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 »

Apr 262018

A profile of Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School at Gann Academy, and incoming President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). In the study of leadership, a debate has long raged whether leaders are born or made.  That argument is likely never going to be resolved, but two traits are commonly found in the most successful … Read More »

Growing Intention around Israel @ Camp

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Apr 132018

Israel @ Camp – a collaboration between the Jewish Agency for Israel, iCenter, and Foundation for Jewish Camp, with funding from AVI CHAI and the Maimonides Fund – is featured in this article in JNS. The article explores how Israel @ Camp helps camps become more intentional about how their Israel education pervades through all … Read More »

It’s Almost Pesach: Ideas for School Educators, Leaders and Parents

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Mar 262018

Are you searching for ideas for Passover lesson plans, seder plans, project ideas or articles? Here is a curated collection of resources that you might find interesting to peruse to augment your Passover learning and experience: at school, at home, and wherever you will be celebrating the holiday. Wishing you a Chag Kasher v’Sameach! Pesach … Read More »

Mar 192018

Are your students becoming excited for the Passover break? How much more excited would they be if after the Passover break they were going on a school trip to Israel! This is what happens for students at Gesher JDS in DC, as documented in the case study “Getting Ready to Fly,” which can be accessed … Read More »

Mar 152018

You’ll sometimes hear it said in hushed and half-apologetic tones, mostly by policymakers, funders, or central office officials: “change is just hard for people.”  Usually they are explaining why a funded program or state mandate or new idea from the superintendent’s office isn’t taking hold in classrooms.  They are re-enforcing the notion that teachers, as … Read More »