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  • Show and Tell...and Kvell: What I learned in grammar school is true - sharing is a good thing!

    Francine Shron

    Show and Tell…and or one’s Jewish day school… In our social media age, sharing successes and other details of our lives with friends, families, colleagues, and … even complete strangers, is commonplace. FB posts, Instagram pictures, and tweets with clever hashtags pervade our online world on a daily basis. I would even venture to say, […]

  • GFA Next Steps: Commit to Take Action

    Andrea Hernandez

    As an “exit ticket” GFA participant schools shared their action steps, what they commit to doing in the next 30 days.

  • Endowment: Are You Ready to Elevate the Conversation?

    Andrea Hernandez

    Margo Newman, Director of Development from Mirowitz Community School spoke to GFA participants about her experience in Prizmah’s Generations Program Margo shared that that as a one-woman development shop, she was overwhelmed with how much there was to do each day. She could personally relate to her iphone when it alerted her: “Storage Almost Full, […]

  • Are Jewish Day Schools the Libraries of the Future?

    Eric Phelps

    In making the “case” for day schools it has been suggested that their very existence in a Jewish community is a sign of its vitality. Others have reminded us that we are “people of the book” dedicated wholly to educating our children and instilling in them Jewish values. But in the face of this we […]

  • How Did it Go? Assessing Your Annual Campaign

    Andrea Hernandez

    Pearl Kane spoke about drilling down and evaluating various aspects of the annual campaign in order to assess overall success. One thing she shared was the initial questions that should be considered.

  • Board Chairs, Do You Want to Find Your Successor?

    Andrea Hernandez

    By GFA Coach Nanette Fridman, Cross-Posted from her blog Today I am at a conference with 16 schools. I met this afternoon with the board chairs who are present to facilitate a break out session. While the discussion had guiding questions, the one topic everyone wanted to talk about was succession. How are they ever […]

  • Fundraising is a Team Sport: Engaging Your Board Members

    Andrea Hernandez

    GFA St. Louis Keynote Speaker Kay Sprinkel Grace: The AAA Way to Fundraising Success: Building Capacity For Successful Fundraising Through Teamwork When Kay speaks to board members they often say, “I joined this board because I’m passionate about the organization, but they never ask me to do anything.” To engage the board members, you need to […]

  • Prizmah Reshet Update


    From Reshet Prizmah For many schools, the most rewarding benefit of Prizmah membership is access to Prizmah’s more than 20 Reshet networking groups. By connecting to our forums, you will gain access to the wisdom, expertise, and support of thousands of Jewish day school colleagues. Discuss opportunities for growth, celebrate successes, and brainstorm solutions to challenging scenarios common among day […]

  • From Our CEO: On Reflection

    Paul Bernstein

    When Prizmah’s founders considered names for our now year-old start-up, they made sure, like any parent, that the name would embody characteristics they would like to see the organization grow to represent.  A prism has many attributes, and the name lends itself to metaphors about vision, light, and diversity of color, among others.  We mostly […]

  • Ask the Expert: Summer Reflections


    I know summer is a good time to step back and reflect, but I am so busy, and I just don’t have the time. Can you help?  Reflection is a tool we use to make meaning out of our experiences. When we can step back and think about our practice, we afford ourselves the opportunity […]

  • JDS Stories: When Leaders Reflect...


    Busy day school professionals, like almost everyone these days, often need to carve out time for reflection. Whether it is a few moments of thought during a daily commute or through a more formal experience like a conference, time spent reviewing and thinking, alone or with key partners, can yield enormous benefit. Leaders to Leaders, […]

  • Getting Started with Head of School Support and Evaluation

    Maccabee Avishur

    By Jane Taubenfeld Cohen and Maccabee Avishur Why do you need a Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee (HOSSEC)? The head of school is the only employee of the board of directors. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the head is supported, nurtured, and in open dialogue about his/her challenges. The head […]

  • What You Can Do When Stressed?


    By Jill Kessler In my last blog post I described a true scenario that caused a great deal of stress.  Some days in the headship are harder than others.  I remember a statement one of the facilitators said when working with the group I was in at The Art of Leadership, at The Principals’ Center […]

  • Will The Roller Coaster Ever Stop?


    By Jill Kessler You’ve checked your schedule from home and know your day is jam-packed.  Back to back meetings and a coffee with parents give you scant time to accomplish much else.  You pull into your parking spot and as you are getting out of your car, one of your teacher’s approaches you upset about […]

  • Telling the Story of Your School

    Andrea Hernandez

    Storytelling. It’s a big idea. The theme of the 2017 Prizmah Conference was “The Power of Story” because stories are meaningful. Stories captivate our attention, play to our emotions. Stories are how we understand ourselves; the characters, the settings, the twists of plot to which we are connected. As educators, storytelling is part of our […]