In March, all Grade 11 Law students participate in simulated criminal Mock Trials in which they took on the roles of lawyers or witnesses. Jacob Jesin ’97, a criminal defense lawyer in Toronto, once again volunteered his time and expertise to act as the judge for all six trials.

Sofia Freudenstein ’16 zoomed into the Grade 12 Gender and Judaism class taught by her mother Dr. Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein ’86 to discuss women rabbis and her own experience as a female Orthodox rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat. Through the lenses of feminism, halakha and history, the course explores issues ranging from women in biblical times through to modern times.

Ben Cohen ’21 visited Ms. Harding’s Grade 11 Communications Technology (ComTech) class  to speak to our students about his path Game Design studies at Brock University, as well as his freelance work as a videogame designer.

In November, the TanenbaumCHAT DECA team, composed of 180 student competitors, welcomed back past TanenbaumCHAT DECA alumni to judge our annual mock competition over Zoom. The alumni who volunteered their time to judge and provide feedback to our students were: Naomi Benmergui ’15, Russell Citron ’09, Matt Cohn ’15, Julia Fine ’16, Jordan Fish ’08, Anna Frankel ’08, Rachel Lebovic ’19, Sam Leese ’12, Zach Leranbaum ’14, Adam Neumark ’15, Joshua Pope ’14 and Zoe Sebastien ’13.

Yael Shapiro ’21 and Andrea Glube ’21 were in the Israeli Society class taught by Dr. Matt Reingold’s ‘03 to talk about their experience in Israel on their gap year.

In January, we welcomed back Lauren Trossman ’16 as Marketing and Communications Coordinator at TanenbaumCHAT. Lauren completed her BA at Queen’s University where she studied Psychology, followed by a post-graduate certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College. She has spent the past two years working in the marketing and communications departments of not-for-profit arts organizations, including Soulpepper Theatre Company, Crow’s Theatre, and the Toronto International Festival of Authors. “I am so excited to be back at TanenbaumCHAT, and to have the chance to reconnect with the school community, as well as the wider Jewish community” says Lauren.

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