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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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