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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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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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Rabbi Jim Rogozen

Rather than address day school affordability, the Conservative Movement needs to organize the national flow of all education dollars based on strategies that effectively cultivate and empower the next generation. Our kehillot, USY, Schechter, Ramah, JTS, and AJU, must see Jewish learning in all its forms as an integrated enterprise, and crucial to a common …

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Lisa Colton

Today’s institutional landscape is changing rapidly. In their book The Networked Nonprofit, Beth Kanter and Allison Fine coined the phrase “do what you do best and network the rest” as a way for organizations to specialize, and also gain efficiencies by not needing to be all things to all people. Day schools have valuable assets—space, …

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Dr. Harry Bloom

A key part of the Jewish Day School affordability agenda involves leveraging community power to increase revenue and efficiencies. Five particularly promising ideas are: 1. Outsource key services including facilities maintenance for multiple schools. 2. Purchase HR and benefit services through Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs). 3. Create and market leading edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering …

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Jeremy Fingerman

It is imperative that we provide accessible Jewish educational opportunities—both formal and experiential—for every child. As FJC works to confront affordability in our field, we are grateful for the initiative and leadership that PEJE has taken to bring this issue to the forefront of our community. Meeting this challenge necessitates collaboration and innovation across organizations. …

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