Educational Extracurriculars

Learning beyond paper and pen – it’s not the grade that makes the mark!

Musical Production

musicalproductionPerformed in a professional theatre, Tiferes Bais Yaakov puts on a biennial musical production for the women and girls of the community. This is an opportunity for each girl to shine, bringing out her various talents and skills. Under the leadership of fellow students, the girls are involved in creating choirs, dances, song-dances, sets, costumes, scenery, and props. New friendships are formed and teamwork is seen throughout the entire student body. The students are responsible for the publicity, ticket sales, and finances of the play. They have the chance to join the stage crew and arrange the lighting, sound, microphones, and curtains during the show. This multimedia educational experience is a highlight of the girls’ TBY years.

Seniors

Activity Period

Every Tuesday, one period is designated for the students to participate in various activities. The courses run for a number of weeks and there are 2-3 cycles offered throughout the year. Students have a variety of options to choose from including baking, sign language, CPR, knitting, jewellery making, food garnishing, guitar, makeup and hair and art, allowing them to develop an assortment of talents and skills. Expert guests are brought into the school to lead the various activities.

Student Newspaper – Newsflash

Completely student led, by the chosen editors, and written, by the girls themselves, the school newsletter is a humorous and informative student newspaper published before school holidays and breaks. Filled with Divrei Torah, riddles, school surveys, pictures, school news and upcoming events the Tiferes Newsflash gives the students an opportunity for independent expression, creative thought, and the ability to use their literary talent throughout the year.

Seniors

fundarisersThe Senior Class works very hard throughout the year to raise funds for their graduation trip with the assistance of the Senior Advisor. The Grade 12 class arranges a dessert reception for women and girls of the community, providing an evening of games, light refreshments, raffles, and an inspirational speaker. As well, they sell Sukkos posters, SPC Discount Cards, Friday pizza, soup, and more. In addition, the Senior yearbook is put together by the Grade 12 editors with contributions from the entire class.

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Mrs. Aura Woznica has been teaching Nutrition and Health at Tiferes Bais Yaakov since 2011. She went to Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim for a year after high school. Upon her return, she received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University.

Mrs. Sherri Wise has a BA in English and French Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, a Master’s in Education from OISE/U of T, and an MA in English from York University. She has taught English at the high school level since 1990 and served as General Studies Principal of Bnos Bais Yaakov from 2000 to 2005. She served as a Teaching Assistant at York for several years, teaching Writing and Shakespeare to undergraduates while working on her PhD. Mrs. Wise joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2013 and is delighted to be teaching two classes of Grades 10 and 12 English along with her roles as English Curriculum Leader and Senior Advisor.

Mrs. Shanie Warman joined the Tiferes Bais Yaakov staff in 2016. She taught and was a Rakezet at Michlalah Jerusalem College and Shaalvim for Women. She was the Assistant Director of Michlelet NCSY summer program. Mrs. Warman teaches Chumash, Biur Tefillah and Jewish History to various grades at Tiferes Bais Yaakov.

Mrs. Orly Turtel attended Michlalah Seminary in Israel prior to returning to Toronto and receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from York University and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School in Yeshiva University. Mrs. Turtel joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2008 and enjoys teaching Chumash and Navi subjects to her students.

Mrs. Shayne Train has been teaching Information Technology in Business (Computers) and Visual Art at Tiferes Bais Yaakov since September 2003. She is also the Coordinator of Educational Technology, a Curriculum Leader of Art, Computers and Physical Education and a member of the Professional Development Committee. Mrs. Train is a certified Art, English and Special Education educator and she also holds a diploma in Computer Programming. Tiferes Bais Yaakov awarded her a Teacher of Excellence Award in 2010 for her volunteer commitment to the school in the areas of Technology Integration, Faculty Professional Development and working with special needs students. Mrs. Train has developed the school’s Resource Wiki (website) as well as an online gallery to showcase student websites and art. Her particular areas of interest are Educational Technology, Differentiated Instruction and Art.

Miss Leah Sutton graduated from the Masters of Teaching program at the University of Toronto, with specializations in English and Drama. She has a passion for Shakespeare, and she wrote her Masters thesis on the Relevance of Shakespeare and his plays in the classroom. After graduating from CHAT, Miss Sutton completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Literature, and Theatre at McGill University. In addition to teaching, she also loves theatre, and acts in plays and musicals around the city. She joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2017 teaching Grade 9 Geography and Grade 9 and 10 English. Previously, she has worked at Eitz Chaim, where she taught English and social studies, and Bialik Hebrew Day School.

Miss Aliza Silverberg graduated from York University in 2016 with a BA in History and a Bachelors of Education. She is certified in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions, with teachable subjects in History and Social Sciences. Miss Silverberg joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2017 teaching Grade 9 English.

