Alysse Rich, Director of Education

Alysse has been teaching in the DJC Children’s Jewish Studies program since 2007, and has been the principal since 2010. Prior to working at the DJC, she taught Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons, served as an overnight Jewish camp counsellor, and led children’s services and Jewish song sessions. Alysse is passionate about her work at the Danforth Jewish Circle, and enjoys fostering an inclusive and creative environment in which students of all ages engage with their Jewish identity. In her time as principal (now Director of Education), she has overseen the inclusion of Hebrew language lessons, the very popular “chuggim” (“special activities”) program, and has coordinated sessions with many visiting artists. Most recently, she has overseen the pivot to outdoor learning and online learning during COVID-19. Alysse also oversees the DJC’s programming for young children, the B’nei Mitzvah group program, as well as the Teen Program. She was part of a successful grant from the UJA which is supporting a new Toronto-wide teen program for all progressive teens, which is called Reshet: Building Jewish Leaders (launched in 2021).

Alysse also holds a PhD in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto.  She works privately as a dramaturg and teaches in the performing arts at Centennial College. She is a volunteer with the Bethany Food Bank, the National Havurah Committee, a board member at Nightswimming, and is the owner of the progressive Judaica shop East Toronto Judaica.