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  • 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 wonderful and true 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • From the CEO: Prizmah

    Paul Bernstein

    Prizmah exists because of the extraordinary power of Jewish day schools. In all their beautiful diversity, they are uniformly sacred places. Those who work there are engaged in holy service. Every day, in a kindergarten classroom, on the soccer field, in a high school science lab, around a board table, in the carpool line, teachers, […]

  • Amy's Gleanings

    Amy Wasser

    So often we bookmark interesting articles, new sites and books we want to read with the great intention of going back and actually reading them. Then life gets in the way and we forget.  I am making a point of sending myself emails with the links and planning a specific time to read them.  And, […]

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Melanie Eisen

    This is one of my busiest times of the year. I am honored to visit and spend time with teachers and school leaders from all over the country. I have spent time in the last 3 weeks in my car, on a train, in an airplane or at an airport. I have come away with […]

  • Watch another TedTalk...

    Yoni Yares

    My name is Yoni Yares and I am addicted to TedTalks. As a Marketing/Communications professional, I spend much of my time in front of a computer coming up with ways to engage someone and analyzing the behaviors of the people who receive our emails. Often time a brick wall will come in terms of a […]

  • 10 Ways to Build Trust in a Virtual Networking Space

    Debra Shaffer Seeman

    You’ve got a group of geographically dispersed folks who won’t be in the same place anytime soon. You understand that building trust is the foundation of building an action-oriented community, but how in the world do you do that? Here are some tried and true strategies to get you started. Tell them who’s in the […]

  • 9 Tips for Using Social Media to Share Your School's Story

    Andrea Hernandez

    In Telling the Story of Your School, I shared the idea that everyone plays a role in creating the mosaic that is the story of a school. This multimedia mosaic unfolds over time and in a variety of ways. Authenticity and transparent sharing is more vital than a strict, targeted social media strategy. Harnessing social media as […]

  • JDS Stories: Prizmah Staff’s Recipe for a Successful Start of the School Year


    Prizmah staff are excited to begin another school year supporting all areas of your school. Here are a few ideas to share from our team to yours. Get to know each student deeply and help teachers see themselves as learners. Envision what you want to be true about your school and intentionally work to get […]

  • From the CEO: Joining

    Paul Bernstein

    We have been delighted as we prepare for the start of the school year to welcome many schools as members of Prizmah. Our goal is to maximize participation among schools as members.  As we reach out to achieve this, I have been reflecting on what it actually means to join something or to sign up […]

  • What Will You Do NOW?!

    Pearl Kane

    It is believed that adult learners lose most of what they learn during short time periods, like a conference, within 90 days of the learning experience. You don’t have much time left to forget what you learned at our July GFA Conference!! I’d like to give our conference learning a fighting chance for increased longevity by helping […]

  • 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 Saul Mirowitz Jewish 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 […]