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The Covenant Foundation recently announced nearly $900,000 in new grants as part of its mission to support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education. The new round of grants underscores a commitment to initiatives across the landscape of Jewish educational experiences, settings and audiences, and propel innovative work in technology, new media, youth engagement and community building through education.
Updated: Jan. 24, 2012
Rabbi Shalom Berger, moderator of Lookjed, Lookstein Center's Jewish Education Listserve, sparked an online discussion by sharing a suggested approach to a pressing educational challenge. Stuart Zweiter, Director of the Lookstein Center, recently posted an essay on ejewishphilanthropy entitled 'Are We Not on the Wrong Track?' which raises the issue of funding priorities for day schools. The post launched an animated online debate archived here.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2012
J.J. Goldberg examines day school enrollment statistics published recently by the AVI CHAI Foundation in comparison with enrollment numbers published over the last decade and a half. He discovers a significant decline in non-Orthodox enrollment, with an overall enrollment soar due to an ongoing Orthodox baby boom.
Updated: Jan. 03, 2012
Amy L. Sales, Ph.D., a senior researcher at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, writes in a guest post in the PEJE blog about the importance of day school administrators regularly entering their school's data in the JData database. Only after a school's numbers are aggregated with those of other day schools, can administrators get perspective on the field in which they are operating, or comprehend their school’s place in the larger system.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
The Orthodox Union recently announced recipients of “Day School Affordability” challenge grants for seven projects nationwide, with the objective of developing “innovative and replicable solutions to address day school affordability.” The grants, part of a $150,000 OU initiative to confront the affordability issue, were announced on the concluding day of a two-day “Summit on the Affordability of Jewish Education” arranged by the OU to stimulate discussion and planning on dealing with this critical issue in Orthodox life.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
Ross Bloom reports on Baltimore Jewish Day School Consortium in the PEJE Blog. The Consortium is a collaboration of four Baltimore area schools assisted by THE ASSOCIATED of Baltimore. Their collaboration has enabled these schools to pursue broader and more sophisticated marketing strategies with THE ASSOCIATED as a result of their connection with Baltimore’s Center for Jewish Education (CJE).
Updated: Dec. 28, 2011
The question raised frequently in the press and around day school tables across the country has been how the recent and lingering economic crisis is affecting day school enrollments, with widespread predictions of significant enrollment decline, including in the Modern Orthodox sector. As he has done annually since the economic decline in 2008, Dr. Marvin Schick has collected and provided enrollment data for schools outside the yeshiva world and Chassidic sectors.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2011
Leah Meir, Program Officer at The AVI CHAI Foundation, writes about how Jewish institutions have begun to realize how social networks could serve as a tool for strengthening both the Jewish community and the broader world. Not only young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of social capital, prominent foundations in the Jewish community are also moving in that direction. She describes some of the initiatives of AVI CHAI to help Jewish day schools and camps think and function in a more networked way.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2011
Five promising Jewish educators from across the country are the first-ever recipients of The Pomegranate Prize, established by The Covenant Foundation to honor and nurture exceptional, emerging professionals. The Foundation announced the establishment of the new prize - and the inaugural recipients – at its annual award ceremony during the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Denver, CO.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2011
Bezeq International announced Sunday that it will install ‘cloud model’ biometric location transmitters in every Israeli elementary school. Once the system is installed, more than 160,000 teachers and 4,500 schools will be required to report using the system. The system was installed in a few hundred schools in the last two months and the entire installation project will be completed within a year and a half.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011