Adath Hebrew Academy: Preparing for 2020-2021

Adath Hebrew Academy: Preparing for 2020-2021

Register now for 2020-2021. We are COVID ready.

We look forward to return to in-person classes for the 2020-2021 school year, beginning October 18th.  Of course, we will follow very strict COVID-19 protocols as guided by Toronto Public Health and our own member-driven Medical Advisory Committee including Dr. Ronald Cohn – President & CEO of Sick Kids Hospital.

Please read below for all the details.


Adath Hebrew Academy is a unique and progressive supplementary school which empowers your children to create their own personal A-HA! moments on their educational journey from JK to Grade 6 so they will become:

Confident Hebrew readers who are Bar/Bat Mitzvah ready
• Deeply connected to Jewish culture, history and Israel
• Comfortable participating in Shabbat & Holiday prayers
• Engaged with new Jewish friends

Click HERE for a program overview


Adath Hebrew Academy is committed first and foremost to our students’ and teachers’ safety.  At the time of this writing, we are planning to conduct in-person classes.  Knowing that we start on October 18th, we will be closely monitoring and following the guidance of Toronto Public Health, the TDSB and our Medical Advisory Committee. 

Should there be a need to switch from in-person classes to remote learning, we are ready to pivot immediately. Please read below for an overview.  

Contact Tracing

  • All students will be signed in by their respective teachers prior to every class for contact tracing purposes. 
  • Any students or teachers who are experiencing symptoms will be asked to stay at home until they feel better. 
  • In the event of a COVID infection, Toronto Public Health will be contacted and will provide all appropriate protocols.

Social Distancing

  • A-HA! is committed to maintaining a 2-meter distance between students while in class.  As one of Toronto’s largest synagogue facilities, we have the advantage of shifting classes from our Hebrew School wing into our large banquet halls, boardroom, library and chapel. 
  • Wherever necessary, we will use these larger spaces to ensure social distancing.

Hand Hygiene

  • Each entrance/exit and all classes will be equipped with hand sanitizing stations. 
  • Hand hygiene will be integrated into the schedule at regular intervals throughout the class as needed. 


  • Masks will be mandatory for all students and teachers during school hours.  


  • While each of the classrooms in our school wing has windows that open, our social halls, boardroom, and chapel all have efficient HVAC systems to ensure proper air circulation.

Entry & Exit

  • Since parents will not be permitted in the building, each teacher will meet his or her students as a cohort outside the entrance to the school and will bring each class into the school, one at a time.
  • Each grade will exit at staggered times.  Teachers will escort their class to the exit and meet parents outside, one grade at a time. 
  • Late arrivals or early dismissals must be arranged in advance with Dr. Lipinsky.


  • Bathroom breaks will be staggered by class. Only two students will be allowed to enter at any one time. Bathrooms will be cleaned frequently by our Maintenance Team throughout the school period. 

Facility Cleaning

  • Each class will undergo thorough cleaning by our maintenance team before and after each session, including all furniture and high-touch surfaces.


  • Each student will be asked to bring his or her own snacks, individually wrapped. Drinks must be in their own marked bottles. Sharing will not be allowed. 


  • Singing is a major component of a Hebrew School education.  Unfortunately, the act of singing is known to contribute to the transmission of the virus through emissions of aerosols.  
  • For the time being, prayers and Hebrew songs will be taught by the teachers and our Clergy, integrated into educational videos and practiced at home rather than in the classroom. 

Remote Learning

  • Our faculty will participate in extensive remote learning professional development training in advance of Day 1. 
  • Should the need arise to switch from in-person learning to remote learning, A-HA! will be ready to pivot in time for the next class.  

Of course, we acknowledge the need to be flexible as new news continues to emerge related to COVID. We remain committed to putting the health of our students and teachers first.


Principal, Dr. Jack Lipinsky (“Doc”) and School Committee Chair, Mr. Ashley Waltman (former Principal of North Toronto Collegiate and Robbins Hebrew Academy) will be working closely with their Education Committee (which includes A-HA! parents and teaching professionals) to further build upon our core success pillars – curriculum advancement, teaching and instruction, parent engagement and communication.


“Doc” and his team continue to revise and energize the curriculum to emphasize Hebrew reading geared to B’Nai Mitzvah preparation, Jewish lifecycle & 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.


We passionately believe in the merit of 2 day-a-week Hebrew School once students reach Grade 3. But we know it can be challenging on a Tuesday afternoon.  So we’ve created the A-HA! Family Convenience Program to make “Day 2” much easier for our parents and students. As long as we are running in-person classes, the Convenience Program will be implemented.

Click on the following links to get a better understanding of each component of our new service program:

  1. Free Walk-Over Service from Summit Heights
  2. Free After-School Homework Club – with social distancing, based in Greenspoon Hall (Tues: 3:30-4:30 pm)
  3. Parent-Led Carpool Program (endorsed by Dr. Cohn of Sick Kids provided masks are worn, proper hand hygiene is practiced and the same group of children participates).


We are pleased to continue offering the A-HA! Incentive Program

  • For RETURNING families who refer a new student, we will reimburse $50/student from your tuition.
  • For NEW families attending our Hebrew school for the first time, we will reimburse $50/new student from your tuition as our welcome gift.


  • Registration must be completed online for the 2020-2021 school year on our new ShulCloud database. Please click the appropriate registration link below:

    • For those families who are members of Adath Israel and ALREADY created their ShulCloud account:
      • Log in to your new ShulCloud account and scroll down on your Account Page to the School Enrolment “tile” .
      • OR copy and paste this link to register:

    • For Adath Israel members who have not yet created their ShulCloud account AND all non-member families, please click HERE to register on ShulCloud and a Hebrew School registration link will be sent to you (







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  • For administrative questions, including those related to payment, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ronly Doron ( 

  • For all other questions related to the school, including those related to COVID-19, please contact our Principal, Dr. Jack Lipinsky, at


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