Cheshvan 5776/October 2015
Message from the Executive Director:

With the joy and meaning of the holiday season behind us, we would like to once again welcome you back to school!  For many schools, this marks the unofficial reboot of the school year when regular rhythms and routines return and the sanctity of the workaday is finally restored.
In addition to the work of the field, which continues to bring me to New York for meetings with my colleagues at our sister intermediaries - an official collective update to be communicated soon - my commitment to be on the ground in our schools with a goal of visiting each and every one in short order remains strong.
September brought me to the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School.  October brings me to the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County.  November will bring me to Ezra Academy and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford.   We are learning so much from our visits and could not be more proud of the work you are doing to inspire our children. 
Please know that your Schechter team stands ready to answer any question or help tackle any issue - from placement to program, from community-building to curriculum-creating, and everything in between. We try each month to touch more schools and deepen our relationships.  It continues to be a pleasure to see you, to hear from you, to meet you and to have you as part of our family.
Kol tuv, Jon

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USCJ Convention

The Schechter Network is thrilled about their involvement with the annual USCJ Convention this year! 

Our very own Executive Director, Dr. Jon Mitzmacher will be leading the discussion Friends with Benefits: Leading Partnerships between Synagogues and Day Schools. 

You can find the full description here. 

To register for the event, or to learn more visit the USCJ Shape The Center page. 

Mazel Tov! Honorary Doctorates
On November 12th, 2015 the Academic Convocation held at the Jewish Theological Seminary will  celebrate our colleagues and friends by awarding them Honorary Doctorate Degrees.  
Mazel Tov to:
Charlotte Abramson
Dr. Elaine Shizgal Cohen

Dr. Barry Holtz

Arnold Zar-Kessler

Wendy Light

 Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin

Bracha Werber

We are inspired by your dedication, service, and commitment to Jewish Education. We extend our heartfelt congratulations. 

edJEWcon Chicago Conference 

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edJEWcon Chicago Conference
We're gearing up and getting excited for edJEWcon Chicago, November 11th at the Solomon Schechter School in Northbrook. 

Growth Mindset is the lens that we'll be using as we break through comfort zones to experience new ways of connecting to professional learning.

Interested in bringing edJEWcon to your community?  Contact  Silvia or Andrea .

Hallelujah! A Time to Talk Prayer Education! 
Mark your calendar for an opportunity to explore the goals and approaches for tefillah education. Targeted for Jewish educators in the Conservative movement and open all, together we will: 
  • Experience different modalities of tefillah 
  • Clarify the desired outcomes for tefillah education
  • Share best practices among professionals who work in camps, day schools, congregations, and other settings of education 
Wednesday November 4th, 9:30-2:30pm 
Register here

Washington DC, Tifereth Israel Congregation  
Thursday December 3rd, 9:30am-2:30pm
Register here.

In This Issue
Employment Opportunities 

Robbins Hebrew Academy

Ontario, Canada



Beth Yeshurun Day School

Houston, TX

Judaic Studies Teacher


Kellman Brown Academy

Voorhees, NJ

Full & Part Time Lower Elementary Teachers


Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Jacksonville, FL

T'filla and Torah Reading Instructor 


P lease see our  website for more job opportunities!
JData Update: Calling all Schools!
Calling all schools -- enter this year's data today! JData's portal is now open.  
Enter your data  here   by logging in with your email address. 

Global Day of Jewish Learning
The Global Day of Jewish Learning  is a once-a-year opportunity for your community to join 500+ communities in 42 countries in a day of learning and engaging in Jewish texts. On  Sunday, November 15th  communities will study the theme Love: Devotion, Desire and Deception. Registered communities are provided with resource materials free of charge. Programming on the day can take a variety of forms, tailored to a community's interests. 

The Global Day is an initiative to unite Jews around the world through the study of our shared texts. The project is under the aegis of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, furthering his mission-- "Let my people know" and is dedicated to the life and legacy of Ralph I. Goldman z"l. 

For more information please contact Karen Sponder at

Spotlight School: Community Day School 

Community Day School, located in Pittsburgh, PA has been growing their after school program--literally! 

Along with NextGen, Community Day School is featuring an after school program that teaches children about farming, the community, and economics. 

To read the full article and to find out more about the program, click here

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