Mrs. Shani Sherman graduated with Honours from Prospect Park Bnos Leah High School, attended Darchei Binah Seminary in Israel, and then Queens College studying Nutrition/Dietetics. She started at Tiferes Bais Yaakov as a tutor in 2008 and began teaching Biology to Grade 11 and Chemistry to Grade 12 in 2010. Along with her time at Tiferes Bais Yaakov she also teaches the Bat Mitzvah program at Ahavat Yisrael Hebrew School, and has been tutoring since high school.

Mrs. Ruti Schochet has been teaching Chumash since 2011 at Tiferes Bais Yaakov. She is originally from Argentina and received her BA in Education from Michlelet Beth Rivka in Eretz Yisroel. Ruti has been teaching for over 16 years primarily in high school grades, first in Israel and then in Toronto.

Mrs. Fraidy Schachter joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2017 teaching Grade 12 Functions, Calculus, and Chemistry. She has previous experience teaching Math and Science in Bais Yaakov High School and Beis Chomesh. Mrs. Schachter earned her Masters degree in Physics, Thesis: Quantam Mechanics from Hunter College, Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from York University and a BA in Chemistry from Stern College Yeshiva University. With a solid background in mathematics and sciences, she develops in her students an appreciation for the material and how it explains the world around them. She prepares them for university with an introduction to higher level mathematical and scientific inquiry and communication.

Mrs. Racheli Rudner is an experienced Navi teacher and sought after speaker in our community. Her certification, Bachelor’s Degree and teacher training took place in Yavneh Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio. She then taught Navi, Chumash and Hashkafa in Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School in Chicago. This was followed by five years of teaching in numerous seminaries in Israel. We are privileged to have Mrs. Rudner as part of our Limudei Kodesh staff since 2007.

Mrs. Adina Ribacoff is currently the Limudei Kodesh Principal at Tiferes Bais Yaakov and has been with the school since September 2005. Mrs. Ribacoff develops the Jewish Studies Curriculum and oversees its implementation on a day-to-day basis. She focuses on instilling and developing in the girls a positive spiritual and religious connection. Mrs. Ribacoff teaches Chumash and Kesuvim to Grade 12 and gives the girls the tools to build a proper foundation for their future homes. During the summer of 2013, Mrs. Ribacoff studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center. Mrs. Ribacoff lectures to women in the US and Canada on various topics and gives parenting and Shalom Bayis workshops. Her daughter Kimchit graduated from Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2013.

Born in France, Rabbi Pinto earned his Baccalaureate Degree from Eshel Yeshiva in France. He went on to study in Telshe Yeshiva, Cleveland; in Heichal HaTorah Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, and in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. Upon moving to Toronto in 2002, Rabbi Pinto attended Kollel Yismach Moshe for 5 years. He has served as the Rabbi of Magen David Sephardic Congregation for over 4 years. In 2013, Rabbi Pinto became a Rebbe at Bircas Shmuel Yeshiva. In 2016, he joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov teaching Halacha to Grade 10.

Mrs. Ruty Pinto has been with Tiferes Bais Yaakov since 2011 and has really enjoyed teaching here. Born in France, Mrs. Pinto earned her Baccalaureate Degree from Tomer Devorah, France and then went on to study for three years in the Jewish Teachers Training College at Gateshead Seminary in England. Concurrently with her teacher’s training, Mrs. Pinto studied by correspondence through the University of Nancy, France and earned her DEUG in Linguistic English. Presently, Mrs. Pinto teaches Safa at Tiferes Bais Yaakov to Grades 9 and 12, while teaching French to Grades 7 and 8 at Bais Chinuch L’Bonos.

Mrs. Polina Nagla graduated from York University in 2008 with a BEd, BA Honours in Art History. She has worked for the TDSB since 2009 as an Occasional and Long Term Occasional teacher. Her teachable subjects include: Social Sciences (History, Family Studies, Law, Civics, etc.), Visual Arts, ESL, Special Ed., Library, and OSSLT Prep. Mrs. Nagla joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2014. She is currently teaching: Grade 9 English, Grade 9 Learning Strategies, Grade 10 History, Grade 10 Civics, and Grade 11 History. She is very involved in the Thornhill Woods community as the Sisterhood President at the Thornhill Woods Shul. She also led a JWRP mission to Israel in 2012.

Mrs. Talia Nacson is an alumnus of TBY and joined as a staff member in 2016. She teaches Grade 9 Art and Grade 10 Applied Science. While completing a honours Bsc. in biology from York University, Mrs. Nacson has pursued further artistic training and has explored art education through her course in educational psychology. She has also received training in Supplemental Instruction (SI) through York university and has facilitated very successful SI programs for first and second year biology courses at York. Mrs. Nacson has taught Biology at Talpiot College and is a teacher for NCSY’s Torah High and an art teacher at Eitz Chaim Spring Farm.

