Head of School Welcome


Welcome to the virtual home of The Leo Baeck Day School, Canada’s first Jewish IB World School. While all of the information you may need to explore our school is here at your fingertips, I urge you to come visit one of our two spectacular school buildings, serving the Jewish community from the centre of Toronto and from the centre of Vaughan.

In addition to moving to The New North, this year the school launches a new Strategic Plan, which will have immediate impact on our students through expanded integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) through our curriculum, as well as expanded resources in the area of Social and Emotional Wellness. Leo Baeck will also continue to explore innovative funding models which seek to make day school more accessible for all Jewish students.

We look forward to welcoming you to either of our amazing sites to experience what Leo Baeck has to offer for your children and your family.

Eric Petersiel, RJE
Head of School

South Campus: 416.787.9899 x 250
North Campus: 905.709.3636 x 1250

Eric Petersiel Bio

Eric joined Leo Baeck as Vice Principal of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in 2001 and in 2002 he was appointed South Campus Principal, a position he held for seven years until he assumed his role as Head of School in the summer of 2009.

A Toronto native, Eric earned his Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University (Jewish Studies and Philosophy). He earned his Bachelor of Education (History and English) and Masters Degree (Biblical Hebrew Language and Literature) from the University of Toronto. Eric also holds the title Reform Jewish Educator (RJE)

Eric began his teaching career at Holy Blossom’s Religious School. From 1994-2000 he served as the Director of Education at Shaarei Beth El Congregation in Oakville. Concurrently, Eric began to volunteer his time as a member of faculty at Camp George and took on several leadership responsibilities for the Reform Educators’ Council of Toronto and PARDES: Day Schools of Reform Judaism.

Eric and his wife Tami Moscoe have a daughter, Lilah and a son, Micah. They are members of Holy Blossom Temple.