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HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention
What Really Happens at School? One has to wonder why, at the start of the third decade of the 21st century, it is still necessary to establish the value proposition of Jewish day school education. The first day schools were...
HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention
While listening to Michael Lewis’ 2020 audiobook, Playing to Win, I was struck by its relevance to our communal conversation vis-à-vis the cost-benefit analysis of Jewish education. The book served as a reminder that too...
HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention
At Mandel Jewish Day School in Beachwood, Ohio, we recently invested in a market research study to deepen our understanding of the three personas that make up our key audiences. The market research, which took the form of...
HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention, Research
It should come as no surprise that today’s Jewish communal leaders, both lay and professional, have far higher levels of Jewish education of all sorts, including day schools, than the Jewish public at large. Perhaps more...
HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention
The Idea One of the most compelling reasons for parents to send children to Jewish day schools and for funders to support them is the immersive nature of the day school experience. There is a great deal to be said for...
HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention
In my role as director of admissions at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, I am constantly navigating questions from prospective parents. One might think the most frequent question I receive is about...
HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention
In a midrash popular among campus educators, the Talmudic rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus is described as a young man in his twenties yearning for the religious education he didn’t receive as a child. Upon discovering a rebbe...
HaYidion Article
Recruitment and Retention
I went to public school. My parents went to public school. My grandparents went to public school. I never considered the idea that my own kids wouldn’t go to public school. And then I married into a Jewish day school family...
Blog Article
Teaching and Learning, Recruitment and Retention, School Policies and Procedures, Mental Health
Why School? by Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper I was walking up the steps of our garage with my groceries freshly picked up from the curbside of our local supermarket and realized I was carrying more than I usually do: a whole...
Blog Article
Prizmah Thought Leadership, Recruitment and Retention, School Policies and Procedures
Sometimes what is so obvious to us needs to be restated: Jewish day schools are places of excellence, in ways that the word “education” only begins to cover. Their excellence has never been more apparent than now, during the...