The Transparency Files: PEJE Atidenu Presentation

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending PEJE Atidenu and the privilege of presenting on how to effectively market the 21st century learning aspects of Jewish day schools for maximum impact.  It was a great opportunity to learn with experts in recruitment and retention from within and beyond the Jewish day school world and to catch up with colleagues new and old.  (I should also mention that Schechter is well-represented amongst a strong and diverse cohort of schools seeking a more secure future.)

Valuing transparency and possessing a strong desire to share what knowledge we have with any who may benefit from it, I am happy to share here my presentation (the first half of which is borrowed from the work of Silvia Tolisano, 21st century educator par excellence and Schechter’s Eduplanet21 Project Director):



(There was also a very robust TodaysMeet that remains open to participants for another few days, the transcript of which I have printed, but cannot share publicly for lack of permission.  If you were in attendance, I encourage you to download it!)


In other news…

The Jewish Education Olde Thyme Radio Hour is back next week with our second podcast!

ELI talks presents “The Jewish Education Olde Thyme Radio Hour”!

Join hosts Dr. Jon Mitzmacher and Rabbi Marc Baker in a lively conversation with Allison Fine, author of “Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media.” We’ll explore the idea of matterness, the implications for Jewish education, and for educational leadership – and take your questions along the way!

This conversation will take place via Google Hangouts on Air.

Information on how to join will be sent to guests in advance of the event.

Space is limited! Be sure to RSVP through Eventbrite to secure your spot in the conversation:

For more about our guest, visit:

Marc and I had a great prep meeting and we are guaranteeing less “um’s” and more “hmm’s” this go-around!  We are thrilled to have Allison Fine as our first official guest and look forward to a great conversation.

For those of you enduring rough winter weather, please stay warm and safe!  Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend…

Author: Jon Mitzmacher

Dr. Jon Mitzmacher is the Head of the Ottawa Jewish Community School. Jon has recently begun his rabbinical school journey at the Academy for Jewish Religion and is thrilled to have joined the faculty of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) as a mentor for Cohort 12. He was most recently the VP of Innovation for Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.  He is the former Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network.  He is also the former head of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, a K-8 Solomon 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 has worked in all aspects of Jewish Education from camping to congregations and everything in between.