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Head of School Blog

Teachers do Holy Work

By: Jodi Hirsch Rein, Gesher JDS Principal Teachers do the most holy work and change the lives of children each and every day. The impact that Gesher teachers are having right now on our students is incredible. With the abrupt transition to a digital learning environment, our teachers have demonstrated flexibility and resilience as they […]

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Passover Community Message

  Dear Gesher Community, The seder is a ritual that invokes memory and attachment. This year, the space between us is scary. It is odd and at odds with our memories and expectations for ritual behavior. But with the space between us, anything is possible: to grow without gathering, to connect without congregating, to create […]

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Be strong, be strong, and we shall strengthen one another.

By Philip Blumenthal President, Gesher JDS Board of Trustees   Gesher community, These are trying times. The entire world is enduring challenges and pressures that most of us could never have imagined. All of us have seen significant disruption to our routines, while many of us are concerned about the health of loved ones and […]

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The Importance of Teaching Advocacy

This past week, I attended the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference. 18,000 Americans representing a variety of political affiliations, races, religions, and backgrounds came together from both sides of the aisle to advocate for a strong relationship between Israel and the United States.  I attend AIPAC each year because it is important for […]

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What is Institutional Advancement?

A Gesher supporter recently asked me to define ‘Institutional Advancement’ (IA). It’s a term referenced in many different settings and can take on different meanings depending on the organization. A quick Wiki look-up provides a broad definition: “the division of an institution focused on the improvement of the entity, primarily involved in fundraising activities. It […]

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