Miss Ariella Morel is currently completing her Master’s in Education from York University. She has a BA in Mathematics, a Bachelors of Education, I/S Division, and a Jewish Studies Certificate all from York University. Miss Morel is a 2007 graduate of Tiferes Bais Yaakov and joined the staff in 2012 and teaches Grades 9 and 10 Mathematics.

Mrs. Diana Melnick has been teaching at Tiferes Bais Yaakov since 2002. She received her “Morah L’Golah” teaching certificate from Midreshet HaRovah in 1999 and then completed her Honours BA at York University in Sociology and Mass Communication, followed by a Montessori Teacher’s Accreditation Certificate. Over the years at Tiferes Bais Yaakov, she has taught Chumash, Navi, Bekius, Halacha, and Safa. Mrs. Melnick developed the Davening Workshop Program together with Rabbi Leib Kelemen from Yerushalayim, which has been running at Tiferes Bais Yaakov for the past few years.

Miss Sarah Marmorstein joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2017 teaching Grade 9 and 10 Science. She has experience teaching Biology, Geography, Math and Science in Bais Chomesh and Bais Yaakov Elementary School. She received her BA in Science and is currently working on an MA in clinical counseling.

Mrs. Shira Lipner attended Michlelet Orot before receiving her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from York University and her Masters in Child Study and Education from OISE/U of T. Mrs. Lipner taught at Associated Hebrew Schools before beginning her career at Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2003. She enjoys teaching Chumash, Biur Tefillah, Navi, and Halichos Bas Yisrael to different grades, as well as creating a monthly Yom Iyun for the entire school.

Mrs. Rusi Lifshitz joined Tiferes in 2016 as a Grade 11 Chemistry teacher. She has a Hon. BSc from Your University and a Major in Biology. She received her teachers certification from Michlalah Yerushalayim. Mrs. Lifshitz has previously taught Math, Science, Biology and Biochemistry in other schools.

Mrs. Lynn Lichtenstein is the Head of the Remedial Department at Tiferes Bais Yaakov. Mrs. Lichtenstein also serves as Parent/Student Liaison to help ensure open lines of communication for any concerns our parents or students may have. She is available to implement the Special Needs Policies and to support students needing assistance in time management and organization of schoolwork. As one of our Special Education Coordinators, Mrs. Lichtenstein accommodates or modifies course work whenever required, creates individualized programs and is there to listen whenever a student needs her. She is available to all students, not only to those with identified learning needs. Mrs. Lichtenstein has been at Tiferes Bais Yaakov since 2008 and has added Guidance to her many roles. Mrs. Lichtenstein is a member of the Professional Development Committee. She has degrees from York University and from OISE/U of T in Special Education. Mrs. Lichtenstein taught in many schools in Toronto including Eitz Chaim, Bnei Akiva Schools, Bais Yaakov Elementary, and WillowWood before coming to Tiferes Bais Yaakov. Her daughter Shira graduated from Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2011.

Mrs. Tania Lebenfish joined Tiferes in 2017 as a Grade 12 Business studies teacher. She has a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelors of Education from York University. Mrs. Lebenfish has previously taught Business courses in other schools.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kulik was born in Brooklyn, New York and learned in Mir Yeshiva, Flatbush, in Brisk Yeshiva, Yerushalayim, and in Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, New Jersey. Upon moving to Toronto, Rabbi Kulik learned for fifteen years in Kollel under the tutelage of HaRav Shlomo Miller. He has been teaching and lecturing on many Judaic topics to both adults and children, as well as being a practising congregational Rabbi for many years. Rabbi Kulik’s career at Tiferes Bais Yaakov began in 2012 and he has taught Halacha to Grades 11-12, Chumash and Parsha to Grade 9, and Jewish History to Grade 12.

Mrs. Natalie Katz joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2007. She currently teaches Grades 11 and 12 Physics and Grade 11 Math. Prior to joining Tiferes Bais Yaakov, Mrs. Katz was an Executive Assistant at Zareinu, and worked for IBM Canada in their Software Development Team and in Services and Training. Mrs. Katz has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Software Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to her teaching role, Mrs. Katz works in the Finance Office at Tiferes Bais Yaakov.

Mrs. Tamar Juda is an alumnus of Tiferes Bais Yaakov (2008) and feels privileged to be returning to her alma mater as a math teacher. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from Charter Oak College, she completed the Junior/ Intermediate Bachelors of Education program at Western University, with a special focus on mathematics. As a Grade 9 math teacher, she takes responsibility for teaching the Grade 9 Applied Math Ontario Curriculum.

Mrs. Ofra Gemara has taught for the past 35 years in Israel and Canada. She joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2015 teaching Navi to Grade 9 and Kesuvim to Grade 11. She studied at Orot Elkana Collage in Israel. Mrs. Gemara holds a teaching certificate for teaching Jewish studies and English at the secondary level from the Ministry of Education in Israel, and holds a B.Ed from Orot Israel College.

