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Back in Boston: It was an Assembly

The following is a guest post by Judy Zorfass. The Assembly … How many hundreds of thousands of times did the PEJE staff utter these words over the past year? Remarkably, The Assembly is no longer a year away, or three months away, or three days away. Rather, the three energizing, inspiring, and powerful days …

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The Vision Thing

The following is a guest-post by Assembly blogger Steve Rakitt, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. In a wide-ranging discussion on, Sunday night of the Assembly, moderated by Larry Moses, President of the Wexner Foundation, Richard Joel, President of Yeshiva University and Len Schlesinger, President of Babson College, agreed that  leadership is about vision… …

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Sophie’s Choice

The following is a guest-post by Assembly blogger Barbara Gereboff, head of school of the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. As I sat through two different sessions during Sunday of the Assembly on sustainability, I began to feel that the choices ahead are somewhat akin to “Sophie’s Choice” – which child will live (or be …

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Reflections on the Assembly’s Opening Plenary

The following is a guest-post from Assembly blogger Steven Lorch, head of school of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. Wow! I’ve gone to a lot of Jewish education conferences over the years, and I can honestly say that I’ve never been as inspired or energized – NEVER – by an opening plenary as I …

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Planning for Leadership Succession to Protect Your Institution’s Future

The following is a guest-post from Assembly blogger Steven Lorch, head of school of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. The presenter of one of the Pre-Assembly Institutes, Tim Wolfred, works with non-profit organizations of many kinds to help them plan their leadership transitions. Most of his work is with succession of the professional leader, …

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AVI CHAI’s Next (and last) Ten Years

The following remarks were delivered by AVI CHAI North America’s Executive Director, Yossi Prager, at the Assembly. Welcome to you all; thank you for joining us at the expense of the very few minutes of free time the PEJE organizers built into the Assembly program. My brief talk is both an update on AVI CHAI …

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Re-Envisioning Perhaps?

The following is a guest-post from Assembly blogger Barbara Gereboff, head of school at Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. I’m on the darkened stuffy plane returning from the PEJE conference. I began the conference with the experience of talking to four young day school graduates who were questioning the value of a day school …

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Choosing Jewish Communal Leadership

The following is a guest-post by Assembly blogger Joshua Levisohn, headmaster of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. What was the crucible moment for you in embarking upon a path of leadership within the Jewish community?  This question, which Larry Moses asked our two guests Sunday night, President Richard Joel of YU and President Len …

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Breaking Through The Noise

The following is a guest-post by Rebecca Egolf, facilitator of PEJE”s Admission Community of Practice. During Monday morning’s case study analysis, I observed something very intriguing. At one point, we were asked to go around our tables and identify three things that we all had in common, and then one thing that was completely unique …

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Branding and Marketing Day Schools

The following is a guest-post from Assembly blogger Joelle Kaufman, president of the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. We all struggle with how to spread the word and engage people in Jewish day schools and enroll in our schools specifically.  The Assembly’s closing plenary laid out a path for every organization: 1.     …

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