HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal



This issue presents a wealth of guidance and examples for day schools to stay on top of their game. Articles discuss how schools ensure that athletics stay informed by a school's mission, by embodying Jewish values and embracing inclusivity; how they can use sports as a vehicle for teaching about and fostering love for Israel; how a wide range of sports can bring out the best in students and faculty; and how schools can more broadly employ movement and teach healthy living.

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More Than a Game: JCC Maccabi and Athletic Endeavor

by David Ackerman, Jonathan Fass Dec 03, 2015 JCCA

Jewish thought has always recognized the body as an integral aspect of human existence. It also has maintained ambivalence about the body’s significance.

Creating an Athletics Handbook that Reflects School Values

by Corrie Mizusawa Dec 03, 2015 Brandeis School, San Francisco, CA

The Brandeis School of San Francisco is proud of its athletics program and the contribution our student-athletes make in building a strong community. Athletics are an integral part of our educational program. Our athletics program is designed to help student-athletes develop the tools necessary for healthy competition, collaboration, teamwork, lifelong personal growth, and self-fulfillment. The Brandeis School of San Francisco Athletics Handbook


Physical Activity for Students with Special Needs

by Jake Weiner Dec 03, 2015 Zooz Fitness

Keeping students mentally engaged in the classroom can be a challenging task. With so many distractions, even the most focused of students can become overwhelmed and consumed by their surroundings.


Leading a School-Based Sports Program: Mission and Coaches

by David Jacobson Dec 03, 2015 Positive Coaching Alliance

Sport has a role in tikkun olam. No less a visionary leader than Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”


Including Sports in the Israel Trip

by Josh Halickman Dec 03, 2015 Jerusalem, Israel

When your school is planning an Israel trip, I highly recommend scheduling a time to go to a game, meet with some of the wonderful athletes, the fans, and the media. Or visit a training facility, pick up the newspaper, and have an expert in Israeli sports give your students a fun educational talk before going to a match. They will gain a greater appreciation for Israel and the fabric of this ever evolving nation.


"In the League Together": Religious and Secular Children, Soccer and a Meeting of Identities

by Yochai Sharon Dec 03, 2015 Tzav Pius, Jerusalem, Israel

Religious and secular children play soccer together. One might think this is obvious and natural. In reality, it is a far from ordinary sight in Israel, given an educational system that tracks religious and secular children into different schools.

More Than Just a Game

by Aharoni Carmel Dec 03, 2015 Beren Academy, Houston, TX

Typically as educators we focus upon what we can teach our students, but occasionally it is our students who end up teaching us the biggest lessons of all. The Beren Stars shone bright that day in 2012 when we proudly declared that we would not play in the TAPPS basketball semifinal championship game that would fall on Shabbat.


Having Faith in Sports

by Miriam Heller Stern Dec 03, 2015 American Jewish University, Los Angeles

At the end of a long workday, I dragged my heels up the staircase to the cafeteria of my children’s day school for the JV basketball team parent orientation. Expecting a review of schedule and logistics, I wasn’t totally present as Coach D began addressing the parents, although I tucked my phone away out of respect. To my surprise, Coach didn’t start with practice hours or attendance expectations. He started with character; basketball was just the medium.


A League Not of One's Own: Competing With Public Schools

by Rob Cohen, Janet Herman, Josh Breitman Dec 03, 2015 Golda Och Academy, West Orange, NJ

When New Jersey realigned its athletic conference in the northern part of the state, The Golda Och Academy (GOA) athletic department saw a new opportunity for an independent school which had primarily been playing other private institutions throughout the state.

Ultimate Frisbee: Ultimately Fun, Ultimately Jewish

by Benjamin Joffe, Judd Kruger Levingston Dec 03, 2015 Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA

By Benji Joffe