration – all in one room. One of our main leadership goals is to give students a feeling that it’s cool to come to school, be involved, and share your experience with the greater school community. The students that we hosted at our workshop are articulate and dynamic leaders who clearly are looking out for the best interests of their peers. It felt great to have the future leaders of our Jewish Community in one room, sharing ideas and tackling various challenges.” – Josh Sable ’90 “Our Danilack students, along with other Jewish Day School students engaged in activities that developed their leadership skills. They learned how to plan and run a successful program to increase student participation and spirit.” – Tali Barak, Vice President of Associated Hebrew Schools n

“The grade 8 students learned valuable life skills and met student leaders from other schools whom they will soon see at TanenbaumCHAT.” - Effie Mincer ’17 “They came away “thinking bigger” about what the possibilities of school spirit can be, as well as with some exciting concrete ideas that they can take back to Leo Baeck. The students said that the morning got them thinking about school spirit in a totally different way.” - Ryan Peters ‘09 Language and Literature Teacher at The Leo Baeck Day School tanenbaumchat.org I 9


A contingent of 260 Grade 10 students and staff from both TCW & TCK recently ventured to Winnipeg, packing four short days with continuous education about human rights.


tanenbaumchat Winnipeg tanenbaumchat Taking up the cause of human rights requires no special training, no formal education, or special skill. - #quoteoftheday #grade10 #winnipegtrip #experience #TanenbaumCHAT rebeccaaharon19 Visiting the Human Rights Museum introduced us to one of the most important issues in our world today - the denial of human rights. This experience gave us an opportunity to develop a unique perspective of the world that we live in. Follow us on Instagram!

Through many museum tours, visits to historic monuments, and listening to live panel discussions, students ultimately developed a deeper understanding of the on-going global discussion of human rights. To summarize this immensely educational experience in four short words, it was, “a call to action.” Students were immersed in the rich culture and deep history of Manitoba visiting The Manitoba Legislative Building (Hermetic Code), Fort White Centre (Prairie Legacy), the Assiniboine Park Zoo for the “Journey to Churchill”, and attended the Red Rising panel discussion about Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, hearing from a diverse range of speakers who shared their personal stories about when their own rights were denied. They also visited the Winnipeg Harvest a food distribution center, where they participated in oppression workshops and a live panel discussion learning about poverty and hunger in nearby communities. The Winnipeg trip is intended to emphasize the importance of human rights came to life at the highlight of the trip, visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). It is an ‘ideas’ museum where visitors are inspired through words, quotations, artifacts and digital exhibits to create change in our world. Students took special notice of the indigenous content, “When Rights Are Denied”, “Taking Action for Human Rights”, and “The Human Rights Defender Quest” program. This is a message that we as a Jewish people know. The ground on which we stand on belongs to each and every human equally regardless of race, colour, or religion. Jewish and General curricular tie-ins to the Rabbinics and Civic courses help ensure that the valuable ideas sparked during their time away are revisited and made meaningful in our realities. Gayle Asher, president and a trustee of The Asper Foundation, spoke to the students one evening, sharing the passion and ambition of her father, Israel Asher, in his vision to build and create the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She strongly reiterated the message of the CMHR that “Taking up the cause of human rights requires no special training, no formal education, or special skill. The tools of change are those with which we are already endowed: understanding, respect, courage and an open heart.” n

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In early October the senior visual arts classes from both the Wallenberg and Kimel campuses held a collaborative mural workshop with a group of international artists based out of Montreal called En Masse. Using the Core Values of TanenbaumCHAT as the starting point

and underlying theme, the students brainstormed ideas and concepts in order to create a visually stimulating, large scale piece. Over the course of two days, the grade 12 students worked with the artists to create a complex, black and white, multi panel mural that will be displayed at both campuses. n


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REACHING ECUADOR A JOURNY LIKE NO OTHER When our students heard there was an chance to join the Free the Children community, work with locals on sustainable development projects, and connect with the indigenous people of the Andes Mountains – they responded to the call. Together with the ME to WE organization, 12 TCK students and 2 faculty members flew thousands of miles on a mission to build new schools to help community education systems, improve health infrastructures and be apart of the first fully Kosher and Shabbat friendly ME to WE trip to Ecuador. TanenbaumCHAT and ME to WE have more than one inspiring initiative in common. We both aim to inspire youth to play an active role in their local and global communities and to provide an opportunity for students to further develop their leadership potential. Our students embarked on this incredible journey to broaden their perspectives on the world as they explored new cultures, volunteered on sustainable development projects, and worked side-by-side with diverse communities. While on this awesome initiative, we were able to customize the itinerary to visit a local Jewish community. We had the chance to visit the synagogue by the name of Communidad Judia Sefardita located in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Helping locals in Ecuador was an eye-opening and inspirational experience that our students were fortunate to participate in. When we’re comfortable in our lively routines, people’s suffrage is an abstract idea. This group of students answered the call and experienced first-hand what the meaning of derech eretz truly is. This is just the beginning of a larger journey for all our students to make a difference for communities around the world. n


Strengthening the Connection

TanenbaumCHAT welcomed us last September to our new home in Toronto to strengthen our students connection to Israel. We have facilitated countless activities about modern Israel, her freedoms, restraints, the difficulties she has overcome and the challenges she still faces. We are continuously exploring new initiatives that strengthen the essential bond between Israel and her generation of tomorrow’s Jewish leaders. We’ve now launched the Israel Engagement Council, a new program at TanenbaumCHAT, committed to making Israel engagement a top priority with incredible student leaders at the forefront. We are creating a truly unique Jewish experience for students, allowing them to hear inspiring Israeli speakers to understand Israeli struggles and accomplishments first hand. We’ve provided new platforms for students to ask well informed questions to understand all the facts, learning to use these answers to build new connections with Israel, and advocate on her behalf.

