THE CHALLENGE In healthy, stable organizations with strong leadership and governance, a short-term resource challenge and even a crisis can generate innovative, adaptive thinking and great leadership. However, a steady state of financial disequilibrium can lull leaders into a vicious cycle of short-term thinking and what I would call “make-sure-we’re-still-around-tomorrow management.” When school leaders are… Continue reading THINKING DIFFERENTLY ABOUT DAY SCHOOL FUNDING AND PRIORITIES


Two Minutes Matter—A Yom Kippur Reflection

7 October 2016 5 Tishrei 5777    Shalom Chaverim,   In the spirit of Yom Kippur and this season of teshuva—reflection, introspection, and repentance—I want to share one way that I recently missed the mark (probably the best translation for the Hebrew word for “sin”) as Head of School and what I learned from it.   Last… Continue reading Two Minutes Matter—A Yom Kippur Reflection

Weekly Message 4-17-08

April 17, 2008  12 Nissan, 5768    Shalom Chaverim,  This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Facing History and Ourselves dinner, which brought thirteen hundred people together to celebrate Facing History, an inspiring educational organization that is making a significant impact on teachers and schools in Boston, throughout the country and around the… Continue reading Weekly Message 4-17-08

Weekly Message 2-27-09

27 February 2009  3 Adar 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  This week we entered the Jewish month of Adar with two days of Rosh Chodesh (the festive, first days of the new month) – special tefillot (prayers), singing, funny clothes, and, everyone’s favorite, Rosh Chodesh donuts. While every Rosh Chodesh has a festive character to it, Rosh… Continue reading Weekly Message 2-27-09

Weekly Message 2-20-09

20 February 2009  26 Shevat 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  One of my many humbling learning experiences as a first year teacher occurred during a conference with my mentor, Barbara, after she observed one of my classes. I was fresh out of Yeshiva, passionate about learning and teaching Torah, and convinced that my excitement and my energy,… Continue reading Weekly Message 2-20-09

Weekly Message 1-30-09

30 January 2009  5 Shevat 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  One of the great challenges that all Jewish day schools face is how to make tefillah (morning prayer) educational and meaningful for our students. In some schools, traditional prayer is required five mornings a week, which has the value of creating clear normative expectations, but can make… Continue reading Weekly Message 1-30-09

Weekly Message 12-4-09

4 December 2009  17 Kislev 5770     Shalom Chaverim,  Yesterday in my sicha (morning discussion group), we watched and discussed a short film called “The Tribe.” It is an eclectic and engaging commentary on Jewish cultural identity and raises fascinating questions about, in the words of the movie, “what it means to be a… Continue reading Weekly Message 12-4-09

Weekly Message 11-13-09

13 November 2009   26 Cheshvan 5770 Shalom Chaverim,  On Thursday morning I had the pleasure and challenge of leading prayer and song in one of our minyanim. Trying to wake up the room of tired teenagers, both physically and spiritually, was not easy, even with the uplifting musical accompaniment of our pianist. After we sang… Continue reading Weekly Message 11-13-09

Weekly Message 10-2-09

2 October 2009   14 Elul 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  At Wednesday’s Back-to-School Night, we opened the doors of our classrooms and of our learning community, giving parents a window into their children’s world – into what they are learning, how they are learning, and, perhaps, most importantly, from whom they are learning this year. To begin… Continue reading Weekly Message 10-2-09

Weekly Message 6-3-11

3 June 2011   Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5771   Shalom Chaverim,  On Wednesday night at our annual sports banquet we celebrated the accomplishments and growth of our student athletes with reflections from our Athletic Director, words of tribute from our coaches, and two wonderful slide shows. One of the things that struck me most this year was… Continue reading Weekly Message 6-3-11