How much do Jewish day schools really matter? Paul Bernstein, head of Prizmah, explains the state of Jewish education

Paul Bernstein, left, founding CEO of Prizmah, in conversation with 'Bonjour Chai' host Avi Finegold.

September is upon us: school supplies are being purchased, backpacks are being filled, books are being covered. In that same vein, it’s time podcasts like ours take stock of Jewish day schools, which have historically been a pillar of Jewish communal life. We ought to regularly examine what’s going right, what’s going wrong and what trends have emerged in recent years.

To discuss the state of Jewish education heading into 5784, Avi sits down with Paul Bernstein, the founding CEO of Prizmah, a network for Jewish day schools across North America, based in New York City.


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold and Phoebe Maltz Bovy. Zachary Kauffman is the producer and editor. Michael Fraiman is the executive producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Support the show by subscribing to this podcast, donating to The CJN and subscribing to the podcast’s Substack.