We’re mentoring student leaders and building Israelifocused events in our halls. We have partnered with our engaged and passionate faculty to connect the State of Israel to curriculum – demonstrating in significant ways that Israel is relevant to our daily lives. A meaningful and everlasting connection with Israel gratifies our students in their active involvement in the greater Jewish community. The Israel Engagement Council will have significant impact following students into the next chapter of their lives, honing their Jewish identity for university. We want strengthening each student’s relationship with the State of Israel, and develop a timeless feeling towards the Jewish state, always understanding that Israel is their home away from home. n

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Teen Driver SAFETY WEEK KAYLA SAUL ‘18 This past summer, I had the honour of being selected as a National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) Ambassador, representing the province of Ontario. As an ambassador for this campaign, which is run by the Parachute Organization, I am responsible for raising awareness and driving change around teen driver safety in my community. My interest in this organization was spurred this past year as my peers began to drive. Unfortunately, we hear about too many motor vehicle accidents involving teens, even within our own community. Along with the dedicated members of the new NTDSW planning committee, we planned TCK’s inaugural school-wide teen driver safety awareness event. With the support of the teachers and staff at school, we were able to create an impactful event and educate our peers about this important cause in an interactive manner. The event garnered the attention of the Canadian Jewish News, who helped spread our message to the greater community. At TanenbaumCHAT we’re taught that life becomes more meaningful when we reach beyond ourselves and help make a difference in the world in which we live. We learn that knowledge without contribution lacks significance and are encouraged to get involved with organizations that we feel passionate about. This philosophy motivated me to get involved with this campaign. I hope that this initiative shows other students that if we all contribute something small, we can collectively bring about change in our community. We can be positive agents of change in our world, embracing the idea of Tikkun Olam. It’s all just a question of getting involved. n

ONE STUDENT SPEAKS OUT Jesse Buchman ‘17 reflects on the seriousness of this issue for all students.

“No one can understand the necessity for teen driver safety more than myself as I survived a near fatal accident when I was run over by a dump truck. I did everything right but solely on being in the wrong place at the wrong time a truck made a huge error and exited an intersection without following the rules of the road. I have suffered greatly, 8 surgeries later with a significant time being spent in hospital and rehab and my life has changed forever. Being a responsible driver is more than following the rules of the road. You need to be cautious about what the other drivers are doing. It’s not just about what you are doing!” Jesse Buchman’17 and Kayla Saul’18


The Next Generation of Thinkers Why are utility hole covers round? How would you design a pop can to best provide structure, function and efficiency? What is the most effective strategy to win a game of JengaTM? These questions have been discussed, debated and explored to lead off the inaugural class of The Anita and Danny Chai Engineering Academy at TanenbaumCHAT. Engineers look at the world and see problems. Each problem can be solved in a number of ways. Engineer’s aim to solve these problems in the most simple, elegant and effective way possible. Our engineering students will have the opportunity to think like an engineer using computers, electronics and robotics. They will use STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an interdisciplinary and applied approach to solve problems in the dynamic and creative ways unique to the curious minds of high school students. Some problems will be solved theoretically, while some will be solved as applications with the use of computer programming. Multiple solutions are consistently explored to arising technical problems as they’re encouraged to search for answers in “trial and error.” Students are given the chance to explore solutions with actual devices including robots and Arduino boards.

Technologies are consistently provided for hands on demonstrations and experimental usage. Utilizing new tabletops provides large surfaces ideal for students working with devices that make up the basis of the course. Creating an environment optimized for building efficient solutions is key to our engineers’ success. Large working pods are included in the engineering work space for student collaboration and better productive conversing. By asking the right questions, and teaching the students to think like engineers using real life problems and applications in a conducive work space, we hope to use the curiosity of our students to bridge the problems of today to the solutions of the future. n

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Shira Gelkopf ‘08 to Ari Unterman ‘08

Leore Kamen ’07 to Amit Ashton

Jillian Taras ’07 to Jacob Batist

Jeffrey Engel ’02 to Leah Schwartz

Tali Bogler ’04 to Nathan Stall


Simone Buslovich ’08 to Michael Cadesky

Maddie Axelrod ’07 to David Kogan ‘07



Sari Tile ’08 to Jacob Diskin

Mirelle Shimonov ’08 to Corey Paris

Elizabeth (Elisheva) Friedman ’08 to Asher Brauner

David Herman ’12 to Sarah Shizgal

MAZEL TOV • Ryan Herblum ’05 on receiving his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) University of Toronto (2016) and starting a one year residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital. • Robyn Naiberg Goldberg ‘96 on receiving her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from Ryerson University. • Eddie ‘81 & Lisa (née Zuck) ‘83 Jesin on the recent marriage of their son Joel Jesin to Laura Rubin.

