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Nourishing Our Children



Nourishing Our Children

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

This week our students learned about the first paragraph of the Shema, a central prayer in Judaism. The Shema is found

Knowing our “WHY”



Knowing our “WHY”

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

This past week I had the privilege to call myself a Harvard student. Over one-hundred and thirty school leaders from around …

Opening Doors



Opening Doors

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the summer, Mr. Weiss’ column will appear monthly rather than weekly.

Yesterday was Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of …

To Teach, To Listen, To Love



To Teach, To Listen, To Love

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

As kids we are told, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s a lie. Bones …

Removing Stumbling Blocks



Removing Stumbling Blocks

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

In this week’s Torah Portion, Kedoshim, we learn, Lifnei iver lo titten michshol, in front of a blind person, do …

After Death There is Holiness



After Death There is Holiness

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Over 300 people have lost their lives since March 15 in mosques, churches and synagogues due to terrorists entering onto …

The Four Types of Learners



The Four Types of Learners

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

This week’s Wisdom is adapted from an article I wrote in April 2016 and published by eJewish Philanthropy on April …

Go and Learn



Go and Learn

by Daniel R. Weiss

Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Each year at the Passover Seder, we retell the story of Exodus from Egypt. The story however does not begin …

A Strategic Plan for Your Seder



A Strategic Plan for Your Seder

by Daniel R. Weiss

Harvard Business School professor David J. Collis, in his book Thinking Strategically, identifies seven steps in strategic thinking: 1. Seeing the big picture, 2. Articulating strategic objectives, 3. Identifying relationships, patterns, and trends, 4. Getting creative, …

The Positives of Sacrifice



The Positives of Sacrifice

by Daniel R. Weiss

This past week, together with Abby Felsenthal, our Director of Admissions and Programming, Marc Sorin, our Bornblum Board President, and Rachel Phelps, our Board Secretary, I attended the Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools conference in …