Deborah Fishman has no loom, warp, weft or shuttle. Instead the tools of this self-described “network weaver” — who seeks to bring together like-minded Jewish activists and professionals into a strong, vibrant fabric — are the Internet, phone, conferences, face-to-face meetings and endless rounds of Jewish Geography.
With recession-battered parents concerned about affordability, and with cheaper alternatives like summer camp and Hebrew charter schools in vogue among philanthropists, it makes sense that the so-called “value proposition” — making the case for why a day school education is worth the money — has become a buzz phrase in the Jewish day school world.
Los Angeles – Jewish day schools may soon be making more use of students taking online courses in secular subjects as a means of reducing tuition costs while accessing a wide range of academic topics for students.
In an effort to address the educational and financial concerns among the day schools they help support, the Avi Chai Foundation has endorsed eLearning – taking courses online – as providing increased access, motivation and flexibility for students, as well as developing digital literacy skills required for the 21st century.
As the foundation prepares for dissolution, it focuses on partnerships benefiting day schools and camps.
In its latest round of grants, The Avi Chai Foundation has demonstrated a new strategic approach to its funding, one that reflects the reality of a foundation preparing to spend-down its nearly $600 million endowment by 2020.