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Inspirational keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities for educators, administrators, board members and stakeholders of network member schools will engage participants around design thinking, school change, board development, educational leadership, innovative technologies, contemporary ideas of Jewish pluralism, Israel curricula, modes of prayer education, special needs inclusion, early childhood education and more. 

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Sunday, January 19 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Opening Keynote: Beyond Continuity, Identity and Literacy: Making a More Compelling Case for Jewish Day Schools to 21st Century American Jews

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Much of the thought and language that animates contemporary Jewish day schools in America does not capture the imagination of 21st century American Jews.  Jewish day school enrollment among liberal Jews has at best plateaued and we are only educating a relatively small percentage of Jewish children. In-marriage, Jewish literacy, the continuity of the Jewish people, these are terms and concepts that no longer resonate with a significant percentage of Jews who identify as Jews. If we learn anything from the Pew study, it is that we need to recognize that many of our Jewish institutions, including day schools, need to rethink how we construct and communicate our core missions.

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Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

President, Hebrew College
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, a Jewish innovator who has devoted his career to pluralistic Jewish education, has served since 2008 as the eighth president of Hebrew College where he also teaches as Professor of Pluralism and Jewish Education. Prior to joining the College, he served as the founding headmaster of Gann Academy — The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, and as founding director of the Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts... Read More →

Sunday January 19, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B/C