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What a Charleston Fundraiser Teaches Us

This past weekend, I was in Charleston with three friends from college. I had never been there, and, until three weeks ago, Charleston evoked images of quaint homes and Prince of Tides marshland. With the horrors inflicted on a Bible study group in the Emanuel AME Church on June 17, that all changed. Arriving in …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The True Story of JEDLAB: the Network That Needs You as Much as You Need It

Shalom, Friends of PEJE! My name is Ken Gordon, and I’m the social media manager here at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. Not long ago, I read a book called The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices by former MIT Media Lab director Frank Moss. (Read this to find out why the Jewish communal world should be employing this …

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