Tishrei 5775: October Issue 
Message from the Executive Director:


Welcome back (again!) to school!


We hope you all had joyous holiday weeks and that your return to full weeks of school brings you opportunity and much-needed time to refocus to the sacred task at hand, the daily victories and challenges of educating children, leading faculty and inspiring communities. We know that in many ways the school year really begins now and we wish you success as you return to your work.


Like you, we, too, at the Network are returning to our work and to a loaded programmatic agenda. We hope those of you in shouting distance will join us at edJEWcon Cleveland (see below) and those who are not will be in shouting distance of upcoming edJEWcon's soon to be announced. Please note that subsidies for Jewish Studies Faculty are available on a limited, first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in hosting an edJEWcon for your region or community in the future, please do let us know. We are already into planning for the spring and the 2015-2016 school year.  


We hope to see many of you at this year's North American Jewish Day School Conference (see below) and are working hard to ensure it is a conference worthy of your understandable finite professional development resources.  We are very cognizant of the costs and are deeply involved in the planning to ensure a fair return on investment. If you have any questions about the content, format or costs of the conference, please do not hesitate to let us know.


Schechter Network has worked hard to secure funds to partially subsidize your participation in PEJE's National Revenue programs.  If you are not already familiar with these programs, click here for more information.

Space is very limited. If you are interested, please submit your application to PEJE asap. Subsidy funds are limited and schools are only eligible for these funds once they are accepted into the PEJE program. 


Almost four months into the position, I am pleased at just how much we have learned about and from you. Our entire professional staff has been energized by our conversations with you as we have had the chance to visit (either in person or virtually) so many of you, to learn so much more about you, and to hear directly from you about the kinds resources you need, your hopes and dreams for your schools, and ways the Schechter Network can better serve you. Please know that this information is not simply collected and filed.  This information will be at the center of decision-making as we move forward with additional new programs for the field and benefits for our family of schools. The more we hear from you the better...


So, as we prepare to begin again, let us remind you that our email boxes, Skype windows, office doors and frequent flyer miles are open and interested. Please not only keep us in the loop; let us help keep you in the loop as well! Let's be sure the local informs the national and vice-versa so that we make intelligent decisions, leverage our excellence, and truly go from strength to strength.


Kol tuv, Jon

To read Jon's blog, click here.

edJEWcon Cleveland: November 16, 2014
NAJDSC 2015!
Join 1000 of your colleagues from across North America for the 2015 North American Jewish Day School Conference! The conference will take place at the Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, March 8-10, 2015. 
PARDES, PEJE,  Schechter Network, RAVSAK and The YU School Partnership will host the Jewish day school field's most anticipated and attended event of the year. We believe that our partnership offers Jewish day schools the strongest possible outcomes at the conference as we bring together our collective knowledge, experience, and relationships with you, the leaders and supporters of the field.

Mark your calendars today and join us in the City of Brotherly Love.

Registration is now open! Click here to register!

Schechter Schools Celebrate Sukkot!

Chicagoland Jewish High              Solomon Schechter                          School                    Academy of New London

        Sinai Akiba Academy        Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor

Kadima Sukkot 2014
Kadima Sukkot 2014

Jewish Montessori Society Corner

In This Issue
Employment Opportunities 

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

Rockville, MD


Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas

Golda Och Academy

West Orange, NJ

Kellman Brown Academy  
Voorhees Township, NJ

Gross Schechter Day School
Pepper Pike, OH
Please see our website for more job opportunities!
Global Day of Jewish Learning
Sunday, November 16th, 2014


Join a once-a-year opportunity to unite your community with hundreds of communities worldwide  through study of our shared texts. The Global Day of Jewish Learning is Sunday, November 16th, 2014. This year's theme is Heroes, Villains, Saints and Fools: The People in the Book. 


The Global Day Curriculum is now available and comes with free resources, including a facilitator's guide, sourcesheets, and sessions for all ages. In addition, we provide a video class by Rabbi Steinsaltz and live online learning with leading Jewish educators from all over the world, plus marketing materials and a community resource guidebook to help you publicize and plan your event.


To get started, complete the registration here.


Questions? Contact Global Day Project Director Karen Sponder at 212-840-1166.


For inspiration, check out the Global Day film!

PEJE's Important New National Revenue Programs

We are happy to share the unveiling of PEJE's National Revenue Programs.These three new initiatives are designed to deliver results. Atidenu: our future, PEJE's premier recruitment and retention program; Governance & Fundraising Academy, offering the support needed to make transformative change toward institutional advancement; and Generations National, based on our groundbreaking endowment program that has raised more than $23 million to date for the Jewish day school field. These National Revenue Programs will provide schools such with the knowledge and tools necessary to improve long-term fiscal strength.


To learn more about the programs, and to begin the application process, click here. Space is limited.

Blog Post: Ivriyon 2014

Cheryl Stone, Judaic Teacher at Gross Schechter in Cleveland, attended Ivriyon this past summer. The Ivriyon program strengthens the Hebrew language proficiency skills necessary for teaching in Hebrew by way of peer teaching, participant presentations, and textual study. Schechter Day School Network is proud to support our teachers' commitment to professional development and proficiency in Hebrew language. Read her blog post on her experience here.

Schechter Network has AmazonSmile
The Schechter Network is now using AmazonSmile! Click here to link your Amazon account to the Schechter Day School Network, and Amazon will donate some of your money to us! Click here to find out more!

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