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  • Don't Dis My Ability

    Melanie Eisen

    In November, I had the tremendous opportunity to attend the Ruderman Inclusion Summit. This was my first time attending, and I was blown away by the number of attendees, the programs and the speakers. I had the honor of meeting with day school representatives and those who support inclusion in Jewish day schools across the […]

  • Jewish Studies vs. the Cult of the New

    Elliott Rabin

    In a larger sense, incessant novelty battled tradition and custom. “Newness and change themselves had become traditional in America,” writes William Leach, commenting on the “cult of the new,” which “readily subverted whatever custom, value, or folk idea came within its reach.” from Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash, by Susan Strasser There are many […]

  • Schechter Westchester Seniors Use Their Skills to MAKE Lives Better

    Guest Voices

    by Dr. Danny Aviv STEAM Director Schechter Westchester As a capstone to their four-year experience in our Engineering and Entrepreneurship (E2) program, our seniors hosted a Tikkun Olam Makeathon, in partnership with TOM Global. The students utilized the skills they have developed in design, engineering, product fabrication, collaboration, and creativity to improve the lives of […]

  • Innovation Is...An Interview with Diane Taub & Ilana Traub

    Andrea Hernandez

    For this interview, I spoke with Diane Taub, Technology Coordinator and Ilana Traub, Media and Technology Specialist at Lehrman Community Day School in Miami, Florida. Lehrman, a pluralistic day school in Miami Beach, serves 465 students from early childhood through 5th grade. I had heard that these two colleagues are so in sync with each […]

  • Schechter School Leaders Talked. I Listened

    Amy Wasser

    Listening is so important. In a world where there is so much chatter (both in-person and virtually) the learned skill of listening is crucial, especially in fields where we depend on building relationships. This past week I had the opportunity to take part in a Think Tank for heads of the Schechter Schools along with […]

  • Have You Asked Yourself These 8 Chanukah Questions Yet?

    Debra Shaffer Seeman

    What would it look like if Jewish educators had deeply personal Chanukah conversations over the next eight days?  Eight prompts based on some of our tradition’s powerful Chanukah lessons can be found below. This blog is written for school-based educators. Not based in a school? No worries. Just switch out the word “school” for your […]

  • From Our CEO: Lightning Rod

    Paul Bernstein

    Some days, I feel naked without a name badge. Jewish conferences come thick and fast in our calendars. It is inspiring to participate in the gathering of so many people who care so much about our Jewish communities and our Jewish future. As I represent the day school field (it says so on my name […]

  • The Gasp

    Elliott Rabin

    Several years ago, we published an article in HaYidion entitled “Hating God in Front of the Whole School.” In it, Rabbi Jeremy Winaker, head of school at Albert Einstein Academy in Wilmington, DE, discussed a fraught incident that took place: In the middle of all-school tefillah at Albert Einstein Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, one third grader announced […]

  • It's Not About Expertise

    Shira Heller

    I’m glad to be able to say that I’m reasonably intelligent and fairly well read. I take my work seriously, and try to keep up with what the world is learning about education, child development, and mental health. But I’m not a scholar. Or an expert. I believe I have the capacity to be an […]

  • Innovation Is... An Interview with Michael Hyde

    Andrea Hernandez

    Introducing: Innovation Is… a new blog series whose mission is to shine the spotlight on the inspiring, innovative work happening at Jewish day schools. An enormous “thank you” to Michael Hyde, for being our first featured innovator. Michael is the STEAM and Maker Integrator at Portland Jewish Academy, where he works with teachers and students […]

  • Communication is Key!

    Amy Wasser

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks discusses just what has been on my mind in the chapter Toledot: The Price of Silence in  Lessons in Leadership.  He states,  “Life is relationship. And human relationships only exist because we can speak. That is why any leader, from a parent to CEO-must set as his or her task good, strong, […]

  • JDS Stories // Fearless Inclusion at Carmel Academy, Greenwich, CT


    In the spirit of the 2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit in Boston November 19-20, Prizmah interviewed the leaders of Carmel Academy’s innovative PALS (Providing Alternative Learning Strategies) inclusion program: Nora Anderson (Head of Schools) and Jonathan Holub (Director of Educational Resources/PALS Program). What is unique about Carmel’s inclusion program? Nora: When our PALS program started ten […]

  • From Our CEO- Wanted: Bold Ideas

    Paul Bernstein

    During Prizmah’s second year, we are embarking on an important, ambitious project to figure out how Prizmah can best serve our vital Jewish day schools for years to come.  To do this, Prizmah’s board is engaged in a long-term strategic planning process.  We know that we need new ideas for Prizmah and day schools to […]

  • C is for Culturally Immersive

    Yael Steiner

    Last Friday while cooking for Shabbat, I listened to a podcast episode called A is for Afrocentric, which followed the deliberations of Eric (the podcast host)  and his wife, Carla, figuring out where to send their daughter to nursery school.  Carla was interested in an Afrocentric school, which integrates African culture and history into all […]

  • 5 Ways Mindfulness Can Lead To More Successful Development

    Helen London

        At a recent training on Donor Stewardship, a very hard-working JDS development professional was frustrated.  “I send Purim packages each year to our big donors, but  I never hear if they enjoyed our gift to them. We continue to do this every year, but we get no feedback!” This comment made me think […]