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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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The Emotional High that We Need to Communicate

I just watched the video of James Taylor’s new song, “Angels of Fenway” showing beautiful baseball images about the Red Sox’ long struggle—and the euphoria of the end of the 86-year drought between World Series wins. What a moment! I grew up in Minnesota as a huge sports fan, especially baseball and football, and after …

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Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education Names Jill Goldenberg New Executive Director

Seasoned PEJE Executive Tapped in Board Decision Boston, MA – May 5, 2015 – The board of directors of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) has named Jill Goldenberg its new Executive Director. “For years, Jill has provided a wealth of skills and talent to PEJE and the day school community,” stated board …

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It is Time to Reinvent Our Approach to Jewish Day School Recruitment.

In naming PEJE’s Atidenu (Hebrew for “Our Future”) 18-month recruitment and retention program (generously co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), we were motivated by a desire to convey two key points. First, that research has consistently shown that day school graduates are not only highly successful, but also highly reliable guarantors of the Jewish future. …

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Into the Clouds (and the Cloud): The Lessons of PEJE’s Migrations

PEJE has ascended. We recently sojourned from Broad Street, in Boston’s Financial District, up to the 16th floor of CIC Boston, a building that describes itself as “much more than office space; it is an innovation ecosystem.” We’re now settled in this cutting-edge atmosphere, high in the sky, surrounded on all sides by entrepreneurial energy. …

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Montreal Takes Communal Day School Capacity Building to the Next Level

The good news: Jewish day schools remain an extremely good investment. Knowledgeable community leaders understand the high return that Jewish day schools provide by graduating Jewishly literate, passionate, proud, highly educated, socially conscious Jews. Thus they make great efforts to support Jewish day schools. That support has traditionally taken the form of per capita funding …

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A Three-Pronged Approach to Boosting Day School Enrollment in a Low-to-Slow-Growth Market

Jewish day school growth is getting harder and harder to come by these days. According to a 2006-2010 survey of 50 cross-denominational schools across nine communities, enrollment declined by 14% in non-Orthodox schools and was virtually nil in Modern and Centrist Orthodox schools. 2012 enrollment research by The AVI CHAI Foundation directionally supports these findings. …

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What If? Perspectives on Asset Optimization

What if we could untether our strategic planning processes from typical constraints? What if we looked at building on our strengths and capitalizing on our opportunities rather than fixing our weaknesses and responding to threats? What if we unlocked our potential to grow, thrive, and evolve? What if rather than sustainability and stability we focused …

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