Nissan 5775/ March 2015
Message from the Executive Director:
March Madness indeed!

As we head into a week of "model seders" and Passover preparation, let me use this space to highlight two important events:

Uncommon Connections: The 2015 North American Jewish Day School Conference
We are still reflecting and reviewing our amazing experience at the conference.  I wrote a full reflection  on my  blog  and th e feedback we have thus far received - solicited and otherwise - has been overwhelmingly positive and I look forward to reading the official survey for confirmation.


But as with any other conference or significant professional development experience, how do we ensure that all the learning, all the new relationships, and all the enthusiasm from gathering over 1,000 passion-driven leaders from across the field is leveraged to the greatest good?


I do want to make sure that you know we are actively engaged in answering those questions.  Those of us charged with stewarding the field as executive directors of national networks opened the conference with a statement about "how we can serve the field together" and look forward to engaging with all its stakeholders in the weeks and months ahead.  Stay tuned. 


World Zionist Congress

Since the days of Theodore Herzl, Jews from around the world have been participating in the World Zionist Congress, giving voice to our values regarding what kind of Jewish State should take root in our beloved Land of Israel.  We here have the unique opportunity to make our voices heard in Israel through a democratic election going on here in the United States for the American Jewish delegates to the next Zionist Congress.  We are closely aligned with the MERCAZ delegation to the Congress as MERCAZ stands for what we believe in - religious pluralism in Israel, protection of Israel's environment and a peaceful, 2-State solution to Israel's security challenges.  We encourage you to join us in voting MERCAZ (Slate #2) in the Zionist Congress elections.


Visit my blog to learn why I am excited to be a candidate on the MERCAZ Slate.  Visit to learn more and vote. 


As we take pause to celebrate our freedom from slavery, I want to wish everyone a zissen Pesach and the most restful and rejuvenating of breaks.

Kol tuv, Jon
Connecting at NAJDSC 
We  had a great time at the North American Jewish Day School Conference this year. Click here to see photos from the event!

edJEWprize: Teen ELI Talks Student Contest Deadline Approaching! 

The Teen ELI Contest seeks to inspire and reward students and schools who embrace passion, curiosity, 21st century learning and Jewish seeking.

Click here for the application instructions and guides for coaches and speakers, and use  #teenELI to follow the conversation on Twitter!


The deadline is fast approaching--it's April 3rd!

Summer PD Opportunities 

Mechon Hadar Summer Institute

For the third year we are thrilled to bring back an outstanding Professional Development opportunity for your Jewish day school teachers.

June 21, 2015-June 25, 2015

(Sunday afternoon through Thursday evening)

Participants will enjoy: 

  • Mechon Hadar's signature approach to immersive Beit Midrash learning, and its stellar faculty 
  • A carefully crafted daily pedagogy seminar with Dr. Orit Kent, Senior Research Associate and Allison Cook, Affiliated Scholar, both at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis. They will share their considerable experience and research into the multifaceted ways to use Hevruta learning with students and in professional development settings. 
  • Participants will engage in meaningful text study to enrich their minds and souls.
  • Teachers and Administrators will explore the dispositions and practice of "relational-based teaching" in Rabbinics and Bible text study.
  • Peer sharing ongoing support from Allison and Orit throughout the year. 

We are proud to offer this program at only $750 per teacher, which includes all travel, lodging and most meals covered! Teams are strongly encouraged to attend.



Three individualized consulting sessions with Allison or Orit AND two whole group webinars throughout the year!


Space is limited. To apply, click here.


For more information, email

The Schechter Network, together with our partner BJE-LA, is excited for edJEWcon LA to be held on  May 11, 2015 .

Stay tuned for additional edJEWcon dates to be announced soon.

 If your school is interested in hosting an edJEWcon for your community, please contact Andrea Hernandez at

Ivriyon 2015-New Extended Deadline!

Join us at the Four-Week Hebrew Immersion Summer Session in New York City,  June 29-July 23, 2015
* Intensive development of Hebrew language skills
* Workshops with veteran teachers and experts on
language acquisition
* Individual mentoring throughout the 2015-2016 school year


You are eligible to apply if you currently teach at a Jewish Day School or you are a graduate student in Jewish education.


