Research, Ideas and Values

Apr 292019

By: Dr. Jack Wertheimer Cross-posted from Gleanings, the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.  Observers of American Jewish life are divided about many issues, but there seems to be a solid consensus that Jewish religious life today differs radically from the past. On the one hand, rising numbers

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Getting Beyond the Survey

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Jan 312019

By: Dr. Susan Kardos In November, I wrote a piece posted here about the wide chasm that often exists between research and practice.  In that post I promised additional posts related to the broader topic of “evidence informed decision making.” During the first week of January in a WeWork conference space in New York City,

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Giving Away Knowledge, Free of Charge

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Jan 172019

This piece is cross-posted in eJewishPhilanthropy. By Deena K. Fuchs I woke up January 1st with an uneasy feeling. It was officially the first day of the last year of The AVI CHAI Foundation’s grantmaking. This is not the time, nor the place to go into how that feels and the myriad conflicting thoughts that go

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The Research-Practice Divide in Jewish Education

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Nov 022018

By: Susan Kardos When I was first hired at AVI CHAI almost ten years ago, it was to facilitate a process to determine the foundation’s 10-year spend down strategy; our doors will close on December 31, 2019.  We engaged our own professionals, board members, and field leaders outside of AVI CHAI in multiple, themed workgroups

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Aug 232018

This piece is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. By Deena Fuchs At a recent gathering, conversation turned to AVI CHAI’s impending spend-down at the close of 2019. A number of colleagues expressed interest in hearing more about the spend-down and its implications. I was actually surprised by the request for more information. Since announcing the spend-down more

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Mar 132017

In this previous blog post, I wrote about one trend in day school Jewish mission and vision that I observed at the Prizmah Conference: an emphasis on standards for different aspects of Judaic studies. In this second post, I will explore a second takeaway from the sessions I attended: It is crucial for school leaders

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Nov 212016

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. By Susan Kardos and Ellen Goldring CASJE (the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) recently released findings from the first phase of a study conducted by American Institute of Research (AIR). In Leadership in Context: The Conditions for Success of Jewish Day School Leaders, researchers offer valuable insight about specific leadership

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Connecting Research to Practice

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Jun 302016

By Michael Feuer A dedicated community of scholars, education leaders, and funders is working to build new bridges and roads to connect good research to the problems and challenges of Jewish education. This vision forms the basic rationale for CASJE – the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. At the risk of overdoing the

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Nov 062015

Last spring, AVI CHAI released 20 case studies exploring how Jewish day schools enact their Jewish missions. We have been further delving into the issues which the studies bring to life through a series of webinars, hosted by Dr. Jack Wertheimer, Director of AVI CHAI’s Center for Research and Policy and Professor of American Jewish

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