A Year of Extraordinary Impact
Jewish day schools and yeshivas are our greatest investment for a vibrant Jewish future. Prizmah is leading the field in ensuring our schools are at their best and that Jewish students are getting an excellent, inspiring education rooted in Jewish values.
There is great reason for optimism – enrollment across the field is up, the perceived value of day schools is increasing; and we have seen a significant rise in investments in our schools. Here’s how your investment in Prizmah fuels that optimism and leverages further success for day schools.
Prizmah Knowledge Center
the Jewish Day School
Sharing leading practices and exchanging knowledge and resources strengthens Jewish day school education in North America. Prizmah is the network that makes that sharing possible.
By the Numbers
across 25 active online
leadership pieces, and
research studies this year.
report they have access to the
Expertise and Resources
they need through Prizmah
and its partners.
Prizmah see value in being part
of the Prizmah network
to concrete tools/resources to improve job performance
from programs services
1109 Jewish day school professionals and stakeholders from 206 schools across the globe celebrated the spirit of creativity, explored innovative ideas, and fostered relationships to develop imaginative approaches that will have an impact on our schools, our students, and our communities.
As Prizmah helps schools and communities create models of affordability, more families consider sending their children to day schools. Last year, Prizmah partnered with more than 30 schools and communities to explore and adopt innovative affordability models.
In partnership with PJ Library, the Engage program has allowed Jewish day schools to position themselves as centers of Jewish engagement, advancing enrollment in more than 100 schools since inception. With special thanks to the Grinspoon Foundation and Lisa Popik Coll and Arieh Coll.
Representing an Estimated
The Samis Foundation’s partnership with Prizmah yielded a middle income affordability model leading to
Data to Increase
Having quality data helps our schools make informed decisions that lead to results.
Enrollment Pulse Survey
Our research helped schools understand why 75% of new students stayed two years after the pandemic and create marketing messages that speak directly to new prospective families.
The Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) platform goes deep into school finance, giving over 100 participating school leaders access to critical comparative data.
Partnering with The Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Prizmah created a benchmarking dashboard for 14 schools in the Toronto community to determine the school financial health. Based on that data, Prizmah presented a series of specific recommendations to improve educational excellence and the schools’ perceived value.
Elevating Day School Leadership
Prizmah’s work in developing talented school leadership is addressing a deep need for schools across North America.
The 35 leaders participating in the 2022-2023 YOU Lead cohort strengthened their leadership capacity to serve their schools and communities—now and into the future. 97% of this year’s cohort reported strong program satisfaction, with over 92% of participants feeling a stronger sense of belonging and efficacy in leadership, supported in their work, and improvement in their own leadership dispositions.
With special thanks to The Azrieli Foundation
91% of 275 School Leaders reported that they applied their learning from a Prizmah Educational Innovation program or service in their school.
Addressing the mental health needs of our school communities builds safer, more creative, and more productive learning environments. Prizmah’s Mental Health Summit, School Counselor Collaborative, and other mental health programming provides a framework that over 200 counselors have utilized to promote wellness in students and faculty.
With special thanks to The Covenant Foundation, BeWell at Jewish Federations of North America, and the Ruderman Foundation.
Unpacked for Educators
Educating students about the State of Israel continues to be a priority for Jewish day schools and yeshivas around the country and the world.
This year, 143 educators across the globe participated in the Unpacked for Educators Collaborative through Prizmah, accessing premium educational resources, advancing knowledge and skills through professional development, and networking with an international community of diverse Israel educators to bring resources and first-hand knowledge to their classrooms.
Prizmah continues to strengthen educators in Judaic studies to support every student’s connection to faith and tradition. Educational administrators and faculty teams from 130 schools have engaged in ongoing learning and training to build their capacity to strengthen Jewish studies, education and pedagogy through Prizmah cohort programs and educational partnerships with organizations like Pardes, Gateways, Hidden Sparks, and others.
Communities that work together to build their schools are stronger for their efforts.
