JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL NETWORK

Rating: 4.93 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Religion

Location: 120 W 97TH St New York NY 10025 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By taking part in the Moot Beit Din competition each year; by coaching a team of high school students, who do hours of work over months of preparation for the competition.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The leadership seems organized, professional, so they do their work well, They also seem deeply concerned with the success of the project, and with its impact on individual students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, competent, inventive, caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Dream up dozens of useful ways to support Jewish education in America.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Two ways...attending a Shabbaton as a lay person and using them as a source of reference when needed in a professional capacity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They care and they are always available. The Jewish Community Day Schools view them as the glue that holds us together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredible life long lerners.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help the struggling day schools throughout the country improve it's programming and marketing (which we all so desperately need).

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Just guessing? Money!

One thing I'd also say is that...

The staff is incredible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my experience as a participant of Project SuLuM. As an experienced Head of School, who was new to the Jewish Day School world, Project SuLaM helped me grow personally as a Jew thus enhancing my effectiveness as a Jewish educator.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are extremely professional and giving. They think outside the box and are very forward thinking. Dr. Kramer is a true professional.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly professional, passionate, knowledgable and dedicated to Jewish day school education. Hard working and always willing to be of service.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help raise the level of Jewish day school education to reach Jewish children and their families across North America in many important ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Direct responses from its leadership

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Responsive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The thoughtfulness and professionalism of its leadership

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Its internal honesty and openness to challenges and opportunities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kind that make you feel good about working with them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Facilitate Jewish education for so many other Jews.

Ways to make it better...

n/a -

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the challenge of creating greater access for the vasy majority fo American Jews for whom RAVSAK schools would be the ideal fit.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

conferences, work on committees, consultations, through its journal.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with colleagues in similar circumstances and benefitting from the expertise of true experts in the field.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fellow professionals, RAVSAK staff, lay leaders in the field of Jewish education, writers and theorists, clergy -- all of the highest caliber

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stop worrying about fundraising and concentrate on serving clients, by providing even more consultation services, conferences, workshops, promotional materials, programming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teacher training.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

We had even more opportunities to take advantage of the expertise and training Ravsak offers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a professional development program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The networking opportunities and the material presented.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

first rate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge impact on the quality of Jewish Day Schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing of curriculum

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

networking with other school administrators

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, resourceful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improved board productivity and improved staffing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new collegues and benefitting from the expertise of others

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and inspirational

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go further in enhancing Jewish education in North America

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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