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Suzanne Hersh

B’nai Mitzvah Program Leader

As a congregant, student, theatre artist, educator and activist, my Jewishness has found dynamic and varied expression over the years. Leading the B’nei Mitzvah program is for 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 Program, 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 here at Habonim in 2012 (as well as the Downtown Jewish Community School) and was principal of the Jewish Heritage School from 2017 - 2020.

Alongside my career as a teacher, I am co-artistic director of an independent theatre company, thresholdtheatre.ca. For Threshold I have acted in, directed and produced a range of productions, workshops and community 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! I especially love learning about Judaism with young people and being able to share in their discoveries about Torah’s many beautiful and instructive facets.

Through the B’nei Mitzvah program, your children will develop a warm connection to their Jewish history and acquire skills that enable them to approach their Bat/Bar Mitzvah service with confidence and participate meaningfully and creatively in Jewish life; imagining the future of our community with a sense of belonging and purpose.

Tue, December 1 2020 15 Kislev 5781