Alumni Association SEND US YOUR NEWS AND NOTES! Contact Arielle Kadish ‘09 at 416.636.5984 ext: 333 or akadish@tanenbaumchat.org

Daniel Lazarev ’12 to Jessica Shrayber


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Jonathan Mackenzie ’04 to Adrienne Shnier

Jamie Collins ‘07 to Nadine Block

Shaun Rotman ’02 to Michal Golan

Ali Wolfond ’09 to Sheret Ross


Tamir Birk ’06 to Rebecca Burstein ‘06

Elianne Neuman ’11 to Yaakov Schiff



Eden Noa, to Sara Greenwood ’02 and Glen Weinberger

Yosef Yitchak to Matisyahu (Matthew) Friedman ’05 and Chana Rivkah Friedman


Lev Nathaniel to Joe Heller ’02 and Dalia Rotstein

Lyla Chana Silver to Aaron Silver ’04 and Alexandria Fanjoy Silver

Samuel Brian to Sean Friedman ’03 and Stephanie Wolkin ’04

Menachem Mendel to Rena Friedman ’07 and Leibel Berktin

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Ellen Chaikof ’80 – President Stephen Bloom – Vice President Martin Day ’79 – Secretary Leslie Fluxgold – Past President Melanie Kraft – Chair of Development Ray Rubin – Chairperson Howard Zerker – Treasurer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Schneider Percy Fink Stephen Selznick Alan Grad ‘88 Sharon Shore Carol Grubert Stephen Turk Bonnie Langer ’87 Jonathan Zepp Carolyn Lipton Russel Orelowitz LIFE MEMBERS Donald Carr, Q.C. Dr. Sydney Eisen Mel Finkelstein Stephen Freedhoff

Bernard Ghert Dr. Arthur Haberman Dr. Ben-Zion Shapiro Dr. Murray Urowitz

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE Les Fluxgold Ray Rubin – Chairperson Stephen Selznick Ellen Chaikof ’80 Sharon Shore Stephen Bloom AUDIT COMMITTEE Lorne Cappell – Chair Lorne Rapkin Joel Podbere BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE Les Fluxgold Howard Zerker – Chair Ray Rubin Ellen Chaikof ’80 Stephen Selznick Lloyd Chazen David Shore Martin Day ’79 Russel Orelowitz Lawrence Davis Cecile Zaifman Percy Fink FACILITIES COMMITTEE Trevor Kahn Percy Fink – Chair Michael Oren Ellen Chaikof ’80 Michael Tylman ‘87 Howard Cohen RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Bonnie Langer ’87 – Chair Robyn H. Latchman Ellen Chaikof ’80 Austin Phillips Gary Elman Ray Rubin Allan Kagal ‘89 Jonathan Zepp Jonathon Kahane-Rapport REPORT 22 I 2015-16 CHATTERANNUAL MAGAZINE FALL / WINTER 2016

HEAD OF SCHOOL SUPPORT AND EVALUATION COMMITTEE: Les Fluxgold – Chair Philip Gordin Ellen Chaikof ’80 Paul Marcus Lori Disenhouse ‘76 Cecile Zaifman PERSONNEL COMMITTEE: Bonnie Langer ‘87 Ellen Chaikof ’80 – Chair Ray Rubin Ashira Gobrin DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: Ray Rubin Melanie Kraft – Chair Stephen Selznick Marcy Abramsky Stephen Turk Ellen Chaikof ‘80 Nina Wine ‘85 Alison Hennick Frances Bigman (staff) Joy Kaufman Shari Krieser





Four years ago, when I was asked to become chair of the board, I was a little reluctant; not because I wasn’t passionate about the school, but because of the time commitment and the responsibility. Several close friends and family members (you know who you are) convinced me that there are times when one must step up, when you are compelled to answer “Hinneni”. In truth, the decision was easy - there is no institution that has had a greater impact on my family and me and I have always felt extremely invested in its success. And indeed, my term as president has been extremely rewarding. I have had the opportunity to work with a very committed Board, a creative and capable Head of School, and an administration and teaching staff that is professional and dedicated. Together, we have worked hard to develop our new mission and vision – in the core values highlighted in this edition of the CHATTER, which I believe capture so much of the magic that is a TanenbaumCHAT education. At a recent Board meeting, we embarked on an interesting exercise. You may be familiar with Simon Sinek’s work on “Start with Why”, in which he advocates that every organization or business must first determine why they are doing what they’re doing. The how and the what are certainly important, but until the why is distilled, there can be no guiding purpose to the endeavor. For me, the answer is and always has been crystal clear. What is TanenbaumCHAT’s WHY? Ensuring the future of the Toronto Jewish community. Our graduates will carry the torch and ensure and sustain Jewish continuity. Our graduates will be engaged, respectful, curious and knowledgeable members of their communities. Our graduates will connect with Israel in a serious and thoughtful way. I am inspired by their accomplishments and look forward to the future with excitement and pride. n

