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Hebrew for What?: Hebrew at the Heart of Jewish Day Schools

By Yossi Prager The AVI CHAI Foundation is delighted to release a new research report by Dr. Alex Pomson and Dr. Jack Wertheimer on the teaching of Hebrew language in Jewish day schools. As a foundation that has devoted significant energy and tens of millions of dollars toward Hebrew teaching and learning, we see a number of opportunities for future action emerging from the report. We hope that the reflections below will be helpful to others who share a passion for producing a new generation fluent in the texts and language of the Jewish people. School communities could work together to develop the case (or cases) for schools prioritizing the study of classic and modern Hebrew language. Drs. Pomson and[Read More…]

Largest tuition cut in the history of Jewish education

Editor’s Note: Rosov Consulting worked closely with the leadership of Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) to position the school to make drastic tuition cuts, merge its campuses, and have a viable future serving its students. On March 6, 2017 The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT) and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto announced a total of $15 million in gifts – from two exceptionally generous donors – that will help ensure the affordability of TanenbaumCHAT and enhance the future of Jewish education in the GTA for the next generation. According to the UJA, the donations, comprised of a $10 million Jesin-Neuberger Foundation Gift; and a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor (of which $1[Read More…]

Special Needs and Inclusion in Jewish Education

A special issue of the Journal of Jewish Education is now available at Taylor & Francis Online. The Special Needs and Inclusion in Jewish Education issue was edited by Rosov Consulting Managing Director Alex Pomson, who just completed 14 years serving as the Journal’s Associate Editor. In the more than 80 years that the Journal of Jewish Education and its predecessor Jewish Education have been published, this is the first time that a special issue of the Journal has brought together articles specifically concerned with the phenomenon of special needs and inclusion in Jewish education. The four articles collected here help lay the foundations for research and practice in a field that has been gaining ever more attention and is surely[Read More…]

Israel Trip Program to Expand Offerings for American Jewish Youth

By Lidar Grave-Lazi The organization builds on the foundation of Birthright trips for university-aged students offering more in-depth and educational experiences for US youth. The organization builds on the foundation of Birthright trips for university-aged students offering more in-depth and educational experiences for US youth. Onward Israel, an organization that provides Jewish young adults with multi-week immersive experiences in Israel, recently received an $8 million grant to expand its programming from the Jim Joseph Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that supports Jewish learning initiatives for young Jews. Established in 2012 by the Jewish Agency together with numerous partners from the Jewish world, Onward Israel aims to promote Jewish engagement among Jewish young adults. The organization builds on the foundation of[Read More…]

What We Saw and Heard at Prizmah 2017

The inaugural Prizmah Jewish Day School Conference brought together more than 1,000 day school educators and education leaders for three days of learning and sharing educational best practices. We were excited to play a role in this learning process and to contribute to Prizmah at such a formative moment in the organization’s trajectory (since summer 2016, Rosov Consulting has been working with Prizmah to help coach staff from different legacy organizations, as they refer to themselves, so they can learn to do their best work together). It was especially gratifying to see the number of organizations that support the day school field that are in turn supported by the efforts of the team at Rosov Consulting. At the conference, Pearl Mattenson, Director at[Read More…]

Rare Sense Of Optimism At Day School Conference

Newly formed Prizmah brings innovation and 1,000 educators to three-day meeting. By Gary Rosenblatt Chicago — Since 2008, when the U.S. economy tanked in the wake of the Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal, Jewish day school conferences have been a place for lay and professional leaders of the movement to kvetch about hard times. And for good reason. Their difficulty in trying to provide quality Jewish and secular education while keeping steep tuition costs in line was a persistent theme. Pessimism was in the air. The dilemma hasn’t gone away, but this week’s first national Jewish day school conference sponsored by the newly formed Prizmah (Hebrew for prism) has had a decidedly upbeat mood. There is an air of enthusiasm among[Read More…]