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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Judaism, Literacy, Religion

Mission: THE JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL NETWORK (RAVSAK) IS THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT AND SUPPORT OF PLURALISTIC JEWISH DAY SCHOOL EDUCATION. WE PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, MAXIMAL INCLUSION, JEWISH DIVERSITY AND RELIGIOUS PURPOSEFULNESS. WE BELIEVE THAT THE FUTURE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IS ENSHRINED IN KLAL YISRAEL - THE NOTION OF JEWISH PEOPLEHOOD. RAVSAK IS DEDICATED TO EMPOWERING PROFESSIONALS TO EDUCATE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF JEWISH LIFE.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 120 schools and 3,000 educators

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: The jewish community day school network ("ravsak") opens a program - head of school professional excellence project ("hos pep"). This program is to strengthen new day school directors while preserving valuable knowledge and experience from recognized leaders in the field. This program's goals are to help the head of school master the culture and behaviors of excellent leadership specific to a jewish day school setting; to improve the lay leader/professional leader divide that troubles many schools by creating a spirit of collaboration and common goals; to help the head of school lead in a jewish way by assisting him/her to craft a model of jewish leadership most germane to the school community; and to diminish the sense of isolation that can be part of the head of school experience.

the jewish community day school network ("ravsak") hosts annual conference for uncommon connections that are nearly invisible. This program is to bring various people together. There are great possibilities to present themselves; problems are resolved faster; new opportunities appear. The goal is to make the people, the schools, and the entire communities smarter. The people who attend the conference can be heads of school, assistant heads of school, board chairs and board members, educational division heads, admission directors, development directors, financial managers/executive directors, federation, central agency and bureau of jewish education professionals, volunteers with oversight on day school priorities and portfolios, network staff, lay leaders, jewish day school donors, and foundation staffs.

the jewish community day school network ("ravsak") creates another large program - sulam 2. 0 that is an elite and intensive jewish leadership development program with an emphasis on effective approaches to jewish day school board governance, this is the only program of its kind to blend mentorship, ongoing in-person and digital learning opportunities and conference sessions and workshops to strengthen participants' knowledge of governance, increase their leadership skills and better integrate jewish values into all they do.

the jewish community day school network ("ravsak") also creates some other small programs that are related to its mission.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Moot Beit Din Competition has taken place annually since Rabbi Harry Sinoff developed it in the early 1990s. I have coached a team since the second or third year of competition. Until Ravsak took ownership of the program, each year threatened to be the final, since continuity depended on a new set of people volunteering to host the next competition. We also lacked continuity in rules and procedures. Now, under the auspices of Ravsak, the competition has stability and order. Furthermore, Ravsak has recruited an increasing number of schools to this valuable competition. I could take several pages to describe the good impact of this wonderful program; the short version: it rewards students for excellence in rabbinics, it teaches students to take creative ownership of their learning, and it introduces students to their peers from around the country.

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RAVSAK is an incredible organization that helps Jewish Day Schools in all aspects. They work with administration, Boards, families attending the school and Staff. Their programs are incredible and their outreach is phenominal.

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

RAVSAK has helped our school in so many important ways. It has provided exceptional professional development opportunities for our teachers and administators, it offers top-notch conferences with topics that are pertinent, timely, and relevant. The Ex. Director, Dr. Marc Kramer is extremely knowledgeable and resourceful and has helped our school as well as me grow as a Jewish educator.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very positive experience. We used RAVSAK to assist with a head of school search and have used them continuously for advice through publications and email questions.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To work with RAVSAK is to be both witness to as well as a beneficiary of the intelligence. honesty, mission, passion, rigor and professionalism found at RAVSAK, under the extraordinary leadership of Dr. Kramer. The leveraging influence of RAVSAK on the next generation's future role as leaders of a huge swath of American Jewry makes it one of the most critcial (and indeed, so successful) non-profit organizations in the Jewish world today.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the head of a small school in Central New York. Without RAVSAK, I would have felt isolated, lacking in resources, and probably desperate -- but RAVSAK helped by providing information, answers, colleagues, conferences, support, guidance, evaluation and much more more. For schools such as mine, outside of major metropolitan areas, RAVSAK is a treasure. My board has learned a tremendous amount from reading haYidion; my board chair has benefitted from attending conferences; I have grown professionally and personally through my contacts at RAVSAK and through its programs. For those of us struggling to keep Judaism alive and well in smaller communities and for the Jewish future, RAVSAK is a lifeline.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ravsak is a great organization that focuses on improving Jewish education in a logical, systematic, thoughtful and helpful way. It is a boon to Jewish day school teachers and, ultimately, to students.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

RAVSAK or Jewish Community Day School Network sponsored a program to provide professional development to Jewish leaders in Day Schools. I am the principal of a Jewish Day School with excellent background and training as an educator. My Jewish knowledge is not as advanced and I am now in charge of the entire program; general studies as well as Judaic studies. This program has given me just what Ive needed to be successful in my career. The quality of the programs and the care that is given to the details has been fabulous. This is an excellent organization.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

RAVSAK is important to me because I have the opportunity to network with Jewish Day School leaders from all over North America. I have made contacts at the RAVSAK conferences that I have communicated with throughout the year to share information and brain storm together. I enjoy meeting these same people each year at the conference.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

RAVSAK has been an incredible resource for me professionally and for the work that I do with staff and my board of directors. I have used RAVSAK to do strategic planning with my board and other Federation lay people and to help me find suitable candidates to fill positions within my school.