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RABBI MOSHE J. YERES PH.D. Jewish Studies at TanenbaumCHAT is laying the groundwork for exciting changes in the 2017-2018 school year. Jewish Studies will be retooling our four year curriculum to three years, enabling students in grade 12 to choose four course electives from a menu of offerings. The new core curriculum will provide a foundation of Jewish knowledge and values across our Jewish Studies departments. The changes to the Jewish Studies curricula reflect the diversity of our student body’s interests. By allowing course electives, students can specialize and explore areas of interest in their graduating year. The Kimel Campus has introduced a new Tanach curriculum in grades 9 and 10, developed by our faculty in conjunction with the Standards and Benchmarks Project of Avi Chai. While a new Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality course was introduced this year for grade 11, along with the new grade 12 Ivrit department electives – Ivrit Through Drama and the Arts, and a redeveloped Israeli Media course already in rotation. Last year, the Jewish History department’s independent review by Professor Kalman Weiser of York University recognized the work done by our faculty. Professor Weiser’s recommendations will find a strong voice in specialty electives and the department’s three – year curriculum faithful to TanenbaumCHAT’s Jewish History vision for our graduates. To encourage student class discussions we merged students from different streams and backgrounds in grade 11 and 12 Jewish History classes. TanenbaumCHAT is one of a few select schools across North America to pilot a brand new curricular initiative in conjunction with the Standards and Benchmarks Project in Rabbinics. In addition, New Stream teachers at both campuses are expanding their implementation of a new Rabbinics curriculum, based on the Melton School Jewish values books. We are continuing to introduce technology into Jewish Studies. Last year, we piloted a cross-campus grade 12 honours course and are exploring other technology supports for students and courses. The Jewish Studies department is ensuring our students’ readiness to confront issues in the modern changing world with the values of our tradition and culture. Jewish Studies goes beyond formal classes as displayed in various inter-school competitions, such as Chidon Hatanach, Moot Bet Din and Talmud Bekiut Contest. Offering our students a variety of Jewish Studies curricular and extra-curricular will allow them to create their authentic Jewish voice within our diverse Jewish community, and craft their Jewish identity for life. n




We see leaping technology advancements we could not have predicted or foreseen the year before. Each and every year we still wonder with excitement “what’s next?” Entering my third year as the Director of Educational Technology at TanenbaumCHAT I’ve been drawn to our new core values. Having taken special interest in curiosity as it closely pertains to my on-going mission of connecting educators with their students. The desire to learn and know, is a goal of every educator for their students as they aim to create a knowledgeable dialogue that inspires a student to pursue and achieve the unthinkable. In this direction to success, we cannot overlook the challenges in igniting that first dialogue between a student and their teacher. One objective of Educational Technology is to spur curiosity.Our students lay at the centre of that fundamental objective. TanenbaumCHAT’s advanced educational system provides them with the foundation to ask the necessary questions and is used to create personalized, and authentic learning experiences that meet the diverse needs and interests of our students. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to become life-long and responsible learners as they use technology and digital learning to access, share and create knowledge, and to develop and apply digital citizenship and technology skills. Classrooms across both the Kimel Centre and Wallenberg Campus are equipped with SMARTBoards and interactive projectors. Allowing educators to have more visually and eye-catching lesson plans prepared for students has been steadily increasing student engagement.

Tablets and Chromebooks are also available for specific hands on learning experiences. More students are now being introduced to various assistive technologies that help achieve learning to the best of their ability. This has greatly assisted students in multiple learning and testing environments impacting their overall education experience. Our introduction to Edsby has connected students and parents to teachers and administrators. With Edsby there is no disconnect between students and their teachers. As students proceed to work on assignments after school, at the library or while on spare, there is always a medium available that students can utilize for communication, notes or references. These online communications between teachers and students is at its highest and has lead to positive impacts on student education. We’re excited to see just how far we can utilize this technology. We believe the educational technology platforms, and tools, paired with online channels for communication ensures teaching excellence. Regardless of the tremendous success and benefits of our surrounding technologies, we continue to work to bring new exciting innovations, update current technologies, and promote further advancement. The dialogue that has been created between our teachers and students has the potential to unleash their intellectual curiosity at new levels and will allow our students to achieve the unthinkable. n

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In June 2015, the Board of Directors approved a strategic plan to ensure a healthy financial future for TanenbaumCHAT on both campuses. Board members, collectively and individually, committed to implementing a five-point plan that included the following initiatives: 1. Intensify recruitment efforts, 2. Redouble efforts to enhance the value of a TanenbaumCHAT education, 3. Tighten expense management, 4. Identify partners to lease space in our buildings, and 5. Attract significant donor dollars to secure signature programs. Implementation of these initiatives led to financial performance that significantly outperformed budget expectations. Two measures in particular had tremendous impact – tighter expense management and greater revenue from donations. Financial statements at year-end show a surplus of $953,300 (3.4%) compared to $4,000 (0%) in fiscal 2015. Due to 97 fewer students in 2015/16 than the previous year, tuition income declined by $1,430,000. However, this was mitigated by a significant increase in fundraising of $458,000 (134%) and an overall decrease in expenditures of $1,848,200 (6.7%). The surplus has been added to the school’s cash reserves, which are intended to be used for unforeseen expenditures, should they arise. We successfully reduced spending in many operational areas due to the efforts of administrators, faculty and support staff. Greater use of online resources allowed the school to spend less on printing, photocopying, postage, office supplies and personnel. A new system for substitute teachers led to significant savings. The cost of repairs and maintenance in 2015/16 was 30% less than in 2015. In total, expenses unrelated to salaries and benefits were $500,000 less than the prior year. On the revenue side, Board members, Advancement personnel, Development committee members and Rabbi Buckman, Head of School, made fund-raising a priority for 2016. As a result, annual fund donations more than doubled, increasing from $340,000 in 2015 to $798,000 in 2016. Below is a statement of the school’s operating fund for the year ending June 30, 2016 and comparative figures for June 30, 2015. n




