- What benefits does my school receive as a member of Prizmah?
- Why did Prizmah change its membership model?
- Will any of Prizmah’s networked learning opportunities be available to non-members?
- Does Prizmah’s membership package include a discount on program costs and/or conference costs?
- If my school opts not to become a member, will I still be able to call Prizmah when I have questions?
- Can any school request and use a Prizmah logo? What are the criteria for doing so?
- Will Prizmah’s member schools be listed on the Prizmah website?
- What are the different membership levels and what do they cost?
- I was an inaugural member of Prizmah in the 2016-17 year. According to the Prizmah website, Prizmah inaugural members would receive additional benefits when we renewed for 2017-18. What are those benefits?
- My school has over $15,000 in fee-for-service contracts with Prizmah. Do we still have to pay membership dues?
- Are discounts or scholarships available? What if my school can’t afford membership?
- Can we pay for membership in installments?
- What forms of payment will Prizmah accept?
- What is the membership year? If my school joins mid-year, is membership prorated?
- What is a Reshet and who can join?
- Can I recommend a new Reshet?
- How do I join a Reshet?
- Is there a separate cost for Reshet activities, above and beyond the Prizmah membership fee?
- If my school does not join Prizmah, can I still participate in a Reshet group?
- What are the affinity groups and who is facilitating them?
- If my school does not become a Prizmah member, will I be able to participate in an affinity group?
- How will I know which affinity group to join?
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND CRITERIA
What benefits does my school receive as a member of Prizmah?
Becoming a member of Prizmah connects your school to a vibrant global network of Jewish day schools working together to make day school education the first choice for Jewish families. Membership in Prizmah means…
- Connection to likeminded peers—a community for learning, solving problems, experimenting, and growing together.
- Access to premier programs, knowledge, and tools that strengthen your school’s pedagogical, institutional, and financial viability.
- Resources that address your school’s top priorities and most pressing needs.
- Strength in numbers—by joining together, learning together, and lifting our voices together, we will amplify the profile of Jewish day schools within the communal agenda and beyond, create new funding opportunities for our field, and strengthen our influence.
Specific benefits include:
- Peer Communities (Reshet groups)
- School Advocates
- Free subscription to HaYidion, our quarterly magazine for and about the Jewish day school community
- Use of the Prizmah logo on your school’s website and materials
- Access to Prizmah’s searchable member directory
- Listing in Prizmah’s online day school directory
- Member preferred pricing and other perks
Why did Prizmah change its membership model?
We listened and learned from our schools that you want simpler access to connect with colleagues and learn from one another in new ways. With our three membership tiers, you can find the right level for your school’s budget and needs.
Access to Reshet peer-learning communities will be limited to the professionals and lay leaders at schools that register for membership. Reshet access is included in our Reshet membership, Full membership and Premium membership levels.
Schools that register for either Full or Premium Membership levels will be eligible for member preferred pricing on select Prizmah programs, services and conference registrations. Reshet membership does not include preferred pricing. Preferred pricing for Full members will be capped at a total of $1,000 in total discounted costs; preferred pricing for Premium membership will be capped at $4,000 in total discounted costs.
Yes, you may certainly contact Prizmah with questions. However, access to Prizmah’s Reshet platforms, and formal access to certain services, resources, and support are benefits available only to Prizmah members.
Use of the Prizmah logo is a member benefit. Only member schools may use or display the Prizmah logo.
Yes, and no. For security reasons, Prizmah’s online directory of Jewish day schools is currently accessible only in the member-protected area of Prizmah’s website. Prizmah member schools will receive special recognition in the directory.
- Reshet membership: Full access to our online peer-to-peer networking forums and member-only content. $750 per school annually.
- Full membership: Reshet access and member-only content plus member preferred pricing on Prizmah programs and services – everything you need to make your school a success. $1500 per school annually.
- Premium membership: Premium access to Prizmah services, plus additional preferred pricing and program opportunities when you take advantage of all that Prizmah has to offer. $5000 per school annually.
For more details on each benefit level, please visit our benefits page.
Please note that even if your school has multiple divisions or is located on multiple campuses, we will consider your school as one membership unit for the purposes of membership dues.
Not sure which is the right level for your school? Contact our membership director, Robin Feldman.
I was an inaugural member of Prizmah in the 2016-17 year. According to the Prizmah website, Prizmah inaugural members would receive additional benefits when we renewed for 2017-18. What are those benefits?
We are pleased to credit any 2016-17 membership payments toward the 2017-18 membership level of a school’s choosing. If your school paid $400 in membership dues in 2016-17 special pricing, your remaining contribution would be only $350 in order to join as a Reshet member. Paid $1100 in 2016-17 pricing? Upgrade to Full membership for only an additional $400. We apologize, but we will not be able to offer any refunds on 2016-17 payments that exceed a school’s chosen membership level for 2017-18.
Full and Premium membership levels offer schools preferred pricing on fee-for-service and program fees. Please contact your school advocate or Prizmah service consultant to learn if membership will make your school eligible for a reduction of those fees as part of our preferred pricing program.
In general, there are no discounts or scholarships. We recommend speaking with your funders and supporters to raise the funds needed to join Prizmah. We can provide tips on effective ways to frame those conversations.
Yes. We are quite willing to work with schools to create a manageable and convenient payment schedule.
Prizmah accepts payment in the form of credit card, check, or Paypal. We will also invoice upon request.
The membership period is July 1 through June 30. Membership is not prorated for schools that join mid-year.
Active networks are a centerpiece of Prizmah’s member benefits. Prizmah’s Reshet program (“Reshet” is Hebrew for network) provides facilitated online forums where professional and lay members can conveniently engage in robust peer-to-peer dialogue, collaboration, information-sharing, practice, and problem-solving.
Prizmah’s 21 Reshet groups are structured around key areas of interest:
- Networks organized by school type and/or professional or lay role (e.g., small schools, heads of schools, lay leader, fundraising staff, etc.)
- Affinity groups that provide conversation, resources, and support around shared ideology or identity (e.g., PARDES, RAVSAK, Schechter, and Yeshiva day schools)
- Networks focused on delving deeply into topic areas of interest (e.g., innovation, small schools)
- Networks organized around programmatic areas (e.g., the Governance and Fundraising Academy)
Yes. We welcome your suggestions! Please contact Debra Shaffer Seeman, Prizmah’s Network Weaver.
Individuals who are associated with member schools will be invited to create personal online accounts that will allow them to individually subscribe the Reshet groups of their choosing. Please note that some Reshet groups are limited by job position or school type.
No. All on-line Reshet activities are provided as part of the membership package, in each of the Prizmah membership tiers. Reshet access is all inclusive for as many lay and professional leaders as you wish. In-person Reshet activities, such as Reshet meet-ups will be subject to additional fees.
No. Reshet groups are a membership benefit, so only individuals whose schools join as Prizmah members can participate.
Prizmah’s affinity groups—which are organized around shared ideology or identity—are as follows: PARDES, RAVSAK, Schechter, and Yeshiva Day Schools.
The affinity groups will be facilitated by Prizmah's School Advocates. Each affinity group will have its own designated School Advocate with extensive knowledge and experience regarding schools that share that affinity group’s religious affiliation, practices, and/or identity.
No. Participation in Prizmah’s affinity groups is a member benefit—one of many customized resources that Prizmah members will enjoy.
Each school that becomes a member of Prizmah is welcome to join the affinity group that best matches that school’s ideology or identity. Schools have total discretion in defining their affiliation(s), needs, and interests—and will determine for themselves which affinity group(s) best meet their needs. Prizmah leaves those determinations to each school.