HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal

From the Editor

by Barbara Davis Issue: Networking

This summer I took my very first cruise and traveled to Alaska, where 6,000 hardy Jewish souls live among 722,000 other inhabitants. Five thousand of these Jews, who statistics reveal to be more observant than most other Jews (although there is no day school here), live in Anchorage, where there are two synagogues. I would have loved to have met some of my co-religionists, but a cruise leaves little time for self-directed exploration. Likewise on my cruise, I would have liked to meet more of my fellow Jews, but alas, I seemed to be traveling in middle America. How I longed to play Jewish geography! How hard I listened for an accent that said “big city,” and looked for a chai on a neck chain. When I finally heard some Israelis speaking Hebrew at their dinner table, I could have hugged them!

We Jews have always sought a network; we have always looked for connections. A Jew alone is not a Jew. We need a minyan, a community, we need to be part of a group of landsmen, to be part of klal Yisrael.

The 21st century has provided us with the technology to make this networking more efficient, more effective and more widespread than ever before. This issue of HaYidion will bring network weaving to your schools in ways that will enable you to fulfill your mission in newer and better ways. The articles contained in this issue include full definitions and explanations for novices like me (who did not know that “network weaver” was an actual job category) to the more savvy who are already Google-eyed, blogging, twittering, crowdfunding, ustreaming and wofooing.

I believe that this issue of HaYidion is destined to become well thumbed, and that it will be an extremely valuable resource for heads of schools and board members, not all of whom are comfortable or even knowledgeable about the Jewish community of the cloud. As Jewish community day schools venture ever further into this brave new world, we are ever more grateful that RAVSAK, our very own network, can serve as a guide and facilitator. I am sure you will enjoy the scholarship and features in this exciting issue, and they will inspire you to great things as we begin a new year.♦

Dr. Barbara Davis is the secretary of RAVSAK, executive editor of HaYidion and head of school at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School in Dewitt, NY. Barbara can be reached at bdavis74@twcyn.rr.com.

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