The Downtown Jewish Community School is an independent supplementary school in the heart of downtown Toronto.
For over forty years, the DJCS has been providing a high quality Jewish and Hebrew education. The school is egalitarian and pluralistic in both vision and practice, valuing community over ideology. The DJCS employs a high quality, well-qualified and professional staff and provides an enriched curriculum for its students. Many hundreds of students have graduated from our school. Alumni are doing interesting things in Toronto and all over the world.
As an incorporated charitable institution, the DJCS is primarily funded through tuition. We also receive modest annual grants from the UJA Federation. Since the elimination of provincial Heritage Language funding about 15 years ago, basic funding no longer covers our costs. The school now depends on fundraising to continue providing enriched programming to all children who enroll, regardless of their ability to pay full tuition. We welcome your involvement!
Mission and Values
Community schools such as DJCS embrace a wide spectrum of Jewish choices. Do you feel comfortable in such a liberal setting or do you prefer a set prescribed religious philosophy? It is important that families like yours are welcome, and that your concerns are acknowledged. At DJCS, we have a diverse, pluralistic parent body. Our philosophy is fundamentally inclusive and accepting of the many ways of being Jewish.
For many families, the DJCS is their first Jewish affiliation but it’s certainly not their last. DJCS provides you and your family with communal affiliation, involvement and links to other resources available to Toronto’s Jewish community
Adult Education opportunities are available throughout the school year. Parents/Guardians can learn in an enjoyable, non-threatening environment and are given the resources they need to follow up at home.
Sunday JK-7 Jewish Studies:9:15 – 11:45 am
Alef Stream Hebrew Classes:Sunday 11:45 am – 12:45 pm and Wednesday 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Bet Stream Hebrew Classes:Sunday 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Sunday High School Once/month brunch class:11:45 am – 1:15 pm