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Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Bialik Hebrew Day School file
Level
File
ID
Fonds 95; Series 1; File 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Bialik Hebrew Day School file
Level
File
Fonds
95
Series
1
File
23
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1969-1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 33 x 25 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of an invitation to a graduation and photographs of Purim celebrations and science class students looking at new chicks that were hatched in brooders they had made out of cardboard boxes. Identified in the photographs is Karen Goldstein.
Notes
Photographers are identified on the photographs.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Physical Condition
The photographs of the hatched chicks was stored folded in half and has a large crease along the centre.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3-2; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3-2
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1987-1993
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3-2; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3-2
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1994-1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 65
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
65
Material Format
textual record
Date
1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 66
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
66
Material Format
textual record
Date
1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 67
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
67
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 68
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
68
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 69
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
69
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 70
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
70
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 71
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
71
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980-1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 72
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
72
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 73
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
73
Material Format
textual record
Date
1986-2000
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 74
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
74
Material Format
textual record
Date
1985-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 75
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
75
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3-2; File 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3-2
File
32
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963, 1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2019-6-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-6-5
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4 m of textual records and other material
Date
[194-]-2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records, photographs, sound recordings, moving images, and several felt badges and crests. The textual records include strategic planning documents, pedagogical and curriculum documents, meeting minutes, capital planning documents, fundraising records, school yearbooks, graduation programs, newsletters to parents and internal newsletters, and other operational documents. Photographs document the building and classrooms; school classes; sports teams; class outings; special guests; Jewish holiday celebrations; and Bialik groundbreakings, galas, and anniversary celebrations. The audio recordings include the school choir and an interview with Pearl Meckler. Moving images include graduations.
Custodial History
Records were stored in the Viewmount location. A committee of past alumni and parents formed to sort the archival material in preparation for donation to the OJA.
Administrative History
Bialik Hebrew Day School was established by the Labour Zionist Alliance, which also operated the Farband Folks Shule and The Borochov School. In the 1950s, the Labour Zionist Alliance sold its property on Cecil Street in order to finance the purchase of the 12 Viewmount Avenue, which housed both the offices of the Labour Zionist Alliance and Bialik Hebrew Day School. The school was intended to fill a gap in Jewish education in Toronto, namely by teaching Yiddish as well as Hebrew and by promoting Zionism. The school was named for Chaim Nachman Bialik, Israel’s national poet.
Bialik Hebrew Day School began with 29 pre-school and first grade students in 1961, and by the mid-2000s had grown to over 800 students in kindergarten through grade 8. Several renovations and expansions took place over the intervening decades, and in 2003 a new school was opened at 2760 Bathurst Street. In 2013, the school opened a northern campus (Bialik North, or the Ben and Edith Himel Education Centre) on the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan to serve students in the York Region.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Includes ca. 1000 photographs, sound recordings, moving images, and several objects.
Subjects
Education
Jewish day schools
Name Access
Bialik Hebrew Day School
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 18; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
18
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
16 Jan. 1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence with the Bialik Hewbrew Day School.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3
File
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1 Apr. 1966
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images of students of the Bialik Hebrew Day School, at 14 Viewmount Avenue, participating in a school performance. The students are dancing while holding scythes and wheat.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 206
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
206
Material Format
textual record
Date
1946-1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of a letter inviting members of the Talmud Torah Board to attend a Shavuos Programme. Also included is a 1953 solicitation pamphlet promoted by the Toronto Hebrew Day School campaign officers and executive committee,
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3-2; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3-2
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978-1993
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3-2; File 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3-2
File
20
Material Format
textual record
Date
1987-1993
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3-2; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3-2
File
21
Material Format
textual record
Date
1991-1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 108
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
108
Material Format
textual record
Date
1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 109
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
109
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 110
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
110
Material Format
textual record
Date
1974-1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978-1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980-1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980-1992
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
22
Material Format
textual record
Date
1993
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
23
Material Format
textual record
Date
1994-1995, 2000
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
24
Material Format
textual record
Date
1996-1999
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 76
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
76
Material Format
textual record
Date
April 1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Social Planning Committee series
Correspondence with Funded Agencies sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 9-13; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Social Planning Committee series
Correspondence with Funded Agencies sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
9-13
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1964-1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence and a report proposing the establishment of a plot project to provide counseling services for Hebrew day-schools.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Hoffman family fonds
Community activities series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 6; Series 2; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Hoffman family fonds
Community activities series
Level
File
Fonds
6
Series
2
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963-1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Hamilton Hebrew Academy was affiliated with the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools.
