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PEJE’s Endowment-Building Program, Generations, Announces the Launch of the Final Cohorts

Boston, MA – December 10, 2015 – The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) has announced that its groundbreaking endowment-building program, Generations, which enabled Jewish day schools across North America to secure a record $61 million in endowment funds, has launched its final cohorts. Funded in part by the AVI CHAI Foundation, 17 schools …

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PEJE announces the retirement of its Leadership Line after more than a decade of successful service

The PEJE Leadership Line, a free, hour-long (give or take) phone or Skype call with a coach, has been an efficient and effective way for Jewish day school leaders to get helpful, actionable advice on a variety of concerns and challenges. With PEJE’s increased focus on financial sustainability and with more avenues available by which …

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Jewish Day Schools Raise More Than $57 Million in Endowment Funds

  PEJE’s Pilot Endowment-building Program, Generations, Successfully Strengthens Jewish Day School Sustainability Efforts; Program Now Available Across North America   Boston, MA – May 14, 2015 – PEJE, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, has announced that its groundbreaking endowment-building program, Generations, has enabled selected schools to raise a record $57 million in endowment …

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Thou Shalt not Sacrifice Education on the Altar of Affordability

The following is a guest post by Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky, Director of Educational Technology at the Frisch School, a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Rabbi Pittinsky is also a professor for MOFET’s International Online Academy, an active blogger on topics related to the intersection of technology and Jewish education, and an …

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You Are the Future: A Yom HaShoah Insight on Day School Investment

As a parent of two day school students, I’m reminded on a regular basis that not only are my children receiving a best-in-class education, but they are also learning what it means to be a Jew and how to handle the attendant responsibilities. My wife and I are blessed that their day schools provide enrichment to their lives every day. Now our kids also know that they are the future. May our future leaders—my kids and yours—take us from strength to strength!

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Inspiring Headship: What Does It Take?

Wanting to write here about headship competencies, one of the three areas PEJE has identified as essential for headship success, I searched for a suitable image to accompany my blog post. When I first showed this image to friends and colleagues, their first reaction was more often than not, “Wow, how beautiful!” I have to …

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Boards Supporting Heads

Board support for the headship, along with headship competencies and ongoing support, are three areas PEJE has identified as essential for headship success. To hear how boards can best support their heads, please listen in to the following conversation between a new board member and a veteran board member at a school with a new …

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Technology notwithstanding, an essential factor in whether or not we are heard is the quality of the listening being done. Talking and listening are ubiquitous in our schools. The lines of talking and listening crisscross among teachers, students, administrators, parents, board members, and donors in almost every combination. Learning and wise action depend on our …

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Breathing In and Breathing Out – Leading a Jewish Day School

    Inspiring Headship… I s about relationships N arrates the school’s story in a compelling way S ees into the future and shapes a school’s direction P artners with strategic governance to make a school stable now and sustainable for generations to come I nvites students, faculty, parents, and members of other day school constituencies …

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Hello! from Sharon

My work in support of Jewish day schools draws on my professional interests and experience and the focus of my work at PEJE. You can expect my posts to be about: teaching and learning — especially the role of conversations as opportunities to learn What compelling conversations have you heard at a Jewish day school …

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