Gleanings: The Future for Jewish Day Schools

Fall, 2017

Source: Gleanings, Volume 4, Issue 3 


For this issue of Gleanings, we asked the top thinkers, leaders, and doers in the Jewish day school sector today to respond to three basic questions:

• What does Jewish day school education look like today and what could it look like in the future?

• Why is this important for our collective Jewish future?

• What should day school leaders do to help us achieve the results we want?

What follows are their insightful responses that include how the value of day schools can be re-imagined to appeal to new and more families. The authors’ frank and direct arguments ask us to think more critically and optimistically about the power of effective leadership and how we can amplify what we already do well. They challenge us to get out of our comfort zones and more honestly and completely live our Jewish values. Our authors include Jane Taubenfeld Cohen and Yossi Prager, who offer a view of the field from a national perspective, to many day school leaders in the thick of this work: Dr. Michael Kay, Nora Anderson, Dr. Bruce Powell, Benjamin Mann, Dr. Susie Tanchel, Rabbi Mitch Malkus, and Jerry D. Isaak-Shapiro. Dr. Ray Levi, the director of our Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) offers concluding thoughts, urging us to embrace and act on the critical conversations we need to have going forward.

Read this issue of gleanings here. 

Updated: Feb. 07, 2018