Tag - Jewish Day Schools

My First Day at Prizmah

By Elissa Maier Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. I can’t help but think about this quote as I begin my journey with Prizmah. My Jewish day school journey began with my children when we enrolled them...

As our children bloom in the Spring

By Ilana Ruskay-Kidd There are moments when I get a clear reminder of what it is that we are all doing at Shefa, when the lens zooms out and suddenly the forest emerges from the trees! Yesterday morning, I had one such experience. I was observing one of our teachers teaching a writing lesson to our Nitzanim (1st/2nd grade) students. These...

TikkunXDesign: A Brief Introduction

Pre-K children with a group of students from an engineering class at Brown University. This article expands upon a previous article published “Design helps define Jewish experience for next generation” By Ian Gonsher The Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island has been collaborating with community partners to develop an innovative...

There is a Price to Pay for Having a Price to Pay: Where Should Innovation Live in the Jewish Day School Ecosystem?

By Jon Mitzmacher When you live your life by the school calendar – as I have only ever done – you know that we are in the season for closings and openings. The period of the omer in many Jewish day schools is not simply the counting up from Passover to Shavuot; it is often the mad rush to do all that needs to be done to close out the...

Leadership and Followership in the Judaic Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities

By Chaim Botwinick Today’s Jewish day school youth and Jewish educator are experiencing a myriad of social and academic challenges, unsurpassed in recent history. With the evolution of new and innovative technological platforms, learning and teaching opportunities are becoming more exciting and engaging “incubators” for promoting...