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The Worst Investment of Your Jewish Life (A PEJE Purim Parody by Joel Chasnoff)

In the piece below, Joel Chasnoff sends up our Sustainable Stories  with a wicked bit of JDS parody — a whole new comedic genre in itself! What would happen if, just once, you received a day school communication that begged you to stop writing tuition checks and start exposing your kids to the character-building force of, …

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“Billions For Education?” Should the State of Israel Be a Funder of Day School Education in the Diaspora?

“Don’t worry America, Israel is behind you.” The popular t-shirt bearing this slogan usually features a print of an F-16 jet and is ubiquitous at souvenir shops along Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street. How’s this for a new slogan, “Don’t worry overburdened American Jewish parents, the government of Israel will help fund your children’s Jewish day …

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Jewish Day Schools in the Communal Ecosystem Today and Tomorrow. And the Day After That.

We recently saw the launch of “Securing a Thriving Jewish Future,” a global conversation hosted by the Jewish Agency for Israel to discover exciting ideas in the areas of (1) education; (2) the connection between Israel and World Jewry; and (3) collective and individual Jewish identity. I spent some time engaging in some of the …

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Reflecting on Moving The Needle

This is a guest post by Dr. Eliezer Jones, Director of Educational Innovation at Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership. It is cross-posted at EJs Cafe.   Yesterday was the end of the three-day Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership conference in Los Angeles which I attended. In fact, I actually stayed on a bit longer …

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Day Schools Under the Palm Trees: Miami’s Jewish Day Schools

This guest post is by Rabbi Arnie Samlan, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami, Florida, a subsidiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He blogs at www.JewishConnectivity.com and is a podcaster on JCastNetwork.   When I moved to Miami from Long Island just six months ago, a Floridian colleague …

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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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