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence relating to fundraising on behalf of the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools.
Name Access
Hamilton Hebrew Academy
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 48; Series 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools series
Level
Series
Fonds
48
Series
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1988
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The PTA Council of Hebrew Day Schools, Toronto, was formed in 1976 to as a forum for parents to discuss common issues and concerns relating to the schools and their children's education, and to coordinate their activities and interactions with BJE staff. The council is composed of representatives of parents for each affiliated school, with a senior BJE staff member -- originally, the associate director, Harold Malitzky -- as support person and BJE representative. The council's interests include public funding of private schools, leadership development, fundraising projects, school curriculum and extra-curricular activities for their children. Speakers on educational matters address their meetings or events sponsored by the council. In the late 1970s, the council was called the Parents Council of Day Schools. In the early 1980s, the council was called the Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools, and as of 2006, is known as the Parents Council of Jewish Day Schools.
Scope and Content
The series documents the meetings of the council and the activities and events which they sponsored. The records in the series include meeting minutes; correspondence between council members and BJE staff; memoranda relating to council activities; newsletters and other promotional materials from the schools, the BJE, or created by the council.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3; File 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3
File
26
Material Format
textual record
Date
1989-1993
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 93
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
93
Material Format
textual record
Date
1969-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 94
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
94
Material Format
textual record
Date
1969-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 18; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
18
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
1986-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 18; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
18
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1987-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 9-8; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
9-8
File
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1966
Physical Description
2 photographs : col. ; 9 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of Phil Givens attending a PTA convention of Hebrew Day Schools. Also identified in the photographs is David Rotenberg.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 168
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
168
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
13
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
1998 Israel 50 Fun Walk sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-24; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
1998 Israel 50 Fun Walk sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-24
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains one set of minutes from the School Recruitment sub-committee, lists of school populations, correspondence including form letters, notes for presenters and a presentation schedule.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 48; Series 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School series
Level
Series
Fonds
48
Series
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1979-1999
Physical Description
35 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Founded in 1979-1980, the Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School is the only Jewish school in Canada for children with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Rabbi Irwin Witty, executive director of the BJE, and Rabbi Joseph Kelman of Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, played the leading roles in organizing and planning for the school in 1979-1980. The founding of the school was inspired by more than a decade of study by the BJE, the UJWF/TJC, and Jewish Vocational Service (which provided guidance and counseling services in Jewish schools) of the need for greater support and specialized services for Jewish children with learning disabilities. The school was incorporated in 1980 as the She'arim Hebrew Day School, and is governed by a board of directors. Classes began in September 1980, following a year of preparatory work by a planning committee and professional advisory committee.
The school's enrolment in its first year was eight students; this number grew to more than 65 by the year 2000. It was renamed in honour of Dr. Shore in the mid-1990s. She'arim originally accepted students from grades five to seven, and this was quickly expanded to include students in all grades up to grade eight. The school emphasizes the small size of its classes -- usually six to eight students -- which allows teachers to focus on the distinctive needs of each student. The school seeks to provide students with the skills and problem-solving strategies they need to realize their academic potential and transfer into the mainstream schools.
Although Rabbi Witty was very involved with the founding of the school and its operations in its early years, and also maintained files on She'arim administration and financing with his BJE records, She'arim did not become an affiliated school of the BJE until the mid-1980s. She'arim's application for affiliation, in 1984-1985, led to the first of several studies of the school by the BJE. After She'arim was accepted for affiliation and financial support, this initial study was followed by a study of the school's management and operations, in the late 1980s, by the consulting company, ARA Consultants. A BJE committee was then appointed to consider and implement the recommendations of the consultant's report. The main changes to the school involved implementing a structured approach to course planning and evaluation for the school. A further review was carried out in the mid-1990s, to address the school's pressing financial crisis of the time.
Prior to 2001, She'arim was located at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue at 100 Elder Street, Toronto. Following a donation from Sam Hennick, in memory of his late wife, Sara, and with additional financial support from Jewish Toronto Tomorrow, the school moved in September 2001 to a larger space at the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, named the Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School, Sam and Sara Hennick Education Centre.
Scope and Content
The series documents the work of Rabbi Witty and Rabbi Kelman in founding the school, the preliminary work of the planning and professional advisory committees prior to the opening of the school, the work of the She'arim board of governors, and of the various BJE committees which studied the school and its operations. The series consists of committee minutes and reports, correspondence and memoranda concerning the school and its fundraising activities. The files in the series are organized chronologically.
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