Welcome from our Head of School

Rabbi Lee Buckman

I am delighted to serve as Head of School at TanenbaumCHAT. Our school has a venerable 50+ year history of developing students’ intellectual curiosity, their commitment to menschlichkeit, their loyalty to Jewish tradition, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel, and their sense of responsibility to society at large.

Over 7000 alumni have been educated with this sense of mission. Our graduates are in the forefront of the Jewish community, active in all professional ranks, in Toronto’s educational leadership, in the business world, and political realm. They are shaping the Toronto Jewish community and much of Toronto and Canada well beyond.

It’s not surprising to see such success. Research demonstrates the power of a Jewish day school education. Graduates possess the highest levels of Jewish engagement compared to any other type of Jewish educational experience. Adults with nine or more years of a Jewish day school education are most likely to:

  • Marry a fellow Jew.
  • Raise their children in the Jewish religion.
  • Feel a sense of responsibility for other Jews.
  • Participate in religious and synagogue life.

At a stage in life when teens question, reject, and challenge some of the most cherished values, TanenbaumCHAT provides a Jewish context for teens to go through adolescence and emerge with a strong, proud Jewish identity.

If you want your children to have one foot firmly planted in Western civilization and another in Jewish civilization, TanenbaumCHAT is the place for you. We will provide your child with a sophisticated and sustained Jewish education that provides the best of both worlds.

If you want to make a positive impact on the size, character, and commitment of the Jewish community and secure a strong future for our people, TanenbaumCHAT is the place for you. We are an incubator for the leaders of tomorrow.

If you want to ensure that your children stand up for and with Israel in a world that demonizes and delegitimates Israel, TanenbaumCHAT is the right choice. We will inspire and empower your child to be a loyal friend of Israel. Our students feel that their fate and future is tied up with that of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

If you want all of these benefits and stack the deck so that your children are accepted to the university of their choice and are launched properly into the next stage of their lives, join the TanenbaumCHAT community.


Rabbi Lee Buckman

Head of School