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 (Reshatot)
- 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
- discounts and other perks
Will any of Prizmah’s networked learning opportunities be available to nonmembers?
For a limited period of time, we will offer trial memberships for school professionals and lay leaders to Reshet Board Leadership (a community of lay leaders who serve on Jewish day school boards) and Reshet Head of School (a community for individuals with the job title head of school, executive director, Menahel, Rosh Yeshiva, and—in some cases—principal).
Does Prizmah’s membership package include a discount on program costs and/or conference costs?
We are not including program or conference discounts in the Prizmah membership package this year.
However, we are offering a $100 discount on membership for schools that register two or more people at full-conference price for the Prizmah Jewish Day School Conference and who sign up for membership before the end of February.
Will joining Prizmah provide access to the same kind of studies and data-gathering support we used to get from our legacy organization?
Yes. Once we have ramped up our technological systems and staffed up in this area of our work, you’ll have access to even more research information and data-gathering support than ever before. This is one of the many areas in which, by joining together across the entire day school field, all schools will vastly increase their access to information that strengthens their schools.
If my school opts not to become a member, will I still be able to call Prizmah when I have questions?
Yes, you may certainly contact Prizmah with questions. However, formal access to certain services, resources, and support is a benefit available only to Prizmah members.
Can any school request and use a Prizmah logo? What are the criteria for doing so?
Use of the Prizmah logo is a member benefit. Only member schools may use or display the Prizmah logo.
Will Prizmah’s member schools be listed on the Prizmah website?
Yes. Prizmah’s website will host an online searchable directory of Jewish day schools across North America. Prizmah member schools will receive special recognition in the directory.
Dues Calculations and Payment
How do I calculate my membership dues?
Annual membership dues are calculated using the following standard formula:
- $600 + $7 per student (after the first 50 students) to a maximum of $4,000
- $600 (flat fee) for small schools with 50 or fewer students
When calculating enrollment levels for the purpose of determining your membership dues, please include only those students enrolled in kindergarten through the highest grade your school offers. You do not need to include preschool or childcare services.
The membership fee is based on the number of enrolled students at the time of purchase, so if the number of students enrolled at your school rises or falls during the membership period, your annual fee remains unchanged.
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 calculating membership dues.
Inaugural members receive a 50% discount on the first year of membership (2016–2017).
Membership renewal begins on July 1, 2017. The dues structure and benefit package for the 2017-2018 membership cycle will be announced on or before May 1, 2017. Inaugural Prizmah members will receive additional benefits in their 2017-2018 membership package.
My school has over $15,000 in fee-for-service contracts with Prizmah. Do we still have to pay membership dues?
No, at a certain threshold, membership will be included as part of the fee-for-service package.
Are discounts or scholarships available?
In general, there are no discounts or scholarships.
What if my school can’t afford full membership?
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.
Can we pay for membership in installments?
Yes. We are quite willing to work with schools to create a manageable and convenient payment schedule.
What forms of payment will Prizmah accept?
Prizmah accepts payment in the form of credit card, check, or Paypal. We will also invoice upon request.
What is the membership year? If my school joins mid-year, is membership prorated?
The membership period is July 1 through June 30. Membership is not prorated for schools that join mid-year.
What is a Reshet and who can join?
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 19 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)
Can I recommend a new Reshet?
Yes. We welcome your suggestions! Please contact Debra Shaffer Seeman, Prizmah’s Network Weaver, at email@example.com.
How do I join a Reshet?
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.
Is there a separate cost for Reshet activities, above and beyond the Prizmah membership fee?
No. All Reshet activities are provided as part of the membership package, for as many members of your school as you wish.
If my school does not join Prizmah, can I still participate in a Reshet group?
No, the Reshet groups are a membership benefit, so only individuals whose schools join as Prizmah members can participate.
What are the affinity groups and who is facilitating them?
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.
If my school does not become a Prizmah member, will I be able to participate in an affinity group?
No. Participation in Prizmah’s affinity groups is a member benefit—one of many customized resources that Prizmah members will enjoy. Organizations that have not become Prizmah members will no longer have access to the affinity groups after February 2017.
How will I know which affinity group to join?
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.
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