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About Jon Mitzmacher

Dr. Jon Mitzmacher the Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network. He is the former head of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School (a K-8 Schechter), located in Jacksonville, FL, and part of the Jacksonville Jewish Center. He was the founding head of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas. Jon is cofounder of edJEWcon and has worked in all aspects of Jewish Education from camping to congregations and everything in between.

Saying “L’hitraot, Not Shalom”. Again.

So here we are again.  Sooner than anyone could have expected, but with great excitement about what is yet to come, it time again for me to pause, prepare and repurpose this blog for the next chapter of my journey. … Continue reading

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Pausing For Gratitude As A Chapter Begins to Close

[Reprinted by request from our final Constant Contact to Schechter stakeholders.] Dear Friends, The emails and updates are coming fast and furious and are coming more and more from NewOrg and less and less from us as the transition from … Continue reading

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Shining the “Schechter Spotlight” – Volume 3

Believe it or not, as we sit here in the midst of the Jewish holiday rollercoaster this season brings, we have schools who are now counting weeks, not months, of the remaining school year!  As with our schools, so is … Continue reading

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What Exactly Is A Schechter Education Anyway?

One of the clearest goals that I set for myself when becoming Executive Director was to visit each of our full members by the end of my second year.  I had no way of knowing, of course, that the end … Continue reading

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A “Fifth Question” For NewOrg

It has become a tradition for organizations to use the pedagogy of Passover to advocate for causes.  We can change customs (“The Four Children”), add customs (“Miriam’s Cup), or adjust customs.  One common adjustment is the addition of a “fifth … Continue reading

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Shining the “Schechter Spotlight” – Volume 2

Having just gotten back from trips to Las Vegas, Los Gatos, and Los Angeles (trying to get all my “Las” and “Los” in one fail swoop), I think it is definitely a great opportunity to once again “shine the spotlight” … Continue reading

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Purim is the Prescription for Pediatric Judaism

When we think about Purim as parents, we probably think most about this: “What shall I dress my children as this year for Purim?” But in a hopefully growing number of families, including ours, the question isn’t what are we … Continue reading

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Shining the “Schechter Spotlight” – Volume 1

As I blogged about last week, part of the joy of running the Schechter Network is the opportunity to visit so many of our schools and see firsthand the excellence, the innovation and the impact of the work of our talented … Continue reading

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#SchechterOnTheRoad

We made a goal to visit each Schechter school within the first two years of operation. Here’s a taste of how we are doing so far!  (To see captions, please scroll over images.) [View the story “#SchechterOnTheRoad” on Storify]

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The Inclusive Jewish Day School

People who know our family know that since we moved to Florida six years ago, we will take any opportunity to maximize our proximity to Disney.  So it should be no surprise that with a daughter’s birthday nearly conflated with … Continue reading

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