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Re/Presenting the Jewish Past

 

Re/Presenting the Jewish Past focuses on improving how students encounter the Jewish past in their high school education. It is run jointly by New York University’s Steinhardt School of Human Development, Education and Culture and RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network and is offered at no financial cost to schools as it is fully

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BASIS 2.0

 
BASIS 2.0

BASIS (the Bay Area Schools Israel Synergy Initiative) 2.0 seeks to bring day school students and their families closer to Israel. By making Israel a core part of every school’s academic program and culture, BASIS works to strengthen student connections to Israel and the Jewish people. Launching in partnership with the iCenter, BASIS 2.0 will

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Litigating for Day Schools – The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

 

AVI CHAI’s Trustees approved a two-year grant to place a fellow within the Becket Fund to work on cases that challenge the Blaine Amendment and similar laws in many states that prohibit/limit government funding for religious schools. To the extent the Fellow cannot fill his time productively with such cases, attention would turn to (1)

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Schechter Day School Network

 
Schechter Day School Network

The Schechter Day School Network promotes the continued growth and vitality of its member schools that serve a broad Jewish population and are characterized by Conservative Jewish principles, high academic achievement, social responsibility, and joyous spiritual engagement in a culture of caring and community. www.schechternetwork.org

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Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project

 
Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project

The Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project works with Conservative, community and Reform day schools to promote an outcomes-based approach to the study of Tanakh (Bible). The program, established at the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), is grounded in detailed standards and benchmarks for Tanakh study. Judaic studies

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NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowships in Jewish Education

 
NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowships in Jewish Education

The Ph.D. program in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU Steinhardt prepares researchers and practitioners for leadership positions in a wide range of Jewish educational settings. AVI CHAI co-funds two full-time NYU doctoral fellowships per year for students with demonstrated commitments to Jewish education that foster Jewish literacy, religious purposefulness, and peoplehood, and who commit

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Mar 192014
 

By: Rachel Mohl Abrahams Earlier this month at the iJED conference, AVI CHAI hosted a café that was devoted to online and blended learning.  Throughout the conference, attendees could come in and have a cup of coffee, relax, network with colleagues and find out more about online/blended learning from the iJED Cafe vendors and presenters.

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Lay Leadership: Galvanizing a Movement

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Mar 172014
 

Who are some of the educational leaders advancing the day school field? I had the opportunity to meet with some of them during the recent Moving the Needle and iJED day school conferences, where hundreds of day school administrators, lay leaders, and other educational professionals gathered to learn and network. In this series, I will

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Mar 062014
 

We are now accepting applications for two summer leadership institutes at The Principals’ Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Up to 20 Jewish day school leaders will receive AVI CHAI sponsorship to enhance their ability to improve the quality of their schools, and particularly to enhance and advance their Judaic mission. Learn what

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Mar 042014
 
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: “If You Want to Save the Jewish Future, You Have to Build Jewish Day Schools”

By: Deborah Fishman Though Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest Jewish leaders of our time, not everyone is privileged to be exposed to his words in person. Last night, the attendees of the iJED Day School Conference had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The crowd of day school leaders and educators

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Harvard Leadership Programs through a Jewish Lens

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Feb 262014
 

This summer, AVI CHAI will sponsor up to 20 day school leaders to attend one of two institutes at The Principal’s Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The two institutes are: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership (AOL), for leaders with 1-3 years of experience; and Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV), for leaders

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Feb 122014
 
Is Your Day School Ready To Take the Social Media Leap?

By: Lisa Colton Enhancing your social media and video use can be hard and sometimes daunting work. But never fear: if you are curious about how to up your online presence across platforms, you can now access the collective resources and learnings from The Jewish Day School Social Media Academy and Jewish Day School Video

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Jan 132014
 
Jewish Funders Network Launches ‘Greenbooks’, Guides to Enable Smarter Giving

This article was cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. In the investment community, research reports known as Blackbooks are extremely well-regarded for their insight, objectivity and quality. Now, the Jewish Funders Network and The AVI CHAI Foundation are bringing the same rigorous lens to the world of philanthropy. Called Greenbooks, they are designed as guides for investing intelligently

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Highlights of 2013

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Jan 092014
 

As we kick off 2014, we want to provide an update on new program development in the year just completed. In 2013, AVI CHAI worked with operating and funding partners to design and/or launch 11 new initiatives. These new programs are fruits of our continued efforts to join with other funders to co-develop programs that

