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  • JDS Stories // Spotlight on Educational Inclusion: 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: Radical Ideas

    Paul Bernstein

    Coming off the heels of our inspiring Leaders to Leaders gathering, and full enrollment in the first of Prizmah’s Board Fitness service initiative, I am more optimistic than ever.  I have seen first hand that our schools’ leaders and passionate advocates have the knowledge, experience, curiosity, and imagination to make day schools the “first choice” […]

  • 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 […]

  • Memory and Memorization

    Elliott Rabin

    A recent report on NPR compared the results of two methods to try to increase memory. Both methods, ironically, were based on games using computer technology, which is surely responsible for a decrease in memory. While the researchers found that one was significantly more effective than the other, neither method of memory boosting showed any demonstrable impact […]

  • Ask the Expert: New Staff

    Amy Wasser

    Q: Even as the new school year is well underway, how can we make sure that new staff members feel fully integrated into our community?  A: Integrating new staff and faculty to Jewish day schools is almost akin to welcoming a new member of the family. It is not too late to smooth out the transition […]

  • From the CEO: Routine

    Paul Bernstein

    As we settle back into routine after the holiday season, Prizmah is gathering together leaders of the day school field for a major convening. We are hosting Leaders to Leaders and the fall gatherings of Prizmah’s leadership training programs, the Head of School Excellence Program (HOSPEP) for new heads, and YOU Lead for current and […]

  • The Human Body as Inspiration for Working in Sync

    Elana Alfred

    Considering I never went to medical school, or even remotely close to that, I know far more about the human body and how our systems cross-function than I ever thought I would know, or even want to know. My husband has cystic fibrosis, so over the past decade of knowing him, I have learned a […]

  • This I Believe About School Innovation

    Andrea Hernandez

    I have struggled for a long while with the term “innovation” as relates to schools. I feel that the term itself is fraught with potential for misunderstanding and talking at cross purposes. Instead of continuing to avoid using the term innovation, I’ve decided to embrace it by using this blog to thoroughly explore school innovation. […]

  • Coping with Boredom in Synagogue

    Elliott Rabin

    Yom Kippur I have come to find an increasingly uplifting experience. The melodies and singing in my synagogue lift me like eagle’s wings. I look forward each year to exploring the piyyutim and various sections of the liturgy in greater depth; and for those moments when I may feel less inspired, I bring a book […]

  • Inspiring Parent Loyalty 101

    Donna Von Samek

    Do you consider yourself a loyal person? As a marketer, I’m fascinated by the concept of loyalty. Where does it come from? Why is it so elusive that companies have entire departments dedicated to its cultivation? How do schools, organizations, and institutions nurture it? How do they inhibit it? A few months ago, I crossed […]

  • Sukkah Structure Sundae: A Model of 21st Century Family Engagement

    Guest Voices

    This post first published on eJewishPhilanthropy. By Dr. Sarah Levy and Elana Shapiro While Jewish day school education has been proven to have significant impact on its students, study after study also shows the impact of students’ home life. What we teach at school is only as meaningful as what is reinforced at the home. […]

  • No News is Not Always Good News

    Andrea Hernandez

    As Rosh Hashanah begins this evening, I thought it might be appropriate to share some personal musings. I think often of this quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou Sometimes though, […]

  • Cloud, Sand, Knot? Finding the Right Metaphor on the High Holidays

    Elliott Rabin

    Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the holidays of literary tropes. We invoke blessings for the new year by eating symbolic foods (simanim) associated with good outcomes through qualities of the food (sweetness, seeds) or wordplay: After eating LEEK or CABBAGE, say: “May it be Your will, God, that our enemies be CUT OFF.” After […]

  • JDS Story: Epstein Hillel School


    North of Boston, in the seaside town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Epstein Hillel School (formerly Cohen Hillel Academy) has experienced a transformation that permeates every aspect of the school. The recent $5 million gift that resulted in the school’s renaming is only one indicator of this tremendous turnaround. How has the 60-plus-year-old community school turned the […]