Chabad directors to meet at training retreats

Two school leadership training retreats — one for Menahelim and another for Menahelos — will be held in February in Atlanta and Florida, hosted by the Menachem Education Foundation (MEF). Full story

What does it take to run a successful school in today’s educational climate where student needs are constantly changing?

While this issue is front and center for so many parents, teachers and leaders, the Menachem Education Foundation (MEF) took the opportunity to organize two school leadership training retreats – one for Menahelim and another for Menahelos – both scheduled to take place this February.

The Menahelei Mosdos Chinuch Training Retreat, designed to train Chabad school leaders of Chedarim and Yeshivos to conduct the Chinuch in their moisad, will take place Monday-Tuesday February 7-8/ו-ז אדרא. The workshops will take place at the Chaya Mushka Children’s House, a thriving Chabad elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the first of a four-part series, with future retreats taking place in Iyar 5782, summer 5782 and early 5783.

The program will be moderated by Rabbi Mendy GreenbaumPrincipal of the School of Cheder Menachem and Bais Chaya Mushka in Los Angeles, California, and Rabbi Mendy Levin, Principal at Cheder Chabad Philadelphia. Workshops will focus on how to solve problems, analyze data from the school environment, and practice protocols to develop leadership and communication skills.

This program is the 10th cohort of MEF’s leadership training for Menahelim. More than a dozen Menahelim have registered, adding to the 102 former graduates. Rabbi Levi Kaplan, Menahel of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, shares that training as a principal through the Menachem Education Foundation has “transformed my job, empowered me to learn, and given me the edge I need to to be Matzliach in my Shlichus of Chinuch”. Interested Menahalim can still register at

For women leading Chabad schools, the MEF is creating a retreat with a different focus, addressing their most current needs. The program, which runs February 20-21 / י “ט-כ אדר א, features the theme “Reaching Their Hearts and Minds – Empowering Yourself as an Educational Leader to Build a School That Can Reach the Whole of Child.” Workshops will be hosted by Chabad of Coral Springs, with school visits to the Lubavitch Hebrew Academy and nearby Rohr Bais Chaya.

The MEF has organized many mental health awareness programs for Mechanchos and Menahelos, and the School Leaders Retreat will showcase the enhanced tracks, especially for school leaders.

Featured presentations will be the heart of CHINUCH – social-emotional learning for school leaders with Ms. Henny Bartfieldand crisis intervention in Chabad schools with Mrs. Dena GorkinCPP of the Bnos Chomesh Academy, and Mrs. Francois Gitty LCSW of Houston, TX. The retreat will also include collaborative and inspiring programs. Menahalos can register at

“The Chabad Chinuch community is extremely vibrant, with so many talented, new and experienced school leaders,” shares MEF Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Zalman Shneur. “We are honored to have the opportunity to bring together the best in our community to learn from each other’s best practices in order to provide a top-notch Chinuch for today’s students. We are privileged to facilitate networking and collaboration among those who lead the most sacred Shlichus of Chinuch.

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