Interim Head of School
Dr. Karen Gazith has served as the Dean of Academics at Les écoles Azrieli Schools for the past five years. Dr. Gazith has worked with our teachers to deliver a curriculum based upon a revolutionary Challenge-Based Learning model of teaching.
Prior to her time at our schools, Dr. Gazith worked at Federation CJA as the Interim Executive Director of the Bronfman Jewish Education Center and Director of Education for over 15 years. Her career began in the Jewish Day School system where she worked for 13 years as the director of their resource program. She is a professor at McGill University’s Department of Education and Counselling Psychology.
Dr. Gazith’s is the author of The Mindful and Purposeful Teacher. She may be contacted at email@example.com
Ellie Grumberg has been a senior administrator at our school since 2005. She spent over 20 years teaching Judaic Studies before beginning to work in administration. This experience has given her a deep understanding of the Jewish day school system in Montreal.
Mrs. Grumberg joined the Herzliah administrative team 14 years ago and has served as Principal, Educational Director and Associate Head of School before she took on her present role of Senior Advisor to the school. Her passion for Jewish education in general and in our school in particular, coupled with her more than 40 years hands-on experience in Jewish day school education has translated into strong leadership, supporting our school system as it grows and strengthens.
Michelle Toledano has been involved in Jewish Education for the past 28 years. She has a BA in Psychology and a Bachelor and Masters in Education. She taught English and Math for 16 years before joining our school in 2006. As an administrator at Herzliah, Mrs. Toledano worked with Secondary I and II students. She later became Principal of the Beutel Talmud Torah Campus located in Ville St. Laurent. During her tenure, she oversaw the successful consolidation of the two elementary schools unifying all under one roof on the Snowdon Campus. Her vision and leadership continues to bring together families and staff, creating the beautiful and unique mosaic that makes up Azrieli-Talmud Torah.
“Bonjour Mme Toledano” is the greeting that is affectionately called out by our young students whenever they see her throughout the school.
Director of Judaic Studies
After graduating from Herzliah, David Azerad went on to Yeshiva University where he majored in Jewish Education and minored in Psychology. Upon returning to Montreal, Mr. Azerad used his musical talents to start the Kol Simcha band.
Mr. Azerad has been Director of Jewish Studies since 2007 and was part of the team that introduced the Lookstein program to our elementary and high school. Mr. Azerad works to ensure that each student has the opportunity to engage in the many experiential programs that are defining moments in our schools.
Osnat Bitton has been an integral part of the Azrieli-Talmud Torah family for over 20 years. Her passion for education drew her to our Shorashim program where she worked with children with special needs. She later took on the role of Student Services Coordinator, continuing her work with children and helping guide them through their various challenges.
In her current role as Assistant Principal, Osnat continues to devote her time and passion to Talmud Torah families, always focussing on the well-being and success of all students.
English and Math Coordinator
Ryan Issenman has been part of the Talmud Torah community for five years. He has a Bachelors in Education and is now pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership. Mr. Ryan brings his many talents in content creation, public speaking and presentation to his role. He works with our students in the highly anticipated annual grade 5 French musical production. Over the past few years, he along with French Coordinator, Arielle Medalsy, brought Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof and Beauty and The Beast to centre stage.
He has gained valuable experiences through his youth programming and continues to find innovative ways in which to engage our students. Mr. Ryan’s enthusiasm and creativity echoes through our school and contributes to our engaging and dynamic environment at Talmud Torah.
Ms. Medalsy has been at Talmud Torah for the past five years and has a Bachelors of Education. In her role as the French Language Coordinator, Arielle Medalsy, ensures that our Talmud Torah students are proficient in French and ready to graduate from elementary school with their French Langue Maternelle certificate. Beyond the classroom Mme. Arielle has a strong commitment to promoting and supporting student academic achievement through the arts and co-curricular involvement. Her strong commitment coupled with her incredible energy are the perfect combination to ensure that our students not only learn, but also have fun in the process.
Mme. Arielle brings all of creativity and enthusiasm to the highly anticipated Grade 5 musical that she co-directs with English coordinator, Ryan Issenman. Over the past few years, the duo has brought Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof and Beauty and The Beast to centre stage with a Broadway like quality.
Resource Services Coordinator
Sarah Suissa Wolf is a Talmud Torah and Herzliah alumna and has been on staff at Talmud Torah since 2014. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Concordia University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Orthopédagogie at Université du Québec à Montréal.
Mme. Sarah focuses on student success, ensuring that those students who need it can benefit from reinforcement and enrichment in various subjects, She prioritizes students success, helping them become confident learners as they continue their education. Her generous and compassionate nature allows ensures an instant connection with students and community. Mme. Sarah is very creative and quick to join into school life activities – her Purim costumes are eagerly awaited each year.
Student Services Coordinator
With over 15 years experience leading workshops and socialization groups, as well as offering individualized support to children and adults in schools, hospitals and community centres throughout the city, Frederique is dedicated to helping ATT students achieve their full potential.