Greater New York
of Schools Represented:
Number of Schools using the Prizmah Program:
Boston: Stronger Together
Prizmah’s Stronger Together Initiative brought 14 Jewish day schools in the greater Boston area together to launch a three-year journey to explore collaboration and resource-sharing efforts, including teacher support and shared programming. With special thanks to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and the Beker Foundation.
Amplifying the value
of a jewish day school
Telling stories about the impact of a day school education helps drive demand and increase enrollment. Prizmah launched the #JDSalumniproud campaign to tell those stories, highlighting the long-term, generational impact of a Jewish day school education.
Ensuring the Jewish Future
Blue Diamond Giving Society
Prizmah’s work wouldn’t be possible without the support of these generous donors and philanthropic partners. To join these day school heroes in ensuring Jewish continuity through quality Jewish education, please contact Hannah Strasser Olson, Senior Vice President, Development.
VISIONARIESאנשי חזון (ANSHEI CHAZON)
- • Anonymous
- • Aviv Foundation
- • Crown Family Philanthropies
- • Jim Joseph Foundation
- • The Azrieli Foundation
- • The Beker Foundation
- • Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
- • Paula Gottesman
- • The Marcus Foundation
- • Ann and Jeremy Pava, Trustees, Micah Philanthropies
- • Walder Foundation
- • Anonymous
- • Lisa Popik Coll and Arieh Coll
- • Harold Grinspoon Foundation
- • Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
- • Dr. Shmuel and Evelyn Katz
- • The Mayberg Foundation and Arnee R. and Walter A. Winshall
- • Ruderman Family Foundation
- • Paul and Lois Volosov
- • BeWell at Jewish Federations of North America
- • The Covenant Foundation
- • Joyce and David Friedman
- • Robin and Brad Klatt
- • Melissa Kushner and Jeremy Kaplan
- • Shari and Nathan J. Lindenbaum
- • Lippman Kanfer Foundation For Living Torah
- • Yehuda and Chani Neuberger
- • The Segal Family Foundation
- • Wilf Family Foundations
- • Lisa Capelouto and Paul Bernstein
- • Sarena and David Koschitzky
- • Ellie and Mark Lainer
- • Samis Foundation
- • Marty and Hili Scheck
- • Deborah Shapira and Barry Stern
- • Michael H. Staenberg, The Staenberg Group
- • Zalik Foundation
- • Daniel and Gisela Ades
- • Alyce and Philip de Toledo
- • Alisa and Dan Doctoroff
- • Laurie and Bernard Hasten
- • JEWISHcolorado
- • Kolatch Family Foundation
- • Josh and Rena Kopelman
- • Lizbeth and George Krupp
- • Marcia and Alan Leifer
- • Elana and Daniel Miller
- • Debbie and Sam Moed
- • Gail and Elliot Norry
- • Rose Community Foundation
- • Leslie and Mark Sidell
- • Elaine and Joseph Steiner
- • Giti and Jack Bendheim
- • Linda and Steven Blasnik Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
- • Joyce and Michael Bohnen
- • Shawn Evenhaim
- • Alana Riss Fine and Brett Fine
- • Jonathan Goodman
- • Andy Hochberg
- • Lauren and Ezra Merkin
- • Valerie and Dan Perla
- • Dr. Heschel and Adinah Raskas
- • Morry and Judy Weiss
- • Sandra and Howard Hoffen
- • Andrea Lee-Zucker
- • Elissa and Bruce Maier
- • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
- • Hannah and Erich Olson
- • Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest New Jersey
- • Sara and Yossi Prager
- • Steven and Ruthy Rosenberg
- • Beth Kaplan and Bruce Sholk
- • Rebecca and Marc Wolf
Cultures of Belonging
Prizmah Conference 2023
Mental Health Programming and Summit
Orthodox Women in Leadership
Jewish Day School Pipeline Project
Project Stronger Together
Senior Development Professionals Retreat 2023
Small Schools Support
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