In 1992,with much fanfare and a great celebration, Hebrew Academy moved into its Makom Kavua at 5700 Kellert. student base and a desire to move w e s t w a r d t o Cote Saint Luc and Hampstead, Hebrew Academy rented facilities on Mackle Road and even then, o u t g r e w t h e building and had to expand using trailers. A large i n d o o r r a m p c o n n e c t e d the trailers to the actual building. “Best memories ever took place in those multi-coloured trailers at the corner of Mackle and Wentworth in the far end of Cote St. Luc that nobody even knew existed,” reflected Yaffa. “How many people can say that they received their high school education in freezing cold, yet boldly- colored trailers?” said Natalie Salem, ‘89. With a continued increase in enrollment, HA was bursting out of the Mackle facilities, trailers and all. Linda Lehrer, executive director, remembers, “My fondest memory at Hebrew Academy is the day our president, Jack Hasen, walked into my office and announced that we’re purchasing land and we’re going to build a beautiful facility for Hebrew Academy. We were living on Mackle Road at the time in rented facilities; the High School was housed in trailers. The trailers were cold in the winter and warm in the summer and all our garbage cans were strategically placed where the roof was leaking.” In 1992, with much fanfare and a great celebration, Hebrew Academy moved into its Makom Kavua (formerly the Davis “Y”) at 5700 Kellert. “It was my last year of high school when we came to the new building,” recalled Jordana Pekofsky Levy, ‘94. “We loved our modern, state-of-the-art facility and wandered the building in amazement. We had a huge gym, a cafeteria that did not also serve as our shul, a Beit Midrash that DID serve as our shul, a science lab, a REAL library and even an elevator. Although we never quite understood why it didn’t go to the 3rd floor…” According to Alvin Suissa, ‘85 who, for all intents purposes, is a perfect Ashkesfardi blend, the Kellert building provided the space and the opportunity to more fully reflect the student body. “Hebrew Academy embraces all of its students and celebrates both Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions and customs,” he said. “In the Kellert building, this became quite apparent when the beautiful Sephardi Beit Midrash was built. HA now boasts TWO Batei Midrash.” For some students,“The best part of HA was the amazing schoolyard and the adjacent park - so many places to hang out during free time. In our days we were also allowed to hang out at the mall during lunch. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t a great idea for the younger high school grades who never remembered to come back on time,” said Person Who Wishes to Remain Anonymous, ‘04. On Kellert, we entered the era of 21st Century Education and while education is obviously THE priority at HA, student life is also extremely important. Unbeknownst to anyone that a student 10