Education Director: Mira Lyonblum
Mira (she/her) is thrilled to be the Director of Education and work with the wonderful families at Habonim Congregation! Together we will learn about how our rich traditions lend themselves to the values of today, how our prayers and celebrations are relevant to our lives, and how Tikkun Olam (repairing our world) is a crucial way to make our community a place that we are all proud to be part of.
She has been involved in program development, specifically social justice education, in many roles and organizations. She is currently the coordinator of the B’nei Mitzvah program with the Danforth Jewish Circle and a Board member of the Red Door Family Shelter, along with tutoring Hebrew. Mira studied Peace and Conflict Studies and International Development. She worked most recently for Action Against Hunger Canada as National Program Director, creating and facilitating food justice and gardening programming.
She has loved traveling around the world, and now loves to share those memories and photos with her kids – Sadie (4.5) and Arlo and Ezra, who just turned one year old. Mira is a fan of swimming, finding new/old tv shows to watch, amateur crafts, and anything tie-dye.
Mira would love to hear from you about your ideas or questions about the school – please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
B’nai Mitzvah Program Director: Suzanne Hersh
As a congregant, student, artist, educator and activist, my Jewishness has found dynamic and varied expression over the years. Becoming principal of the Jewish Heritage School in 2017 offered me a wonderful opportunity to pursue my devotion to Jewish education and continuity, endeavouring to connect children and families to the many inspiring dimensions of Jewish life.
Since graduating from Queen’s Artist in the Community Education Programme, I have taught children and adults in various settings, from federal prisons to public and parochial schools. For eighteen years I taught elementary French (FSL) at Bialik Hebrew Day School. I continue to work at Holy Blossom Temple as a B’nei Mitzvah tutor and a Shabbat and holiday children’s break-out group leader. I began teaching at Habonim’s Jewish Heritage School in 2012. Alongside my career as a teacher, I am also co-artistic director of an independent theatre company, Threshold Theatre. For Threshold, I have acted in, directed and produced a range of productions, workshops and programs.
When my kids were young I would tell them that there are three things which I hope will always be part of their lives: Judaism… and fruits and vegetables. And I want this for your kids too! While I can’t predict what their eating habits will be after graduating from our school, I am committed to ensuring that, while there, your children will develop skills and knowledge that enable them to participate meaningfully in Jewish life.