The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Torah Centre

Welcome To

Halpern Akiva Academy

We are a Preschool to Grade 9 Jewish Community Day School located in Calgary, Alberta. For the past 39 years, we have been committed to providing an integrated traditional Jewish and an excellent general education program to students from a variety of backgrounds.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide an exceptional education to Jewish children, by instilling Torah values, passion for learning, love for community and respect for self and others.

Our Strength

Our unique strengths include an inclusive and supportive school environment, small student-to-teacher ratios, Bright Minds math curriculum, Montessori-inspired childcare, immersive Hebrew language program and a meaningful Jewish education.

Our Mission

Our mission is to welcome all Jewish families and to provide excellence in General, Hebrew and Judaic education while instilling a love of Judaism.

Welcoming Rabbi Nachum Aaron Kutnowski

The Halpern Akiva Academy (HAA) will be welcoming Rabbi Nachum Aaron Kutnowski as the new head of Judaic Studies for the 2022/2023 academic year. Since his candidacy, he has made it a priority to build positive relationships with parents, students, staff, and the Calgary community at large. His strong communication and interpersonal skills have given him the ability to relate to a wide range of people, and he looks forward to joining HAA and Calgary community at large.

Rabbi Kutnowski brings 9 years of educational experience with a strong focus on student wellbeing to the role of Head of Judaic Studies. He holds an Honours B. A. in English Literature, from York University of Toronto. He is also the founder of the Hamilton Community Night Kollel, alongside teaching full-time at the Hamilton Hebrew Academy for the past 7 years. He is passionate about facilitating a genuine relationship with Hashem, Torah and Mitzvot, and the Jewish people. Rabbi Kutnowski is especially looking forward to fostering the unique personality and strengths of each student at the HAA.

Our Staff

Ms. Laurie Brinton

Admin Assistant

Mrs. Caitlyn Cameron

Principal

Mrs. Kizhakke Vendekkan

Daycare Director

Mrs. Caitlyn Cameron

Principal

Ms. Laurie Brinton

Admin Assistant

Mrs. Kizhakke Vendekkan

Daycare Director

Our Academics

Our School Life

We truly believe in the idea of “Am Echad, Lev Echad” and consider our students, staff, parents and supporters our Akiva Family. When you enter the school, you immediately feel you are part of something special, with everyone looking out for one another.

Our Daycare

Our mission is to provide parents and guardians with safe, accommodating, developmentally appropriate and high quality child care. Our focus is to provide a stimulating child care and education experience which promotes each child’s holistic development.

Our top priority is the safety of our students. We have security measures in place including surveillance cameras, extra lighting, controlled entry, and other measures recommended by Calgary Police and CIJA.