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A Hanukkah message from Paul Bernstein

The shamash candle on the hanukiyah is the one we use to light all the others. It has no sacred status on its own, but it is essential to fulfilling the mitzvah of the holiday. We tell children it is the “helper” candle, critical to enable the other functions of the...

From Our CEO: Getting Beyond the Laughter

We are deep into the “bitter” month of Cheshvan, the month with no holidays. Finally, after all the excitement, meaning and activity of the month of Tishrei, after the High Holidays and Sukkot, we are back to routine, and everyone seems relieved, or perhaps guiltily...

From Our CEO: Summer Update

I recently spent an intense week in Israel with my Leading Edge CEO On-Boarding cohort.  Sitting in a café overlooking the walls of the Old City in a rare moment of quiet, I was struck by how, at least in Israel, some things never change (the vista of those ancient...

From our CEO: Crystal Ball

There is no crystal ball. Despite the best efforts of the most ambitious and talented planners and forecasters, no one can truly tell what the future will bring. Schools everywhere right now have two important priorities: how to end this school year on a high, and how...

From our CEO: Pesach

With Pesach (Passover) right around the corner, we are entering a kind of liminal state of time. The Torah in Shemot (Exodus) tells us that Rosh Chodesh Nissan is the start of a new year, a true beginning. Just as teachers and parents alike might be starting to talk...