23,895,400 798,000 1,842,600 243,000

% of total 89.2% 3.0% 6.9% 0.9%

25,325,000 340,000 1,855,000 158,000

% of total 91.5% 1.2% 6.7% 0.6%





19,781,100 2,645,000 3,343,000 56,700

76.6% 10.2% 12.9% 0.3%

21,115,000 3,038,000 3,426,000 95,000

76.3% 11.0% 12.4% 0.3%







$ 953,300

Tuition and ancillary fees Donations UJA Federation grant Other sources



Salaries and employee benefits Programming and operating expenses Rent and occupancy expenses Fundraising






FRANCES BIGMAN,CFRE This year the TanenbaumCHAT Board of Directors approved a new mission statement.

We challenge, support and prepare our students to live lives of high moral character, intellectual curiosity, Jewish commitment and civic duty. Our mission, underscored by our five Core Values – Curiosity, Character, Connection, Community and Contribution propelled our philanthropic efforts to great success. The Development Committee, under the capable leadership of Chair Melanie Kraft, and exceeded fundraising goals, delivering $523,000 of unrestricted funds along with an additional $275,000 of designated gifts, all to meet the school’s ever growing needs. I am particularly proud of a creative new fundraising initiative, The Scholars Circle, which embodies our Core Values in a unique marriage of philanthropy and torah lishma. The program has four overarching goals: • To ease the financial burden of commitment to day school • To promote admission growth • To create a cohort of engaged parents revolving around Jewish education • To educate parents that Torah learning is an exciting and essential part of Jewish family life

Todah Rabah. n

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Thanks to generous donors who saw value in the initiative, 23 families new to the school will each receive $5,000 tuition grants to participate in a 24 week learning opportunity during the 2016/17 academic year mirroring the Jewish Studies courses taught to their children. Designated funds like the gifts directed toward the Scholars Circle provided additional tuition relief which is a top funding priority alongside the annual fund. TanenbaumCHAT is fortunate to have a community of donors who understand our Core Values and to support our mission with their generous gifts.



- Period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

ANNUAL FUND Solomon and Anna Mae Belmont Hank and Nancy Benjamin Salomon and Deborah Benudiz Jody and Hilary Berkes Chaia Berkowitz Isaac and Yvonne Berman Michael Bernholtz Paul and Patti Betel Frances Bigman Herb and Fran Binder Boris and Terri Biniachvili David and Karen Birbrager Larry and Marla Blankenstein David and Lorraine Bloom Stephen Bloom and Bonnie Goodman-Bloom Elaine Bloomberg Shimmy and Michelle Brandes Ian and Hayley Braverman David Rouimy and Tamara Brooks Adam and Marla Brown Kevin and Lauren Brown Peter and Carol Brown Melvin and Sandra Brown Warren and Nanci Brown Jack and Marlene Brudner Ken Weisbrod and Robin Brudner Peggy Buchan Lee and Rachel Buckman Stan and Terry Budd Maxine Budin Ruvena Buslovich David Caplan and Lisa Kerbel Caplan


Yoel and Karen Abells Aubrey and Barbara Abrams Leonard and Marcy Abramsky Aaron Abramson Morris and Ruth Adams Corey and Melissa Adler Jenna Adler Molly Adler Hy and Suzanne Agasee Avital and Nissim Aharon Salem Alaton and Edna Sandler Richard Allen and Dahra Granovsky Jeremy and Mindy Alter Simone Alter Mark and Frances Altow Galia Amoils Aqueduct Foundation Kerry and Anne Arbour Ronnie and Debra Aronson Michael and Mireille Ash Jeffrey and Paula Ashley David and Galia Azouri Joe and Alexandra Azouri Peter Ballon and Judy Hirsh Shelli Baltman Leonard Baranek and Ita Kleiner Ira Barkin and Janice Bereskin Ben Baum and Karyn Lipman Edwin and Elaine Beallor Kenneth Beallor and Alla Levit Liz Becker Avi Behar


