Day Schools

New Hope For Schechter

07/16/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

With almost $2 million in new funding and an incoming executive director who is a rising star in the movement, North America’s network of Conservative day schools is looking to pull itself out of a decade-long slump.

Jon Mitzmacher, a rising star in Jewish education, will take the helm of The Schechter Day School Network.

How To Not Lose Your Lucy

Since I shared on this blog my family’s decision to withdraw our daughter Lucy from the local Jewish day school, I have been inundated with comments, Facebook posts, emails and phone calls. The majority of these have been parents sharing their own stories about why their child could not receive a Jewish education and reliving that heartbreak, whether it was last year or 20 years ago.

Meredith Englander Polsky

What Is Blended Learning in Jewish Education?

What is blended learning? How do we solve the day school crisis? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Kevin Shacknofsky, Meir Nordlicht of Westchester Torah Academy and Jeff Kiderman Executive Director of Affordable Jewish Education Project about the future of Jewish education.

Hardest-Hit Schools Scrambling To Recover

Yeshiva of Belle Harbor abandons Rockaways for Midwood; Mazel Day School searching for new location.
11/05/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Mazel means “luck” in Hebrew, and for Brooklyn’s Mazel Day School — along with many other Jewish schools damaged by Hurricane Sandy — the luck ran out last week.

This week, Mazel is trying to make some luck of its own.

The k-6 classrooms at Brighton Beach’s Mazel Day School were completely flooded. Courtesy of Mazel Day School

The Challenge of Day School Affordability: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize

10/21/2012 - 20:00

In religious Jewish communities, the affordability of day schools is one of the most discussed social challenges. Supporting vibrant, successful, viable Jewish day schools is no less than supporting the Jewish future – our children are our future, and the values we demonstrate and pass on will determine what they will do with the torch when they are its bearers.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz.

Will ‘Startup Nation’ Fuel Jewish Ed-tech?

Online resources, many Israel-based, are slowly emerging for day schools — impact on teachers is the ‘No. 1’ question.
08/06/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

When Smadar Goldstein made aliyah 14 years ago, she didn’t anticipate long hours in front of a computer, a headset with earphones and microphone her constant fashion accessory.

“I wanted to teach Tanach,” she said, using the Hebrew word for the Bible. “But here, every Noach and Rachel is a Tanach teacher.”

Smadar Goldstein teaches online from her home in Jerusalem. MICHAEL DATIKASH

Is Peter Beinart The New Steven M. Cohen?

Forgot those 50 rabbis Newsweek has been fussing over.

Journalist/author Peter Beinart may well be the most famous American Jew these days, at least among the New York Times-New York Review of Books-New Yorker-reading intelligentsia.

Hebrew Charter School As Growth Industry

Former Florida Rep. Peter Deutsch’s burgeoning network of schools is toeing the church-state line, and could greatly affect American Jewish life.
03/19/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Boynton Beach, Fla. — As you turn off the main road and a large Torah scroll-shaped sign on your right welcomes you to the “Temple Torah Campus of Jewish Learning,” you could be forgiven for assuming the K-6 school you are about to visit is a Jewish day school.

Ben Gamla Boynton.

UJA-Fed. To Aid Day Schools

Endowment-building initiative for seven area schools, plus fundraising campaign.
03/05/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

So common are endowments in the private school world that the National Association of Independent Schools, an accrediting organization, uses these funds, whose principle cannot be touched but which generate annual investment income, as a key benchmark for measuring a school’s stability and viability.

Day School classrooms like this one, will get help from UJA-Federation.

Day Schools Saving Millions In New Efficiency Effort

Scholarship coffers could increase as a result of ‘benchmarking,’ but tuition cuts not expected.
01/09/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

In response to a crisis of affordability sweeping through the day school world, a new effort to have schools practice greater efficiency has resulted in savings of tens of millions of dollars for nearly 40 Jewish day schools across the nation.

But while the new “benchmarking” process spearheaded by Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership is expected to free up funds for scholarships, don’t expect to see dramatic drops in tuition itself.

Yavneh Academy is one of eight Bergen County schools taking part in a cost-cutting program.
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