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Jan 062014
 
Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

This article was cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. by Irene Lehrer Sandalow During Open House season, schools are looking for ways to stand out among the crowd of institutions trying to reach prospective parents. Talking about a school’s “warm and nurturing community” and the “academic excellence” is only going to get the school so far. So what

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Dec 262013
 

By: Rachel Mohl Abrahams Recently I was pleased to present on a Jewish Funders Network webinar entitled, “The Education Evolution: Learn How Funders Can Shape the Future of Technology in Jewish Classrooms.” It addressed how the field of educational technology is ripe for collaboration between funders of all areas of Jewish education. I represented AVI

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Dec 162013
 

The AVI CHAI Foundation is committed to Jewish day schools as a vehicle to foster vibrant Jewish engagement in the next generation. To achieve this vision, it is not enough for day schools to simply exist: they need to be excellent, providing a first-rate education in both general and Judaic studies.

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Dec 112013
 

RAVSAK’s strategy was at once simple and nuanced. First, they noticed how many heads of school are at or near retirement and wondered what could be done to preserve the wisdom we have acquired over the years. Next, they noted the relatively short average tenures of day schools heads, despite a number of pre-service and in-service management training programs, and wondered what could be done to help strengthen these key communal leaders in-situ.

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Chanukah in July???

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Dec 042013
 

What would it look like to celebrate Chanukah in the summer? While our friends in Australia can answer that question with absolute certainty, in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, we associate Chanukah’s festival of lights with colder weather and earlier sunsets. Our menorahs increase the amount of light in the world, publicizing the miracle from those days of old. But I’d like to imagine a Chanukah celebration at summer camp: an effort to celebrate the miracle of light in an environment full of light. While at first this may seem counterintuitive, in fact Jewish summer camp is a great place to try on Jewish practice: a laboratory of Jewish living with a lake!

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Kindling the Light of Motivation and Personal Meaning

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Dec 042013
 

In the introduction to our Chanukah series, Flora Yavelberg posed the following: This week we begin the celebration of Hanukkah, Hag Ha-Urim – the Festival of Lights. Light has many associations for us. Light is the first thing created in Genesis 1, the opposite of darkness. We say when we learn something new or understand

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Chanukah, Chinuch and Chanoch: A Case for Teacher Support on a Community-Wide Level

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Dec 022013
 

This post continues our Chanukah series exploring the idea that: “Jews stand for light in the darkness, and every Jew can rekindle the flame of another.” We are pleased to feature a range of respondents discussing how this concept “illuminates” their perspectives and work. Visit here to read the introduction to this series – and

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Music Row and the Maccabees: Building Grit, Patience, and Pride in our Generation

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Dec 022013
 
Music Row and the Maccabees: Building Grit, Patience, and Pride in our Generation

This post continues our Chanukah series exploring the idea that: “Jews stand for light in the darkness, and every Jew can rekindle the flame of another.” We are pleased to feature a range of respondents discussing how this concept “illuminates” their perspectives and work. Visit here to read the introduction to this series – and

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Chanukah, Preserving the Flame

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Nov 282013
 

This post continues our Chanukah series exploring the idea that: “Jews stand for light in the darkness, and every Jew can rekindle the flame of another.” We are pleased to feature a range of respondents discussing how this concept “illuminates” their perspectives and work. Visit here to read the introduction to this series – and

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Jews Stand For Light in the Darkness

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Nov 272013
 

This piece introduces our 2013 Chanukah blog series. You can contribute to the conversation by describing your educational practice which lights “Jewish sparks” in the form below. On this blog last Chanukah, Yossi Prager, AVI CHAI’s North American Executive Director, shared a powerful idea: “Jews stand for light in the darkness, and every Jew can rekindle

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Nov 252013
 

By: Dan Perla I first began to write about middle income tuition programs two years ago. In my first article on the subject, I wrote about nascent efforts in communities such as Boston, LA, Montreal and MetroWest, New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, I profiled Solomon Schechter of Greater Boston’s middle income program, iCap, a program which

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Strategic Philanthropy: Linking Central and Local Philanthropy

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Nov 112013
 

This article was cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. [This article is part of a series on the interactions between local and national funders ignited by the Jewish Funders Network (JFN). To read more about the series, see the introductory post here.] by Yossi Prager AVI CHAI’s spend-down goals include building funding partnerships with philanthropists whose values and