Joel Cayne David and Ellen Chaikof Leo and Bayla Chaikof Joshua and Rhonda Charlat Anna Chavlovski Lloyd and Lynn Chazen Robert and Sharon Cherniak Albert and Elaine Cheskes David Granovsky and Miray Cheskes Granovsky Howard and Shelley Clasky Stephen and Robyn Codas Betty Cohen Eric Cohen and Joy Kaufman Jeremy and Judi Cohen Michael Cohen Lorne Cohn and Miriam Blumstock Cohn Allen and Evie Collins Steve and Muriel Comay Sydney Conn Stanley and Helen Cons Michael and Ethel Cooper Toba Cooper and Noah Schachter Daniel Cooperman Creations By Sheri David and Stacey Cynamon Ken and Jill Daiter Sam Damiani and Marnie Burke Michael and Laurie Davis Richard and Eva Davis Martin Day and Martina Borchardt Beryl Deitcher Dan and Corrie Diamond Martin and Michele Dobkin Michael and Sara Dobner Benny and Marsha Domb Alan Dryer and Nitsa Kohut Marvin and Miriam Dryer Owen and Nancy Duckman Dan and Shawna Dzaldov

Ari and Elisa Eisen Elan Eisen Sydney and Doris Eisen David Eisenstadt and Amanda Salem Chaim and Esther Eisenstat Paul and Nili Ekstein Isaac Elfaks Rene and Tali Elhadad Edward Elkin and Linda Lipsky Leon and Denise Elmaleh Gary Elman and Jan Goldstein Elman Neil Elman and Andrea Rosenbloom David and Pearl Elman David and Judy Engel Marc and Michelle Factor Bernard and Evelyn Farber Shlomi Feiner Saul and Toby Feldberg Lorne Fine and Felicia Gopin Percy and Ellie Fink Sandy Finkelstein and Roberta Kremer Simone and Jay Fischbach Wendy Fish Fred and Ruth Fishman Ab and Phyllis Flatt Stephen and Ilene Flatt Leslie and Patti Fluxgold Sean and Jodi Frankfort Ian Freedman and Shelly Markel Jeremy Freedman and Judith Finer Freedman Pamella Freedman Stan and Melissa Freedman Sheldon Freeman and Sharlene Wilder Joseph and Linda Friedlich Esther and Yakov Zalman Friedman Robert and Shari Friedman Dani Frodis Marek and Wanda Frodis Adam and Sharin Froman Devora Galper



Sam Grad Jared Green Jerome and Launa Green Michael Greenberg and Debbie Miskin Alan and Pearl Greenspan Avi and Irina Greenspoon Elysa Greisman Rose Greisman Alex Gropper and Anna Stuckler Bernie Gropper and Elise Stern-Gropper Nolan and Carol Grubert Jack and Ellen Gryfe Elaine Gudofsky and Paul Kersman Alan Gutmann and Lori Unger-Gutmann Gary and Myrna Gutmann Allan Guttman and Helen Finder Guttman Dan and Ziona Hagler

David and Cynthia Goldfarb Zelda Goldhar Brian Goldman and Tamara Broder Jonathan Goldman Myron Goldman Rami and Anita Goldman Russell Goldman and Jessica Comay Abe and Joan Goldstein Hyla and Goldstein Paul and Brenda Goldstein Irv and Esther Goodman Jonathan and Esther Goodman Randy and Shelley Goodman Carl and Joyce Gordon Moishe and Jodi Gottesman Ellie Gottlieb Irena Gozina Alan Grad and Sandy Leider

Elizabeth Hait Melech and Dorothy Halberstadt The Michael J. and Iris Halbert Family Foundation Howard and Marie Halpern Andrew Bozzer and Shari Haltrecht Stephen and Carol Handelman Clifford and Donna Hart Samuel and Esther Helfenbaum Hart and Gila Heller Adam and Alison Hennick Jordan and Tammy Hermant Irv and Sharon Hochman Eli and Amanda Hofman Tom Hofstedter Marvin and Esther Huberman Sandy Hurwitz Hway Event Planning & Kosher Catering Ltd. Scott and Cindy Hyman

Mervin and Myrna Lass Jonathan and Elayna Latsky Frank and Ellie Leboff Bruce and Lianne Leboff Al and Ann Leibovitch Randy and Randi Leifer Jocelyn Levine-Middlestadt Harvey and Margaret Levitt Wally Levitt and Beth Gamulka Jeff and Debbie Levman Todd and Heather Levy Stephen and Marnie Lewis Cliff and Judy Librach Howard Lichtman and Riki Kwinta-Lichtman Philip Lieberman and Sherri Pinsler Lieberman Marc Lipkus Helen Lipson-Fox Marc and Carolyn Lipton Reena Lovinsky and Ophyr Mourad Nira Malis Morty and Linda Mamelak Eli and Hadassah Mandel Jonathan and Iris Mandel Gary and Rella Margolis Robert Markovits and Naomi Kestenbaum Paul Marks and Shawna Granovsky Jeff and Danielle Markus Newton Markus and Claire Friedlich Markus Jack and Yvonne Martell Evan Martow David and Leanne Matlow Ralph and Shirlee Medjuck Stacey Mendelson-Shafran Michael and Libby Goldgrub Foundation Joshua Milgrom Gilbert and Shayna Miller Michael and Lisa Mills Ted and Pamela Minden Shaun and Zanele Minsker Lionel and Judy Miskin Eric and Judy Moncik Bill and Trudi Mondrow Jeffrey and Karen Moness Robert and Doris Morris Morris and Jill Moscovitch Louis and Eva Muller Murray and Ruth Miskin Family Charitable Foundation Stephen Nash and Janice Goldberg Hartley and Marilyn Nathan Ian and Bari Nefsky Eric and Estelle Ohayon Jason and Evelyne Ohayon

