Torah, Avodah, Gemillus Chasadim
Spreading Yiddishkeit throughout our school and the community!
Before dismissal on Erev Shabbos, all students gather in the auditorium to hear a Parsha thought from Rabbi Feigenbaum. The girls take home a story, comic, or new insight that they can share with their families at the Shabbos table.
Once a month, the students participate in an interactive educational Yom Iyun. The program focuses on an upcoming Yom Tov, a historical event, or a topic that the school wants to explore at greater length. Some topics have included: Yamim Noraim, Kristallnacht, The Arba Banim, Gedolei Yisrael – Past and Present, and Chessed. Speakers impart new ideas and group activities create a hands-on learning experience for the students.
At lunch on Tuesdays, the girls gather to learn the ideas behind one Perek of Tehillim followed by the completion of the entire Sefer by dividing it amongst the students.
Mishmeres is a school-wide program, under the auspices of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, to promote Shmiras Halashon and Ahavas Yisrael through learning, incentives, posters, and activities. The program is headed by two Seniors with representatives from each grade and with the help of a teacher advisor. These girls take part in the annual Mishmeres Convention held at the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation in Monsey, New York. Tiferes Bais Yaakov keeps a daily Machsom L’fi, a specified time where everyone is extra careful to watch their speech, as a zechus for a Refuah Shelaima or L’iluy Nishmas. A few times a year the Student Council hosts an optional “Lunch and Learn” and girls take upon themselves nightly chavrusa learning about the laws of Shmiras Halashon and Ahavas Yisrael.
“Being heads of the Mishmeres Program has inspired us to become better people. Working with school on Shmiras Halashon and Ahavas Yisrael has allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of their importance and helped us incorporate new things in our lives, as well as the lives of the girls in Tiferes. We feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity, and recognize and appreciate the great responsibility that comes with it.” Avigayil Skosowski (2014) and Miriam Hytman (2014), Mishmeres Heads.
Students at Tiferes Bais Yaakov are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service as per the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). These hours can be completed any time during the four years of high school. Most students surpass these 40 hours as the Chessed Program at Tiferes Bais Yaakov provides many opportunities for community involvement.
The Grade 12 Chessed Heads, along with a teacher advisor, organize the Chessed Program at Tiferes Bais Yaakov. Each student has the opportunity to do weekly chessed with local community organizations and families. Chessed Program opportunities include: Friendship Circle, Chai Lifeline, Shining Stars, Bikur Cholim, Baycrest, Sunshine Club, DANI, Tomchei Shabbos, Camp Aim, tutoring, peer tutoring, Mothers’ helpers and more.
“Being Chessed Head provides an amazing opportunity to see how girls in Tiferes take of their own time to help out people in the community. It’s incredible to see how much Chessed goes on in the City of Toronto and it’s really special for us to be a part of that.” Talia Klein (2014) and Chavi Wagowsky (2014), Chessed Heads.