The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT)
Founded as a community initiative in 1960, the school that would ultimately become CHAT was created as an extension of Associated Hebrew Schools so that students could continue their Jewish education throughout their high school years. Initially housed in the Associated building on Neptune Drive, the school soon became an independent entity known as the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, or CHAT - recruiting high school students from Jewish day schools across the city.
The Tanenbaum name has been associated with CHAT since 1998, following a major gift from philanthropist Dr. Anne Tanenbaum. Dr. Tanenbaum cared deeply about Jewish education and her gift made possible extensive additions to the Wilmington (now Wallenberg) Campus. In honour of a second substantial gift made before her passing in 2008, CHAT was renamed the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto – or TanenbaumCHAT.
Today, TanenbaumCHAT is Canada’s largest private high school, the Diaspora’s largest Jewish community high school, and is widely acknowledged as an educational and professional leader among Jewish schools worldwide, boasting an enrollment of almost 1,500 students and a teaching faculty of 185 across two campuses.
TanenbaumCHAT features two parallel campuses—the Wallenberg Campus on Wilmington Avenue for students who live south of Steeles and the Kimel Family Education Centre, on the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, in Vaughan, for students living north of Steeles. Both locations have a full site-based administration, headed by a campus principal and are guided by a common and consistent ethos, educational standard and philosophy.
Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life
The Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life is a vibrant space for both students and community members. The Wolfond Centre houses multiple organizations, including: Hillel of Greater Toronto, REENA, Annex Shul, City Shul, and Genesis: UJA Federation’s Centre for Jewish Innovation. At 14,000 square feet, there is ample space for a wide variety of programming and events.
Hillel of Greater Toronto is the address for Jewish student life on campus. Hillel promotes Jewish identity, student leadership, and religious and political diversity in an inclusive environment. Hillel is a home to over 3500 students on campus who use the space to connect, study and to develop their leadership skills. Hillel facilitates diverse and meaningful Jewish experiences, stimulates innovation, and fosters engaging and welcoming relationships with students. Hillel embraces and celebrates Israel along with the Jewish community.
As a versatile and welcoming space, The Wolfond Centre is used for a variety of Hillel programs. In addition, the space is often used for private functions and special community events. The Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life is the nexus for the downtown Jewish community.
Patricia Senior Living Centre
485 Patricia Senior Living Centre is an elegant building set in a prime location on the Bathurst Street corridor, north of Finch Avenue. The government-subsidized residence provides low-to-moderate income Jewish seniors and people with disabilities with safe, affordable and functional housing in a beautiful building originally developed as a condominium residence.
In a district with one of the highest levels of poverty (23%), 485 Patricia Senior Living Centre comes as a blessing to over 5,500 Jews living below the poverty line along the Bathurst corridor. This project provides much-needed housing and programming to meet the needs of local senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Educational, cultural and social programs geared to the residents are provided by B’nai Brith Canada. There is never a dull moment at 485 Patricia Senior Living Centre!
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and B’nai Brith Canada, which combined have provided services and support to the Jewish community in Toronto for over 100 years, have partnered in a fundraising capacity on this incredible project. Backed by funding from the developers, over $28 million in funding from the federal and provincial government, and over $3 million in funding and support from the municipality, 485 Patricia Senior Living Centre is setting a new standard for affordable housing for the thousands of people in the Jewish community who are living at or below the poverty line.