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Jun 18, 2021

The Power of Prayer During a Pandemic

When the pandemic hit our ECE schools, everyone involved embarked on what can only be termed an “emotional roller coaster.” One way that CAJE sought to make a difference was to provide teachers and their children skills to cope with the ups and downs of the year.

Jun 11, 2021


CAJE is always on the lookout for how to help our schools and their families. So what you read below, we hope, will one day save a life! About two years ago, tragedy struck in one of our Federation-funded schools...

May 21, 2021

A Year in the Life of… the JRS’s

You may recall that JRS stands for Jewish Resource Specialist, a teacher - leader in an Early Childhood Education (ECE) program that holds an additional role added to the ones s/he already has. The JRS is a professional embedded in a school who is asked to focus on how to: Deepen the Jewish engagement of their school families AND Deepen the Jewish learning in the ECE- for teachers, children and families.

Mar 26, 2021

The Pesach Seder: The Ultimate Interactive Experience

Whether you are having a seder involving early childhood, elementary, middle, high school students or empty nesters, or any combination thereof, making your seder interesting and interactive is a worthy and attainable goal. All you need is some inspiration, motivation, and time to prepare.

Mar 19, 2021

CAJE Called National Model (Part Two)

The last one [aspects that need improvement in the day school system] that I'll talk about is the pipeline of educators for Jewish Day schools. There is clearly pandemic fatigue across the board. I'm sure that we all feel it. I know it's difficult to come to another Zoom. The pandemic fatigue is very real and it has raised the conversation about mental health and wellness in schools, now even more important than it had been before. Mental health and wellness was a topic of conversation before the pandemic; and now, we have heard more conversations about anxiety among students particularly in the high school level.

Mar 12, 2021

CAJE Called National Model (Part One)

There's been so much loss and trauma that will follow us as we slowly move out of the pandemic but I think that there is a collective sense of optimism about Jewish day schools right now. I would like to focus on three particular areas and to give a quick overview of what we're seeing from the national perspective at Prizmah. They are the value proposition of schools, collaboration and coordination on the community level, and the pipeline of educators for Jewish day schools.

Feb 26, 2021

Change is the New Normal

The education world has experienced change over the past year in unprecedented and deep ways. In education, we often talk about how we are called upon to metaphorically drive the bus while changing the tires, looking under the hood and getting people on and off safely. This holds true during the pandemic more than ever.

Feb 19, 2021

Teacher = Hero

Close to a year ago, as our entire world was thrown into a new reality, the world of Jewish education was compelled to pivot into this new reality as well. Our Miami Jewish day schools had to instantaneously become adept at new ways of teaching and learning. At first, the approach was “do the best possible,” given the situation and hope that things would go back to “normal” soon.

Dec 25, 2020

Words from Our Hearts: A Prayer Exploration for Early Childhood

Words from Our Hearts: A Prayer Exploration for Early Childhood offers an opportunity for our youngest learners, their teachers and their parents to immerse themselves into the spiritual language of prayer. Prayer concepts are introduced to the children through simple everyday words like: Todah- gratitude, B’vakasha- please, S’licha- forgiveness, and Halleluyah- praise and wonder.

Dec 4, 2020

Gifts We Will Take with Us… After the Pandemic

Covid-19 has changed the way we do many things. Yet one factor remains the same: our early childhood educators’ commitment to the children and their families and to creating and nurturing relationships that become the beginning of many family’s Jewish journey.

Nov 13, 2020

Support Teachers—Increase Retention!

JNTP is a national Jewish day school program adapted from the New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, California. Through JNTP, CAJE develops veteran teachers into mentors who work specifically with novice teachers in their first 1-3 years in the field. Mentors learn about the specific challenges faced by novice teachers and develop the skills and dispositions needed to guide them through their first years of teaching.

Sep 11, 2020

Spotlight on Dr. Susan Jay, CAJE's Congregational Education Chair

Dr. Susan Jay grew up in Brookline, MA in a family that was very active at their large Conservative congregation. Her mother served as sisterhood president; they observed Shabbat, and most of all, she loved attending religious school. How fitting that Susan is the chairperson of the Congregational Education Committee!

Aug 21, 2020

CAJE’s Work with Day Schools Enables Them to Adapt

For day school and Yeshiva educators in Miami, school was never “out for the summer” this year. Miami Jewish Day Schools pivoted from “crisis schooling” during the first weeks of the COVID-19 Pandemic, to virtual learning and preparing for a 2020-21 school year with many unknowns immediately thereafter.

Aug 14, 2020

CAJE Sponsors Ed Tech Boot Camp

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives and that includes how we are teaching and learning. Just as the Miami Dade public schools have been creating an ever-evolving plan on when and how to open schools, our congregational educators have been planning when and how they will be opening their religious school programs.

Jul 22, 2020

CHAI Fi - Children Experiencing Summer through Wifi!

CHAI Fi, the virtual summer experience for children K-8, is completing its third week of programming. To date, 45 families have enrolled their almost 60 children in a myriad of activities- like Music in Motion, Digital Scrapbooking, Jewish Cooking, Magic Potions, Edible Art, Coding for Kids, Mad Scientist and Song Writing. The activities are taught via the Zoom platform by religious school teachers who have expertise in these creative endeavors.

Jul 19, 2020

From Mexico to Miami: Spotlight on Sara Bejar, GMJF/CAJE Day School Committee Co-Chair

Born and raised in Mexico City, Sara Rayek Bejar has always held her Jewish values and traditions close to her heart . According to Sara, Mexico City boasts one of the largest and best Jewish communities in the world, of which Sara and her family were proud to be a part.

Jun 8, 2020

CAJE Helps Congregational Schools Create Summer Experience for Our Children

With the Coronavirus pandemic keeping so many children at home this summer, Congregational (Religious) School Directors were trying to brainstorm ways to maintain contact with their children and teens by offering them activities to stay connected and have fun with their friends...

May 26, 2020

How CAJE Brings the Day School Community Together During the Pandemic and All Year Long

One of the unique features of our Miami community is the collegial relationships among our day schools regardless of denomination, which is not something normative in other communities. For over 6 years, CAJE has convened a Coalition of Miami Admissions Directors (CMAD) which now boasts over 15 admissions directors from the tri-county area and meets monthly. This might come as a surprise because Admissions offices actually compete with one another!

May 7, 2020

CAJE Secures Over Half Million in Title Funding for Day Schools

Did you know that the Federal government sets aside Title funding for non-public schools? Did you also know that in order for our Day Schools to access these funds, they need to be part of a consortium that works with the local school district to ensure the monies are distributed fairly?

May 6, 2020

#JBlendMiami Prepared Our Schools for This!

In mid-March our schools found themselves overnight in an entirely new educational landscape, as our community began to shelter-at-home. Some teachers and schools who had avoided and resisted the opportunity to embrace technology as an instructional tool are now being forced to experiment and innovate in real time - unfortunately, without the professional learning support they are accustomed to.