Throughout the year, our Parents’ Handbook will be updated.

Please check in here regularly to review your parents’ handbook. Click HERE to access the latest PDF copy or read below.



Section 1: School Address:

Adath Hebrew Academy • 37 Southbourne Avenue • Toronto, ON M3H 1A4

Section 2: Leadership Staff and Teachers

Ronly Doron will be your administrative contact in the office with respect to registration and Perry Zosky will be your contact for payment.

Ashley Waltman, our Education Committee chair and Michael Cohen, our Executive Director, will support the Hebrew School staff throughout the year and oversee the scholarship committee.  Should you wish to apply for a scholarship, the first step will be to complete a UJA application (Click HERE).

Teaching Staff:  If you have a specific question or concern about your child’s classroom experience, it is important that the initial contact is with the classroom teacher.

Grade Room Teacher Email 
Grade JK/SK 21 Brooke Sacks
Grade 1 & 2 20 Rachel Aleman grade1-2@adathisrael.com
Grade 3 & 4 Ulrich Hall grade3-4@adathisrael.com
Grade 5 & 6 Greenspoon Hall grade5-6@adathisrael.com


Staff Leaders Position Email Phone
Arin Otis Principal arin@adathisrael.com 416-635-5340 (314)
Jaime Cohen Vice Principal jaime@adathisrael.com 416-635-5340

During school hours on Sundays (9:30 am-12:15 pm) and Tuesdays (4:30 pm-6:15pm), you can reach our office at 416 635-5340 (314).

Section 3: Schedule Information

Class times are laid out below.  Classes will always start on time so please be sure to arrive 5 to 10 minutes in advance as it gives your kids a chance to schmooze before the class begins.

Grade JK/SK and Grades 1 & 2: 

  • Sunday: 9:30 am to 12:15 pm
  • Tuesday: No Classes

Grade 3 & 4 and Grades 5 & 6: 

  • Sunday: 9:30 am to 12:15 pm
  • Tuesday: 4:30 pm to 6:15 pm

Section 4: Curriculum

We will continue to energize the curriculum emphasizing Hebrew reading geared to B’nai Mitzvah preparation, Jewish lifecycle and history, as well as integration of Jewish online technology.  These are designed to spark a series of A-HA moments through your child’s journey from JK to Grade 6.

Click HERE to view the A-HA! Curriculum by grade.

Section 5:  Early Pick-up Policy:

We appreciate that some children have outside obligations that necessitate early dismissal. In order to not disrupt classroom learning, parents are required to call ahead and your child will be brought to you at the arranged time.  A note to the teacher indicating early pick up is required to facilitate this procedure and ensure that your child is ready for pick-up.

Section 6: Snacks & Food

All snacks brought by students must be KOSHER AND NUT FREE.

In order to provide a safe environment for all of our students, our policy forbids students in our school from bringing any food items from home containing nut products.  Please wash your child’s hands thoroughly before he/she attends school. We ask that you send you child(ren) to school each session with a water bottle and a healthy, nut free, kosher, dairy snack.  The school will provide special foods for various holiday celebrations and we will communicate these days in advance.

Any parent who has a child with allergies or who requires emergency medication will be required to fill out Emergency Medical Forms with Physician and Parental written permission to administer emergency medication. Parents and teachers/principal will sign off on the Allergy/Anaphylactic Plan of Action Form after this visit has taken place.  Written documentation of any changes made to allergy information or treatment must be provided.  Students who are anaphylactic must always carry an epipen with them.  Our staff will be trained in the use of an epipen.  

Section 7: Fire Safety/Evacuation and Lock Down Plan:

Security is a priority throughout the synagogue and that includes Adath Hebrew Academy and our entire school wing.  A-HA has a fire safety, evacuation and lockdown plan in place to ensure the safety of each of our students and staff (for which we will conduct drills throughout the year).

In the case of an emergency evacuation, Summit Heights Public School field will be used as an emergency location during Hebrew School hours. 

Section 8: Behaviour Management:

We ensure a safe and secure environment while recognizing the individual social and developmental needs of every child.  We always take a positive approach to classroom management.

Section 9: Off-Premise Excursions:

If an off-premise excursion is planned, parents will be informed well in advance and will be asked to sign a detailed permission note.  

Section 10: School Closings/Holidays:

Adath Hebrew Academy will be closed on all Statutory Holidays. We will be closed for December Break (2 weeks), Family Day weekend and March Break and Passover.

Section 11:  Inclement Weather Policy:

Adath Hebrew Academy will make every effort to remain open in inclement weather.  However, it is at our sole discretion to close in severe weather conditions to protect the well-being of our students, parents and staff.  In this instance, emails will be sent Tuesdays by 2:30 p.m. and Sundays by 8:00 a.m. 

Section 12: A-HA! Family Convenience Program Participation

We are excited to re-introduce our Convenience Program for the 2023-2024 school year.

a) Carpool Program:

The majority of parents have acknowledged interest in participating in the Carpool Program. We look forward to parents and kids meeting each other if you don’t have that connection now.After the initial Tuesday session and once registration is finalized, we will be sending a registration form for all families who opted in to share contact details for each class. This will enable parents to set up carpools and playdates on their own. Information captured will include: Student and parents’ name; parent’s email; child’s school and FSA.

b) Walk Over Service from Summit Heights (Tuesday Afternoons at 3:40 pm)

For all students at Summit Heights between Grades 3 to 6, we will be offering an optional walk-over (or driving) service each Tuesday afternoon when classes are in session.

Students are to meet outside Door 4 at the 3:40 bell.

All families who are signed up will be sent a detailed letter explaining how this service will work along with a permission form which we will submit to Principal Mah’s office.

c) After-School Club (Tuesday Afternoons):

We are excited to welcome kids from a broad range of schools who will join us on Tuesdays between 3:45 and 4:30 for our after-school club.  Adath Israel volunteers and staff will supervise your children during that time.

The after-school club offers your kids a chance to catch up on homework, eat snacks (kosher and nut-free of course), chill, hang out and socialize with old and new friends from around the city.

From our experience two years ago, we do not have plans to formalize the Club into a focused learning-based program as the intent is to allow kids to decompress between the school day and Hebrew School.

d) For entry into the After School Club and school on Tuesday afternoons, students must enter through our main security entrance at the Westgate Avenue entrance where our guard will register the kids upon arrival.  They will be escorted downstairs to the Greenspoon Hall for the After School Club if they arrive before 4:30 pm.

Anyone arriving at 4:30 (or later) will be escorted to their classrooms:

    • Grade 3 & 4: Ulrich Hall
    • Grade 5 & 6: Greenspoon Hall

Dismissal will be via the school wing entry/exit doors.


We look forward to an incredible school year in collaboration and partnership with you!

Ashley Waltman Michael Cohen
Principal Education Committee Chair Executive Director


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