HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal

Attending the Crisis of Leadership

Attending the Crisis of Leadership

Day school leadership, especially headship, confronts all kinds of crises: regular school crises, driven by finances or parents; short tenure (averaging 2.5 years); limited pool of qualified applicants; and an impossible workload with little room for family life. These articles analyze aspects of the problem and offer remedies that professionals and lay leaders might implement in their schools.

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From the Editor

by Barbara Davis Mar 09, 2012

Peter Drucker wrote, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Yeah, right, you might be thinking. Did he ever run a day school? We all entered the field seeking to do the right things, only to encounter the incredible challenges of doing things right. Nobody ever aspired to be just a manager.

Olami / Personal Essay: How to Survive Cancer at a Jewish Day School

by Rhonda Rosenheck Mar 09, 2012

The Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School sprang up in the historic downtown core of Toronto in 1998. Opened with ten students, it served Jews who, by virtue of living downtown in the former shtetl, lived outside the current shtetl; urbane, socially conscious Jews who celebrated diversity and the arts and built them into their school. These Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and secular, gay and straight, single and married parents of Jewish children viewed community more through a lens of inclusion than exclusion. The school’s adults formed what researchers Alex Pomson and Randall Shnoor termed “a community of difference,” meaning that one of the traits members shared in common was gratitude for the many things that distinguished one from the other.

A Beit Midrash Model of Lay-Professional Leadership

by Yonatan Yussman and Maureen Dewan Mar 09, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: LeadershipBoard Governance

The authors contest that the prevailing model of head-board chair relations is too confining and unrealistic. They advocate a model of collaboration and mutual growth, with some overlapping areas of consultation and responsibility.

Leadership Giving: The Board’s Role in Your School’s Financial Future

by Diane Remin Mar 09, 2012

There’s no way around it: giving needs to start from the board. Remin describes how to conceptualize and incentivize a board that holds its financial weight.

Preparing Our Next Professional Leaders: It Takes a Community

by David Edell, Dara Z. Klarfeld, and Josh Elkin Mar 09, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: LeadershipCommunity

Representatives of a prominent search firm for nonprofit leaders encourage organizations throughout the Jewish community to take responsibility for leadership development.

The Leadership Recruitment Challenge: Expanding the Pipeline

by Daniel Alter Mar 09, 2012

In contrast to the previous article, Alter argues that the qualities of leadership required by day school heads differ substantially from the qualities required for excellence within the classroom.

Leadership from Within

by Betty Winn and Larry Kligman Mar 09, 2012

Where should schools look for its leaders and how should they be cultivated? The current and future heads of California’s Heschel Day School describe a successful process of transition within the school.

Developing Leaders, Not Replacements

by David Cygielman Mar 09, 2012

This third article in the series, by the founder of Moishe House, argues that the crisis lies not in the number of qualified leaders but in the lack of leeway that established organizations provide for young leaders to lead.

Ramah Provides Fertile Soil for Lifelong Leadership Development

by Mitchell Cohen and Debbie Nahshon Mar 09, 2012

In this second article about national Jewish leadership programs, the leader of Ramah camps reviews some of the elements of their success, and presents recent initiatives to expand their impact well beyond the summer.

Relationship-Based Leadership: The JFNA Approach

by Rachel Ain Mar 09, 2012

In this, the first of three articles describing the understandings, aims and methods of prominent national programs in Jewish leadership development, Ain describes the three tiers of leadership programming at the Jewish Federations of North America.