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The Covenant Foundation announced the recipients of the 2021 Covenant Award today, honoring three Jewish educators who are forging change in the field of Jewish education, and the Jewish community at large. Helene Drobenare-Horwitz, Executive Director, Young Judaea Sprout Camps, New York, NY; Anna Hartman, Director of Early Childhood Excellence, Jewish United Fund, and Director of the Paradigm Project, Chicago, IL; Judith Turner, Senior Program Officer for Volunteer Services and Intergenerational Program Engagement, DOROT, New York, NY, are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish Education.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021
Encouraging and Discouraging Factors in the Decision to Become an Israeli Leader in Religious Schools: Implications for Reforming Bureaucratic Mandates of the Ministry of Education
This mixed methodology study explored the reasons that teachers in Israel are motivated to become school leaders, and the relative importance of the different discouraging factors that worked against such interest. A cross-national Israeli survey included 39 individual interviews, 2 focus groups of 25 teachers each, and a questionnaire completed by 149 teachers working in Jewish schools. Findings indicate a sense of mission and personal challenge motivated our sample. The most significant discouraging factor was the perceived inability to circumvent bureaucratic constraints imposed by the Ministry of Education. Implications and reform efforts for reducing bureaucratic constraints upon school leaders are discussed.
Updated: May. 25, 2021
Leadership Perspectives on the Financial Sustainability of Non-Orthodox Jewish Day Schools in Toronto
The purpose of this study was to better understand how Jewish day school leaders in Toronto perceive non-Orthodox Jewish day school financial sustainability. This multisite case study used a questionnaire, completed by 23 leaders of non-Orthodox Jewish day schools, and one-on-one interviews with all eight heads of school of the non-Orthodox Jewish day schools in Toronto to collect data.
Updated: May. 11, 2021
The passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l leaves thousands if not millions of people of faith — Orthodox and non-Orthodox, Jewish and gentile — mourning their teacher and source of inspiration. Everyone is unique but some of us, just a few, are irreplaceable. I doubt whether anyone can fill Rabbi Sacks’ oversized role in this world. In this age of disbelief, Rabbi Sacks improbably achieved great success in projecting an uncompromising pride and confidence in the wisdom of Jewish tradition, motivating non-affiliated Jews to come closer to tradition, inspiring faith in people across all nations and religions, and achieving respect for his global message of the societal importance of family, community, morality and religious faith.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2020
The articles in this issue demonstrate that, remarkably, day school stakeholders are continuing to dream about their schools, their community, and their craft—and doing so with more intensity and vibrancy than ever before. All of the training, the regular preparation, the professional development and investment in change that schools made before Covid are showing their value now palpably, “in the sight of all the people” (Exodus 19:11). Even as they work to create solutions to the challenges of today, they have an eye to the future, trying to anticipate which changes will bear fruit—which “castles in the air” may acquire a “foundation”— in a post-Covid world.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2020
The Covenant Foundation has announced the names of three Jewish educators who are the 2020 recipients of the Covenant Award. Maxine Segal Handelman, Director of Family Life & Learning, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois; Russel Neiss, Senior Product Engineer, Sefaria, St. Louis, Missouri; and Amanda Pogany, Head of School, Luria Academy of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish Education.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2020
CASJE will present findings during a webinar series for Jewish Early Childhood Leaders, "Leadership in the COVID-19 Wilderness." This project is a joint initiative of The Paradigm Project, the Jewish Early Childhood Collaborative, The Jewish Education Project, The Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and JECELI.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2020
A new research brief from the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) examined data on how “second-in-command” leaders in Jewish day schools said they spent their time. An analysis of responses from these school leaders (who often hold the title of division head or principal, as opposed to head of school) revealed two main leadership typologies in Jewish day schools: 1. Organizational leaders, who spend more time on administrative tasks 2. Instructional leaders, who spend more time observing teachers, providing and planning professional development, and meeting with parents.
Updated: May. 13, 2020
Even though I do not possess medical knowledge, as a rabbi and social activist, I believe I can try to humbly prescribe ethical vaccines that can remedy jilted nerves and worried minds. My words are not meant to heal physically but to inspire spiritually. At this challenging time, it seems appropriate that those in the positions to (re)build confidence should do so. In that spirit, I am sharing thoughts on how we might be able to spiritually cope with the uncertain reality that has rapidly spread throughout the world. The coronavirus is not only a disease of the body, but also presents an existential crisis that has put governments, businesses and, most important, communities and individuals on edge.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2020
The Tikvah Summer Fellowship aims to inspire and empower young men and women to lead lives of Jewish purpose and leadership. In their eight weeks of residence with the Tikvah Fund (June 14–August 13, 2020), students will learn from great professors and meet public figures and religious leaders who straddle the worlds of academic research and active engagement in Jewish affairs. They will also undertake an independent research project or internship, suited to their own interests and exposing them to difficult practical challenges faced by Jewish leaders today.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2019