Summer Issue 
Message from the Executive Director:

As July turns to August and our earliest schools prepare to welcome teachers and parents back to school, we continue to follow events in our beloved Israel with acute concern and sadness. The confluence of Tisha B'Av and current events provided an opportunity to direct our despair and we hope you found meaning, if not solace, on that difficult day. I have been monitoring the many blog posts, Facebook messages, tweets and constant contacts you have been sending to your local stakeholders and am proud of how our network of schools continues to stand proudly with Israel.


I wanted to take this brief opportunity to let you know that I have finished my first official month as Executive Director and hope you will be as encouraged as I am by the programmatic updates you see in this communication. We have a team of professionals and lay leaders enthusiastic about the future of Schechter and as we head into another school year, we look forward to inspiring you to feel the same. They say that "kol hatkhalot kashot" - but not at the new Schechter! We are full speed ahead in furthering our programmatic agenda - to deliver resources to our members schools, to listen and learn from you about how we can do both more and better, and to contribute to the success of the field as a whole.


Let me take this opportunity to welcome the Jewish Montessori Network of schools into our Schechter family and to express how much we look forward to what this new collaboration will bring to our schools. Brukhim Ha'Ba-im!


Please note that in addition to these electronic communications, I intend to blog regularly at "A Floor, But No Ceiling" on all matters Schechter, Jewish day school, education and (hopefully!) other matters of mutual interest.  You will find it on our website (which we hope to upgrade in the months ahead).


Finally, please note that it is both a personal and a team goal that we visit in person as many of our schools as possible in the year ahead, with an overall goal of having a Schechter professional at each SDSN school within the next two years.  We can use your help in accomplishing this goal by letting us know about important dates, galas, events, programs, etc., coming up in your school and community. If a personal visit makes sense, we'd love to build our travel agenda around such moments of joy and significance. We encourage you to be in the habit of sending us copies of announcements and invitations so we can share the good news and kvell along with you in these important moments in the lives of our schools. 


For those of you whose summer is just beginning, we wish you relaxation and rejuvenation. For those of you whose summer is beginning to end, we wish you joy and fulfillment as you prepare to welcome back teachers, staff, parents and teachers.  It is going to be an amazing year...we are proud to share it with you.


Kol tuv, Jon

Connecting Our Schools
More Schechter Schools in Israel--Summer Trips! 


Did we miss your school? Send us an email and we'll include you in the next newsletter!
Developing Leadership & Professional Practice
We are excited to share with you a fantastic, FREE opportunity for summer and year-long professional development. Schechter Network is offering high-quality, self-directed courses designed specifically for Jewish Day School educators on Eduplanet21
These "learning paths" include content that is relevant to both Jewish and general studies and are open to any interested faculty member at any Schechter school. They are completed online, asynchronously for your convenience.
In this one-hour webinar, Andrea Hernandez and Silvia Tolisano will inspire you to jump in and be a self-motivated, self-directed modern learner. Find out what is available on Eduplanet21, how to get started and what is up-and-coming. Remember: one of the most important roles of a head of school is that of "lead learner." 

Check out the webinar here: 
If you would like to sign up on Eduplanet21, click here . 
If you are a new user, use the code ijed14 to log on for free. 
Kol Hakavod Schechter
Solomon Schechter of Bergen County 40th Annual Community Celebration
Mazel Tov to SDSN Board Member Eli Ungar and Head of School Ruth Gafni!  Both were honored at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County's 40th Annual Community Celebration.  Your leadership and dedication are inspirational!  Click here to see pictures.
Kellman Brown Academy Wins Award
Kellman Brown was presented with the Green Ribbon Award
Congratulate them on Facebook here!

It looks like the kids at the Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Day School Center in Skokie are having a blast this summer! Are you all having a good break?
Schechter Network #StandsWithIsrael
The Schechter Network was at the rally in New York on July 28th to Support Israel. Click on the photos below to see the whole album. 
Did you go to a rally in your city? Send us some of your pictures, or tag us on Facebook, so we can share them!

In This Issue
Job Board
Kellman Brown Academy  
Voorhees Township, NJ
Marketing Manager
The position is open immediately. Please contact Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, Head of School for more information.

Gross Schechter Day School
Pepper Pike, OH
Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor:
-Hebrew/JS Teacher-School Office Manager
-Student Learning Specialist

Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School
New York City:
Director of the Jewish Curriculum Project at Mechon Hadar and Jewish Studies at Beit Rabban Say School

Bornblum Solomon Schechter
Memphis, TN: 


Beth Yeshurun Day School
Houston, TX Elementary: School Principal

Please see our website for more job opportunities!
Global Day of Jewish Learning
Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Already, 46

communities in 15 countries have registered to participate in the 2014 Global Day. We invite you to join this global network - register today to join us.

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.


All three programs generously include enrollment match funding by The AVI CHAI Foundation. Schools can participate in one or two programs with an automatic match, once they are accepted and enrolled.


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

The Jewish Montessori Society Becomes Schechter Affiliated!
The Jewish Montessori Society has become Affiliate members of the Schechter Network--read the whole press release here!
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 PhiladelphiaMarch 8-10, 2015.

PARDES, PEJE, Schechter, 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 information will be announced in the fall.

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