Category Archives: Thought Leadership

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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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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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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#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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The Biggest Tent: A NewOrg For A New Schechter

[This is an unusually long post – even for me – I hope you stay with me to the end.] If you read this blog (and thank you if you do!) then you know that we officially made public that … Continue reading

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Praying With Your Legs in 2016: What JDS Can Learn From Killer Mike

I have a pretty extravagant lunch routine… …I will typically grab a yogurt and spend a little “me time” on the web catching up on the late-night TV antics that I am no longer old enough to stay up to … Continue reading

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How to Support Israel When Israel Doesn’t Support You

Our Friday morning breakfast conversation was a little bit different than normal this morning thanks to our guest, Talia, a teacher from our school’s sister school in Israel who is staying with us during this year’s Federation-sponsored exchange of teachers. … Continue reading

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