History of VTT

The oldest and largest Jewish Day School west of Ontario, Vancouver Talmud Torah traces its roots back to 1913, when the first afternoon/evening classes were held on Heatley Street, in what is now the Strathcona neighbourhood. By 1918 the school had a name, The Vancouver Hebrew School, and by 1921 was the official afternoon school of the
Schara Tzedeck Synagogue.

Starting in 1934, Vancouver Talmud Torah Association was established as an independent school. 
Below are highlights in VTT's history:

1934:  VTT becomes an independent school - Vancouver Talmud Torah Association - under the Society Act of BC

1943:  the school became a full day school and moved to an 11-room house on West 14th Avenue.

1948:  original wing of its present location on Oak Street is built 

1962:  mortgage burned, school is debt free for the first time in a decade

1964:  pre-school, afterschool and day school enrolment increased by 30 pupils necessitating using classrooms at the Beth Israel Synagogue

1968: Building Fund launched 

1970:  construction of the new two-storey addition completed, with several classrooms, office area and library

1986:  plans underway for a new five-classroom wing to replace existing portable classrooms

1987:  new one-storey addition completed containing three classrooms and art room area

1992:  2nd storey of new wing completed along with new Morris J. and Dena Wosk z”l auditorium/gymnasium

Image above from the Jewish Western Bulletin, 

courtesy of the Jewish Independent