Adar II/ 5774 March 2014

The Schechter Network hopes you had a Purim Sameach. May this year be filled with happiness and joy for all!

iJED Conference 2014! 

It was great to see so many of you at iJED! Over 500 leaders committed to Jewish day schools joined together to learn, create and innovate. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and network with new colleagues. Our Schechter Network time was standing room only as we honored Dr. Elaine Shizgal Cohen for her 11 years of leadership and dedication to our schools. We hope you enjoy browsing the photos!


This newsletter highlights ways in which our Schechter Network schools can continue to learn together with colleagues near and far through our new virtual platform EduPlanet 21.





Click here to see the rest of the photos from the conference!


To see the Director Designate Jon Mitzmacher's Storify, click here:  


If you have any questions about the conference, or would like to follow-up, please email Evie at

Connecting Our Schools

Eduplanet21 at its core is professional development-when you want it and at an affordable cost. Add in the ability to have your teachers talking to each other and their colleagues across the country about what they are learning and forming interest groups and communities and you have a potentially powerful force for creativity and excellence.


The catch?


You have to sign up!

We now have 84 members on the site.

We have 5 schools with their own communities on the site.

We have the first two courses for Schechter schools live and ready for you to join!

What are you waiting for?


Step 1: Download this quick guide to signing up here.

Step 2: Upload a photo to your profile and tell us who you are.

Step 3: Sign up for Rabbi Gail Diamond's learning path "Psalms of Pesukei D'Zimra"

Step 4: Sign up for Smadar Goldstein's learning path, "No Teacher Left Behind: Utilizing Online Technologies to Enhance Student Learning."

Questions? email Evie Saphire Bernstein at

Developing Leadership & Professional Practice


Want to learn more about edJEWcon?  Visit


Want to host an edJEWcon in your region?  Contact us at!

Promote and Advocate

jDATA Webinar

Thanks to all the Schechter Network schools who have already entered their 2013-14 data. Now that your data is in the system, it's time to see how JData can work for you and your school. Join JData and Schechter Day School Network on Thursday, March 27 at 2:30 PM EDT/11:30 AM PDT for a webinar on JData's tools for day schools.  We will demonstrate the revised JData comparison report and longitudinal reports, and discuss how you can you use these tools to compare your school to its peers and track your school over time.  This webinar is for Heads of Schools, business managers, development professionals, or others at your school who need and/or use data.


Click here to register for the webinar. For more information about this webinar or accessing your school's JData profile, contact Sarah Reid, JData Support Center Coordinator, at or 781-736-3941.

Birthright Eligibility Changes!

Kol Hakavod Schechter

Article Written by HOS Cindy Dolgin

Check out this wonderful article, written by Head of School Cindy Dolgin and Rabbi Joshua Rabin for eJewishPhilanthropy.comIt describes their "venture into quality Adult Jewish Learning at the day school, and outlines the benefits [they] have seen." Read the article here.
In This Issue
Job Board
Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School: Director of the Jewish Curriculum Project at Mechon Hadar and Jewish Studies at Beit Rabban 

Please see our website for more job opportunities!
Professional Development
Hebrew University's Teacher's Institute 
July 3-15, 2014
Please click the link here to learn about  the new Hebrew University Legacy Heritage Teacher's Program. Investing in Professional Development for great Jewish educators.
The Next Phase
Long Careers, New Opportunities Conferece will be held on May 18-21, 2014. This workshop is specifically designs to enable participants to plan smoother transitions for themselves, their successors, and for their organization. To learn more, and to apply for the conference, clickhere.

The Ruderman Family Foundation Announces Inclusion Competition
This is the third year of the annual prize to celebrate the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community. Click
here to apply, and to find out more information!



Summer Hebrew Institute

June 30 - July 24, 2014




One key to Hebrew language acquisition is to immerse students in a learning environment where Hebrew is used, not only taught.  Ivriyon is a unique immersion program to develop and refine the skills necessary to teach Judaic K-12 curriculum using Hebrew as the primary classroom language for day school teachers and for graduate students in Jewish education who plan to teach in a day school.


Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity for Jewish educators! Applications are now available: click here to see all the application requirements. 


To learn more click here or write to


The Jewish Theological Seminary

3080 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

(212) 678-8001



Orientation workshop for the MaToK Bible Curriculum:

Hochberg Preparatory Academy

North Miami Beach, FL

Tuesday, June 10 - Thursday, June 12, 2014


This workshop is aimed for teachers and administrators new to MaTok, faculty from schools that are considering using MaTok, and any teacher who would like some additional training with our innovative curriculum. The workshop will cover a range of topics, from MaTok principles and access skills, to the balance between personal theology and Torah teaching, to the specifics of lesson planning.


Click here for more information and the registration form.

820 Second Ave, 10th floor
New York, NY 10017