Mrs. Randyl Gavert joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2012 as a Grade 9 English teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher she worked in publishing for several years as a managing editor for Bantam Doubleday Dell, as well as being an ESL teacher. Mrs. Gavert graduated from Stern College with a BA in English. Two of her daughters are graduates of Tiferes Bais Yaakov.

Miss Gabi Froom is an alumna of TBY and joined as a staff member in 2017. She attended Bnos Sarah Teacher’s Seminary where she received her Teachers Certificate. Currently she is completing her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Education. Miss Froom runs the Chessed programs in school, teaches Grade 11 Workplace Math, Grade 9 Halacha, Alt. Ed and SST classes.

Mrs. Shayna Friedman is a Remedial Department Coordinator. She is available to implement our Special Needs Policies and to support students needing assistance in time management and organization of schoolwork. Mrs. Friedman acts as a Special Education Coordinator, making herself available to all students. Mrs. Friedman has been with the school since 2004, starting out as a tutor and providing assistance on exams. She then assumed her current position as Special Education Coordinator in 2006. Mrs. Friedman brings with her a Bachelor of Commerce in Computers from McGill University and previous experience teaching Computers to adults and to high school students. She then earned a Masters of Education from York University and Additional Qualifications in Special Education. Mrs. Friedman is a member of the Professional Development Committee.

Miss Batya Feigenbaum is the Special Programs Coordinator, assisting and implementing extracurricular programs and student activities at Tiferes Bais Yaakov. She also produces and directs the biennial Tiferes Bais Yaakov original school production. Miss Feigenbaum teaches Bekius – General Torah Knowledge and focuses on the spiritual and religious development of the Tiferes girls. Miss Feigenbaum is a graduate of Me’ohr Bais Yaakov Teachers Seminary in Yerushalayim, and started working at Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2004.

Mrs. Rita Drutz has been teaching Careers, Geography, History and Math at Tiferes Bais Yaakov since 2000 as well as being the Social Science Curriculum Leader. In 2014, she accepted the position of General Studies Vice Principal. Throughout her teaching career, Mrs. Drutz has had the opportunity to teach both mothers and daughters of the Tiferes Bais Yaakov community. Prior to working at Tiferes Bais Yaakov, Mrs. Drutz taught Physical Education and Mathematics at Bais Yaakov High School from 1977-1980. She has an Honours BA in Physical and Health Education and a concurrent Bachelor’s Degree in Education from York University.

Dr. Jeremy Burt obtained his Bachelor of Science from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California in Berkeley, where he spent 5 years working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the fields of Toxicology and Genomics. Dr. Burt has been teaching Grade 10 Science, Grades 11 and 12 Biology, Grade 11 Chemistry and Grade 11 Information and Communication Technology since 2013. Dr. Burt is also the Science Curriculum Leader. Dr. Burt has B.Ed. qualifications from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), in Chemistry and Biology.

Mrs. Doris Bistricer is a native of Uruguay. She moved to Toronto in 1971 and attended Eitz Chaim Schools and subsequently, Bais Yaakov High School. After graduating from Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women with a degree in Pedagogy, she taught Grade 4 at Eitz Chaim and attended York University. She has been teaching at Tiferes Bais Yaakov, first Safa and then Navi, since the school’s inception in September 2000.

Mrs. Chayala Bistricer has been teaching at Tiferes Bais Yaakov since 2008 and teaches Navi to Grades 11 and 12, as well as Grade 12 Jewish History. After graduating from Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway, New York, she went to Bnos Chava Seminary where she was trained and received a Teacher’s Diploma. From there, Mrs. Bistricer went to Touro College where she completed a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Education.

Rabbi Yaakov Bell attended Gateshead Yeshiva in England for three years, followed by two years of study in Israel. Upon his return to London, he received a scholarship to Jews College, headed by chief Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks, and began working on his degree in Jewish Studies while teaching part-time at his former school, Hasmonean. He received his BA from Jews College and then moved to Toronto where he became a mortgage broker. However, his desire to teach was compelling and he accepted a part-time position at Netivot Hatorah where he taught for almost 10 years. At the inception of Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2000, Rabbi Bell was invited to teach Halacha and has been with the school ever since.

Mrs. Chaya Avramson joined Tiferes Bais Yaakov in 2016 as a teacher of Grades 11 and 12 Mathematics. Prior to this she taught high school mathematics for 15 years in Alberta. Mrs. Avramson holds a BEd in Mathematics, a BSc in Biological Sciences and a RN diploma. Before embarking on her teaching career, Mrs. Avramson worked as an RN at the Hospital for Sick Children, and spent several years as a Community Health Nurse in Canada’s Arctic.