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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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PEJE announces the retirement of its Leadership Line after more than a decade of successful service

The PEJE Leadership Line, a free, hour-long (give or take) phone or Skype call with a coach, has been an efficient and effective way for Jewish day school leaders to get helpful, actionable advice on a variety of concerns and challenges. With PEJE’s increased focus on financial sustainability and with more avenues available by which …

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Football Requires Trust – So Does Our Work

Every Sunday, my family and my cousins gathered in the linoleum-covered basement of my grandparents’ home in St. Paul, Minnesota. We sat at one large table, eating fabulous freshly caught fish or melt-in-your-mouth brisket, and talking politics and sports – and hope. Eternal optimism runs rampant on that side of my family. That optimism was …

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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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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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Cutting-Edge Consumer Marketing Meets the Middle-Income Tuition Crisis Challenge

Is your Jewish day school contemplating middle-income programming? Based on our review of middle-income programs currently in the field, our advice is to design a plan that: Promotes new and retained enrollment Encourages nearly universal submission by middle-income families of household income data Benefits a specific middle-income segment Inspires families to become positive ambassadors for …

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Leading from the Gyroscope

What can contemporary research on leadership say about what it takes to lead Jewish day schools? As a day school graduate, current parent of a day school student, and recent member of a Head of School search committee, I feel deep gratitude and respect for the faculty and leaders who commit themselves to making our …

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