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Sustainability by the Numbers

The following is a text version of the speech Amy Katz, Executive Director of PEJE, delivered at the Recruitment & Retention Academy Summit in Chicago. In this piece, she references both the Book of Numbers and our keynote speaker, Mike Connor, on identifying a school’s value proposition and defining its brand identity.   In 1997, …

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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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Blended Learning: Some Love It, Some Hate It—But Everyone’s Talking About It.

Blended learning! This has been the most galvanizing affordability strategy we’ve considered so far at the Affordability Knowledge Center. Its potential for disrupting the day school financial model, or improving pedagogy for day school students, has been fodder for some amazing conversations on both the PEJE Blog and JEDLAB, the new destination for Jewish educational debate …

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Dr. Marc Kramer

As we think about the day school affordability issue, we at RAVSAK continue to think about the underlying tensions between cost and value. As Jewish day schools increase their capacity to showcase their value and as public schools tighten their belts due to declines in tax revenues, will we see an up-tick in day school …

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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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Dr. Amy Sales

In the coming year, “conventional wisdom” will likely be upended by data. As more schools enter their numbers into JData, PEJE, communities, and the schools themselves will be able to see: actual cost of delivering day school education to a child; changes in cost over time; variation in cost by school size, type, location, and …

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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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