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JEC Welcomes Day School Partnership and Prizmah Leaders

The Jewish Educational Center was pulsing with anticipation last week as key planners and philanthropists as well as top Prizmah brass were set to tour all three divisions as part of the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Greater MetroWest’s Day School Partnership.

For the JEC, which is still fairly new to the Partnership following a merger between the Central and Greater MetroWest Jewish Federations several years ago, it was an important opportunity to open its doors and present its students, faculty and programs to key players in the world of Jewish education and funding. Prizmah leaders participated to learn more about the incredible collaboration between schools in the Greater MetroWest community and find ways to implement similar collaboration in Jewish communities throughout North America.

No stone was left unturned and no division was passed over as the tour, led by principals and students, commenced in the RTMA boys high school. Due to an earlier start than originally scheduled, the tour was in for a treat as the entire student population filled the hallways with dancing and music as they celebrated the culmination of their “Chap a Mitzvah” campaign with the 2,500th mitzvah performed by Nachie Lowe, a junior from Highland Park. They then continued to the brand new state of the art STEM labs, where students demonstrated sophisticated projects in 3D printing and robotics. The JEC Lower School followed with a nachat visit with early childhood students participating in the Hebrew immersive Chalav u’Dvash program, and then viewed a classroom in action and observed the integrated use of technology in everyday teaching. The tour continued to Bruriah where they visited the impressive STEM labs guided by eloquent Bruriah students, visited an innovative mathematics lab and then joined top JEC professionals and lay leaders for lunch in the stunning Bruriah library.

The group continued on to tour the other three schools who make up the Partnership over the course of the day. JEC leaders later participated in a celebratory 10th anniversary dinner meeting at the Golda Och Academy where JEC Chief Marketing Officer Adina Abramov delivered an informative and inspiring presentation on Atideinu, the Recruitment and Retention program that schools in the Partnership participated in last year, courtesy in large part of the Partnership.

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