Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools offers schools the opportunity to strengthen and grow holistically.
Schools can address their unique set of needs through programs and customized consulting services in the areas of fundraising and governance, professional leadership, recruitment and retention, teaching and learning, school assessment, leadership search and placement, professional development for teachers and administrators, and programs for students.
We place an emphasis on the individual needs of schools, be they religious needs and sensitivities, communal needs, demographic needs, school size, or other points-of-distinction. We meet schools where they are at to help them reach the milestones that are right for them.
Prizmah’s multifaceted nature is derived from the five founding organizations from which Prizmah was built: PARDES, PEJE, RAVSAK, Schechter, and YUSP. These organizations, independently and collectively, served a cadre of schools through programs, services, knowledge, and resources in governance and development, teaching and learning, leadership development and placement, 21st century learning, field-wide data and research, and administrative support.
Once a year they came together to convene the field under the umbrella of the North American Jewish Day School Conference. Witnessing the impact of the conference – of schools coming together and learning from each other– inspired the notion that we should be doing the same on a more permanent level.
And, so, we asked ourselves: What would happen?
What would happen if we took the best of what each of our organizations has to offer, pooled our talents and expertise, and maximized our capacity?
How would that impact our schools? How would that impact our children?
The possibilities that we began to see could not be ignored. And so we took the leap.
In Summer 2016, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools was launched, and because of the vision and the groundbreaking work of our founding organizations, we are running at full throttle – with signature programs already in place and with the energy, creativity and optimism to design and deliver fresh ideas and new program models to benefit all schools and groups of schools.
Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools was founded because the whole can be so much more than the sum of its parts.