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Year in Review: The Top Posts of 2018

Posted by: Deborah Fishman

December 28, 2018

As we near the end of 2018, we thought we’d look back at the most popular posts from this past year:

  1. Mem Bernstein: “Passing the Baton”
    Mem Bernstein, Chairman of The AVI CHAI Foundation, delivered this keynote address at the Day School Investor Summit, convened by Prizmah November 11-12 at the Ritz Carlton-Bal Harbour. More than 100 philanthropists dedicated to growing the day school field were in attendance – and many more were reached through this blog post.
  2. A Letter from Rabbi Fred Elias: Grateful that Thorns Have Roses
    In this post, Rabbi Fred Elias, middle school principal and school rabbi at the Solomon Schechter of Bergen County, exhibits the resilience – and vulnerability – we know to be among the core skills leaders must possess to effectively lead their schools.
  3. Parsonage for Female Judaic Studies Teachers – Take 2
    Back in the fall of 2011, Dan Perla wrote a short piece on the issue of parsonage and whether female Judaic studies teachers could treat part of their income as non-taxable parsonage (original article here). The article took off in popularity on the AVI CHAI blog. Seven years later, Dan and Maccabee Avishur posted this popular follow-up.
  4. For a Change, an Area of Growing Political Consensus: Government Funding for Jewish Day School Education
    Yossi Prager, AVI CHAI’s Executive Director – North America, wrote this article about government funding for Jewish day schools, noting that day schools receive “several hundred million dollars annually in government funding for a range of non-religious purposes and in 17 states benefit from incentives created by state tax-credit programs.”
  5. Rosh HaShana, Back-to-School, and Teacher Super Powers
    In this post, AVI CHAI’s Dr. Susan Kardos reflects on the super-powers of Jewish day school teachers who spend their days “giving children second chances, occasions for renewal, and opportunities for creation.”

We hope you find these posts helpful in reflecting on 2018 and looking forward to 2019.

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