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Larry and Ala Gamulka Michael Garfinkle Richard Gilbert and Susan Starkman Alan and Debra Giller Brian and Terry Ginzburg Neil and Karen Glasberg Gerry and Lilianne Glazer Trevor Glazman and Lara Propst Claire and Howard Glowinsky Isaac and Ruth Glowinsky Jordan and Lisa Gnat Eddie and Nancy Gold Jay and Deena Goldberg Marvin and Helen Goldberg Sidney and Nancy Golden Shawn and Lori Goldenberg Melanie Goldenstein

Sam Ifergan and Nancy Weinstein-Ifergan Vered Isenberg Svetlana Izrailova-Danov and Michael Danov Jeffrey and Gayle Jackson Leora Jackson Elliott and Karen Jacobson Mark and Eileen Jadd Rosalind Jeffries Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto Marsha Joseph Joseph Rubin Foundation Susan Jutcovich Allan Kanee and Thea Weisdorf Elina Kanevskaia Lea Kaplan Stephen and Suzanne Karr Ryan Katchky and Alison Kliman Ari Katz Jack Katz Steve and Suzy Kauffman Nora Kaufman Feige and Kay Steven Kelman and Lisa Richman Janice Kendal Sivan Kerbel Michael and Henrietta Kestenbaum Goldie and Harvey Kestenberg Ernest and Norma Kirsh Chaim and Mindy Klein Laz and Lois Klein Howard and Heather Kleinman Igor Klibanov Laurane Klingman Michael and Lori Kline Shaun and Lisa Kobrin Elliot and Andrea Kohn Aaron and Melissa Komlos Gets and Tatyana Kopman Aviva Kornhauser Daniel and Karen Korobkin Mark Rotstein and Melanie Kraft Stephen and Frances Kraft Sarah Kranc Allan and Pam Krett George and Shari Krieser Robert Kronick and Carol Deitcher Connie Kussner Jaclyn and Josh Lakien Scott Greene and Sarah Lambert Dov Begun and Bonnie Langer Howard and Janice Langer Ron and Gina Lapsker Sarah Laski


Alex and Shoshanah Stein Michael Stein and Pamela Medjuck Stein Norman and Marlyn Stein Brahm and Carole Steinberg Bernice Stern Daniella Stern Larry and Jordana Stockhamer Mark and Melissa Stupp Shaun and Jodi Subel Martha Sud Warren Sud Aubrey and Andrea Sugar Edison and Rose Susman Mitchell and Rena Sutton Larry and Lily Swartz Marvin and Judy Swirsky Elaine Tanenzapf Arthur and Harriet Tarshis Vitali Tarski and Larisa Shteinberg Maurice and Eleanor Taylor Elian Terner Gary and Rosemary Tile Miriam Toby-Essebag Marshall and Tova Train Jeffrey Trossman and Paula Hurwitz Stephen Turk and Maura Levine-Turk Jeffrey and Orly Turtel Tylman & Maisel Families United Way David and Stacey Urbach Gerald and Florence Urbach Cary Urowitz Murray and Judith Urowitz David Finkelstein and Rachel Urowitz Svetlana Vaisman Joe and Gillian Varkul Mark Varkul and Joanna Shapiro Richard Venn and Carol Mitchell Melissa Vickar


Ron and Lisa Ohayon Russel and Charlene Orelowitz Etty Orenstein David and Sharon Orgel Clara Orlinsky Benjamin Osher and Elaine Ceifets Osher Andrew Ostro Robert and Barbara Palter Syd Pasoff Susan Pasternak Saul and Linda Paton Gerald and Gita Pearl Mark and Sharon Pearlstein Jonathan Pelikan Eddy and Deanna Peranson Richard Pivnick and Annette Metz-Pivnick Michael Plotnick Richard and Alena Polisuk Andrew and Amy Prenick Pride of Israel Synagogue Henry and Paula Pukier Mark and Dawn Ram David and Natalie Rashkovan Jacob and Shula Reichard Joel and Melissa Reiken Daniel Reshef Shawn Richmor and Danya Ossip-Richmor Craig Rimer and Elyse Zelunka Martin and Marlene Rochwerg Randall Rochwerg and Beverly Jusko-Rochwerg Brian and Marla Rodkin Chaim and Perach Roifman Orlie Soroka Rae Spilberg Larry and Vivien Spivak Jeffrey and Jessica Spodek Arie Stark Eric Starkman Gordon and Bernice Starkman


Graeme and Sharon Vinderine Edward and Mila Vinitsky Adam and Michelle Wagman Richard and Susan Wagman Harry and Evelyn Walt Todd Walters and Janna Robins-Walters Cary and Laurie Wasser Joanne Weigen Robert and Dodi Weill Larry and Debbie Weinberg Robert and Donna Weinerman Michael Weinstein and Robyn Weinstein Miriam Weinstein David Weinstock Benny and Heather Weinstock Stephen and Terri Weintraub Fran Weisberg Yair Weisblum Mark and Jodi Weisleder Michel Weiss and Dana Levy Lydia White Ronald and Marlene White Aaron and Nina Wine Richard and Elana Winkler Betty Winston Rhea Wohl Simon and Stacia Wolle Michael and Carla Worb Aura Woznica Daniel Woznica Cees Wynn Ari and Vanessa Yakobson

