Pri­vate el­e­men­tary school moves into Kimel

Ta­nen­baumCHAT finds a new ten­ant to move into their for­mer Kimel branch

Thornhill Post - - News - by Jes­sica Wei

The Kimel cen­tre has been a vi­brant cen­tre of Jewish ed­u­ca­tion and Jewish life.”

In Jan­uary, a lease agree­ment was fi­nal­ized be­tween Ta­nen­baum Com­mu­nity He­brew Academy of Toronto (Ta­nen­baumCHAT) and Roy­alCrest Academy. The in­de­pen­dent el­e­men­tary school will move into the sec­ond floor of the ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties at 9600 Bathurst St.

Pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Ta­nen­baumCHAT, which an­nounced in March of 2017 that it was con­sol­i­dat­ing its two schools due to low en­rol­ment num­bers, the sec­ond floor of the Kimel Fam­ily Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre is part of a larger fa­cil­ity which was pur­posely built for Jewish ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mot­ing Jewish iden­tity within the com­mu­nity. The build­ing is owned by Jewish Com­mu­nity Prop­er­ties, which is un­der the um­brella of the United Jewish Ap­peal (UJA) of Toronto. The first floor will con­tinue to be oc­cu­pied by Leo Baeck Day School.

“This was the best op­por­tu­nity that we had in terms of fill­ing the space,” said Jonathan Levy, the head of school of Ta­nen­baumCHAT. “Our board and ad­min­is­tra­tion work care­fully to make sure that the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the school is strong.” Roy­alCrest Academy also

found this to be the best op­tion

go­ing for­ward, de­spite hav­ing owned their own fa­cil­ity and had a long-term ex­pan­sion pro­ject in

the works to build a high school on their prop­erty. They’ve since sold their build­ing at 9500 Duf­ferin St. to a de­vel­oper. “It was never a plan,” said Michelle John­son, the di­rec­tor of ad­mis­sions and stu­dent ser­vices at Roy­alCrest Academy. “The only thing that spear­headed the move was that the fact that the space be­came avail­able. Had it not, we would prob­a­bly still be here.”

Roy­alCrest cur­rently has an en­rol­ment of around 200 stu­dents, and 30 to 40 per cent of their com­mu­nity com­prises Jewish fam­i­lies.

In ad­di­tion to hous­ing two day schools, the cam­pus also hosts sum­mer camps, evening pro­grams and more.

“The Kimel Fam­ily Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre has been a vi­brant cen­tre of Jewish ed­u­ca­tion and Jewish life, and we con­tinue to pur­sue en­hanc­ing that. Bring­ing in Roy­alCrest doesn’t pre­clude us from do­ing any of that,” said Steven Shul­man, cam­paign di­rec­tor and coun­sel of the UJA Fed­er­a­tion of Greater Toronto.

Roy­alCrest Academy has an­nounced that they will be moved in and op­er­at­ing in the Kimel Fam­ily Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre for their 2018-2019 school year.

Michelle John­son, di­rec­tor of ad­mis­sions at Roy­alCrest

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