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Oct 312013
 
Overnight Camping at AVI CHAI: Deepening Connections to Judaism at Camp

By: Joel Einleger Overnight summer camps offer a goldmine of opportunities for building and deepening connections to Judaism and Israel. Camps are fully-contained and controlled laboratories for experiential education. In this unique environment, campers and staff can participate in new Jewish rituals and customs, meet Israelis who work as staff, and can explore their Jewish

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The Power of Collaboration: The Potential for Local and National Funders

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Oct 282013
 

This article is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. [This article is part of a series on the interactions between local and national funders ignited by the Jewish Funders Network (JFN). To read more about the series, see the introductory post here.] by Shari L. Edelstein Most would agree that there is power in collaboration. Helen Keller is

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Local and National Funders: The Launch of A Conversation

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Oct 212013
 

This article is cross-posted from eJewish Philanthropy by Andrés Spokoiny I’m happy to introduce a series of articles about interactions between local and national funders. This series continues a conversation that started at the Jewish Funders Network International Conference held in Los Angeles in March 2013. A panel of philanthropic leaders discussed issues and problems

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Oct 182013
 

Jews and Catholics share a common challenge: how to maintain affordable education systems. On October 8, the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) convened a conversation between Brian Crimmins, CEO of Changing Our World, a full-service fundraising consulting group which works with Catholic and independent schools, and Dan Perla, Program Officer in Day School Finance at The

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School-Shul Partnerships: Why Not?

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Oct 142013
 
School-Shul Partnerships: Why Not?

In this blog post, originally posted at  An Educator with Principals- Stan Beiner’s Journal, Stan Beiner, Head of School of The Epstein School in Atlanta, GA, discusses a Sukkot initiative piloted as a partnership between this Jewish day school and six local congregations. As reported in the Atlanta Jewish Times, hundreds of students and families

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Meet the new AVICHAI.org

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Oct 092013
 
Meet the new AVICHAI.org

We are pleased to announce the launch of AVI CHAI’s newly designed website: www.avichai.org, which contains information about our work in North America, Israel and the former Soviet Union. While we highly encourage you to browse for yourself, allow us to give you a brief tour of the site’s resources and features as they relate

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Sep 242013
 
When a Scarf Should Be a Scarf: Organizations and Network-Weaving

By: Deborah Fishman Increasing buzz around networks and their power to influence people, draw out passion and excitement, and spread ideas has left numerous Jewish organizations wondering: What bearing do these concepts have for us? And if this is relevant – what should we do? In the recently concluded network-weaver training pilot HaReshet, I worked

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The “Real” Last Mitzvah

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Sep 172013
 

By: Dr. Michael S. Berger For many Jewish day schools in the Northern Hemisphere, the concluding Torah portions always coincide with the beginning of the school year.  Sadly, these Biblical chapters get short shrift in day schools, as educators are busy preparing their students for the launch of the academic year and the Jewish holidays

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Why Be BOLD?

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Aug 262013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This week, The AVI CHAI Foundation, the Affordable Jewish Education Project (AJE) and the Kohelet Foundation announced the winners of the BOLD Day Schools grant, which will assist five established day schools in transitioning to a blended learning model. The schools are: Denver Academy of Torah

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PECKS: The Key to An Effective Educational Environment

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Aug 132013
 
PECKS: The Key to An Effective Educational Environment

By: Jonathan Cannon This summer I had the privilege of facilitating two cohorts through programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center, sponsored by the AVI CHAI Foundation and, for Chicago participants, the Crown Foundation. The first program was called the Art of Leadership (AOL) and the second was Leadership as an Evolving

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Aug 072013
 

By: Susan Kardos On July 21, I wrote an eJewishPhilanthropy blog post about AVI CHAI’s foray into different types of activities in these, our sunset years.  I developed a gymnastics metaphor and compared a back flip (which may be scary at first, but where you can always count on seeing the whole landing) and a

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Jul 312013
 

By: Leah Nadich Meir We’ve all heard it before (and maybe have said it to ourselves): “Teachers have it great. They work until 3 PM for ten months a year and then get to hang out on the beach all summer!” That may be true of some teachers, but I saw a very different picture

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Jul 292013
 
Become Social with the Jewish Day School Social Media Academy

Applications are currently open for the 2013-14 cohort of the Jewish Day School Social Media Academy! The Academy is designed to help Jewish Day Schools advance their strategic use of social media in areas such as communication, marketing, community building, alumni relations and development. The below post shares insights from the experience of Jewish Community

