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Billions from Jerusalem: New Financing for Jewish Day School Education

This is one of a series of essays on Jewish day schools in Sustainable Stories, a project of PEJE, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. Be sure to check out the “Billions from Jerusalem” webinar, featuring Yosef Abramowitz, PEJE’s Amy Katz, Alan Hoffman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Gil Preuss of CJP—Greater Boston’s …

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Day School Education, American Style

In 2011, Professor Jonathan Krasner published a book called The Benderly Boys and American Education. The volume won the National Jewish Book Award and it prompted Barry Holtz to write in the Jewish Daily Forward: ”It is not an exaggeration to say that this volume is the most important piece of historical writing about American Jewish education to have …

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Asset Optimization, Part 1: “It Starts with Scrabble™”

After working in Wall Street for several years, and spending some time as a carpenter, Nick Stoneman was hired in 2003 as the Head of School at Shattuck St. Mary’s School  (SSM), about 50 miles south of Minneapolis. In just 10 years, Stoneman helped the school move from a deficit to a surplus of close …

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Confronting the Realities of the Pew Report: Abrams Academy Goes on the Offensive

In the wake of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ “Portrait of Jewish Americans,” many anxious Jewish communal leaders are reexamining their priorities as they bob in the currents of uncertainty. The report sketches a somber picture of declining affinity with the Jewish religion and Israel, particularly among younger people. Sadly, even among those people who consider …

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Educational Excellence in Jewish Day Schools: What It Is and How We Get There

The following is the first piece in PEJE’s Sustainable Stories series—a smart and provocative collection of JDS essays, by people who are professionally articulate. Novelists. Essayists. Journalists. Professors. They will make you think hard about day schools, as well as the way you speak and write about them.   I don’t know about you, but as …

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You Can Vanquish the Jewish Day School Inferiority Complex. With Email. Yes, Email.

On September 25, Frank Moss, the author of The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices, successful entrepreneur, and the former director of the MIT Media Lab, participated in a live Jewish-ed event in suburban Boston. Moss, an expert in creating cultures of innovation, offered up some terrific lessons about work, school, and life—and we were thrilled that …

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Six Questions for Harry Bloom

Get to know Harry Bloom, PEJE’s new Strategy Manager for Day School Sustainability. We asked him six questions, and received six interesting answers. Now we share them with you. Scroll down and learn all about Harry…   1. Why are you passionate about JDS? I’m passionate because I’m a product of Jewish day school. I’ve …

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“CliffsNotes” for a Busy Day School Admission Director

The following guest post is by Sarah Sokolic, Director of Admissions, Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. Back in May, I was privileged to attend a two-day admissions conference hosted by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), a membership organization whose mission is to foster the educational, ethical, and professional excellence of …

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The “I and Thou” of Social Media: A Conversation About Organizational Change

Jewish day schools seek ways of building community and engaging constituents online. We see some companies, causes, and individuals who have successfully built loyal and growing “tribes,” and wonder if we can do the same. Turns out, as any marketing director can attest, that it’s easier said than done. Many schools push content through social …

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