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Never Let A Serious Crisis Go to Waste….Implications for Schools (Part II)

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On August 24, 2020, I posted a BLOG on this platform entitled “Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste: Implications for Nonprofits (Part I). The post was intended to set the stage for Part II which describes in more detail the challenges and opportunities of merging and/or consolidating Jewish Day School and Yeshiva programs, initiatives and services.

Not unlike other nonprofit institutions, the merging and/or consolidation of Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivot is probably one of the most difficult, challenging and complex processes a community can undertake. This is due in large measure to the variety of deep-rooted philosophical, religious, cultural and social disparities and differences that exist between these institutions as well as the wide range diversity of constituencies they serve.

For decades, communities have tried tirelessly to merge Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivot – some with success; others which failed. It is therefore imperative to learn from these experiences. But first and foremost, communities and their institutions need to make a compelling case for embarking down (or up) this road.

The mounting pressure placed on our schools to compete for philanthropic support (read “fundraising”); attracting, recruiting and retaining high quality faculty; the increased costs in maintaining effective administrative infrastructures including plant operations; as well as increased costs for consumables, are just several of the daunting challenges facing our schools. To be sure, these........

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