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Five New Year’s Resolutions for the Jewish Day School Field

It is that time of year. Secular New Year’s resolution time. Since I spend most of my waking hours managing the PEJE Atidenu Recruitment & Retention and Governance & Fundraising Academy programs (generously co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), my New Year’s thoughts tend to be about day school sustainability. Not as stimulating as resolving …

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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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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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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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“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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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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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We cannot close the day schools nor can we reduce the quality (the top-level education is crucial). We cannot ask for governmental money (as that jeopardizes our crucial commitment to freedom and to keeping religion and state separate). We cannot allow the schools to only be for the upper-middle class and upper class. There are …

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SAT Scores? Jewish Identity? What Else You Got?

There are two predominant arguments that are made for the value of day school: the Jewish and the secular. The Jewish argument states that day school is the best way to imbue traditional Jewish values in our youth—at any observance level—and build the next generation of Jewish leaders. The secular argument states that our schools …

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Marketing Those Amazing Jewish Basketball Stars

For a while there, it seemed like you couldn’t pick up the sports section of the New York Times or check out ESPN without bumping into the saga of Robert M. Beren Academy’s basketball team. And while many people across the nation cheered when the Houston, Texas, b-ballers finally got their day on the court—and sighed when they failed to win their championship game—the overall story was a superb one for Beren, and for day schools in general. The Beren Stars showed the wider world that day schools produce kids who are hard-working, humble, talented, and faithful.

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