By Felice Miller Baritz Hebrew is a very rich and dynamic language. Did you know a funny word like Kashkesh can mean chat, doodle AND be silly? This language, our language, can come alive for students in any learning environment. At Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY, we wanted to bring Hebrew to life - to make it relevant, engaging, and fun. More accurately, we needed to make a change. Parents told us they wanted their children to be … [Read more...] about Bringing Hebrew to Life for Our Students
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By Dr. Harry Bloom In naming PEJE’s Atidenu (Hebrew for “Our Future”) 18-month recruitment and retention program (generously co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), we were motivated by a desire to convey two key points. First, that research has consistently shown that day school graduates are not only highly successful, but also highly reliable guarantors of the Jewish future. Second, that the recruitment and retention challenges of the 21st … [Read more...] about It is Time to Reinvent Our Approach to Jewish Day School Recruitment
AVI CHAI has released two research reports on day school online/blended learning, as well as a case studies series on how day schools enact their Jewish missions. With the goals of increasing the reports’ dissemination; generating conversation around the findings; and encouraging schools and Jewish educational institutions to process the potential implications for how these findings could inform their thinking and practice, three free webinars … [Read more...] about Webinar: What Story Does Your School Tell About Its Jewish Purpose?
The AVI CHAI Foundation has released “Online/Blended Learning State of the Field Survey Summary Findings Report” by Anne Deeter. This quantitative report provides a field-wide update on new developments in the use of online/blended learning in Jewish day schools since the 2012 “Online Learning: State of the Field Survey.” This report is the second “State of the Field” report on Jewish day school online/blended learning recently released by The … [Read more...] about New Reports Released: Online/Blended Learning in Jewish Day Schools
By Aurora Mendelsohn PENNY IN THE PUSHKA Penny in the pushka, Penny in the pot, We give tzedakah right before Shabbat. Counting all the pennies, nickels, quarters, too It’s fun to help each other, It’s what we ought to do. One for the family without enough to eat, One for the poor folks that live down the street, One for the little girl who learns in special ways, And one for Israel and that is why we say….. This is a song … [Read more...] about The Othering of Tzedaka in Jewish Education