Project SuLaM / Sulam Alumni

Project SuLaM is now closed.

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Read the new Parsha blog by Project SuLaM alumni.

“Through the various components of SuLaM, participants will engage in study that will enhance their ability to serve as articulate and passionate advocates for rich Jewish learning. We encourage school boards that recognize the importance of a well grounded Judaic school environment to empower their heads of school to take part.” - Arthur W. Fried, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The AVI CHAI Foundation


Arthur Fried’s words have indeed proven prophetic. Project SuLaM has been one of the most powerful programs ever devised for exerting a transformative impact upon Jewish day schools. SuLaM is premised upon a profound faith in the people who lead our schools. The program was created in the belief that great changes start from the top. Through close attention to its participants’ learning and growth, SuLaM has cultivated the tools, skills and dispositions in a generation of day school administrators to take ownership of their schools’ Jewish vision. Additionally, it has forged a community of professionals who, through their school leadership, informal networking, alumni Shabbatonim, personal learning and numerous other channels continue to promote the values of the program and to strengthen their personal and professional bonds.

SuLaM reached 63 participants from 51 schools. It has made a tangible impact in the life of nearly one-third of the schools in the RAVSAK network. Participants have engaged in two intensive summer institutes and three learning Shabbatonim during the school year; pursued their own rigorous Judaic studies; undertaken Individual Action Plans to increase their Jewish knowledge and improve the Jewish vision of their schools in many areas; in concert with other school administrators, devised an Institutional Action Plan to examine ways that their school culture could grow in its alignment with Jewish values; and created ambitious new Jewish projects for their schools. All the while, thanks to the complete funding of the AVI CHAI Foundation, they have been treated to classes with leading Judaics scholars, top-flight curricula prepared specially for the program, honoraria for participation and for Jewish learning, and numerous stays in hotels with gourmet kosher catering.

Michael A. Kay
RAVSAK provides a forum for engaging with colleagues to craft an innovative, shared vision for pluralistic Jewish education in North America.”
Michael A. Kay, Ph.D., Head of School,
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester


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