Program Fees: Tuition for Ivriyon and some meals are free. Accommodations are provided at no cost for out-of-town participants. There is a $50 application fee and $350 registration fee.
for important program dates.


For more information, call  (212) 280-6007 
or email

Application deadline is March 30 , 2015. 
Visit for more information. 

JTS: What is the Meaning of Meaning

Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Sunday, June 7th at 2 PM to Monday, June 8th at 4 PM

The term "meaning" is one that is often used in a variety of contexts in the contemporary discourse about Jewish education and identity. However, it is a term that is loosely defined, and often used differently among various people who invoke it. This conference will look at the concept of "meaning",  how people use it, what it might denote, and what are the implications of these ideas for
our work in Jewish education in particular for our ability to set goals and create assessments.

Space is limited - register now  at to secure a spot.


Springtime opportunities with your EC

Pesach is approaching, and before we can blink, kids and teachers will be returning from Pesach break, ready to launch into the final stretch of school. Two major phenomena are happening: older kids are just about ready to be done with this year, and younger kids, especially four year olds, are thinking about what it will be will like to be in the elementary school, finally. Take advantage of these two mind frames to invigorate the entire school.

  • Create small groups of middle schoolers and 4 year olds, for tours of the school. While the 4's may very well know the physical plant, encourage the middle schoolers to focus on sharing with the 4's their favorite spots in the school. Have the middle schoolers prepare stories to tell the 4's about specific memories, or their favorite units throughout their years at Schechter.
  • Invite current kindergarteners to write letters to the current 4's, telling them about kindergarten at Schechter.
  • Create opportunities for the 4's to spend time in the kindergarten classroom, both to have time to explore the materials, and also to have lunch or snack with the kindergartners.
  • Hold a coffee for parents of 3's, 4's, kindergarteners, and first graders, so the parents of younger children can learn what to expect in the coming year. Make sure the teachers from the classes can stop in too.
  • Shape elements of 4th and 5th grade's celebration of Yom HaAtzma'ut to include inviting the preschoolers in, so the older kids can show off what they've learned in a way that is fun for the younger kids.
In This Issue
Employment Opportunities 

Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston

Lower School Principal

Kadima Day School

West Hills, CA

Head of School


Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Jacksonville, FL

T'filla and Torah Reading Instructor 


Ann & Nate Levine Academy 

Dallas TX

Teaching Position 


Lander Grinspoon Academy

Northampton, MA 

Head of School

Solomon Schechter Day

School of Greater Boston

Newton Centre, MA


Golda Och Academy

West Orange, NJ

P lease see our  website for more job opportunities!

PEJE's Important New National Revenue Programs

We are proud to promote 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. 


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

Applications are now open for the 2015-16 Schechter Residency in Education Leadership Fellowship. Please go to the  website  to learn more about the SREL Fellowship program, or  download the application  for more details. 

Email Ilisa Cappell  here.

Applications are due March 27, 2015.
Teacher Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel
The Center for Israel Education and Emory's Institute for the Study of Modern Israel will conduct the 14th annual week-long Teacher Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel for pre-collegiate educators (5th-12th) from  June 21-26, 2015  in Atlanta, GA.


To find out more, click here.


MaToK Update:
All 16 of the MaToK student booklets in color are now available for purchase as e-books from the Behrman House On-line Learning Center. These online editions may be used with or without the "hard copy" booklets. They allow the teacher to project the pages onto an interactive white board, and for students to access their own copies on computer or tablet. Students are able to highlight and underline on their own screen, and each class has it's own discussion area as part of their class website that is connected to each book in the Online Learning Center. You can access all of the booklets here

The introductory cost (through July 31, 2015) is $5 per person per booklet. For more information please contact Galya Greenberg, MaToK Project Director, at

Orientation Workshop for Schools and Teachers New to MatToK:
Scheduled for  Tues June 23-Thurs June 25  at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Registration forms will be available as soon as all details are finalized. Contact Galya for more information.

To learn more about MaToK, click here.

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