Teaching Our Students How to Think

by Rabbi Shais Taub Scholar-in-residence at Chabad of the Five Towns, and Internationally Noted Author and Lecturer (SoulWords.org) The Jewish people accepted the Torah with a promise of “naaseh v’nishma” (we will do and we will understand.) First we give Hashem our doing, next we give Hashem our understanding--not just behaving like Jews but learning to think Jewishly as well.…

Chinuch Al Taharas Hakodesh

by Rabbi Yossi Paltiel   Rabbi Yossi Paltiel is a teacher in Teacher at Chovevei Torah, Machon L’Yahadus, and Beis Medrash L'Nashim in Crown Heights, and a noted lecturer. His talks can be accessed on InsideChassidus.org, TheYeshiva.net, and many other media outlets.   I would argue the number one challenge facing Jewish education today is keeping the schools and the parents on the same…

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…

The Tone and Tune: Why it Matters.

  They say that only seven percent of a message is conveyed with words - ninety-three percent is conveyed in other factors such as tone of voice and facial expressions. I am not exactly sure how they measure this, and what other factors there are.  But we can safely say that this points to the importance of making sure our…

Chinuch Award Finalists: Mechanchim

The following finalists were nominated for the Chinuch Awards 5777: Caring and Connection by parents, students, fellow teachers and members of the administration. They were chosen based on their exemplary way of teaching and interacting with students and parents. These Mechanchim are role models for our children and anyone who is affected by Chinuch. They personify what Chinuch is, and the…

Matan Torah: Making it Real

Zman Matan Toraseinu is upon us, the time when my toddler starts asking me: is Hashem going to give us the Torah again this year? Indeed, we are meant to feel as if He truly does - which, as Chassidus teaches us, is really the case. But how do we inspire this feeling of receiving the Torah all over again…

There Is Always A Spring: A Pesach Message

In the world of Chinuch, parents and educators may not see the results of their extensive efforts through the droughts of “winter”. Pesach comes to teach us a lesson about boundless potential as spring looms on the horizon. “Observe the month of Spring and keep the Passover unto the L-rd your G-d, for in the month of Spring the L-rd…

Passion for Chinuch Showcased at Annual Job Fair

Passion for Chinuch Showcased at Annual Job Fair. Dozens of current and prospective educators gathered on Sunday, April 3, for the fourth annual  Chinuch Job Fair. Hosted by the Menachem Education Foundation as a service to the community, the Chinuch event, which hosted separate hours for men and women, provided a venue for educators seeking positions and schools looking to hire…

Educators: Heed the Rebbe’s Call This Summer

The Menachem Education Foundation Second Annual Summer Seminar - Registration Now Open. Time and again, the Lubavitcher Rebbe called for summer vacation to be used for “fortifying and expanding the Jewish education for children.” This summer, the Menachem Education Foundation (MEF) introduces an expanded annual seminar, which will include four days of workshops, slated for July 13-16 2015 / 25-29…