By Rabbi Maury Grebenau I have now been principal in two schools which, while both Modern Orthodox in denomination, had a student population from a wide range of Jewish religious backgrounds. At both schools, in addition to our Orthodox students, we had students who identified as Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated. Some families were even anti-religious in their outlook and were in the school to avoid the public school system, make sure … [Read more...] about Top 10 Lessons I have Learned as a Principal in Schools with a Broad Religious Spectrum
[Angie Leiber, the development director at Hannah Senesh Day School, is a recent participant in Amplifier's Jewish Giving Circle Incubator. The Incubator helps individuals and and professionals representing their organizations start new giving circles. Below, Angie and and Judy Schoenberg, a Senesh parent and the new circle's chair, share their journey of launching the first-ever day school giving circle. Want to pioneer a circle at your … [Read more...] about Empowered Jewish Giving: Hannah Senesh Community Day School Pioneers Jewish Day School Giving Circle
By Jeff Kiderman “Day schools ... are having trouble paying their bills. The problem is, the predominant sources of their income - parents - are having even more trouble keeping up with rising tuition.” “The Jewish community has virtually disowned those of us of moderate income.” “It has been said, only partly in jest, that the high cost of day school education promotes birth control.” If you’d assume, as I would, that … [Read more...] about The Tuition Crisis at 20: What Now?
Following the successes of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge’s (JEIC) Day School Challenge and the Innovators Retreat, a new initiative - tentatively called the Team Challenge - has been launched to discover innovative, engaging, inspiring, authentic, substantive and personally meaningful Jewish learning and teaching in our Jewish day schools. The Team Challenge is the third JEIC initiative aimed at revitalizing a day school system in … [Read more...] about Jewish Education Innovation Challenge Announces New Program, New Partners
By Ramie Arian, Leah Nadich Meir, and Steven Green Five years ago, the Nadiv program was launched as an innovative pilot program involving six camp-school partnerships whose primary objective was enhancing and deepening the quality of Jewish education at the camps and enriching experiential education at the schools while building a mutually beneficial and sustainable camp-school model. The Nadiv model created six new full-time positions for … [Read more...] about A Look Back at Nadiv – What Have We Learned for the Future?