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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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Focus on the Family*

At PEJE, we think about schools. We think about communities. We think about the field. Each is critical to our work, and essential to support Jewish day schools across North America. But really, we’re trying to help families. In all of the talk of strategy, of flipping forward, of communities as ecosystems, of sustainability, we …

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Admission: We Are Not Alone

The following is a guest post by Ariella Siegel, Partnership/Admissions Coordinator at Temple Sinai/Jacobson Sinai Academy in North Miami Beach, Florida.   I was not born a Jewish day school admission professional. Before taking my job, the only experience I had of Jewish day school was, well, attending JDS as a child. I began my current …

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In Search of the High Quality, “Lean and Mean” Jewish Day School

There has been a great deal written about new blended learning schools which are leveraging educational technology to increase the quality of teaching and learning while also lowering teaching cost per student. This post addresses a more conventional pathway to low cost schools, that of lean administration. For the purposes of this post, we are …

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Endowment: The Security Blanket You Weave for Your Grandchildren

The Jewish day school field may have come late to the endowment party, but they are quickly catching up (and they brought chips!). Through programs like Generations—PEJE’s partnership with the AVI CHAI Foundation to help communities and schools build day school endowments—day schools are getting the training and support they need to think about development …

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