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Jul 242013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of Sustainability. by Rachel K. Slaton For those particularly interested

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Jul 222013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. by Susan Kardos The AVI CHAI Foundation is a Jewish education philanthropic foundation which will be spending all of its assets and winding down its operations by 2020. We have tried to build a good reputation among grantees in the Jewish day school and summer camp

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Jul 172013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of Sustainability. by Arnold Zar-Kessler In his PEJE white paper

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Connected Learning at ISTE

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Jul 152013
 
Connected Learning at ISTE

by: Deborah Fishman If you’re looking for inspiration to spark your school’s use of technology in the classroom, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a good place to find it. The annual conference features keynote presentations, technology demonstrations and expositions, affinity group meetings and more, with over 20,000 enthusiastic technology professionals in

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Cage-Busting Leadership

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Jul 082013
 
Cage-Busting Leadership

By: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D As a program officer at The AVI CHAI Foundation, I am responsible for the foundation’s day school leadership grants portfolio. I am therefore constantly surveying the field and its literature for ways to help frame our approach to day school leadership development and to be of service to our

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Jun 262013
 

By Sean Kennedy Some Jewish day school leaders are skeptical of a new instructional model called “blended learning”.  We believe the new model has the potential to improve academic outcomes and ease the growing affordability crisis in Jewish day schools. Here’s why: First, it is important to make clear what we mean by “blended learning”

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Jun 242013
 

By Lisa Colton, Chief Learning Officer, See3 Communications, and Academy Tour Guide Over the past nine months, 20 day schools from around the country have been immersed in an intensive Academy to catapult their social media work – and strategic goals of their schools – forward.  The Academy combines training, coaching, project-based learning and peer

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In Appreciation…

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Jun 192013
 

We are pleased to share with you Rabbi Dr. Michael Berger’s remarks to the graduating class of the Pardes Educators Program, an AVI CHAI funded program since 2000. While directed to the graduates, his words of inspiration and appreciation are truly an expression of how AVI CHAI, its Trustees and staff, feel towards those who

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Putting A Cap On Day School Tuitions

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Jun 172013
 

This article is cross-posted from The Jewish Week. by Daniel Perla In the nearly two years that I have worked in the field of Jewish day school finance, no topic has generated more emotion or been the subject of more debate than the issue of Jewish day school affordability. Rabbi Aryeh Klapper’s 2012 article on

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Jun 122013
 

By Dr. Harry Bloom, Director of Planning and Performance Improvement Hbloom1@yu.edu After the financial meltdown of 2008, banks were subjected to so- called “stress tests” by banking regulators. These were designed to determine how resilient the banks were, how they might fare if subjected to additional adverse circumstances, such as renewed recessionary conditions. At the

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Network-Weaving: Why You Should Take That Risk

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Jun 102013
 

This article is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. by Deborah Fishman In Hayim Herring’s recent article on network-weaving, he suggests organizations take a close look at their mission and governance so as to mitigate the risk that network-weaving will not be successful. I certainly agree that a clear articulation of an organization’s cause can inspire a grassroots network

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Jun 052013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of 21st Century Education. by Jeff Kiderman A year ago,

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May 292013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of 21st Century Education. by Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl

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May 222013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of 21st Century Education. by Dr. Jon Mitzmacher On April

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May 082013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of Leadership. Interview: Jonathan Cannon and Mitch Malkus The topic

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Training Future Jewish Leaders

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Apr 242013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series on day schools focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of Leadership. What are the challenges for

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Apr 222013
 

The results of MATCH 4[1] are in and the numbers are impressive. Consider the following statistics: 119 Jewish day schools have received $9.7 million of gifts, including approximately $2.8 million of matching funds from the AVI CHAI and Kohelet foundations. The 235 schools that submitted a MATCH application came from a wide range of denominations

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Apr 172013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This article is part of a series on day schools focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of Leadership. We must commit ourselves to

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Apr 102013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. In February 2013, more than 900 day school professional and lay leaders gathered at the annual North American Jewish Day School Conference to network and explore new ideas around 21st century education and leadership. It was, as always, a chance to look at the day school

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Reflections of a Parent-Educator and Amateur Egyptologist on Seder Night

