It all began over 10 years ago when Kachol Lavan was a grassroots project when Orly Breitner and Dorit Oren launched in their basement a small initiative called Sabres. They started with about 15 children in Oren’s basement.
They wrote to Cobie Brosh, then Israel’s consul general to Toronto and Western Canada, to request help opening a Sunday school or supplementary program for Israeli immigrants.
“We wanted to keep the Israeli identity, not just the Judaism.” Within a few weeks, they were put in touch with a representative of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Galya Sarner.
Kachol Lavan now operates as a joint initiative of the federation, the Schwartz/Reisman Centreand the Prosserman JCC. Today Galya Sarner is the Director of the Israeli Canadian Project and Orly Breitner continues as The Director of Education.
As of today, over 240 students, from JK to grade 7 are enrolled in Kachol Lavan’s intensive Hebrew language and Israeli studies classes.
Even with such success, the demand is still growing. Kachol Lavan is the largest Israeli supplementary school which operates on a weekly basis, from September to May, at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and the Prosserman JCC. Kachol Lavan offers the most innovative programming, all delivered by certified and professional teachers. Our staff brings enthusiasm, creativity and inspires students in the classroom as well as families in the community. Meet them under the “Staff” tab.
Kachol Lavan strives to deliver excellence in Jewish education combined with teaching Modern Hebrew and contemporary subjects about the State of Israel and its tradition. Our programs include Science, Music, Art, Israeli Folk Dancing, Choir, unique Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, and a grade 7-9 program called Modern History of Israel combining Figures in the Jewish History.
Kachol Lavan provides home away from home for the Israeli community.
Kachol Lavan is a unique Supplementary Hebrew school powered by the UJA, Schwartz/Reisman Centre and the Prosserman JCC. Our school offers dynamic and valuable programs from ages JK to Bat/Bar Mitzvah age. Our school focuses on the Israeli culture preservation and passing on the knowledge and values to future generations. Our goal is to foster and preserve the speaking, writing and reading of the Hebrew language while also teaching about Jewish holidays and heritage, Torah stories and knowledge of Israel.
The Consulate General of Israel in Toronto represents the Government of Israel in Ontario and the Western Provinces of Canada. Founded on the bedrock of shared values and shared interest, our goal is to build concrete partnerships and exchanges which enhance mutual understanding and deliver real benefits.
The vision of the Program is to facilitate meetings and interactions amongst individuals and families and to bring upon a sense of unity and cooperation within the community. As well, the Program aspires to address the social and cultural needs of all members of the Jewish Community of Toronto.
The Tribe Hermon of Toronto, local Israeli scouts, belongs to the leadership gained (North America) which has 18 tribes. Tribe Hermon’s mission is to establish Jewish identity and love of country, develop social and community involvement, youth leadership, personal initiative, and excellence within the community.
Through a network of over 100 beneficiary agencies, UJA helps strengthen the Jewish people every day. UJA Federation’s mission is to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world through philanthropic, volunteer and professional leadership.