Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto
|Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto|
200 Wilmington Avenue
|Type||Private Jewish day school|
|Head of school||Dr. Jonathan Levy|
|Language||English, Hebrew, French|
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (Hebrew: האקדמיה העברית ע"ש טננבאום), also known as CHAT and TanenbaumCHAT, is a private Jewish high school in Toronto, Ontario, established in 1960 As of 2012, it was the largest private high school in Canada. A second campus of TanenbaumCHAT existed from 2000 to 2017 in the York Region, known as the Kimel Family Education Centre.
The Community Hebrew Academy was founded in 1960 by the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto, in whose building CHAT was initially housed. CHAT moved to the former Wilmington Public School facility owned by the Toronto District School Board in 1979.
In September 2000, a second campus, called CHAT Richmond Hill, was opened on Wright Street in Richmond Hill to serve students living north of Steeles Avenue. In June 2006, it was announced that the schools would be renamed the Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT), in honour of a large gift from the estate of Dr. Anne Tanenbaum. TanenbaumCHAT's north campus moved in September 2007 to the Lebovic Jewish Community Campus on Bathurst Street in Vaughan. The Wilmington Avenue location was renamed the TanenbaumCHAT Wallenberg Campus after Raoul Wallenberg in May 2008, after a school-wide vote.
On March 6, 2017, it was announced that the northern campus would close and consolidate with the Wallenberg Campus at the beginning of the September 2017 school year.
Jewish day schools that feed into TanenbaumCHAT include Associated Hebrew Schools, Bialik Hebrew Day School, The Toronto Heschel School, The Leo Baeck Day School, Robbins Hebrew Academy, and Netivot HaTorah Day School. TanenbaumCHAT offers a New Stream program for students who have come from the public school system or who did not otherwise previously attend a Jewish elementary school.
- Oren Eizenman (born 1985), ice hockey player
- Diane Flacks, playwright
- Zach Hyman (born 1992), professional hockey player with the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962), Emmy Award-nominated director
- Moshe Ronen, lawyer and Jewish community leader
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- Kates, Kathryn (8 January 2015). "Playwright aims to start talk about medical ethics and compassion". The Canadian Jewish News. p. 24.
- Chelin, Pamela (14 July 2010). "CHAT grad drafted by Florida Panthers in fifth round". Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
- "Jeremy Podeswa". Enprimeur. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
- "Moshe Ronen". World Jewish Congress. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011.