Parshas Hashavua: Aiming Higher

Parshas Hashevuah: Aiming Higher by Chanah Rose Parsha. It’s a spiral that takes us higher each year, revisiting familiar stories on deeper levels, with new relevance for the new year. In schools, we need to make sure that Parsha class is indeed a spiral that cycles upwards, and not mainly repetition. Parsha is perhaps the only subject which is taught…

Kriah: It’s Not Just Reading

by Rabbi Moshe Schwartz Every year, children sit down on the first day of Pre1A, excited to learn. They are graduating from the childlike way they learned before, ready to build a strong foundation for their future in Yeshiva. They open their books, looking forward to being able to read just like their big siblings, or older cousins. Sadly, not…

Finalist Bio (Men) #5: Rabbi Yosef Wolf

A sought after expert in Gemara learning, Rabbi Wolf was instrumental in setting up innovative new programs for gemara learning throughout his school community. While students who come into his class may be hesitant to embrace Gemara learning, “by the end of the year students are very comfortable delving into Talmud and have come to enjoy it.” As a team…

Finalist Bio (Women) #5: Mrs. Baylie Vail

Morah Vail is an exceptionally devoted and beloved mechanches who constantly gives of her own time, money and resources to shower her students with the best introduction to Chinuch possible. With an innate ability to reach every single student, and an inner drive to do whatever is needed to ensure their success, Morah Vail helps her students blossom in an…

Finalist Bio (Men) #4: Rabbi Zalman Schapiro

Rabbi Zalman Schapiro It is very hard to find a mechanech who is both a consummate professional while retaining a Chasidish varmkeit in loving each of his students. Rabbi Schapiro is one such man. An organized, efficient and professional educator who brings a wealth of experience to the table, Rabbi Schapiro is also a beloved father-like figure to his students,…

Finalist Bio (Women) #4: Mrs. Nechama Tauber

Mrs. Nechama Tauber, Lubavitch Educational Center, Florida Mrs. Tauber is far from a conventional frontal teacher. Creative and inventive, she is constantly innovating in her classroom, implementing new and exciting ideas that are then shared with others and incorporated schoolwide. Involved both in hands-on learning and numerous extra-curriculars, Mrs. Tauber’s classes and activities are “interesting and fun, as they encourage…

Finalist Bio (Men) #3: Rabbi Yossel Sirota

Rabbi Yossel Sirota   When it comes to chinuch, Rabbi Sirota knows one philosophy: positivity. A phenomenal mechanech who truly cares about his students’ wellbeing, Rabbi Sirota’s positive reinforcement and ability to raise his student’s confidence up with a simple kind word are legendary. Known to hold his class spellbound as he weaves text learning together with lessons on chassidishkeit…

Finalist Bio (Men) #2: Rabbi Yosef Wolowik

Rabbi Yosef Wolowik   Although he is already a well-established mechanech, Rabbi Wolowik is never satisfied with the status quo, constantly seeking to refine and enhance his educational skills. Rabbi Wolowik continues to innovate creating workbooks and guides to assist students in understanding Gemara. Recognized for developing a teaching methodology that stresses the fundamental skills necessary for “Hascholas Gemara”, Rabbi…

Finalist Bio (Women) #3: Mrs. Miriam Gerber

Mrs. Miriam Gerber, Cheder Chabad Philadelphia   A beloved Morah at Cheder Chabad of Philadelphia, Mrs. Gerber was the leading visionary that founded the now successful school in her own basement. Her lifelong dedication to Chinuch was realized as the school grew and prospered, with Mrs. Gerber playing a key role in developing exceptional learning goals and extracurricular activities for…

Finalist Bio (Men) #1: Rabbi Shuki Steinberg

Rabbi Shuki Steinberg A passionate mechanch who is devoted to seeing his students succeed, Rabbi Steinberg will do whatever it takes to make sure each one of his students reaches his full potential. Energetic and enthusiastic, he brings learning to life with exciting stories, innovative activities and a unique charisma that is all his own. As a leader of his…