Jul 052018
 

Since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy last week, the media discussion has centered on the possible impact of a new justice on a series of polarizing judicial questions. Unfortunately, today the focus always seems to be on the polarizing. However, some issues that at first appear polarizing become less so when examined with a … Read More »

Partners in Learning: Investing in Lay Leadership

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Jun 272018
 

In our complex society, with its many varied and specialized occupations, we have come to expect ongoing professional development in a host of fields: medicine, law, accounting, and almost anyone who needs a license to practice. This makes good sense; any field where the stakes are high, and both subject matter and/or technique are constantly … Read More »

Networks: Spreading Ideas Peer to Peer

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Jun 212018
 
Networks: Spreading Ideas Peer to Peer

This post is cross-posted from Gleanings at the Leadership Commons of The William Davidson School at JTS Being a classroom teacher can be an isolating experience. You may not know where to turn for new ideas and wish there was a way you could benefit from the experimentation and expertise of others in classrooms like … Read More »

Go Forward and Succeed

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Jun 052018
 
Go Forward and Succeed

AVI CHAI has enthusiastically supported overnight Jewish summer camps because they reflect so well our commitment to Jewish living, learning and peoplehood. As our aspirations state: “Our best hope for attaining this vision of the future is through a focused investment in educational experiences for Jewish youth which are Jewishly meaningful, engaging and full of … Read More »

May 312018
 

As a foundation supporting Jewish day schools and overnight camps, AVI CHAI has always been eager to see the maximum number of participants enroll in our various professional development programs. “Filling the cohort” would obviously benefit a large number of institutions, thus increasing the impact of our philanthropy among Jewish youth. But cohort-based learning is … Read More »

May 142018
 

In a recent eJP post, Dr. Erica Brown gracefully laid out an 18-point agenda for Jewish education.  Among the important ideas she put forth was the idea that “We need more great teachers. And we need to celebrate the ones we have.” The research is unequivocal: teachers and teaching matter most.  Great teachers enable high … Read More »

May 102018
 
Susan Kardos’ Speech at the Solomon Schechter of Bergen County’s Community Celebration

Tree of Life Award Acceptance Speech Solomon Schechter Bergen County Community Celebration 6 May 2018 Thank you so much, and thank you Sarah and David for that lovely introduction. It’s an honor for me and for Guy to say thank you to all of you, and to say Mazal Tov and thank you to the … Read More »

May 072018
 
Enhancing Spirituality at Jewish Day Schools: Bridging the Funder-Grantee Divide

The assignment was simple: working in pairs, take a widely circulated ad and instead of using it to sell (fill in the blank with any material good), adapt the ad to create an ad for G-d. The results were powerful: Only after we shared our adaptations did we introduce ourselves: including a description of one … Read More »

May 022018
 
Israel’s 70th: How is your camp celebrating this summer?

By: Leah Nadich Meir Now that May is upon us, the countdown to summer – and camp – has begun!  Camp leaders know that memorable and meaningful camp experiences don’t just happen; they’re like the vegetables that grow in so many camp gardens. Tending the seedlings with loving care results in those sweet-tasting tomatoes and … Read More »