This accession consists of textual and graphic records relating to the Downtown Jewish Community School. The records include family education grants, applications and reports, class lists, board meeting minutes and correspondence, financial records and audited statements, photographs, children's artwork, news clippings, program material, and a scrapbook.
The records were kept in the offices of Joan Schoenfeld, principal of the Downtown Jewish Community School until their transfer to the OJA on 2006-08-24.
The Downtown Jewish Community School is an independent afternoon and Sunday school of approximately 200 students affiliated with the Board of Jewish Education UJA Federation of Toronto. It caters to children in the public school system. Although the objectives of the DJCS are primarily educational, encouragement of a sense of community among Jews in downtown Toronto has always been, and continues to be, a prime concern.
The DJCS opened in the Bloor "Y" on Sunday, September 7, 1979 with a full student enrollment of forty-seven children in three grade levels. The full school-community consisted of seventy-seven families -- members, whose children attended the school, and associate members, most of whose children were on the waiting list. Programs included classes in Jewish heritage, culture, values and Hebrew language, community holiday celebrations as well as adult and family education.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.