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Heschel provides an academically innovative, integrated Jewish education in a warm, nurturing environment. Inspired by Rabbi A.J. Heschel (a friend of Martin Luther King Jr.), who actively defended social justice, students develop habits of mind, body, heart and soul that enable them to make a difference. The school's inclusive community is made up of families and faculty from diverse backgrounds. Graduates embody the confidence, skills and compassion to be thought leaders and engaged members of their communities. — Visit school website
The Toronto Heschel School was founded in 1996 in part as an expression of the work and values of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leader who championed empathy, justice, and wonder. Among many other things in his life, Heschel participated in the civil rights movement and marched alongside Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama. He later commented that, “When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.” It’s that spirit that the Toronto Heschel school continues to embrace today. The community of the school is diverse, with families drawn to the provision of a strong, challenging academic program within the context of social justice and the values of caring and respect for others. When students arrive they enter a community that expresses those values in all aspects of the life of the school, and are inspired to actively participate within them.