Spring 2023
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Spring 2023
Prizmah Columns

From the CEO: Learning Across Differences

From the Board Chair: The Value of Networking—for Lay Leaders, Too

Centering Relationships in Prizmah Programs

In This Issue


Contemporary literature on education is awash with articles touting the benefits of strong relationships. According to one recent academic study, “Substantial research literature indicates that positive teacher-student relationships (TSRs) promote students’ academic achievement.” The authors even coined an initialism just for these relationships (TSR). Experts disagree over the cause of the achievement, whether it’s student responsiveness or teacher motivation, though I think they're trying to tease out inseparables. Positive TSRs create a “virtuous cycle” that inspires both students and teachers to do their best work, and to strive to do better.
About This Issue
HaYidion Spring 2023: Relationships

Relationships are much more than the glue that holds the school community together. They lift our spirits and stoke our engines, provide support when we need help and inspiration to do our best work and be our best selves. The authors in this issue discuss a wide range of school relationships, offering strategies to engage in them more successfully and build more enduring and productive systems for communication and collaboration. Use the ideas here to consider ways that you want to improve your school's relationships in the year ahead.

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About HaYidion

School Feature


As a teenager, I once noticed that a bunch of boxes had been placed in the back of my closet, containing piles of old books with Hebrew lettering on them. When I asked my mother what they were, she simply said, “Those are Zaidy’s books he left us when he died.” In passing, she offered me whatever volumes I wanted.

Articles From This Issue

  • Moving Relationships to the Center: Five Questions Every Educator Should be Asking
    Allison Cook, Orit Kent
  • How Long Do Heads of School Stay in Their Jobs?
    Odelia Epstein
  • The Power of a Parent/Guardian Advisory Committee
    Eliana Lipsky
  • On My Nightstand: Spring 2023
    Marisa Lewitan, Aimee Close, Elliott Rabin
  • Bring in the Bagels: Can Eating Together Alleviate Teacher Isolation?
    Gavriel Brown
  • Donor Profile: Prizmah's First Crypto Donor
    Daniel Miller
  • Connecting for Common Purpose: How to Create a Supportive School Climate
    Nancy Parkes, Maurice J. Elias, Jeffrey S. Kress
  • Advice Booth: Building Relationships for Team Marketing
  • “Clooping” and Other Tips for Stronger Relationships
    Larry Kligman
  • The Changing Nature of Relationships for Emerging School Leaders
    Fayge Safran Novogroder, Rochelle Moche
  • Developing Our Teachers as Leaders: A Vision of Professional Relationships in Jewish Day Schools
    Laura Pasek
  • We Are Family—The Pros and Cons of “Family Culture” in Schools
    Aaron Levitt
  • Cascadia: Strengthening Hebrew Instruction Through Regional Relationships
    Andrew Ergas, Ben Vorspan
  • The Power of a Foundation to Build Relationships Among Schools
    Maria Erlitz
  • Shifting from Transactional to Relationship-Based Leadership
    Barry Kislowicz
  • Centering Relationships in Prizmah Programs
    Daniel Infeld, Gavi Elkind, Beth Rivkind
  • Creating Colleagues of Choice: What JEDLAB Has to Say about Building Relationships in 2023
    Yechiel Hoffman, Ken Gordon
  • From the Board Chair: The Value of Networking—for Lay Leaders, Too
    David Friedman *
  • Relationships That Support Identity: The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
    Cheryl Weiner, Mike Schneider-Tran
  • From the CEO: Learning Across Differences
    Paul Bernstein
  • Kids Belong Outside of the Classroom: Innovative Educational Practices to Foster Relationships Between Students and the Community
    Adam Levine
  • Relationships
    Elliott Rabin
  • Moral Relationships in Jewish Schools
    Judd Kruger Levingston
  • Influencers