Yeshiva University Provides Five Towns Schools Lessons In School Affordability

Jun 30, 2009 — On the heels of a successful conference on energy conservation on April 30, Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership convened a conference attended by 14 day schools from the Five Towns, the Rockaways and Queens to guide them in advanced fundraising strategies and techniques. The session on “How to Successfully Generate Major and Planned Gifts” was well received by the participating educational institutions, spanning the denominational spectrum, that gathered at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov in Hewlett, NY.

The speakers included Rabbi Herb Tobin, a leading fundraising consultant to Hillel and PEJE (The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education); Dr. Eric Levine, senior vice president at UJC (United Jewish Communities); Alan Secter, director of planned giving and endowments at UJC; and Harry Bloom, the Institute’s director of planning and performance improvement.

“The Institute is committed to convening Best of the Best experts in the key areas of school affordability to give school professionals and board members hands-on tools,” said Bloom, a veteran school director of institutional advancement and fundraising consultant. “The seminars are coupled with in depth school consultations so that we are able to hone in precisely on the kinds of help schools need.”

Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, Ph.D, menahel of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, was impressed with “the overall vision and practical approach” of the Institute.

“The professionalism and comprehensive manner in which Yeshiva University is approaching current crucial issues that all schools across the spectrum are facing is refreshing,” said Rabbi Yaffe. “We look forward to continued involvement in this developing process and benefitting from their expertise.”

Patricia Rabinowitz, director of development of the Brandeis School in Lawrence, NY, appreciated YU’s efforts in leading the charge.

“School administrators and staff need support and strategies to help them deal with this very uncertain financial climate,” said Rabinowitz. “It is great that YU can help on both counts by providing access to expertise and opportunities for collaboration.”

The Institute’s school affordability team continues its efforts to provide individual school consulting as well as community-wide school affordability programs. The upcoming school year will feature workshops in the Five Towns on maximizing annual campaign potential; tuition setting best practices; engaging the board of directors in solving the affordability crisis; and taking full advantage of federal, state and local government programs.

The Institute for University-School Partnership is a division Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. For more information on the Institute please visit or contact Harry Bloom at Five Towns/Far Rockaway schools should contact Regional Coordinator Eli Shapiro at


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