Jewish Day School Video Academy
The Jewish Day School Video Academy is a program designed to help eligible Jewish day schools build stronger alumni networks and communicate effectively through video and other means. Through an ongoing series of training webinars, FREE one-on-one consultations, and video contests with tens of thousands of dollars in prize money, the Jewish Day School Video Academy provides a fun and engaging pathway for your school to connect with its alums and create and share better online videos.

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Video Academy Components

Training Webinars

In the Inaugural video contest, See3 Communications, an expert in nonprofit online video production and online outreach, recorded a series of free training webinars to help participants create and distribute better online videos. We covered four different topics: storytelling, production, post-production, and distribution.

The Alumni Edition expands this selection to help Jewish day schools improve their alumni community. New webinar topics include alumni outreach strategy, alumni outreach tactics and tools, and an overview of video production. These webinars will run from mid-August to mid-September, so be sure to register now to secure your spot!

One-on-One Consultations

Each participating school can sign up for up to three hours of FREE one-on-one consultation services to help with topics covered in our training webinars. Go to our One-on-One Consultations page to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Video Contest

The Jewish Day School Video Academy Awards: Alumni Edition is a video contest with $25,000 in prize money for the videos your schools and alumni submit. Nine winning videos will be selected by both public voting and expert judging. Go to our prizes, rules, and eligibility pages to learn more, or enter the contest now!

Please note that all Alumni Edition video submissions must represent a collaboration between a Jewish day school and at least one alum. This means that the alum(s) PARTICIPATE in the creation – whether in creative concepting, pre-production, production, post-production, etc – of the video. The alumni partners don’t have to be involved in every step, but they do need to play a significant role in the creation of the video beyond simply being interviewed.

Academy Overview
To learn more about the Jewish Day School Video Academy initiative, please watch our introductory video:

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