Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School


7026 Bathurst Street

Thornhill, Ontario

L4J 8K3

Phone:​ 905.669.7653


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Our Leadership










Rabbi Elishai Kohananoo Joined our staff in 2016 as Mashgiach Ruchani.  In addition to receiving semicha  from Harav Yaakov Shiknazi , one of the preeminent sephardic poskim in Israel ,he also earned a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from the university of Loyola in Chicago.


Aside from assisting the Menahel as needed, he is responsible for the spiritual and emotional well- being of our students which is done through forging close bonds with them personally and through the classes that he teaches. To that end Rabbi Kohananoo also gives a weekly question answer period with the girls classes 5-8 which offer them an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding in halachic and philosophical ideas central to our lives.  

Ms. Fox joins JDOHSS with the determination and the dedication to continue to strengthen and develop our General Studies program to the highest levels possible. She is thrilled to lead our wonderful team of teachers with her knowledge, experience and great vision.  

Ms. Fox has been an educational professional for over 14 years, with experience in the Toronto Jewish Day School and U.S. public school systems. In addition to her experience as a school administrator, middle school teacher and high school teacher, Ms. Fox began her professional career as an Engineer. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan, Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Education in School Leadership from Harvard University. Her experience brings forth strong problem solving abilities, collaborative skills and the ability to lead by establishing positive relationships.  

Ms. Fox also holds Ontario College of Teacher certifications at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions in math and science, as well as Principal's Qualifications Parts 1 and 2. 



Vice Principal



David & Miriam Bitton

Student Services 


Mrs. Cohen possesses over 18 years of experience in Israel, Russia and Canada. She shares our commitment to excellence. She holds a BA from York University and Teacher Certificate from Michlelet Beit Rivka in Israel.

Mrs. Cohen has also taken formal training in Hebrew as a Second Language, Hebrew Grammar, Junior High Math, and Special Education. Mrs. Cohen continues her Professional Development by taking courses through The Centre for Jewish Education and is a member of the Principals Association. In addition to her Vice Principal duties, Mrs. Cohen is charged with developing our Grades 7 & 8 girls Hebrew Studies.

Mrs. Herzog-Green was delighted to join JDOHSS in the summer of 2011. For the past 40 years, she has taught in both the Elementary and Secondary panel, with most of her experience in the area of Special Education.

In the last 11 years, Mrs. Herzog-Green was the Head of Special Education in York Region schools. She serves as a professional liaison between teachers, parents, and educational consultants. As well, she prepares individual student programs to meet the learning styles, emotional and academic needs of the students.

Finally, she provides PD for teachers personally and through outside professionals to develop skills in meeting the needs of the students.



Early Years Coordinator

Mrs. Stone is the Early Year’s Coordinator for the Joe Dwek Ohr Haemet Early Year’s Program. She is a passionate, dynamic and consummate educator who instills character development, confidence, and attainment of success for every aspect related to children’s growth and learning.   She has worked at JDOHSS for nearly 30 years. She was formally trained in Education and Child Psychology at Brooklyn College, Special Education at York University, and Early Childhood Education at Seneca College.


Mrs. Stone strongly believes in the concept of the "4 Way Partnership" between parents, teachers, the school and the child. As an active and enthusiastic member of our school community, she works closely with our teachers, teacher candidates, volunteers, occupational and speech therapists, students and parents to ensure a positive and productive environment.  Mrs. Stone has been a constant and loyal component of our school for almost 30 years.