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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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Building and Managing Your Endowment: A Critical Resource for Jewish Day Schools

To best serve their stakeholders (parents, students, alumni, faculty, professional staff, and volunteer leaders) at Jewish day schools, nonprofit professionals must continually evaluate endowment-building programs. As you are involved with a Jewish day school, have you and other leaders prioritized endowment-building efforts? If not, you are committing a serious and dangerous strategic error; ignoring this …

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Thou Shalt not Sacrifice Education on the Altar of Affordability

The following is a guest post by Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky, Director of Educational Technology at the Frisch School, a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Rabbi Pittinsky is also a professor for MOFET’s International Online Academy, an active blogger on topics related to the intersection of technology and Jewish education, and an …

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Need Some Free, Private, Helpful, Encouraging JDS Advice? Get on Line: The Leadership Line!

Do you recognize the name Shulamith Elster? The name might seem familiar—if you’ve ever rung up the Leadership Line (LL), PEJE’s coaching service. The LL provides the day school field with a free one-hour phone call with an experienced day school coach. She’s one of those who answer the Leadership Line calls, and she’s walked …

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Dr. Bruce Powell

In my almost 14 years of working with PEJE and 42 years in the field, the answer for affordability and sustainability of our schools continues to be the same: Endowment. The great prep schools of our nation figured this out over 100 years ago and now they have endowments of hundreds of millions ensuring their …

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Hitting the Mark in Development by Marking Donors for Life

Don’t look now, but there’s a growing prevalence of “ink”—on all segments of the population! Nowadays people across the age, income, education, and race spectrums sport tattoos. On TV, professional athletes in skin-revealing uniforms display muscled arms covered from wrist to shoulder. At my hair salon, mother and daughter stylists sport designs at the ankle. …

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Sure, Everyone SAYS Communities Should Support day Schools, but Who’s Actually DOING It?

We spend a lot of time learning here at the Affordability Knowledge Center. We learn about how day schools are taking on the affordability challenge. We learn, and we share. Share and learn. And so on. Today we’re sharing the first Affordability Knowledge Center White Paper. What’s a White Paper? For the Center’s purposes, a …

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The Art of JDS Filmmaking: Four Fast Lessons

This post begins in the ladies’ room. Sorry, but it does. We’re talking about a bathroom in Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, in Livingston, New Jersey. The date: July 2012. The setting: PEJE’s 2012 Summer Development Intensive workshop. We open with a close up of Jill Goldenberg, PEJE’s Strategy Manager for Growing Endowment and Legacy Revenue, …

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You Are the Future: A Yom HaShoah Insight on Day School Investment

As a parent of two day school students, I’m reminded on a regular basis that not only are my children receiving a best-in-class education, but they are also learning what it means to be a Jew and how to handle the attendant responsibilities. My wife and I are blessed that their day schools provide enrichment to their lives every day. Now our kids also know that they are the future. May our future leaders—my kids and yours—take us from strength to strength!

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