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Sep 30, 2022

It Could Lead to Mixed Dancing

Our Early Childhood Education Directors came together IRL (In Real Life) for the first time in years as part of the Jewish Early Childhood Professional Network (JECPN) that CAJE conducts. And this milestone post-Covid called for a gathering unlike any previously...

Sep 9, 2022

Seeing the World Through a Jewish Lens

Three years ago the Miami Jewish community embarked on the JRS pilot program as a way of addressing how we can impact families of young children to connect and stay connected to the Jewish community.

Aug 26, 2022

Lucky Number 13!

For Jews, 13 is a very lucky number indeed — the number associated with becoming a Bar Mitzvah! CAJE is proud to report that the 2022-2023 Miami Jewish Day School Robotics program is back and better than ever with 13 schools joining our cohort this year!

Aug 19, 2022

In School, Everyone’s Job is to Learn

Wait, what does this mean? Aren’t teachers in schools to teach and students in schools to learn? Actually, no. If schools are to meet the needs of all children, then it is everyone’s job, including the adults, to learn.

Jun 17, 2022

CAJE Creates First-in-Nation Process to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

In the coming school year, every (funded) Jewish day school in Miami-Dade County have agreed to put up placards or signs in private areas within their middle and high schools that lists a dedicated phone number that teens can call or text for anonymous and confidential assistance.

Jun 10, 2022

Ades Foundation Seeks to Enhance Quality of Jewish Day School Education

The best complement I think I’ve ever heard about a teacher was when one of their students said: “It doesn’t matter to me what she’s teaching -- the biology of worms, the history of clouds, or the phone book -- I would still take her class, because I know that she would make it completely fascinating.”

Jun 3, 2022

Miami Jewish Day School Robotics Festival: Back with a Bang!

After a two-year hiatus, CAJE has brought back its 4th Annual Miami Jewish Day School Robotics Festival! In mid-May, 150 students from 8 schools gathered at Scheck Hillel Community School to compete in various challenges and showcase what they’ve learned throughout the year.

May 27, 2022

Investing in Our Congregational Education Teachers

If you’ve been reading our previous articles this year, you are well aware of the Jewish teacher shortage, both in the day school and early childhood education sectors. The same is true in the congregational education (CE) sector, commonly known as religious school, Hebrew school, Sunday school, among other names.

Apr 29, 2022

Day Schools Celebrate Federation Week

"Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze La Zeh – All of Israel is Responsible for One Another" You’ve probably heard this saying before, maybe even learned it as a song in school. But what does it really mean when we say that all Jews are responsible for one another? It means that all Jews have made this unspoken commitment to something larger than ourselves.

Apr 1, 2022

Jewish Education Needs a Marshall Plan

How can we build a Marshall Plan for Jewish education writ large so that we do not destroy the one factor that has enabled our people to thrive in Diaspora life over centuries of difficulties and joys?

Mar 25, 2022

If You Dream It, It Will Come…

The Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz z”l Teacher Initiative Awards are grants provided to exceptional Jewish day school teachers to implement new and creative classroom initiatives. Funded by the Eleanor M. and Herbert D. Katz Foundation and administered by the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), a subsidiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Katz Teacher Initiative Awards are now in their 7th year.

Mar 4, 2022

Reinvigorating the Classroom

Teachers play an essential role in student development in two central ways: first, they broaden and deepen student knowledge; second, they promote the skills students need to become purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, strategic and goal-directed—what Universal Design for Learning (UDL) calls “Expert Learners.”

Feb 18, 2022

In Five Years, Who Will Teach Our Children?

With the influx of new families moving down from the Northeast in particular, Miami Jewish day schools are scrambling to find teachers to fill open positions. But our cost of living in the Greater Miami area coupled with steeply increasing prices for houses in safe neighborhoods has made it difficult to attract new teachers.

Feb 11, 2022

Investing in Congregational Education Teachers

Congregational Education programs are, in many Jewish communities across the country, the mainstay of Jewish learning for children. More children and teens attend congregational education than Jewish day schools.

Jan 14, 2022

How Much Is the Work of an ECE Teacher Worth?

ECE teachers are educators. They are not merely playing with children. They work with curricula, follow developmental standards, plan the day’s activities with intention and purpose.... It is the same work that every professional teacher does. Yet, for some reason, ECE teachers earn far less than teachers in elementary, junior high or high school, even when they have the exact same professional credentials.

Dec 24, 2021

Nursery School? Pre-School? Day Care? What Do We Call It?

Caring for children’s wellbeing has always been an essential goal of the many different kinds of child care options, from children being taken care of by family members to children going to child care centers. In fact, Head Start[1] was founded in 1965 to give comprehensive care to children living in poverty. At that time, only 10% of children 0 – 5 years old were enrolled in “nursery schools” or child care centers!

Dec 10, 2021

Bringing Our School Communities Together

What do Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative Heads of school have in common? Believe it or not, quite a lot! They are all part of CAJE’s Principals and Administrators Council (PAC) network that convenes the principals and heads of school from all of our 10 Federation funded schools with the principals and heads of school from the non-funded Jewish day schools located in Miami-Dade.

Nov 26, 2021

CAJE Launches New Day School Mental Health Network

After nearly two years in which their lives were upended, students are finally beginning to return to some normalcy this school year. Yet, the effects of learning online, the anxiety of missing major life milestones, and the isolation from peers and extended family have all taken their toll.

Nov 12, 2021

What We Have Learned: Words From Our Hearts

This week, as the “virtual curtain” fell on our final Torahtron performance, the co-creators of Words From Our Hearts: A Prayer Exploration for Early Childhood, Evelyn Goldfinger and Joy Schandler, had an opportunity to reflect on what they learned throughout the yearlong program.

Nov 5, 2021

Jewish Educator: a Career or a Calling?

As the authors from Rosov Consulting described in a white paper published by CASJE in 2020 “Beginning with the work of Bellah and his colleagues, in their landmark study Habits of the Heart, sociologists have distinguished people’s relationships to their work as jobs, careers and callings.”