Michael and Dianne Yanofsky Leon and Freda Yermus Michael Zahavi and Cindy Nathan Cecile Zaifman Bernard and Hedda Zaionz Ruthie Zaionz Cheryl Zale Adam and Yudit Zarek Mark Zaretsky Ian Zatzman and Debbie Kingstone Chaim Joseph and Eva Zeifman Jonathan and Tracy Zepp Lloyd and Sally Zerker Marcia Zionce Thomas and Zipora Zwiebel Nora Zwingerman Jonathan Zworth

CAPITAL DONORS Jody and Hilary Berkes Jeffrey Bly and Janice Feldberg-Bly Steven and Carolyn Cohen Sloan Levett and Debbie Elman Michael Greenberg and Debbie Miskin Bernie Gropper and Elise Stern-Gropper Shema H. Iudin Alan and Joy-Anne Jacoby Earl and Jordanna Lipson Lloyd Hoffman and Ray Rubin Joseph Shier Arie Weisberg and Judy Shier-Weisberg Lynn Stanley


GENEROUS DONORS DESIGNATED FUNDS Jonathan David Deitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund Israel Appel Award Erica Schiller Mammon Memorial Endowment Fund Hillel Schneiderman z”l Memorial Fund Sam Faivish z’l Rabbinics Award Yona Rabinowicz Jewish Ethics Prize Adam Buck Family Business Fund Lisa-Ann Lauren Posluns Memorial Endowment Fund Daniel Sherman Memorial Scholarship Eric and Marsha Slavens Award Arthur Lerman Memorial Endowment Fund Scholar’s Circle


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Rosanne Agasee Richard Allen and Dahra Granovsky Jeremy and Mindy Alter Clara Antonacci David and Galia Azouri Joe and Alexandra Azouri Joan Barrett Kenneth Beallor and Alla Levit The Leonard & Felicie Blatt Foundation David Bloomstone and Zahava Kardash Andrew and Lara Brodkin Traude Brunskole Sonia Buttignol Pompeo and Giuseppina Cardarelli David and Ellen Chaikof Leo and Bayla Chaikof Carmelita Clubbe Lorne Cohn and Miriam Blumstock Cohn Michael and Maria Decarolis Joseph Deitcher Sid and Helene Diament Tony and Christina Diceglie Barbara Douglas Elan Eisen Stephen Engel Jerry and Miriam Faivish Gildo and Teresa Favot Steven Fellin Fred and Ruth Fishman Marion Flescher Allen and Sandra Forester Dov and Nancy Friedberg Robert Garmaise and Shira Liquornik Neil and Karen Glasberg Daniella Gold

Alan Grad and Sandy Leider Mark and Cheryl Grammer Lorraine Hilton Ida Infusino Marilyn Innes Betty Katzman Detlev Kiklas Richard and Lynda Kimel Laz and Lois Klein Harry and Esther Lebovic Jonathan Lechter and Faygie Bercovitch Wally Levitt and Beth Gamulka Marc and Carolyn Lipton Douglas and Barbara Marks Lois McGratton Gertrude Michael Zeljka Misura Eric and Judy Moncik Joel and Rochelle Monson Sante and Maria Morello Victor and Millicent Morgan Andrew Morris and Anna Aleinikov Joseph Neumark and Lisa Tarshis Michael and Dana Oren Paul Orlander and Helayna Shekter Aida Regalado Linda S. Remson Shawn Richmor and Danya Ossip-Richmor Randall Rochwerg and Beverly Jusko-Rochwerg Bobby Rosenthal and Andrea Safer Donald and Shirley Schell Joseph and Belinda Schneeweiss Alvin Katzberg and Miriam Schneiderman Yossi and Matty Sherman Allan and Hinda Silber Jonathan and Sandi Silver Eric and Marsha Slavens Andrew and Sharon Smith Isaac and Laura Soberano Gaetano and Nardina Tassielli Robert Turk and Julie Feldman David and Stacey Urbach Matt Cockburn and Sue Valencia Richard and Marcy Wajs David Weinberger and Robyn Linden Peter and Lesly Weinstein Michel Weiss and Dana Levy Jeffrey and Lisa Werger Carmelo Zambri



At TanenbaumCHAT, we set out to spark our students’ intellectual curiosity and build a strong sense of character. We seek to inspire them to embrace our Jewish mission by nurturing the soul and helping students connect to Jewish tradition and the Jewish community globally and in Israel. Ultimately, we want students to become productive citizens and use their talents and skills to make a contribution to others. Your gift today will support our core values and demonstrate your commitment to our Jewish future. Frances Bigman, Director of Advancement 416.636.5984 ext 230 | fbigman@tanenbaumchat.org







The TanenbaumCHAT Annual fund provides the school with the resources required to make a difference in the quality of Jewish life today and in the future. That’s what it means to be a school of significance.

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