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Mar 212013
 
Reflections of a Parent-Educator and Amateur Egyptologist on Seder Night

By: Yossi Prager This article is cross-posted on eJewishPhilanthropy. Drawing of brick-making from Tomb of Rekhmire. Click for a presentation with more images relevant to the Exodus. At its heart, the seder is a vehicle for telling our children and grandchildren the story of the Jews’ enslavement in and miraculous Exodus from Egypt.  For all the

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Mar 142013
 

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. by Sarah Blattner In the 1983 film WarGames, Matthew Broderick stars as David, a precocious teen, who has computer skills beyond most of his contemporaries and adults in his life. David hacks into a military computer system named Joshua, where he is challenged to play a nuclear

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Building Bridges to Connect Jewish Camps and Schools

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Mar 072013
 

This article is cross-posted from the Jim Joseph Foundation blog. By Jordan Magidson, Nadiv Educator at URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington, WA and Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, WA. [Editor’s Note: In 2010, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, The AVI CHAI Foundation, and the Jim Joseph Foundation began working collaboratively on Nadiv, a ground-breaking initiative that

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Feb 272013
 

By Josh Miller, Steven Green, Leah Nadich Meir and Joel Einleger Collaboration and partnership have become the buzzwords of our time. The business world as well as the nonprofit sector heralds the advantages of collaboration: sharing resources, bringing multiple perspectives to address difficult issues, eliminating duplication, learning from one another and pooling assets. The Jim

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Feb 112013
 
Challenges in Jewish Identity Development: On Stimulating Discussions and Experimentation

Yossi Prager presented this dvar torah to the North American Jewish Day School Conference (NAJDS) on February 6, 2013 (see photo, left). By: Yossi Prager Thank you all very much. I wish you could see what I see here: a room full of people, all of whom are committed to day school education. It’s truly

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Feb 062013
 
First Look: The 2013 North American Day School Conference

This article was first published here on eJewishPhilanthropy. Left: Liz Pape, online education consultant, shares about online and blended learning in the digital classroom of the Online/Blended Learning Expo. By: Deborah Fishman The 2013 North American Day School Conference (NAJDS) is taking DC by storm this Sunday through Tuesday, with over 900 registered day school

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Feb 012013
 

The 2013 North American Day School Conference (NAJDS) is taking DC by storm this Sunday through Tuesday, with over 1,000 registered day school leaders, lay leaders, educators, and field experts. With a theme of “Leading To Learn—Learning To Lead,” the conference will feature several new opportunities, including networking facilitated by Weave the People. Amidst this

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Jan 112013
 

Following our release of the Online Learning State of the Field Report, Gary Hartstein, Project Director of the DigitalJLearning Network, reflects on the report’s findings and the field from his perspective. By: Gary Hartstein In my work with online education in Jewish day schools, I’m often asked two questions: 1) is there accessible research on

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Jan 082013
 

By: Deborah Fishman A year ago, I set out on a journey to understand how Jewish professionals are acting as network-weavers. I started by interviewing trailblazers who are activating their organizations’ constituencies towards common goals. I met community organizers advocating for causes from new educational models to environmental consciousness in the Jewish community. I encountered

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Dec 212012
 

The following guest post was written by Shira Garber Strosberg, Director of Communications, and Arnold Zar-Kessler, Head of School, at Solomon Schechter of Greater Boston. It is cross-posted from the PEJE Blog. This fall, Jewish day schools across North America were charged by the AVI CHAI Foundation with creating a video on their own… without

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Chanukah Acts: Final Reflections on Celebrating the Miracle

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Dec 172012
 

As the end of Chanukah 2012 draws near, Yossi Prager, AVI CHAI’s Executive Director – North America, whose question sparked this Chanukah blog series, responds with some reflections. Thank you to all of our posters for sharing your inspiring perspectives. By: Yossi Prager I want to thank our guest posters for Chanukah: Rabbi Jay Goldmintz,

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Chanukah Acts: Stand Up and Be Counted at Freedom 25

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Dec 102012
 
Chanukah Acts: Stand Up and Be Counted at Freedom 25

Last year, in his blog post on Chanukah, Yossi Prager, AVI CHAI Executive Director – North America, concluded with the following: “Unlike all other Jewish holidays, Chanukah has no sacred text to be read in synagogue.  The Book of Maccabees is part of the Catholic Bible but not the Jewish one, and is largely unknown

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Nadiv and the Future of Jewish Communal Life

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Nov 272012
 
Nadiv and the Future of Jewish Communal Life

Nadiv, a groundbreaking program funded by the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, creates senior experiential Jewish educator positions to be shared by nonprofit camps and Jewish day or synagogue schools. As Nadiv aspires to build synergy and collaboration in Jewish education, there will be many lessons to be shared

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Habits of Heart in our Schools: Chanoch L’Naar

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Nov 152012
 
Habits of Heart in our Schools: Chanoch L'Naar

AVI CHAI Program Officer Rabbi Dr. Steve Brown called for vignettes showing what religious purposefulness looks like in Jewish day schools – and day school leaders have answered. Here is one from Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of Gann Academy, whose program Chanoch L’Na’ar has received partial funding from AVI CHAI. If you have an example

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Nov 082012
 

Since early 2011, Dr. Harry Bloom at the YU Institute for University-School Partnership has managed a financial benchmarking program funded by AVI CHAI and Federations. The program aims to enable Jewish day schools to achieve a 10% budgetary improvement over three years, generated primarily through expense reduction or increased revenues. Approximately 40 day schools in five communities have

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Oct 242012
 

Last week, AVI CHAI sponsored seven veteran Jewish day school leaders to attend Harvard University’s Independent Schools Institute (ISI), a 3.5-day intensive program to develop leadership skills and research-based strategies amongst independent-school leaders. The day school leaders examined as a group how the sessions fit into a Jewish framework – specifically looking at Jewish literacy,

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Religious Purposefulness on the High Holy Days

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Sep 202012
 

By: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D As we approach 5773, I look forward to the climax of our davening: the awesome U’netane Tokef. For me the magnificent liturgical poetry, the religious message that we are not in charge, and that we share so much as a people, move me to tears each year at its

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Sep 052012
 

By: Lisa Colton There are three pillars required for advancing a networked strategy and maturing a school’s use of social media: strategy, tactics and culture. While you can work on one or the other, the glass ceiling will always remain low if you neglect the others.  Thus, as I reviewed the dozens of excellent applications

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Who’s Who at AVI CHAI: Featuring Dr. Susan M. Kardos

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Aug 072012
 
Who's Who at AVI CHAI: Featuring Dr. Susan M. Kardos

Following last month’s interview of Rabbi Steven Brown, we continue our profiling of AVI CHAI staff members with Dr. Susan M. Kardos. You may ask her your own question below. Dr. Susan M. Kardos is Senior Director of Strategy and Education Planning at The AVI CHAI Foundation. Previously she served as Director of the Initiative

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Jul 102012
 

Cross-posted in eJewishPhilanthropy By: Harry Bloom Much of my time is being spent “in the trenches” helping Jewish day schools develop active strategies to increase their sustainability. Our team is immersed in the intense but satisfying and productive work of analyzing nearly 40 schools’ comparative revenue and spending patterns (using financial “benchmarking”) comparing them to

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Analyzing BASIS

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Jul 022012
 
Analyzing BASIS

By: Susan Folkman BASIS (the Bay Area Schools Israel Synergy Initiative), an initiative funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation since 2008, strives to bring Jewish students and their families closer to Israel and to strengthen the connection of our youth to Israel and the Jewish people by making Israel a core part of every school’s

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Rabbi Steven Brown Has the Answers!

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Jun 292012
 

Following on the interview of Program Officer Rabbi Steven Brown this week, some readers took the opportunity to ask him questions of their own. Read answers here – and if you have a question of your own, please keep them coming! “In an educational context, adults often do become role models for kids by virtue

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Jun 212012
 

By: Galli Aizenman Since 2010, AVI CHAI has been working on developing online and blended learning in Jewish day schools. Our interest in this area is both because we believe in the potential for education innovation which exists with this kind of learning and also because the online learning model could offer cost savings to

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May 162012
 

This piece is cross-posted from Jewish Ideas Daily. By: Aryeh Klapper There is a lot of hand-wringing these days about whether the rising costs of Jewish day schools are sustainable.  The discussion has been about money: How can we get more?  How can we spend less?  These questions miss the point: The largest costs of

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May 102012
 

By: Dan Perla The Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS) of Greater Boston observed an interesting financial anomaly among the 28 families sending three children to the school (there were no families with more than three children): only one was middle class. By middle class, the school meant families with adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of $200,000-$400,000.

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Soul of Parenting: The Yom’s Season

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Apr 192012
 

This post is part of a regular series written by Rabbi Jay Goldmintz, Headmaster of Ramaz Upper School, and sent to the parents of Ramaz students. I was teaching a class a few months ago about Migdal Bavel, the Tower of Babel mentioned in the Torah, which according to one school of thought was an

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Apr 032012
 

By: Dan Perla A traditional Shabbat lunch is usually book-ended by well- established rituals—kiddush and motzei at the beginning of the meal and birkat hamazon at the end of the meal. These days it appears that a new “ritual” is emerging as a focal point for the middle of the meal—the discussion about day school

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Mar 292012
 

This piece is cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy.com. by Yossi Prager Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” Should philanthropy be the same? AVI CHAI’s spend-down goals include building funding partnerships with others whose values and interests align with ours. I have therefore had the privilege of meeting with and learning

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Mar 272012
 

In February of 2010, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston (SSDSGB) had an opportunity. A Jewish early childhood education program which was located on the school’s property abruptly decided to close.  Although unaffiliated with SSDSGB, this program had been a wonderful partner in Jewish education and was a significant feeder to the school’s

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The Winners Tell All: Day School Video Academy

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Mar 202012
 

Following the inaugural Day School Video Academy, AVI CHAI asked our winners of the Popular Vote category to share some tips and lessons learned from the making of their award-winning videos. This should be especially helpful for those looking to enter Jewish Day School Video Academy Awards: The Sequel. Submissions open on March 22. One

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Mar 062012
 

The AVI CHAI Foundation is sparking a timely conversation for the field of day school education: What does effective leadership look like in a day school? In this issue of RAVSAK’s HaYidion, Program Officer Rabbi Dr. Michael Berger shares a Framework for Effective Jewish Educational Leadership, providing nine distinct areas of day school functions requiring

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Report from The Social Media Academy

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Mar 052012
 
Report from The Social Media Academy

By: Allison Fine The Social Media Academy supported by The AVI CHAI Foundation recently concluded its first pilot effort. Micah Sifry and I wrote a report reflecting on the process and immediate results of the Academy. The full report can be accessed on the Foundation’s website here. I’ve written about the process and participants before

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Feb 292012
 

In an effort to build conversation and generate ideas around what would make Jewish day school more attractive to non-Orthodox parents, the AVI CHAI and Steinhardt foundations have opened a discussion here on AVI CHAI’s blog where we will be sharing a series of guest blog posts. These posts represent the personal views of the

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How Do You Educate My Child To Be a Mensch?

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Feb 232012
 

In an effort to build conversation and generate ideas around what would make Jewish day school more attractive to non-Orthodox parents, the AVI CHAI and Steinhardt foundations have opened a discussion here on AVI CHAI’s blog where we will be sharing a series of guest blog posts. These posts represent the personal views of the

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How Do You Educate My Child to be a Mensch?

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Feb 222012
 

In an effort to build conversation and generate ideas around what would make Jewish day school more attractive to non-Orthodox parents, the AVI CHAI and Steinhardt foundations have opened a discussion here on AVI CHAI’s blog where we will be sharing a series of guest blog posts. These posts represent the personal views of the

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Feb 152012
 

By: Michael Berger We all knew it was coming.  Technology is making its way into day schools – like all disruptive innovation, it appears initially in a small number of schools, and within a relatively short time, it’s mainstream. Julie Weiner’s balanced article on iPad use in Jewish day schools highlighted that we may be

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Feb 132012
 
And the Winners of the Jewish Day School Video Academy Awards Are…..

After months of video production, promotion, and hard work, the Jewish Day School Video Academy Awards contest has come to a close with over 17,500 votes!! The competition was intense with 116 videos submitted by 68 schools. In addition to the three “people’s choice” prizes, three prizes were awarded by a panel of expert judges.

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Feb 062012
 

Among the many decisions involved in raising children, how to educate them is one of the crucial ones. It will influence their growth – intellectually as well as socially and morally. It will also orient them toward a certain set of values, identity, skills, and sense of community. For Jewish parents, there is an additional

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Feb 022012
 

By: Deborah Fishman Ken Gordon of PEJE wrote in a NAJDS blog post on the importance of real-life networking – not just because it enables us to meet and socialize, but because on a deeper level it enables us “to recognize our interdependence.” Reviewing the #NAJDS twitter feed, I was indeed struck by the desire

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