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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Meet the new AVICHAI.org


We are pleased to announce the launch of AVI CHAI’s newly designed website: www.avichai.org, which contains information about our work in North America, Israel and the former Soviet Union. While we highly encourage you to browse for yourself, allow us to give you a brief tour of the site’s resources and features as they relate to our North American philanthropy: Information about AVI CHAI programs: In the North American projects section, you can peruse our … Read More »

Posted by elik at 1:41 pm

The Catholic and Jewish communities have a long history of providing financial aid for constituents unable to bear the full cost of an immersive religious education. In a new whitepaper, entitled Different Faiths, Common challenge: Maintaining the Affordability of a Faith-based Education, a team of authors from Changing Our World, Boston College and The AVI CHAI Foundation explore the financial challenges and opportunities facing Catholic parochial and Jewish day schools. I was pleased to contribute … Read More »

Posted by Dan Perla at 3:05 pm

By: Deborah Fishman Increasing buzz around networks and their power to influence people, draw out passion and excitement, and spread ideas has left numerous Jewish organizations wondering: What bearing do these concepts have for us? And if this is relevant – what should we do? In the recently concluded network-weaver training pilot HaReshet, I worked with Jewish organizations to explore exactly that. My experiences emphasized the unique nature of established organizations– even those which easily … Read More »

Posted by DeborahFishman at 9:34 am

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The “Real” Last Mitzvah


By: Dr. Michael S. Berger For many Jewish day schools in the Northern Hemisphere, the concluding Torah portions always coincide with the beginning of the school year.  Sadly, these Biblical chapters get short shrift in day schools, as educators are busy preparing their students for the launch of the academic year and the Jewish holidays arrive in rapid succession.  It is therefore worthwhile to reflect on some of these final chapters. As we read the … Read More »

Posted by MichaelBerger at 10:32 am

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. by Yossi Prager When Dan Brown, the wizard behind eJewishPhilanthropy, suggested that I write for Rosh Hashana about my view of the many discussions on Jewish versus non-Jewish giving, my first thought was, “How can I make the connection to Rosh Hashana?” But, once I figured that out, I was more than happy to write this post, explaining why I believe that the distinction between Jewish … Read More »

Posted by YossiPrager at 9:15 am

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Why Be BOLD?


This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This week, The AVI CHAI Foundation, the Affordable Jewish Education Project (AJE) and the Kohelet Foundation announced the winners of the BOLD Day Schools grant, which will assist five established day schools in transitioning to a blended learning model. The schools are: Denver Academy of Torah in Denver, CO; Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY; The Moriah School in Englewood, NJ; The Rosenbaum Yeshiva … Read More »

Posted by YossiPrager at 10:10 am

By: Jonathan Cannon This summer I had the privilege of facilitating two cohorts through programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center, sponsored by the AVI CHAI Foundation and, for Chicago participants, the Crown Foundation. The first program was called the Art of Leadership (AOL) and the second was Leadership as an Evolving Vision (LEV). The programs are targeted at school leaders with differing levels of experience and seniority. However, they share the … Read More »

Posted by Guest at 12:29 pm

By: Susan Kardos On July 21, I wrote an eJewishPhilanthropy blog post about AVI CHAI’s foray into different types of activities in these, our sunset years.  I developed a gymnastics metaphor and compared a back flip (which may be scary at first, but where you can always count on seeing the whole landing) and a front flip (which is scary during most of the second half because the landing is blind).  I explained that AVI … Read More »

Posted by SKardos at 10:33 am

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. By: Dr. Harry Bloom and Dan Perla There has been a great deal written about new blended learning schools which are leveraging educational technology to increase the quality of teaching and learning while also lowering teaching cost per student. This post addresses a more conventional pathway to low-cost schools, that of lean administration. For the purposes of this post, we are defining “administration” broadly. It includes … Read More »

Posted by Dan Perla at 10:45 am

By: Leah Nadich Meir We’ve all heard it before (and maybe have said it to ourselves): “Teachers have it great. They work until 3 PM for ten months a year and then get to hang out on the beach all summer!” That may be true of some teachers, but I saw a very different picture last week when I spent a day at the Davidson Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New … Read More »

Posted by LeahMeir at 9:09 am