Jan 302015

This post is cross-posted from The NY Jewish Week By: George Rohr A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I … Read More »

What’s in it for Me? Selfishness in Philanthropy

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Jan 292015

“There was a wealthy philanthropist who added an extension to a synagogue. It was elegant, functional, beautiful. The philanthropist only had one request before he transferred title to the synagogue. He wanted his name inscribed over the entrance as an everlasting memory. As you might expect, some congregants objected, and the dispute eventually came to … Read More »

Jan 162015

By: Harry Bloom It has been five years since I published the first quantitative study of North American Jewish day school governance practices as part of my doctoral work at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration (“The Relationship Between Board of Directors Practices and Jewish Day School Financial and Educational Performance Based … Read More »

Jan 122015

This article post is cross-posted from the eJewishPhilanthropy website By Dan Perla Sustainable programs have become the Holy Grail of the foundation world. As a former program officer at The AVI CHAI Foundation, nothing excited me more than the prospect of funding a program which could eventually sustain itself. Unfortunately, I often found the goal … Read More »

A Chanukah in Pictures

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Dec 242014
A Chanukah in Pictures

Over the course of Chanukah, we have asked schools on Instagram to submit photos from school activities that ”illuminate” how their school was “enacting its Jewish mission this Chanukah”. We received photos of school tzedakah drives; plays, singing, and dancing; lighting menorahs and even a campaign to light up our world. We put together an … Read More »

Calling All Schools on Instagram: A Chanukah in Pictures

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Dec 112014
Calling All Schools on Instagram: A Chanukah in Pictures

The AVI CHAI blog seeks to capture trends and ideas emerging from the field of Jewish day school education and its crucial work to instill Jewish engagement and commitment in the next generation. Usually, we communicate those ideas primarily in prose format. Yet, in thinking about Chanukah, we were struck by the highly photogenic nature … Read More »

Dec 082014

Cross-posted from the PEJE website By Harry Bloom 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 … Read More »

Jewish Day School Census – A Roundup of Reactions

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Dec 022014

Last month, AVI CHAI issued our fourth census of Jewish day schools, conducted by Dr. Marvin Schick. The censuses have been conducted at four-year intervals, beginning with the 1998-99 school year. Please visit here to read more about the census, and you can access the full census here. Some of the major census findings were: … Read More »

Nov 262014

Everyone knows that the American calendar dedicates a time explicitly for gratitude: Thanksgiving. But did you know that the practice of thankfulness is also embedded in the Jewish tradition? With the approach of the Thanksgiving holiday, it seems fitting to investigate these roots further. Dr. David Pelcovitz, Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education … Read More »