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A Daily Forward editorial echoes President Obama's State of the Union Message call to enroll every US 4-year-old in school, by asking: How do we make Jewish early childhood education excellent and affordable for Jewish families? Quality Jewish preschool not only can build a healthy foundation for lifelong Jewish learning, it helps bring young Jewish families into the fold, creating friendships and shared experiences that, in turn, create community.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2013
About 1000 Jewish lay and professional day school leaders from across the globe gathered in Washington, D.C. on February 3 – 5, 2013 for the fourth annual North American Jewish Day School Conference. The theme for the 2013 conference, 'Learning to Lead–Leading to Learn,' highlighted the importance of visionary leadership and network weaving for ensuring the vibrancy and value of Jewish day school education, now and into the future. The North American Jewish Day School Conference is jointly planned and sponsored by RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, the Institute for University-School Partnership at Yeshiva University, the Schechter Day School Network, PARDES Day Schools of Reform Judaism, and PEJE, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2013
July Wiener writes about how financial constraints and declining affiliation rates are bringing virtually every national Jewish institution, and many local ones, to restructure, redefine its mission, merge or even close. In the latest sign of the times, this week the board of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) — which has downsized dramatically in the past four years — announced it is considering merging with the Jewish Education Project, a New York organization that is itself the product of a 2010 merger.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2013
Harry Bloom, manager of the YU School Partnership’s division of Planning and Performance Improvement, shares some of the work he is doing to help Jewish day schools develop active strategies to increase their sustainability in the communities of Bergen County, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and Cleveland. He relates here particularly how he is trying to figure out how to leverage community power in these five communities to increase revenue and efficiencies. This work is generously supported by The AVI CHAI Foundation and local Federations and Foundations in the communities.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2012
Three Jewish organizations sponsored a joint leadership mission to Albany today, in support of the 130,000 students in Jewish day schools, among over 400,000 in all of New York State’s non-public schools. They thanked legislators and Governor Cuomo for restoring reimbursement funds and for exempting all schools from the two-year-old MTA Payroll Tax. The Jewish groups also expressed concern about new legislation that would allow school districts to cut busing for non-public school children, and to further restrict the ability for parents to be reimbursed for special education services when the public programs are unsuitable.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2012
Josh Lipowsky writes about how the day US school tuition crisis has spurred a search for new options and given rise to a new breed of day schools where technology and blended learning - mixing traditional classroom learning with online education -- are reducing costs. There are at least eight blended learning schools that either opened this year or plan to open next year, from California and Texas to Maryland and Massachusetts.
Updated: May. 02, 2012
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
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
Rabbi Eliyahu D. Teitz, Associate Head of School of the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth, NJ, in a post in Text & Texture, vividly describes some of the issues faced by day schools which prevent them from providing a quality Jewish – general education at considerably lower costs. He outlines some of the elements that are involved in the cost vs. quality dilemma.
Updated: Sep. 06, 2011
The 24th issue of Teaching the Legacy, e-newsletter for Holocaust Educators, focuses on the fate of children in France during the Holocaust and the people and organizations that tried to hide them and save them. It features an interview with Israel (Zizi) Lichtenstein, himself a hidden child in southern France, and some of the artifacts that survived with him through the war. There is an article on the different organizations that worked to rescue children in France, and some of the heroic people who rescued a Jewish boy during the Holocaust.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2011