Samis Blog

November 6, 2020

The Time is Now for Future Planning in Jewish Education

An Existential Crisis for Jewish Schools By Melissa Rivkin & Ariel Lapson It’s not easy to plan decades into the future when the moment we’re in […]
November 6, 2020

Samis Grants $768,000 in Response to COVID-19

*Jewish Agency beneficiary receiving laptop to study at home during COVID-19 pandemic in Israel. Photo credit: Peggy Peyker SAMIS GRANTS $768,000 IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 The […]
September 10, 2020

It’s an old-growth forest. It’s also home to a Washington school’s first foray into outdoor learning amid COVID-19.

By Hannah Furfaro Seattle Times staff reporter Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership […]
May 12, 2020

Strong Distance Learning Programs Can Build Community Connections

May 12, 2020 – When Governor Inslee’s March 12 COVID-19 announcement prompted school closures across Washington State, distance learning took on immediate importance. Schools, teachers, parents […]
May 1, 2020

Getting Rid of the Grand Gala: Lessons for the Field

By Deanne Etsekson and Melissa Rivkin Over the past week in Seattle, fundraising galas, dinners and luncheons have been cancelled at a dizzying rate due to the […]
January 22, 2020

Samis Foundation Master Teacher Award Recognizes Exceptional Excellence in Jewish Education

January 22, 2020 – For the first time in five years, the coveted Rabbi Dr. William H. Greenberg z”l Master Teacher Award has been awarded by […]