Day School Affordability and Sustainability

Jul 062016

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy [Angie Leiber, the development director at Hannah Senesh Day School, is a recent participant in Amplifier’s Jewish Giving Circle Incubator. The Incubator helps individuals and and professionals representing their organizations start new giving circles. Below, Angie and and Judy Schoenberg, a Senesh parent and the new circle’s chair, share their journey of … Read More »

Jan 042016

By: Nili Simhai What does it take for someone to feel welcome in a new space?  What does it take for someone to think of themselves as part of a new social circle? These questions may not seem relevant to the issue of growing day school enrollment, but they are at the heart of a … Read More »

Dec 282015

By: Dr. Harry Bloom It is that time of year. Secular New Year’s resolution time. Since I spend most of my waking hours managing the PEJE Atidenu Recruitment & Retention and Governance & Fundraising Academy programs (co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), my New Year’s thoughts tend to be about day school sustainability. Not as … Read More »

Jul 302015

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy In this guest post, Jill Goldenberg, Executive Director of PEJE, shares thoughts about fundraising and school sustainability. She draws from her experiences with Generations, an endowment-building program, as well as a recent PEJE Governance and Fundraising Academy three-day intensive training. Both programs receive funding from AVI CHAI. By Jill Goldenberg This past … Read More »

Uncommon Conversations at NAJDS 2015

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Mar 102015

Cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy This week, more than 1,000 Jewish day school educators, lay leaders, and administrators are gathering in Philadelphia for the North American Jewish Day School Conference 2015: Uncommon Connections. With a tagline of “Schools, systems and success,” the conference set out to “unleash the power of the multiple systems that comprise our … Read More »

Feb 182015

This post is cross-posted from HaYidion. By Daniel Perla In Field of Dreams, actor Kevin Costner plays an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball field on his land after hearing a mysterious voice which whispers “if you build it, HE will come.” “HE” is a former baseball great who eventually appears on the Iowa ball … Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »