Religious Purposefulness

Mar 232016
 

Purim starts tonight at sunset. In preparation, we polled the AVI CHAI staff as to their thoughts on:  What aspects of Purim do you find most meaningful and fulfilling? Here are the results: Rachel Abrahams: The familial nature of the holiday helps transmit your family’s customs and values around celebrations. What are the important pieces … Read More »

Jul 242015
 
Meet a Day School Leader: Rabbi Mordechai Schwersenski

Who are the leaders ensuring the Jewish education of our children in day schools across the country? This series features interviews with selected school leaders – including those from Community, Orthodox and Schechter schools from across the US and Canada. We asked them about their thoughts about their personal day school leadership and their goals … Read More »

Apr 232015
 

This past Monday, Dr. Jack Wertheimer hosted a webinar entitled: “What story does your school tell about its Jewish purpose?” This topic is one of the important themes of the case study series which Dr. Wertheimer directed, “How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions,” available here on the AVI CHAI website. Presenting during the webinar were … Read More »

Apr 022015
 
Pesach and Abraham Lincoln’s 150th Yahrzeit: Reflections on God’s Role in History

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy By Yossi Prager A new exhibit on Abraham Lincoln and the Jews, paired with a beautiful new book by Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell, has refocused Jewish attention on Abraham Lincoln. The proximity toPesach is appropriate, as both the Jewish Exodus and Civil War are freedom stories. The connection is even deeper, however. Lincoln … Read More »

Sep 052014
 

This interview is a continuation of a series featuring leaders who participated in AVI CHAI-sponsored professional development opportunities this summer. In this interview, Harry Pell discusses the Jewish mission of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, where he serves as Associate Head of School for Jewish Life and Learning. You may also view a video … Read More »

Aug 262014
 

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. By Sarah Blattner and Miriam Brosseau There is something sacred about the start of the school year. Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and the crisp new notebooks eagerly awaiting the next brilliant idea? But more than the new school supplies, it’s a rare opportunity to … Read More »

Would My Mother Be Proud?

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May 132014
 
Would My Mother Be Proud?

This article is cross posted from Rabbi Winaker’s blog. By: Rabbi Jeremy Winaker I finally did it. I got into Harvard! Seriously. I have been selected to attend Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center program “Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership” as part of a cohort of Jewish day school leaders who will … Read More »

How to Inspire a Jewish Future in America

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Oct 112013
 
How to Inspire a Jewish Future in America

This article is cross posted from JTA. Last week, the Pew Research Center released the first national demographic study of Jewish Americans in more than a decade. Like all such studies, there are disagreements at the edges about the accuracy of some of the results, but the study’s most significant findings have been generally accepted. … Read More »

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 … Read More »