Catalyzing Jewish Networks – How Can Jewish Schools and Camps Join in?

Dec. 1, 2011

Souce: AVI CHAI Foundation Blog 


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 weave networks to further their educational and economic goals.


She writes:


"We at AVI CHAI have begun by helping Jewish day schools and summer camps to think and function in a more networked way. They each have potentially powerful networks of alumni linked by relationships built during their years of positive Jewish experiences together. Last spring and summer, we sponsored a “Social Media Academy” for eight New York-area day schools led by Darim Online, in which they learned how a “Networked Nonprofit” thinks and behaves; they each established ongoing conversations with their alumni and parents using social media. We’re now sponsoring a “Jewish Day School Video Academy” for day schools throughout North America in which they are learning how to make and distribute online videos about their schools. It will culminate in the “Jewish Day School Video Academy Awards”,  a contest in which two schools will each win first prizes of $10,000 for a five-minute video created as a result of participating in the Academy training; one of the prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges and the other by public voting. There will be second and third prizes in each of the two categories as well. The academy was developed and is being run by See3 Communications.


Read the full post on the AVI CHAI Foundation Blog. 

Updated: Dec. 07, 2011